Sunday 3rd July, DH and i went along to the local botanical gardens where they were holding a family day. A variety of plants for sale and also lots of stalls and demonstrations. We had a great time wandering around the sculpture exhibiton that is on show during the summer, lots of marvellous works have been created and exhibited. This is the third year we have been to view the sculptures, before we have been with picnic on a weekday when it is free to enter the gardens and wander around.
It was good to see lots of craftwork going on too. Ladies were sitting on blankets teaching lots of youngsters to crochet bunting and knit squares. One lady had a stall with items from her felt making workshops. Beautiful things and i could have spent a fortune on her stall alone, i did pick up a leaflet with her blog name to give it a plug here as i was so impressed, it's called Creative Bumble Bee.
It was hard to take pics of things as there were so many people about, but inside the house tucked away in a little room i came across some ladies from The Leicester Guild of Spinners, weaver and dyers.
I loved being able to see and feel the fleece of the sheep in it's raw state, watch the three spinners at work, all on different types of spinning wheels and also see some of their finished wool and items that had been knitted and crocheted with it.
I asked one lady if i could take her picture for my blog and she gladly agreed. I've been reading the blog of Alice at Crochet with Raymond and she has recently taken up spinning, so it was fab to be able to see it in action and get some idea what really goes into this craft. I can tell you the thought of having a go at this really interests, seeing the wool in the raw state and being responsible for taking it to the finished item really does appeal.
A little crafting has been happening here but not a lot.
Karan had a birthday last week and i came across this little free design of an owl bookmark for her, the perfect design as she is an avid read and also a great lover of owls. I hope you had a lovely birthday Karan, i wont tell which milestone birthday it was this time!
Unfortunately, my printed out copy doesn't say where the free chart came from, the only clue i have is the title on the page is Permin of Copenhagen (DMC117).
Thanks to all that said last times Christmas freebie was from Nan at Threadwork Primitives, you guys are always ready to offer help and advice, i really do appreciate you taking time to come over and visit.
Block 5 of Shores is growing ... slowly, it's hard work building a house!
Lots of filling in on this block to be done, but it's another lovely block to watch grow.
The Wednesday Sampler Girl SAL had some attention last week too, but not a lot was done. I take this one with me to the stitch club, but we had some bad news last week, one of our ladies has to have life saving surgery so not a lot was accomplished by any of us, no pic to show of that, i'll show you that after this weeks progress.
Nanny duties are still keeping my busy. Amy had her 6 week post natal check yesterday and all is well, she is almost back to her pre-pregnancy weight. She's delighted by this and all down to the breast feeding as she's eating lots. Little Isabelle also had her 6 week check up on Monday and is doing well too.
She now weighs 8lb 11 1/2oz so has put on 3lb since her birth.
Here she is, for those who needed a baby fix, this was taken last Sunday.
Grandpa and Isabelle having some quality time together, i think he's reminding her to be a good girl for her mummy and try to have a big sleep .... no chance of that happening, she's way too nosey and likes to be awake most of the time!
Take care my dear friends