Hello everyone, I have to say that normally my post consists mainly of bills and takeaway menus... but yesterday I was very chuffed indeed to receive something much more exciting through the letterbox - my giveaway prize from the lovely Verity through her brilliant blog Miss Ginger Makes..... a brand new copy of the 'Knit your own Royal Wedding' - thank you very much Verity!
This book is an absolute classic....
You can even knit the corgis!
Here is the lovely Kate in a beautiful knitted wedding dress
And the rest of the family... Her Majesty is seen to be wiping a tear from her eye in this scene...brillant.
Even their faces really do look like the royal family don't you think?
Ooh, I can't wait for the Royal Wedding... all that time off work too hooray!
I would love to knit these... I was taught to knit when I was little by my lovely Nan, however the most complicated thing I have ever finished is a simple pink scarf, so I am not very confident with all the increasing/decreasing etc, although there is a section in this book which shows you how to do this so I plan to give it a good go and start with a Corgi.
On the subject of knitting - last year I posted about my trying to learn crochet project and I am pleased to report I have made a tiny bit of progress...
Here is the dog/fox creature that I really wanted to make from my magazine...
And here is my attempt at dog/fox creature so far...
(A head and a leg)
As you can see he is missing a few vital limbs, but he is slowly getting there I think... I am having a couple of issues with it though - firstly, I am finding quite hard to keep track of the pattern and remember how many single/2 double crochets I have done when I am either decreasing or increasing - so when I pick it up after not having done anything for a day or two, I can't remember for the life of me where I got up to, and I'm not sure how to tell just by looking at the stitches I have done so far... even mid crochet I loose count!
Also... when I made the dog/fox head, for the last 5 or 6 rows I had to decrease (dc2tog), on every stitch, however I am left with lots of big (ish) holes which are quite significant next to the other stitches which are much tighter... if anyone could offer any advice on this it would be very much appreciated!! :)
It's sooo nice that the weather is getting warmer! Spring is in the air for sure...
I just love the white pansies with the purple bit in the middle... (I'm so easily pleased)
My lavender bush is starting to show green shoots...
And courgette seeds are starting to grow - these things grow at a rate of knots! (unlike
my chilli plant seeds which were not worth a photo as the little blighters refuse to show themselves)
And here are my sweet peas... hopefully I get flowers on these this year as my sweet peas last year were flower-less! Not sure why... second time lucky, eh.
And some Oregano which I thought would be quite useful for putting on pizzas and things...
I hope that you are all having lovely weekends, and Happy Mother's Day!
I treated my Mum to this beautiful handbag mirror from the brilliant Jenny Arnott, and she loved it (thanks Jenny!)
Ooh yes, there is still time to enter my Spring giveaway here if you would like too :)