I seem to be becoming a part-time blogger at the moment, Google Reader has loads for me to catch up on and my own posts are coming further apart than normal - perhaps I am just feeling sorry for you all and giving you a much needed break from my ramblings!!!
On Friday I finally mastered the art of crochet!
I remember the first time I tried it was in my first year of secondary school and we had to knit and crochet some samples to stick in our needlework books (I was only allowed to do 6 months of needlework and 6 months of cookery before I had to go on to more "academic" subjects - ironic when you consider what I now spend all my time doing!)
For some reason the wool I was using was a very uninspiring beige and I can still picture those sample pieces in my exercise book - and I can still remember how I struggled with the crochet!
But now I can do it - thanks to Patti (although the square she did to show me the process is a million times better!)I was so excited about it that I had to photograph my first square at each stage!
I plan to make these into a blanket some day but I'm finding it hard to crochet and watch telly at the same time so I may have to go back to knitting for my evening crafting!
It has been a strange weekend because Dorothy went to stay with my mum and dad on Friday night and we only picked her up yesterday evening so the house has felt very empty (and quiet!!!!) without her.
Then on Saturday Fred was invited to spend the day at his friend's house - and I don't think he has ever been out for that long other than to go to school. So Daisy and I went shopping together and then to the cinema - it was really nice having her to myself for the day.
I love this photo of her walking home - she is so stylish in the way she puts her clothes together and although she is only 7 she looks about 15 striding up the road in her boots from her big cousin!
The other treat I had promised Daisy was that I would make her a "something" with her Paddington Bear fabric - she is a huge Paddington fan.
So on Sunday morning while Mr Locket and Fred went to visit Granny and Grandpa Biscuit, Daisy and I made this pencil roll - loosely following this tutorial.
The only thing I would have done differently was the spacing for the pencil slots - the tutorial said 1 inch but I have always done a 3/4 inch space when I have made art bags, and the pencils are fairly loose on this one.
She also asked me to make her a little purse to go with it so she had somewhere to put her eraser and sharpener.
And now I have orders from Dorothy and Fred for their own so that is my task for today.
The other thing we achieved this weekend was planting two new apple trees at the allotment. Most fruit trees are fairly expensive and I wouldn't risk planting anything at the allotment that I couldn't afford to lose, but these two, Jonagold and Granny Smith, were only £3.99 each from Aldi. I bought two last year as well so hopefully with the four different varieties they will cross pollinate each other. We have planted them close to the shed to provide a bit of shelter and privacy when we want to have our picnics! And I'm very glad we got them in yesterday because the weather has taken a turn for the worse and is cold, wet and windy!
I'll try to blog more regularly this week and will definitely have to blog at the weekend to tell you all about our exciting day out on Friday at the Country Living Show - can't wait to meet up with the bloggy friends that are coming! Get your pink carnations from Gina ready!