Saturday, May 29, 2010
In preparation for our impending move, we have adopted a "10% out" policy to try and avoid shifting a lot of stuff we don't need to our new home. The idea is that rather than taking on whole rooms with a vague 'we need to get rid of stuff' idea, we look at categories of stuff, e.g. fiction books, clothes, cooking equipment etc. and try to find 10% of each category that we can sell, give away, donate to charity, recycle or otherwise shed from our lives. It's amazing how easily this can be done once you get going, and often we've found ourselves ditching a lot more than 10%.
Obviously, while we're going through this, the idea isn't really to acquire more stuff, however desirable. That said, just wanted to share a couple of bookshelf treasures I very much covet at the moment.
I love Anna Maria Horner's fabrics, although I've yet to find a project to justify getting some (maybe if baby #2 is a girl?). Her new book Handmade Beginnings looks heavenly though, and could be just the thing to tempt me into more sewing adventures to build on my limited experience. Read a really interesting interview with Anna Maria on the Sew Liberated blog.
I saw the author of The Italian Cookery Course on a TV cooking programme recently and my ears pricked up. It seems that this hefty tome is meant to be a step-by-step guide to authentic Italian cooking. I love Italian food, for its flavours and the way recipes tend to use a relatively small number of high quality ingredients. However, beyond tomato sauce, pizza and pesto I don't really have a repetoire of dishes I can make. I bought book of Italian recipes with vouchers earlier this year, but it was a bit of a let down to be honest. This one looks far more promising, and having recently watched Julie and Julia on DVD I'm rather taken with the idea of working my way through the fundamentals of Italian cuisine. And yes, I know this sounds a bit crazy coming from a very pregnant mother of a toddler, but what could be more authentic than filling my kitchen with the scent of basil, tomatoes, garlic etc. with two bambinos running around my feet?!?
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
It has to be said that 3rd trimester fatigue, completing the final essay of a qualification I've been working towards forever it seems, house move preparation and so on and so on, I haven't been doing so much crafting recently. Writing this I realise how much I'm missing it, so maybe I need to get a proper project on the go soon. However, I am creating at the moment, and somewhat against the clock as it's a gift for someone. I made my first 'granny' blanket a few years ago and even though this is my fourth, I'm always amazed all over again at just how much yarn crochet blankets eat! Having exhausted all the suitable colours in my stash, I bought in some King Cole DK, mainly because I liked the colour choice. It's super cheap, especially for pure wool, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the quality and feel of it. I might even try it for one of the cardigans I want to make, as being superwash it would have a fighting chance of surviving my haphazard washing habits, unlike some past projects!
Sunday, May 23, 2010
According to the weather forecast, it's not going to last much beyond the weekend, but the last couple of days we've seen, and felt, some proper sunshine. Yesterday we headed down to visit Great-grandparents by the seaside, the long and rather hot car journey giving the boy a chance to develop his own unique brand of summer style.
Today we stayed closer to home, with 'him indoors' chipping away at the heap of packing we need to do over the next few weeks. As the cloudless skies carried on into the afternoon we all decamped to a sun soaked garden and Penelope the chicken got a thorough house clean. Above is the view from my deckchair- yes, the small hillock my hand is resting on is in fact the ever expanding bump, which goes some way to explain why I was in the deckchair doing crochet, instead of helping out!