There is a great deal happening around here at the moment.
I finally finished the remaining clothes for O's boy Clothkits doll (renamed Bob, by O. Love it!). He now has this wonderful hat, a man-bag and a very natty pair of bright red, owl-festooned pyjamas to go with his jeans, check shirt and waistcoat.
Thank you all so much for the good wishes for Cam's and Graham's races last weekend. They read all your kind comments and were delighted. They're planning to do another parkrun this Saturday.
I made a lightweight summer outfit for Livvy (hoping for some seriously hot weather in France and Switzerland this summer) using two favourite Simplicity patterns.
The top is made from Simplicity 2986, using a really luscious (and precious) metre of Amy Butler Belle fabric, and the cropped trousers are based on Simplicity 3669 (modified quite extensively), using linen from IKEA. Both the top and trousers are hemmed with thick velvet ribbon that my Grandmother gave me. I fully expect these to get worn and worn all summer long.
I have really enjoyed considering all your suggestions for small, portable sewing projects. Currently on the go are small bits of embroidery, sewing suffolk puffs, and little felty projects, How could I have forgotten about felt? And my favourite felt book? Great fun.
I've been baking biscuits, using a delicious recipe in Rachel Allen's Bake. I have written about this book before, but it really is excellent, and I keep going back to it. The recipe I used was the Basic Cookie recipe, with added orange zest. A lemon version is on the cards for this weekend.
I got Debbie Bliss's book Simply Baby out of the library last week, and I am knitting the two tone baby socks, which are just too sweet for words.
I have such a large stash of Debbie Bliss's Baby Cashmerino yarn that I might have to buy this book and start up sock production for all the babies I know.
This weekend I am planning on making my own bagels. I've been meaning to do this for months and it is time to stop promising to do it and have a go. Any tips?