Last week I said we were going to go out on the holiday Monday for a cream tea and to watch May Pole dancers. Isn't this a lovely sign?
We had a very nice cream tea in a gorgeous garden at an old rectory in Sudborough, which was open to raise funds for good causes. I took several inspiration photos against the day when perhaps we will try to do something with our new garden - currently a fairly blank slate. There was also a tabletop sale where I bought this lovely handmade bowl for only £5. I was kicking myself afterwards wishing I had bought a few more as gifts. I know how to make these (winding fabric strips around piping cord, then zigzagging them together) but I could never do it as beautifully as this.
And a little pink teddy bear from the same pattern that I used earlier this year (Sandra Polley's Knitted Toys). That makes three things. I will find a nice pink gift box and I think it will make a nice ensemble to give to my work colleague.
I finished the wristwarmers I was knitting. These are in a double strand of sock yarn and are just a rectangle of 3x3 ribbing, seamed up one side leaving a hole for the thumb. They are to replace a pair that I was gifted with several years ago at the I-Knit London christmas santa swap which I found surprisingly versatile: they are great under mittens or to just warm my wrists when I am wearing a bracelet-length cardigan, because you can just take your thumb out of the hole and slide the wristwarmer onto your arm.
I've managed to finish the four corner blocks for the Stars Quilt. We're not meant to make holes in the wall of this rented house but I'm hoping they won't notice pinholes if I use the bedroom wall as a design wall.
And I did a bit more Fimo modelling, this time I made apples and pears. I'm pleased with how they turned out apart from the stems are too big. But the stems need to be sturdy enough to support the fruit while the varnish is drying.