Well, who can believe July is almost over already? The garden is absolutely loving this warm weather and the sweet potatoes I’m growing in the green house are taking over, trailing along the concrete base and climbing the walls (literally!) I want to take some pictures to show you, but be patient, at the moment there are too many other things to tell you about. This is a much longer blog post than I’ve written in a while, out with the quick snippets and in with longer, less frequent posts to fill you in on what I’ve been up to!
July has mostly been about socks and baby knitting. I managed to finished 2 pairs of lovely socks on holiday (both still in the suitcase in the boot of the car – so I can only share a picture of them in progress – the car is still in France).The grey ones with the ribbing are in Eden Cottage Yarns “Tempo”, the shade is called Storm and I bought this at Woolfest last year. I had been saving it for something special and a holiday seemed a good enough occasion to treat myself to a new pair of socks. Also pictured is a beautiful hat, from Woolly Wormhead’s book “Wee Woolly Toppers”, the pattern is called Cubba and it’s such a sweet little hat I can hardly bear to give it away, but it has a new home and hopefully in the depths of winter it will be much appreciated. You really can’t beat Woolly Wormhead for a decent hat pattern and this one only took a couple of hours. (The yarn I chose is Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Aran, not the weight of yarn specified in the pattern, but funnily enough almost exactly the same colour).
Also pictured is the gorgeous embellished basket, much admired at Friday knit group. It’s the work of a lovely lady who started the knit group close to where I live who has since become a friend and a very diligent crochet pupil. I do love to see photos of the things my crochet pupils make and nothing makes me prouder than seeing them pick up a hook and make something all of their own. I’ve just started the second of my “Learn to Crochet” evening classes at Make with Mabel in Knutsford (another sell out) and have almost finished confirming dates for my autumn programme at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham, so look out for new classes and some old favourites very soon and including a few knitting classes! There are some exciting plans over at Make with Mabel, so do sign up to their mailing list (you can email Rebecca@auntymabelsseat.com).
I know the blog has been a bit neglected of late, partly due to holidays but partly due to a lack of time. I am completely amazed at how busy I continue to be and working on top secret commissions is very frustrating as sometimes it means I have nothing to share with you, even though I’ve spent hours with a hook in my hand or needles clacking into the wee small hours!
I do have some lovely patterns on the magazine shelves this month, Love Crochet features a pretty garland and some gorgeous little doilies, which the ladies on my “Crochet Doilies and Motif” class last month will tell you is super easy and looks fab worked up in almost any yarn.
Also out now is the latest issue of Homemade with Love, which has my knitted bird wall hanging for you as well as some lovely projects for the home.
Because I’ve been so busy, lots of other things have been neglected. I do love to pop by my favourite blogs and feel guilty I don’t leave comments to let writers know I “dropped by”. So instead, here’s a a pick of a few of my favourites, do stop by and take a peek if they’re new to you. Also the “Friday Review” has disappeared, that too a victim of the great time thief “Designing”! Instead I’m giving you a list of a few books on my bedside table right now.
Finally, I want to say “thank you” to everyone who takes the time to visit the blog and read what I’ve been up to, please don’t feel obliged to leave a comment! I’d much rather you clicked through to one of the blog recommendations or maybe “pinned”, “tweeted” or shared the blog with your friends if you felt generous enough!
I’ll be back next Friday with an update and hopefully some photos of the garden, I swear I can actually see things grow taller as I watch. Long may the warm weather continue!
Blogs I’m Reading
Urvashi’s Botanical Baker blog has news of her garden produce, including mouth watering raspberries, while Victoria, of Little Wren Pottery has been baking cookies. Notice a foodie theme here this week? If you’re not a fan of Miss Foodwise, you’re in for a treat, pop over to read all about her “date with Jamie Oliver (not her latest post, but I couldn’t resist pointing you in the direction of this one, the photo of Regula and Jamie is just fabulous).
Books I’m Reading
At last I’ve managed to buy and keep hold of a copy of Debbie Tomkies Complete Knitting Skills, this is an absolutely invaluable resource for any knitter. It’s the book I’ve been recommending to all my learners and this is the third copy I’ve bought (I’ve lent it twice and ended up saying to the recipient “Oh, just keep it, you’ll find it so useful”). In addition to the well written and helpful knitting tips, there are little QR codes you can scan with your phone to watch movie guides, these are also available online and are just brilliant. You can read more about it on Debbie’s website. The final book on my bedside table isn’t actually a book, it’s a magazine, the new issue of Inside Crochet is out this week. For the first time in ages I don’t have a pattern in there, but it’s such a great issue I don’t feel bad about it. It features a pattern from a “new to me” designer called Ali Campbell. We’ve been chatting away on twitter but have yet to meet. She also offers online crochet classes, what a fab idea is that! You can read her blog here.