Thank you so much for the get-well wishes. The illness seems to have left us, more or less, and I didn't end up getting sick myself, really. A sniffle, a scratchy throat...it was to be expected. But nothing terrible, and we're back to normal today. I'm helping in the GB's classroom today, with art projects to share in December at our school's annual art/writing event. At home, I'm working on numerous (too many) projects, and I'm starting to wonder whether I'm crazy or just really into making stuff...anyone up for a Venn diagram?
I've been working away on my Maggie Rabbit kit. The soft toy itself is very nice to work on. The clothing, on the other hand, is not easy for me. I decided to make a sample of the dress before cutting into that lovely Liberty lawn (the first I've ever held in my own two hands). I know I would botch it terribly without practice, so I've been working on a little calico sample. I think that the dress will fit one of the GB's baby dolls so if my sample comes out nicely enough, Miss Nellie will have a darling new strawberry-strewn frock...and Miss Maggie will look okay too.
I bought myself some more sewing pins this week. I really like this size, both for the pin length and the larger ball heads. My magnetic pincushion is holding two sets now, as seen in this photo. I was worried there wouldn't be room but I squeezed them in.
I had a clean-out of my sewing basket. I found these little cut-out felt strawberries and leaves, left over from an appliqued bag I made for a little friend last year. I was thinking about making a little brooch with them. I've never made one before, though, and I think I need to get some sort of backing to mount them on. But wouldn't it be cute? I can see it on my black coat or even my jean jacket. (I promise that strawberries do not play as hugely in my crafting life as I may have made it seem so far in this post. But I do adore them).
I'm still thinking about winter gear for myself. I don't need any more scarves, cowls or hats but I love them, and I'd happily add a few more to the rotation. I work almost entirely with acrylic yarns, as you know, because they're tough and affordable. But I also want to become more comfortable with natural fibers, which feel so much more precious to me. Like the aforementioned Liberty fabric, I feel tentative and anxious about using better yarns. I'm making plans, though. I want to use these colors, in real wool, with maybe another lighter gray and possibly a mustard shade, to make a pair of mittens for myself. If there's enough left, I may make a cowl too.
I'm still plugging away with Heartwarmer. It's about two and a half feet long now. I'm enjoying it, but as with a lot of mindless-crochet projects, I have to be in the mood. Some days are more mindless than others, you know? I'm in no hurry, it's just nice to have it in the background, to work on when the feeling strikes.
I shared a photo of this recently but I didn't say anything about it. I'm making a not-so-giant granny square blanket for our good friends' baby. He is expected to arrive toward the end of February. His father is one of the Bear's best friends; they met in college and shared an apartment for a couple of years. He was in our wedding party and is actually the reason the Bear and I met at all - he was dating one of my friends for a little while and they invited me to a party, where I met the Bear. Our friends waited a long time for this baby and I am so happy for them. I debated many different types of blankets and even started three or four, ripping back because I wasn't happy with them. Then I thought - big square! - and now I'm enjoying it a lot.
I've just finished reading this book. Have you read Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad series? This is the most recent installment. I loooove her books. I've been a fan since the first one, In the Woods, came out, six or seven years ago. Her writing really draws me in, with very sharp character development and perfect banter. Not to mention murder and intrigue! I rarely buy novels for myself these days, I wait for my turn with library copies instead. I waited for months to read this one. It did not disappoint; she is just really good.
I know, I know...I'm sorry. But I found a good sale on stamps and ink pads the other day and I stocked up on a few of each, including these two ominous-looking ones. I confess to thinking about cookies, fudge and festive holiday jam recipes too. Dun-dun-DUNNNN!