I love, LOVE, LOOOVE this rippley thing. I have become ripple-addicted. I really don't think I'm up to starting a massive blanket sized version (yet, still got the granny squares one to finish,) but I have decided to go for a bright cushion cover to go with my Garden Party cushions. I started last night and spent the evening happily rippling away...
I am now stuck on what colours to use next. I really think it needs to be the mustardy yellow but I am really not a yellow lover so I am struggling... I'll have a glass of wine to give me the dutch courage to carry on later!
This morning's project has been more Cath K stripey patchworking to craft some more covers for notebooks. I was able to include a lovely floral patterned fabric I picked up last week. I like to look at the patchwork at this stage, it looks equally pleasing, but in a completely different way, from when it is made up into something else.
I want to show you something else, please. I bought a few of those little china posies a fair few months ago and have since had my mum scouring the North West for them too, to augment my collection. She came up trumps with a few beauties for my collection, don't you think?
I now have about 6 posies and 9 brooches. Still need more...obviously. I love the colours you find in these, they really are my faves and so "Spring-like", too. The posy with the flowers coming out of the lemon-coloured "horn" (the posy at the top of the photo) is just right for this time of year, daffs and tulips. Flowers which promise us a change from the gloom of Winter, I think. Oh please, please, PLEASE hurry up Spring! And thank you mum, my little shopping helper.
Vorey says please can Spring hurry up, too! And is this stripey fabric thing going to make my new bed? Err, definitely not, young man!
I have to cheat a bit now, on the title of this post, because the patchworky fabric is no longer a WIP, as I've made the notebooks covers since I started this post this morning. I think (I know, I am biased), they look really nice and I love the bright colours and the simple flowery patterns. I do think these fabrics look better when you put them together than they do on their own. Maybe that's because I can never just restrict myself to using one!
This time, I've made some A4 sized notebooks which are a real luxury. It takes a heck of a lot of patchworking to make those!
Now, nothing to do with WIPs at all, but didn't I mention I went to Cath K's outlet store?
At first, I thought it wasn't there as I dashed off the shuttle bus straight round the corner to its usual spot to find, well, no Cath K. A few enquiries in the Le Creuset shop (and a new enamelled casserole pot in that delicious turquoisey colour) later, I find the new Cath K store and it is TWICE the size. Oh happy days. Lots of lovely textiles to be had (and some spotty placemats too). I just love that towel, I'm going to turn it into a roller towel for the kitchen at the cottage (when I find one of those old wooden roller thingies, that is).
Couldn't resist this "Threads" tin at half price...
I had promised myself a new overnight bag ages ago and had kicked myself for not having bought one the last time I spotted them in the outlet store. Well, it was a good job I waited (I'm soooo restrained) as they had several different patterns from which to choose this time and I plumped for this one. No one's going to lose me in a crowd...
I also got some lovely blue cotton sheets with crochet lace edging which were fab bargains. I'm going to turn the single sheet into two pillowcases; I'll post piccies once that WIP (very IP as they are currently in the washer) is completed.
Just to prove this post really is mainly about WIPs, whilst I've been typing this, I've managed to field a call from the gardener about pruning lilac trees and brambles, make and light the fire, install a Munchkin with a cold under a candlewick blanket on the sofa in front of a Thomas the Tank video and...start the mustardy colour on my ripple.