Hello, hello, did you miss me? 😉 Don’t worry, I don’t need an answer to that.
I’ve had a lovely time off, including all kinds of exciting things, more of which in a moment. I’d fully intended to come back with huge piles of finished objects, ready to either show off or wrap up. Of course, what I actually came back with were 3 more works in progress and slight RSI in my left hand. I *did* manage to finish one thing, but I’m saving that up for Friday.
Oh, okay, since you asked nicely, here’s a sneak preview.
You might not be able to tell from that picture, but this weekend, I made use for the first time of my bent safety pins for quilting. Wow. The first quilt I made, I basted with needle and thread. The second and third, I used spray basting. I have to say, that while pins were much more time consuming than either of those, I felt like my fabrics were much, much more secure, and quilting was dead easy. Looks like that was a good £3 spent!
I have been working on other things, mostly for Christmas, so those pictures will have to stay under wraps for now. One lovely thing was getting lots and lots of stitching done on our short holiday. We got a bargain deal to the Algarve, and I really can’t recommend it highly enough for some winter sun.
The days were sunny, and while it was a little chilly in the breeze or shade, in the sunshine, it was just wonderful. It really recharged my batteries, and we came back feeling like we’d had 2 weeks away rather than just 3 nights. The 5* hotel probably helped with that! I didn’t take tonnes of pictures, but I couldn’t stop photographing the pavements.
Apparently in Portugal, they don’t just put slabs down and have done with it. In every town, the pavements were made up of these lovely mosaics in all different styles. If I hadn’t had my (slightly non-plussed) husband with me, it’s probably all I would have taken pictures of!
The food was lovely (and cheap!), the people friendly and the whole thing was just what we needed at such a dreary, tiring time of year.
Having the pictures is useful at the moment, since I managed to pick up another cold over the weekend, and have started this morning sniffling and exhausted again. So to cheer myself up, I got my knitting out and did a few rows before work.
I cannot tell you how chuffed I am with this. It’s my first knitting project that’s got further than 4 rows, and although I don’t really enjoy the process of knitting the way I do with crochet, there’s a HUGE satisfaction in getting it done and seeing it grow. I think I’ve mentioned it before, and it was really one of those projects where the yarn TOLD me what it had to be, and I’m so glad I listened.
I’m ploughing through other Christmas projects still, so more on those in a couple of weeks, and I’m going to try to sort through my WsIP to work out which are active and which need to go into hibernation for a while. So much to make, so few days to Christmas!
How’s everyone else’s preparations going? Doing anything special for the holiday?
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