Monday, 28 April 2008

The little cats are in the shop!

I finally got round to listing the new little cats in my Etsy shop (link on the right-hand side). The blue and purple one, Rufus, is reserved for sister Jen (I hope she likes him!), but Emily (orange) and Matilda (green) are open to all and looking for good homes. I'm also quite happy to make custom cats for anyone who wants one, I have all colours of felt and wool and buttons.

Also just because I can, here's a photo we took yesterday (using the tripod and the timer). We needed a nice photo of the two of us for Bob's baby book, and we did get a lovely one, so here it is.

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Bob update!

We had the Big Scan on Monday and it was most excellent. The amount of detail you can see is amazing. Sadly Bob was being a bit unco-operative and we mainly saw her from the side, as in the picture above (head to the right, then you can see the spine quite clearly, the dark patch in her chest is her heart. And you can see a thigh and knee in the bottom left).

And yes I said 'her'! The ultrasound operator said she couldn't see completely clearly, but she was about 80% sure that it was a little girl. We weren't going to have everything pink or blue anyway, so we've decided to say 'she' and 'her' and if we're wrong then, well, it'll be a funny story to write in the baby book. ;)

Other than that, not a lot. Mark has swapped his blue Vauxhall Astra for a blue Renault Scenic, as part of his preparation for becoming a responsible family man. The weather is getting slowly better (no more snow thank goodness!) and I'm starting to think about the garden. I planted some sweetcorn seeds and I'm going to have about 23,000 plants I think. But I like sweetcorn so that's OK. And the knitted blanket is coming along nicely, I have some of it sewn together now and will need to take a photo. And I think that's all.

Friday, 11 April 2008

New projects!

Mark is in New York at the moment (allegedly for work) so Mum came to stay the last couple of days. We had a lovely day out yesterday and did some shopping and I accidentally spent all my money. Although it was all on things I was planning to buy at some point anyway, honestly.

First, we went to the Country Cross-Stitcher in Woburn, which is a really lovely little shop with everything you could want for needlework. I've been looking for a birth sampler kit for a while but couldn't find one I liked because I'm quite picky. They had this one though, which I thought was lovely. So now I have another sampler to make (I've been halfway through this one for about four years).

Also, a few days ago I finally found the lace blanket pattern that I want to make for my baby. It's this one, and of course I needed some wool, so Mum and I also stopped at Hobbycraft for that. I found some lovely wool (Wendy Mode DK) that is 50% merino wool and 50% acrylic, so it's lovely and soft and woolly whilst also being quite tough (and machine-washable!), and it wasn't too expensive. I've made a start already.

The photo is a bit dark, it's actually almost white, just ever-so-slightly cream. You make hexagons and sew them together, and half-hexagons and triangles to fill in the edges. Then there's a border that goes all the way round. And it all looks lovely.

Sunday, 6 April 2008

The weather (cont.)

Yesterday Mark moved the bench out onto the grass for me, so that I could sit out there sometimes.

Yeah, that's working out really well.