I have so much to squeeze into today's post that I don't know where to begin!
Yesterday I promised a peek at my crochet projects so I'll start there.
I wanted to make some bunting to go above my landing window and was inspired by this scalloped bunting that I found via Pinterest. Mine was slightly different, using two chains on straight edge gaps and three on a corner.
The pattern is cute and it gave me a good excuse to work with the new cottons in my shop (if you missed it yesterday, I'm having a big sale!). The bunting turned out really pretty - I love it!
I am also crocheting a ripple blanket, vaguely following Lucy's pattern. I say vaguely because I have made a bit of a hash of it at the edges so I'm going to edge it with a solid band of one of the colours when I'm finished.
I love the avocado/navy combination and I'm calling this project a Caterpillar blanket because I think the green bits look like wiggly caterpillars!
Now that I've hit the sleeves of my knitted cardigan, I'm procrastinating. Sleeves are just so boring, aren't they? I need to get on with it, though, because I'm desperate to wear that gorgeous and unusual cardi.
Reading-wise, this week I made a return to Almost Amish, although I'm short on time to sit down with a book at the moment because the garden takes precedence right now, I'm enjoying dipping in and out of this book. There's a lot of common sense and I find the reminders and tips to return to simplicity to be very grounding when life can seem all too fast and complicated.
This year, Thursdays have become my favourite day of the week. It's the only day of the week I spring out of bed before the alarm goes off and I pinch myself the entire morning because I have found the best Knit and Natter group ever! I have tried a few groups and ironically, the one that finally fit me is in the town that I moved out of two years ago and one that I walked past many times, not brave enough to go inside.
The hustle and bustle of a Thursday morning drinking awesome coffee and talking all things craft and life with an amazing group of creative people is such a restorative experience for me in a week when I'm primarily home alone. I always come away feeling energised and inspired.
Of course everyone in our group is excited about Yarndale and we are all toting our projects around in Yarndale linen bags. A couple of weeks ago I was commenting on how it's amazing that none of us have accidentally taken home someone else's bag, yet and that's where the idea came for customising my bag.
A little Sunday afternoon of embroidery later and my bag was adorned with bunting. Check out the little french knot sheep and the ball of wool with needles!
Speaking of Yarndale, I have some very exciting news to share...
I'm going to be running a drop-in workshop at Yarndale!
Deck the Halls with Boughs of Knitting – Drop In Workshop
Combining two of her great loves – knitting and Christmas – Hannah from HomeBakedOnline.com brings a workshop on knitting Christmas baubles.
I am super excited about being part of the event, I hope some of you will be able to come along and knit some Christmas baubles with me in September.
What are you knitting and/or crafting at the moment? Are you planning a visit to Yarndale?