I was very lucky recently to win a Pass the Book event organised by Emma of Silver Pebble.
A package of lovely things arrived earlier this week.
Some seeds for the garden (red valerian and aquilegia)
The book - a lovely edition of "Cranford" by Elizabeth Gaskell. I missed the recent tv adaption of this so it's all new to me, I do prefer to read first then watch.
And not forgetting this gorgeous little bird pendant handmade by Emma. It's beautiful and I've already been wearing it nearly every day since receiving it.
Once I've finished the book I'll be passing it on with some more gifts.
In the meantime...
...I've been making a little more progress with my African Flowers blanket.
As it was a nice sunny afternoon I took it outside for some photos to record its current status.
We start on the bench...
...then my assistant comes along saying she's feeling cold...
...and proceeds to adopt some striking poses.
I've made and joined 126 hexagons. I've another 60 or so to do, then I've to figure out the half hexagons and border so I'm only about 50% complete. I made the first flower on 5th May, so at the same rate I should be finished by the end of October. Considering I've been crocheting for less than a year (this was my first crochet post) I'm still pretty pleased with my progress.
...actually, as soon as we could, (Clarks opens at 10am, we were there for 10 past and it was already busy!) we went to buy A her first pair of school shoes. She starts school in under three weeks so her days of midweek crochet posing are numbered! Size 9.5E by the way. We also attempted to buy shoes for N who has leaped from a 5.5 to a 7, however, he protested loudly and demanded to get his wellies back on. I wasn't going to pay £32 for shoes under such circumstances - a new pair of wellies from Asda it is then!