So at last, the Little Postcards returned after a (very) long 8 week school summer holiday, and throughout that time, I have used crafty distractions each day to keep me going. Here’s my final week (+2 days) just a week or so after they went back to school! Better late than never!
Work began on Percy the Gnome’s head.
Head complete with eyes, meant time for a little scarf.
On Monday evening, we played scrabble and I crocheted along at the same time – not advisable as I kept losing count – however near the start of the game I ended up with the letters to spell sewing in my little rack of tiles. How appropriate for a craft challenge, shame it didn’t spell crochet!
A gnome hat with a bell!
And he’s finished!
On Thursday, our last full day in Manchester, Percy came out with us to the park, looking for some fairies to hang out with…
… I didn’t see any, but saw quite a few fairy doors.
While the Little Postcards played and climbed, I found time for a last little bit of English al fresco crochet for this summer.
In flight crochet, crochet and gin goes so well together don’t you think?
As I waited for the copious washing machine cycles to finish as I unpacked from our trip, I caught up with one of my favourite blogs (Attic24). I discovered through reading it that this year’s Yarndale Festival was appealing for butterflies to be made, so quickly made one…
A little flurry of butterflies (the correct term I believe is a kaleidoscope) all bound for Yarndale. One had to be red and white for Gibraltar 🇬🇮.
And another thing…
Way back just before I started my craft challenge this year, I started work on a new project which I didn’t want to say too much about until I had showed it to someone special. Earlier this year, my little brother and his lovely wife went on their honeymoon to Bali. They brought me back a beautiful sarong. It was too pretty for just taking to the beach so I decided to make a skirt out of it.
I took it along to my dressmaking teacher to get her advice. She told me how to cut the fabric to take full advantage of the pattern.
And here it is:
I’m thrilled with it 🙂 and now I have showed them, I can share it with you.
That’s the end of my summer Craft Challenge for this year, I managed to do something crafty on all but a handful of days, and I loved it!
Edit: for some reason the photos in this post have been rather tricksy and that’s the main reason this blog post has taken so long to publish. Apologies if they take a long time to load, I’m not sure what the problem is…