April 21, 2008

Stuff...

Terrible title for a post, but I can't think of what else to put, it's been a busy week!.  The tonsillitis keeps coming back, plus I also have a heavy cold, and with it being the school holidays, potty training (which, on our second attempt, is going really well) and Mr LK away, I don't mind admitting I've been pretty knackered!  Shamefully, I didn't even get my act together to sort a wish list for Purl Patchwork while he was in New York, but luckily for me, he took matters into his own hands, and paid a visit to Kinokuniya and came away with a lovely selection of books, which I thought I'd share...

Look at those amazing crochet hooks, where on earth can I get one??!


Some lovely felted bags, I really like the handles on these two,

really nice coaster sets,

lovely corsages,

more felted bags,

and just lots and lots of inspiration in general.


A few of you have asked for tips about felting, to be honest, I'm no expert, I'm a chuck it in the washing machine and hope for the best kind of girl, and believe me, there have been a few disasters.  There was one charity shop jumper, it was really nice, tan wool, sleeveless top but it felted and shrank so much that it now looks like a comical hot water bottle cover!.  It will make a nice bag though and quite sturdy too, as it's so thick.  The best advice on felting is from Betz White and in particular this post as she gives before and after examples.

 This week is back to school, so Wednesday should, in theory, be my first proper day crafting in a while, but instead I am off to London with Mr LK for a private view of The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, at the Mall Gallery to see his work on show.  It is the first time in a long, long while I've been able to go, I've either been working myself, or looking after the children.  Now we live closer to London, it is much easier to make the trip, we're not used to going anywhere on our own though without the children, I'll have to remember that this time I don't need wet wipes and chocolate buttons in my bag!

Thank you for all the lovely 'pink cat' comments, and yes, it will be part of the next Etsy shop update, so for now, back to sewing!

19 comments:

Ali said...

What a gem - looks like he chose very well.

Kitty said...

Sorry to hear you've been feeling so rough - hope you feel much better very soon.

Gorgeous pictures - didn't he do well, finding it for you?

Off to check out Betz White's instructions on felting now - thanks for the link. x

monda-loves said...

sorry to hear that tonsillitis is still kicking around - it has a habit of doing this. My best advice - get them taken out - it works wonders!

I have book envy - this is the kind of book you could pick up 1000 times and still not be bored. Good job Mr LK!

monda
x

Suzie Sews said...

sorry to hear your feeling uk!!! Hope its all getting better. Enjoy your your Wednesday...
Suzie Sews

Blossom said...

Well its good to see you again.I had been wondering where you had gotten to......
glad to hear you are doing better.

The books are just gorgeous!!!!

Some lovely ideas in there......
So do you read Japanese/chinese????

Amy said...

those handles really are great! I especially like the one on the right!

syko kajsa said...

Lovely books, you're a lucky girl!!

Laura B said...

MrLK did well! What wonderful inspiring stuff :) Hope you are feeling better soon x

dottycookie said...

Sorry to hear you're still feeling rotten.

Those little coasters are absolutely lovely!

mellyandrosie said...

What a fabulous man you have - lucky you!!! And man whio will buy you Japanese craft books as a surprise is a KEEPER!! Lovely mags and I hope health will soon return to the LK home!

saraeden said...

Hope your feeling better soon
and i love the books !!

Sara x

jellybelly*jellybrain said...

Hiya - I found you via Sam at incywincy. I love your work and would like to add you as a link on my blog if that's okay?

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love those new books - no doubt you will find plenty of inspiration in them. Mr LK did well!

Kara Ward said...

Oh, I love the purr-fect kitty. She is pink and she looks like she could be a bit sassy. I just think you have out done yourself here! Kara

incywincy said...

Get better soon LK. x

To cheer you up a little bit ... You have been given an award! Check my blog =D

Kate said...

Wonderful books - he chose well!

Vikki said...

Ooh lovely books! I got my Crochet hooks from Etsy. I did a search and got a lovely set! Hope you feel better soon!

Cathy said...

Great photos - some lovely inspiration. I only wish I could find some woollen items in the charity shops - they all seem to be acrylic, which is no use to anyone!
Cathy XX

sauvageblue said...

The crochet hook looks like its by Clover the Co who makes bamboo knitting needles. Great book, I love Japanese craft books, lucky you, smile...