I began making these books last year sometime. I hatched a plan and had a go. I remember the look on my friend's face when she came for a panad one afternoon, and I was sitting on the floor surrounded by bits of card and sticky tape. I told her I was making a book. She said 'Oh. Shall we have a cup of tea?'
Anyway, the first one was a bit suspect, but I still have it and use it as a mini scrap book of cuttings from magazines of things I love. It's cheerful and I love it. The second one I gave to my sister-in-law, who loved it, as it was clearly much better and more like a book than my previous attempt!
I started making crochet flower brooches a while ago, just for myself as a bit of fun. I added long ribbon and lace tails to make them look like rosettes. A friend saw one and bought it for her daughter! I took one to show Babs last week and she has asked me to make some more for her shop, so that's what I was doing yesterday afternoon before school pick-up time.
They aren't finished yet as you can see, but I will show you when they are. I love working with thick, soft yarns and chunky hooks as things grow so fast and you really feel you are getting somewhere. I have to confess I knit and crochet for the end result, rather than the pleasure of the act itself. Awful isn't it? I made a wrap-over cardy in 4ply once and it took me a year to complete. I was sick of it by then and wished I'd never bothered. I hardly wear it, sadly. I made another shorty jacket that seemed to get bigger every time I wore it, so eventually I undid it and knit up a super pair of chunky, warm slippers! I wear these a lot more than I would a nasty, baggy cardy!
It feels quite cold here today. The sea is gun-metal grey and the wind is lazy - it goes through you, rather than round you - but the dogs and I are cosy in our cottage, well they are now they've got their jumpers on! I may put a film on (Is it too early for A Christmas Carol? The Holiday?) and finish my rosettes. The children will be starving when they come home, so I will be making minced beef and onion pie and chips for tea. Better get my pinny out.
Have a lovely day and keep warm. xxx