Well, the Monday evening 6 week knitting course has come to an end, and thanks to Amanda there are more ladies in the world who can knit, pearl, increase, decrease and cable! On the final evening they learnt how to knit flowers, and are now ready to knit their poppies after making a donation to the poppy appeal through www.knitonthenet.com/poppy and getting their pattern. I'm sure Sandra made one last year and I plan to this year. The course was such a success that we plan to run another one next year, starting around April, when it's not too warm to be playing with wool but the evenings are lighter so the trek out to the farm is less daunting!
Amanda will be back a week on saturday to unravel the mysteries of crochet - having just bought the Crochet Bible I see that anything that can be knitted, can be crocheted - with the advantage of having to deal with just one needle! There are still a couple of places if anyone is interested in signing up.
This Saturday is Jelly Roll day - I finally get to use up the jelly roll I bought about two years ago! Again, it's not too late to join us if you want. Below is the Ring of Love quilt I made for my cousin's wedding present:
More reasons to start quilting: The Sunday Times Style magazine this week described patchwork quilts as the hottest news in bed linen - 'crafty, cosy and creative'. It went on to say that the craft a lot of people are talking about is quilting, and the article opened with: 'You have left work late again. It's already dark once your dinner is in the oven and you've begun staring at the tv in much the same way you've been looking at your computer all day. It sounds bleak and unfulfilling...' and so it does!! I have to confess that on evenings in I sit in front of the television, but in the 13 years or so that I've been quilting it's very rare for me not to be sewing a quilt at the same time, and annoying everyone by saying "what happened then?" whenever there's a break in the dialogue!!!
Finally, some good news for us - after a week of Jake, our old Collie Cross, being very poorly with Vestibular Neuritus, he is feeling a lot better. He's able to get himself up now and stagger around the garden, so hopefully he will be with us a bit longer - at 14 he's no pup anymore!