Thursday, 20 January 2011

Sunshine & surprises

Good evening

Wow another sunny day - cold but sunny. I can see in the borders that the daffs and other bulbs are really coming through thick and fast now. I know we're 2 months away from the official start of spring but these little signs make me hopeful that longer days and less clothing are just around the corner.

When I got back from my CS shift yesterday there was a parcel waiting on my desk. It took me a few moments to remember that it was a recent giveaway win - from Gill the Vintage Gardener. She had a giveaway recently to celebrate her first blog birthday and I was the lucky first name out of the hat. It was a lovely fat parcel and inside there were loads of lovelies;



A felt Stanley(which I shall be hiding from visiting small nieces), some vintage linens (these were wrapped around some of the parcels), some wonderful tags that are just gorgeous, a bookmark, a pretty pin cushion and a picture that is truly lovely. I need to get MrVV to put the picture up in my sewing room this weekend - I love having reminders of blog friends around me whilst I work. Thank you Gill very much :)

I finished knitting with my felting yarn - it ended up making a reasonable sized piece;


(Before)
(After)


I think it will be big enough to turn into a purse once it has fully dried out, had some decoration added and I've battle with putting a zip in!!

As I said at the beginning today has been a sunny one here in Suffolk and this morning I decided to see how sunny it was - the test - getting a load of washing dry on the line outside!!


It worked - here's hoping there's many more line drying days coming up - I love the smell of line dried washing - just have to be careful I sniff a pile of clean shirts rather than a heap of freshly washed boxer shorts!!

Right - back to sewing - having fun with felt & buttons tonight

See you soon

xxx Vicki xxx

17 comments:

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Ooh what a lovely lot you won in the giveaway - you lucky lady!! Love the knitting - it felted really well!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

You did well with your giveaway win! love the little dog. cute!

Your felting went really well. Did you machine felt it? I have had a go at that with a cardigan and the results were quite good.

Ahhh line dried washing. It has been sunny here in the S/W but oh so cold. Wasnt to sure that anything would dry on the line! I have so many blankets curtains etc. waiting for a warm sunny day's drying.


MBB x

maryannlucy said...

Check out my blog to see our weather. Walking home tonight, everything was white and the fog was thicker. Any chance you could send some sunshine our way. The photo of your washing looks lovely x

liz said...

Love the colours in that felt, its so pretty! It has been sunny here hasn't it, I have also has washing out, boys bedsheets to be precise, I too was busy breathing in that gorgeous line dried freshness, you just can't beat it! Spring is definately on its way!

Amy said...

what lovely goodies x

Ellouise88 said...

Love the felting and doesn't your garden look tidy! Aren't you lucky winning the giveaway! I'm thinking of doing a 'spring is coming' giveaway soon (maybe next week), so hope you'll enter mine as well.

Alijane said...

Your felting looks good.

I can't believe you got washing dry on the line today.

I can't wait to peg out laundry again. I also love the smell of line dried clothes and have a terrible habit of smelling it as I unpeg them. I sniffed as I unpegged once and realised that they were knickers and that my neighbour was watching - very embarrassing.

I did explain to her my line dry smell obsession and that I wasn't really a knicker sniffer!

Take care

Alison
x

Jenny at Red House said...

Hi that felted yarn looks cool!you are so right about freshly dried clothes outside! jennyx

Jenevieve said...

Lovely goodies! That felted wool look great, looking forward to seeing it made into a purse! Can't wait til we can put out our washing too! :) x

emma bear forever said...

Thank you for sharing the sun with me on this Friday morning ;0)

The felted wool looks fab. I have never tried felting before and I have only tried a zip for a makeup bag once and it was a disaster. x

Country Girl said...

I don't envy you the zip wrestling - felted wool can be a pig to sew.

JP said...

the felting looks brilliant

Donna ~ Love.Hope.Craft said...

Lovely giveaway prizes :0)
I love your felting work. Maybe I'll have to try and have a go...
Is it better to knit the yarn first, or to crochet it, as would doing one or the other produce a thicker/thinner felt?
Or maybe that doesn't matter and I should just go for it eh? LOL
Have a great weekend x

Nana Go-Go said...

Hello Vicki, just wanted to thank you for my envelope which arrived safely today. I must say, I`m beginning to feel like Mrs. Popular with all the birthday treats that are trickling in but I`m not going to open any of them until my birthday on Tuesday. I just LOVE surprises! Thanks once again.

Diane said...

Thats a great prize. Your finds were lovely too. I think folk must be having a new years clearout. xxxx

a mermaids purse said...

oh such a delightful post ;0)
all those wonderful goodies and the felted purse really lovely- thanks for sharing x

Dmi said...

have a nice day ;)!
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