I've been working on a couple of things lately that are so BRIGHT and beautiful that they are the perfect antidote to the cold, dark, damp January days we have been having lately.
The first of a planned series of mahoosive cushions in my Christmas present Amy Butler fabrics (from the Daisy Chain range (apart from 3) - see the Etsy link on my sidebar for where I bought them)
The cushion is 24" square and just looks fab on my new second-hand sofa.
The sofa came from one of my big brothers and is donkey-years old, second hand to him from where he used to work, but very expensive when new - it's just a shame it took over an hour to get it into the house and involved taking off two doors and part of a door frame!
It is extremely comfortable and very deep which is great if you want to flop but not so good if you want to sit up and sew/crochet/knit, so I bought 6 24" feather cushions for the bargain price of £1.99 each - now I just have to cover them all!
The other fabulously colourful thing I have been working on is this hexagon blanket from Lucy's tutorial. I love doing my ripple but you can't really carry it round with you whereas I can pop little balls of yarn in my handbag so I can make hexagons anywhere (including at work in my lunchbreak!)
You couldn't feel cold or miserable looking at this colour burst could you? I ordered some more cotton yarns (orange, red and gooseberry green) from Barbara at Ring-a-Rosie - have you seen that her website is up and running?
Another exciting crafty project in the pipeline is Rosalie Quinlan's Little Patchwork Village
I'm so delighted to have been able to get the pattern in this country already. I ordered it from here on Tuesday afternoon and it arrived the next day which is amazing these days!
Other exciting crafty things are in the pipeline and I heard yesterday that I WON'T be getting a load of A'level Archaeology teaching to do over the next couple of months - which is a shame as far as the money and "playing at being a grown up again" is concerned but a HUGE relief in terms of workload - I'll have so much more time to play!
So why, oh why have my stupid elbow and wrist started to hurt again??????
But it's funny how it hurts so much more when I am using the computer at work than when I am crafting!
Edited to say - Oh BUM, the above sentence is not true at all! I've been trying to crochet this evening and my elbow hurt so much I only managed to do the very central ring of a hexagon. I'm so fed up :o( A whole evening ahead of me with no crafting - what a stupid waste of time!