February 4th, that means today was opening day for the bookmark exchange from our meet up way back last November. There was no organiser for this exchange so everyone had a surprise partner. We each filled out a card with a favourite flower, colour and type of cake we like and an envelope was chosen by each of us.
I chose Clare's card and she wanted pink and roses, this is what I sent off to Clare
There was a little bit of a problem as one lady had lost her card and wasn't sure she could remember who she was to send to. She asked for everyone to put their details up on the forum for her to try and guess. Funnily it was my name she had chosen. Thank you Lindsay, a beautiful bunch of freesias you stitched for me and the Six Strand Sweets threads will come in very handy.
I've spent a lot of the past week under the fluffy blanket. That'll teach me to say that I seemed to have escaped the coughs/colds that have been around recently. I've been full of sympathy with those who have had it, but wow... when you get it you sure know you have it!
I read the January book choice for the readers over at Needlecraft Haven. This month it was chosen by Maggie a fellow blogger. She chose Daughter by Jane Shemilt. Soon be time to see what the others thought of it, a mixed review on amazon.
I did manage to finish off Isabelle's cardigan ....
Another finish too, just a little stitching with Barb and the ladies last Wednesday in the parlour SAL, I finished stitching my little ornament Winters Eve by CCN.
No UFO stitching on Irish Garden this week, the brain cells were just not up to counting and concentrating on that. Oh dear only just into February and I have lapsed already on the UFO weekend stitching, but i do have a good excuse, the body was willing, the brain full of yeuck and cold lol.
A new start and something to learn too. I've never used a circular needle to knit and its something I wanted to try. This kit was bought at the knitting and stitching show in November. A lovely cowl using Blue Faced Leicester aran wool.
I wound the hank into a ball with the help of one of the craftshare ladies and here's where I have got to so far....
Talking of the craftshare, the winter wall hanging is up, my snowballers are having fun, although they do look a little lost on it ....
The community centre had a new group start last week. In conjunction with the self service library (they advised us most of their libraries have their own knitting groups) and funding from the NHS a new knitting group started on Friday mornings. The lady who runs this has plans for us to do charity knitting for a local care home and also the hospital neo natal department for premature babies.
I've knitted up a little hat in 4 ply according to the pattern given. You can hardly believe a little head will fit into this, its so teeny tiny. Look how small it is compared to a 100grm ball of wool. I also knitted a 6" square to make a start on the collection of squares for lap blankets but that was left at the group on Friday so no pic of that - you all know what a plain knitted square looks like.
A short walk at the weekend to blow the cobwebs (or nasty stuff) out of my head and I found myself handing over cash for this beauty ....
Bagged my self a real bargain, not sure if its handmade but the lovely crochet felted brooch that was on it definitely is.
I loved it when I saw it in the window and almost ran into the shop, delved into my purse and handed over a few coins totalling £4 for it. You would have paid way over that just for the beautiful brooch alone at a craft fayre. This is now my charity knitting bag as its from a charity shop and will be knitting goodies for the charities in the Friday morning knitting group. DH just rolled his eyes, I guess he was wondering why I NEEDED yet another bag to add to the **cough, cough** 'few' I already have.
I hope you are all safe and well with the recent cold snap we've been having and the snow showers have not caused too much havoc for you all. I see some of the USA ladies are staying home and making the most of it with lots of updates on their blogs of wonderful stitched and knitted creations. The winter weather does have its bonuses for some things.
Thanks for taking time to visit, I do appreciate it and assure you this post is germ free, I didn't sneeze once whilst typing it ........
Blessings to you all