I think that there must be some kind of rule that says the longer you leave it between blog posts, the harder it is to blog. It's not that I haven't got anything to tell you or any new designs and finished commissions to share or pictures of finished projects to show you. Far from it. It's more that I don't really know where to begin!
So, one step at a time - Mothering Sunday (not mothers day, that was invented by the card companies, sorry) was lovely. I was treated to a lie in and then croissants for breakfast, lilies, chocolates, lovely cards from B, and even a little cake! When I got back from teaching my college class the previous Thursday evening I started tidying up the kitchen. I assumed that there was flour on the hob because T had made a sauce for his pasta (he's a pretty good cook) until I moved the toaster and found chocolate sprinkles under it. The cake recipe still up on the internet was the giveaway but I was a good girl and didn't look for it! Unfortunately B and T had forgotten the cake was in the oven and it was inedible, but it's the thought that counts!! We had a lovely picnic on Mothering Sunday too, at a local countryside park.
The rest of last week past in a blur of playdates, preschool and private tuition, until my boys went on a trip to visit some friends in Wales. They were away from Wednesday evening until yesterday afternoon, and despite making the most of later mornings, more crafting time and being able to meet up with friends more easily it's sooo lovely to have them back. They had a great time - well, I know B did, and I expect T did too but I think he now needs another couple of days off to recover! I worked on some commissions, some new designs, started to decorated the hall, stairs and landing, and finally finished my crochet project! Well, projects actually, as I liked the yarn so much that I made two items out of it, and I can finally show you them both as they have both arrived at their new homes!
This is the first one that I started - a dress for Gracie, my friend's little girl who gets more smiley and gorgeous and cuddly every time I see her. The pattern is from a Rowan learn-how-to-crochet book. The skirt seemed at one point to be taking forever, but using a variegated yarn definitely made it more interesting to make. I actually started the bodice three times - the first with the variegated yarn (just didn't look right), the second with the pink yarn in trebles (which the pattern said to use, but it looked all out of proportion despite my tension being fine) and the third in half-trebles which looked just right (I think maybe the book had typos?). I'm really pleased with it, and I can't wait to see how gorgeous Gracie looks in it!
And this is the second project - a scarf crocheted in long rows of half-trebles. This is for Laura to wear as she's cycling round the Oxfordshire countryside this spring, and I think from her email this morning that she likes it! I hope you enjoy wearing it Laura!
On a side note, the variegated yarn is a Wendy one and it's made mainly from bamboo, and it's lovely to use, lovely and soft.
Right then, I'm off to take some photos of some of the work I did this weekend to show you later!