current pair of "Roy Bons" (bought in Egypt 8 years ago) were a bit scratched
And we all know what happened then!
It hasn't stopped to rain since I handed my pennies - or many pounds over. Which is a shame, but it always seems to do so, just as my lovely Delphiniums come to their best.
They are now a bit battered, but still as beautiful
The Alliums seem to like the weather too this year, and are just coming into full flower
|tucked in amongst the onions and garlic|
You may remember that I had promised that I would finish this socking by the weekend?
Well, its a good job that this weekend had an extra day.
Truly, I have done enough stitching to have smocked this
|Image borrowed from here|
and stitched and unpicked, and stitched and unpicked. I mean
How hard can it be?I had a diagram. Its like sewing by numbers. And still when I looked at it, I had added or missed a pleat so the pattern didn't sit correctly. Now my teacher and friend had pleated the fabric up, given me the instructions, and I know that she would make me get it right. I wanted it to look right.
So I jumped in the car and popped down to the local store ( thank goodness for Sunday trading)
and invested in these, (quite a posh store so quite an investment)
I stood in the shop, with needle and thread, and tried several different strengths.
Is it just me, or do you hand sew closer to your face than the reading glasses take into account? Maybe it was because I was counting, Maybe it was because it is a very fine fabric.
Maybe I'm just not very good at it.
But its done! Well the smocking part anyway, which is all I promised. But I intend to get this finished soon, so Miss O can wear it.
Now I am off to celebrate with a chick flick Because Mr T is staying with the boy tonight - they have had a day out at the BMW PGA at Wentworth
And best of all, I didn't have to watch it on the box!
Some of you would open a bottle, but I am going to tuck into some of these little beauties!
Each to his own.