I've been feeling a bit like Charlie-Boy the last few days, a bit worn out and just wanting to curl up. On Tuesday, I could resist no longer and a little trip to a certain emporium on Northcote Road saw me finally giving in to this delicious bedding, aided by a few of my hard earned pennies from the Fair. Charlie-Boy obviously approves!
Meanwhile, the old Miele had been taking a bit of a battering and some machine felting of the woollen blankets I bought in Ludlow has been taking place. One blanket is now a rather stunning shade of bright pink, one half of the other blanket has been left au naturel and the remaining half has turned a fetching turquoisey green. Although this half blanket was the correct weight to supposedly achieve the full bright turquoise colour shown on the packet, it actually came out as this jadey green and I think it's rather lovely. One of those funny quirks, had I wanted to dye the blanket this exact shade it would have proved impossible, no doubt!
I soon got to work chopping up a bit of the pink blanket and for what better cause than mine and the beloved's anniversary of the day we met 5 years ago. Only five?!
I enjoyed myself using the pink felted wool, my fave fabric which I bought from Donna at the Fair last Saturday, along with some vintage trims and buttons, also mainly bought from the Fair. I also tried out the lovely coloured ink pads I bought at the Country Living Fair - yes, yet more turquoise and pink!
I can't help thinking this would make a fabulous brooch...
Meanwhile, when we got back home on Sunday, I was very excited to find a little packet from Japan lingering in the porch. It contained this lovely book...
I first saw this via Jane's blog, Posy, and thought I needed to treat myself to it straight away!
It never ceases to amaze me just how fantastic the postal service is between here and Japan, a mere 5 days and you have your goodies.
So, Jane and Lucy (and anyone else waiting for this book,) look away if you don't want your surprise to be spoiled because I can't help but to show you a few pages and share the gorgeousness.
The projects are a mixture of knitting and crochet. The colours used are lovely and have you ever seen such fabulously simple but gorgeous styling?
Now the only little problem, which you may have guessed given the book comes from Japan, is that it is written in Japanese. Oh!
I also dislike the fact that the first half of the book is entirely made of page after page of lovely photos of the projects but that leaves all the instructional pages to the end so I forever found myself flicking between the photo page and the instructions page whilst I was crocheting away.
There are diagrams at the back of the book. Thank goodness because quite obviously, the Japanese writing is complete gobbledygook to me!
That said, I am still struggling to work out some of the diagrams, although I do normally like working from the stitch diagrams. I had a go at what I thought looked like the most understandable (easy!) project and I admit to winging a bit of it but I think it has turned out ok...
It was larger than I expected. I used a number 4 hook and mainly Rowan cotton DK. I have also blocked it to try and make it a bit more stiff and regular in shape (which has worked).
I bought my book on Etsy from here.
There are lots of lovely Japanese craft books in this store but I think I need to master this book before I move on to any more!