Thursday, January 29, 2009

When I'm not knitting

I love to make things. I've always loved it - my parents and grandparents kept us entertained with crafty projects when we were kids. So it's probably no surprise that when I'm not knitting in my spare time that I'll often be doing something crafty.

Most recently I've been drawn to needlework. There's something soo consuming about needlepoint - I 'switch off' and time flies. I picked up my mermaid needlepoint this week, out of which I'll be making some fun summer sandals. I'm really drawn to the bright colours and wonder if subconsciously I'm dreaming of summer and warmer weather. It is sooo very cold here at the moment.


I've also started stamping and paper crafts again. On my work trip last week I learned that a colleague's wife runs Stampin' Up workshops. And they live down the street from me - bonus! I joined one of the groups earlier this week and we made the most adorable box and filled it with chocolates that are wrapped to match. I'm thinking a version of these might make cute valentine gifts.


The other thing that's keeping me occupied is reading. I received the most wonderful stack of books this year for Christmas. The first I dived into is 'A thousand splendid suns'. I'm thoroughly engrossed and can barely put it down. I'll get up a little earlier than normal to sneak in a few pages, a few more on my lunch break, and again just before bed.

Yes, I'm a crazy (double-chinned) dog lady!

Of course all this reading is eating into craft time! But I'll have this book polished off soon. I'm thinking at that point I should probably return to working on my February NaKniSweMoDo sweater.

8 comments:

Daniela said...

How many beatiful things you do!!
I do needlework too, I am doing a "mex-style" curtain on linen fabric...

I love your dog: his eyes are wonderful!

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Stacey said...

I've been itching to get back into needlepoint too. We should get together with Kim and have a "stitching" night soon. :)

Denise said...

I read that book last year and couldn't put it down either. I liked his first one too, The Kite Runner, have you read it? I didn't bother seeing the movie, the book was too good I didn't think it would do it justice.
Love the sandals :-)

Bea said...

All of this crafting and reading activity looks like fun!

peaknits said...

I love having many different things to do - I can never say I am bored:) I also love to read. The best recent read I have had is The Story of Edgar Sawtelle - I loved it.

WandaWoman said...

You are quite the crafty girl! I do actually want to learn to do needlepoint. I think I need another hobby when I don't feel like knitting. The needlepointed sandals are an awesome idea.

Courtney said...

Ah man you are crafty! I just started sewing and really want to do some embroidery but figure I have myself spread thinly enough with current hobbies.
Buster is SO cute! He looks a lot like my Pedro pooch! Is he a Staffie?