January can be a bit of a dull month. Everybody is skint, back at work after the holidays and the weather is usually rubbish. However this year, in addition to the fabulous Crafters' Ceilidh (from which I am still recovering, in a good way), I was lucky enough to win two blog giveaways.
Not a good example of pattern mixing
The first was for a beautiful silk scarf from gingermakes. It's a pattern of purple leaves on red. Pretty, eh? And perfect for a spring wardrobe. I wear scarves a lot, so am looking forward to trying this one out.
The second giveaway was from Did You Make That? and I won 2 metres of gorgeous silk fabric and a big wodge (aka 3 metres) of lovely lace trim. Ooooooooh!
Karen had used the same lace for the hem of her coat, and I am also planning to use mine for hem beautification at some point. As for the silk, I'm thinking about using it for some luxurious nightwear, but I will be giving it careful consideration before daring to cut into the silk! The pattern I have in mind is this one, formerly belonging to Scruffy Badger, which I picked up in the Crafters' Ceilidh Swap.
I have been thinking about making a slip like this for a while, so was delighted to get this pattern. This project is one I have lined up after my capsule wardrobe sewing.
THEN, today I received an amazing knitting book in the post, as I thank you from Roobeedoo for gathering and sending her some items from the Crafters' Ceilidh Swap.
This, dear readers, is also a gift to you all, because it features some brilliantly bad pattern photographs which will definitely be included in Pattern Monday. There are some belters in here, I promise.
Thanks so much Ginger, Karen, Winnie and Ruth!