It's Abbey Quilters' monthly meeting tonight, and right now I should be cooking the dinner! So what did I decide to knit? I had a look through my books and pulled out this one
this is what I knitted over the weekend
it may look a bit strange now, but eventually it should look like this, once the tube is stuffed - a spiral woollen rug!
Malcolm gave me this bag for Christmas - it stops the ball of wool from rolling about the floor
I needed a new notebook to record my knitting in, so this lovely owl book, free with a magazine, is perfect!
when we were out and about on my birthday, I spotted this tin. Of course it had to come home with me! It had biscuits in it, which I have transferred to Malcolm's biscuit barrel It is so pretty, I will have to put a very special project in it
I had a long chat with Anne on the phone last week about Nice people, Nice Things. We have decided that it is much too big a project to continue with, as she would end up paying me more for making it than she would recoup from selling the patterrns! So I am going to make up the twelve blocks that I have finished into samples for the shop - I'll show you the progress on them tomorrow.
I filled the bird feeders this morning for the first time this autumn. Instead of clustering round the feeders nearest to the window, the sparrows decided to eat the peanuts in the feeder at the back of the garden, and as the shrub in front of the bird table has grown rather a lot over the summer, it made taking photos tricky
so Malcolm was despatched with the secateurs to give the shrub a trim - much better!
when I came back into the house from the studio this afternoon, the sparrows were out in force - click on the photo to enlarge it, to see them sitting on the stones
with a robin keeping an eye on them
I can now give you the link to Will's photography website. Stuart thoroughly enjoyed his lesson, and says he would recommend the walking tour of Edinburgh .... you not only get to see the sights, but you get the best of advice for taking your photos (and, if you like whisky, I believe a dram or two can be included along the way!).
I missed my big lens when I was taking photos of the birds, but I won't mind too much that I haven't yet got it back, if Stuart continues to send me photos like this one, which he took yesterday, when he and Alison were out and about on a day off (I don't think you need me to tell you that this is a boy!)
to finish - my breakfast looked so pretty this morning, I had to take a photo! Toasted brioche with half-fat creme fraiche, strawberries and blueberries ...... and maple syrup!