I bought these machine knitting cones in the charity shop today as I loved the colours, particularly the turquoise. The yarn is quite fine, I'm going to try some little crochet flowers perhaps. Worth a try for just 25p each.
Yesterday, my second order from The Linen Cat arrived. All are all intended for Christmas presents though I am loathe to part with the green lavender bird, he's beautiful! Not only do they look great, they all smell gorgeous too.
I also treated myself to an interiors magazine. Several years ago I used to buy several of these each month but stopped when I gave up my job, not only was I economising but decorating fashions became very expensive and bland. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the one I happened upon while browsing during the weekly shop, it's a new one for me - Country Homes & Interiors.
It includes a rather attractive 2010 calendar.
March in particular looks great, love the crochet blanket.
Also in the magazine are some lovely Christmas decorations which look suitable for adapting and making oneself:
I may have a go at making a couple of little felt houses similar to these...
...likewise these doves. Where I'll find the time I don't know, but we'll see.
The magazine has also given me another Christmas decoration inspiration. I'll not say what it is, if it works OK (which it should, it's very simple and I've made something similar before) I'll post a little tutorial. The first step involves putting some things in the freezer which I'll do tonight...
Enjoy your weekend!