What a jolly holiday!
Not the going anywhere kind, just the staying around here kind, but it was a good one. You might have noticed I had a little blog holiday too. Not an intentional one but I think it was needed. I wanted to take a more relaxed approached to blogging during the holidays this year, rather than put myself under the daft pressure to keep up with my usual 'term-time' schedule. It seems I've taken to it like a duck to water and have forgotten to post at all.
It's been a rather lovely holiday all round really. We had a busy and packed first week, Little Miss had two pony days, there was a wedding, plenty of baking, a dinner with family, birthdays and so on but the second week has been a lot more relaxed. The sun has made an appearance too, so we've even been able to enjoy the garden and the magnolia blossom, get the swingball out, make a new 'batting record', that kind of thing.
Even time for a spot of relaxing garden crafting. Always a pleasure.
In fact I've managed to fit in rather a lot of crafting time over the holiday, or at least I feel like I've been very productive. I've finished off a few wips, including an old one from our holiday to France last summer. That suffered a setback after the border needed a re-think, but it's been re-thunk and re-worked now which is satisfying.
I've been so taken with my ability to 'finish' this holiday that I've even been inspired to launch into what is likely to be a mammoth and year spanning project of frankly, scary proportions. A knitted blanket, made from left-over sock yarn. I know, yikes!
I haven't actually got a vast amount of old sock yarn in my stash, but I've dug up what I have and added a few bits of 4ply that looked like it might work and have made a start. I've already been out and bought a dozen mini Regia skeins to add to the supplies and all in all I've knitted up about 20 squares so far. It's been a lots of fun knitting up the old bits of yarn and getting the chance to use some of my favourites again. I managed to squeeze a square out of the last scrap of PPPM from my Pride & Prejudice Mitts, which pleased me greatly, and re-using my Madelinetosh Sock has reminded me just how nice that is to use. All of which is definitely not helping to curb my current sock yarn addiction.
I even found time this holiday to do something I've been wanting to do for ages, some embroidery. I've been seeing lovely little embroidery and cross stitch things about blogland and every time I think that I must do some myself. Well, this time, when the lovely March edition of Homespun Magazine popped through my door, with a cute little embroidery project on the front, I finally got around to making it happen.
I always find something to inspire when I flip through Homespun and this little bod out in the rain was just too sweet to pass up. I altered mine very slightly and added the little appliqued fabric pieces for the background colours. I was pretty sure those trousers would have got all damp in the puddles too, so I adapted the shoes into some cute wellies instead.
I've only just realised that I completely forgot to add the lettering to mine, but actually I'm pretty happy with it the way it is. Very appropriate for April in England and it was fun too, I must make time to do some more.