In readiness for all that summer reading - of which, more later - I've had a week of finishing off some works in progress.
First , some very bright rainbow socks for an upcoming birthday - knitted in Katia Mississippi cotton - lovely to knit with during the heatwave!
Next, another crochet cushion. I had a yearning to do a Granny flower square with some bargain Cygnet cotton that I picked up for £1.50 a ball at a local discount store.
I'm so happy with how cheerful and summery this cushion is and I like the back almost as much as the front.
Moving on, I had a day off on Friday. It's seemed like ages since I had a day at home all to myself. Although I should have been sewing for my Seaside Swap partner, and getting things made for some very outstanding PIFs, I just had to give in to a real need to make me a skirt.
I had a lovely big denim curtain -one of three curtains and numerous other things I scored in a recent Scrapstore visit - and was dying to make myself something with it.
A 38 pence zip, a little applique with some Fat Quarter swap fabric from Natasha. and some bias binding from the charity shop resulted in a lovely new skirt that cost me less than £1 :-)
Something very special happened last night.
Monster was out at his friend's house and we had Minx all to ourselves.
Without her brother around to argue with, she was at a bit of a loose end. I tentatively suggested she go and find her knitting.
I've tried several times before to teach her but it's always ended in frustration for both of us. Minx is a very capable little girl and just hates not being able to 'get it' first time round.
However, last night I only had to show her the first two stitches of the row and she had it. Yes, it's rather holey and at times a bit tangled but she sat happily for nearly an hour clicking away.
What thrilled me even more, was her sitting in her nightie this morning doing another two rows all on her own :)
She's a chip off the old block. With just a few minutes to go before Moogsdad took them both out, she just had to squeeze in another quick row!
While supervising Minx's knitting, I made this little chap from the wonderful pattern that Julie so kindly sent me yesterday. My very own Little Cotton Rabbits hodger :-)
Onto the garden news.
The harvest has started.
Better not eat it all at once ;-)
Now then, I just have to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for your fantastic book recommendations!
I've spoiled myself a little at Amazon. I would have gone to a real bookshop but I stupidly got myself accidentally signed up to Amazon Prime earlier this year and have to order from them to get my money's worth!
Still, I ordered these on Wednesday night and they got here on Thursday morning, which can't be bad.
Minx and I had a happy half hour at the library last night and I scored some of your reads plus one or two extras. The top one is a Persephone book and I had to take it out just because I was amazed that our little library even had it!!
Whilst taking those photos, I happened to notice Moogsdad's summer reading selection and thought I'd share it with you......
.....any phsychologists out there? Just what would you make of this little lot?
Phew! If you made it to the end - congratulations!!!