Wednesday, 16 January 2013

I must stop doing this...

No panic.  I am not ceasing to stitch but I must stop reading a book at lunchtime.   For the past few days I have been parking my car under a shady tree (well, it is around 25 degrees celsius here and the sun is hot) and while eating my lunch have been eating a book.  Oops, make that reading a book.   All the best dietitians and nutrition experts tell you this is bad for the digestion.   I don't know about that but I do know I lose sight of time and barely make it back to my office by the end of my lunch break.   Definitely not a good way to start the year!
   But I highly recommend this work of fiction which held me in its grip yesterday.
Thanks to the boring sports portion of the TV news hour I finished the book and so did make some progress on stitching ;-)
I have completed the January page of my NMMSAL and made a start on the February page.   After the page is ironed you can see a picture but at the moment there are too many wrinkles. 
I have completed the stitching on the Lavender Hussif (started way back here) and hope to get some of the construction done this weekend.   A zipper needs to be purchased and metres and metres of twisted cording, for the edging, needs to be made.   Oh dear, this part is the least interesting.
I have retrieved Shelley's Jewellery Box from its 'retirement home' and will make an effort to complete this during 2013.  This can be my Guild project -  at least until I get too bored something else takes my eye.

I have decided what I am going to make with the two lace elephants my niece brought me from India.  My grandmother always called the size pouch I have in mind, a handkerchief sachet.   Well, I won't be using the pouch for handkerchiefs but I will be making just such an object.

Beyond this I have made no plans -  there are plenty of charts and linen and floss in my stash cupboard so I will not be totally bereft of possibility.

I don't think I have shown this -  a gift from a friend for me to stitch.   the little house needle holder I am going to redo as I finished it with some linen showing as a border and that is apparently not correct so a re-working is necessary.  Tonight perhaps?  The floss ring is buttonhole over a plastic curtain ring -  clever no?  Those little felt flowers on the pin heads (next to the scissors) require small fingers to manipulate!!
Well that's all for today.


  1. I always enjoy seeing what you are currently reading. I enjoy reading too Margaret but I've gone down the road of having a Kindle and find it so much easier on my hands/wrists.

    1. My brother-in-law is on at my to get an e-reader. I keep saying maybe...!

  2. Aww so sweet..I love the elephant so much ..the box is so pretty too..
    Big hugs x

  3. I love reading over my lunch! ;) Maybe it's not good for digestion, but it's fantastic for uninterrupted reading time. I hope you're able to find some other time to read!

    1. I'm not sure I will look for another time. I may just try and exercise my self-control a little more ;-)

  4. I'll have to see about getting my hands on that book. :) The little lace elephants are adorable and can't wait to see your finished sachet!