my magic yarn ball is on its way to Spokane, Washington ...can't wait for mine to arrive and find out what lovelies my swap partner has chosen for me... I've always wanted to try the Noro "Silk Garden" but never found the right project ( I'm a bit frightened by the idea of variegated wool) and as my swap partner is a muted natural type of girl, I thought this heathery coloured yarn would be perfect. Lets hope so.
After receiving a needlebook from devinemom at musings of an unplanned mother not only was I inspired to try a version of my own , this apple , but also to try ( quite logically) a pincushion. After all, my mouth is not always the best place for pins and I can no longer safely stick them on the front of whatever I happen to be wearing ( babies do not like pins! sorry Charlie, old habits...). I saw some very cute and fat little ones at zakkaya in Melbourne and resisted the urge to buy one, thinking I really should give it a go myself. The result- quite fat and plump but sooooo overstuffed that it was too hard to get the pins into. A bit of unpicking and a fair amount of unstuffing and voila! le pincushion ( I've always wanted to have a French accent and if I was enormously rich, I'd hire a French nanny called Yvette so that my girls would sound like the little cutie on the Yoplait ad).
And because I haven't posted about any recently ..a book. Japanese naturally (although I do have a large collection of English text ones which I really should post about sometime. Next time).
Nuku Nuku ( anyone know what this means?) ISBN 4-277-43039-2 is a mix of crochet, knit and sewing projects. I really want to make the house shoes ( above) even though Damian would laugh everytime I put them on. I know they're kind of duck feet like but they look so warm and toe toasty. Just what a reptile like me needs when the sun goes down.
I don't think that the mittens would be very practical but they are fun and I really want to have a go at this apron thing that they call a "blanket" - maybe its meant to be a wrap around blanket?? Anyway I think that is an interesting take on an apron, that I would get some use out of. And their choice of fabric is perfect. And then I too, can sit around in my sun drenched hallway,enjoying a moment of solitude and gazing dreamily out of the doorway.....until someone needs food/drink/nappy change or my person to dress up in a sparkly piece of fabric and a pair of Princess Fiona ears..... which beats having to stand in for the giant Barbie doll head and having my hair styled into a lovely birdsnest look with butterfly clips, fancy elastics and tinsel.