Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ta-daaaaah!

Finally I get to share a finished project! I crocheted a pair of slippers, "Granny Rose", for my niece. They were a perfect fit and she loved them. And I love that she loved them.



I guessed that they would probably stretch a bit after being worn, so I made them  size smaller than her actual shoe size. They were very snug when I tried them on, but not uncomfortable in the least. I used a cotton yarn, "Drops Paris", from Garnstudio, and must say I didn't like working with it much. But the slippers turned out great, I have a mind to make myself a pair as well - but first I need to do something about all my other unfinished projects.

As far as reading goes, I've been stepping away from the computer and actually taking some quiet time to myself to just lie in bed and read. I borrowed a stack of books from my sister that she recommended, and decided on "About a boy" by Nick Hornby. It's an old book, but I haven't wanted to read it despite good reviews because of Hugh Grant. I know he is in the movie, which I haven't seen, and he is on the cover of the book.  I know lots of ladies swoon over this man, but no, he just gets on my nerves. I can't stand movies with him in them, always the same character. Always that creased brow, insecure look that is supposed to be so charming.  So that kind of put me off of the book. But I really enjoyed it. It was quite witty and made me laugh every now and then, and a very easy book to take in. Just what I had been looking for.

Next on my list is Barbara Kingsolvers "Poisonwood bible". Another book that everyone probably read ages ago, but as usual, I let silly things like it being mentioned on Oprah put me off of it. I'm planning on this book being a summer read, I want to take my time with it. Just as well, summer is upon us and the days are packed from beginning to end. We have the usual goings on here at home, I sometimes feel like I do nothing other than tidy up and cook. We're spending as much time as we possibly can outdoors, and we've come to the point where I'm having a hard time getting my boy to come in at the end of the day. My little corner of green needs weeding and watering, and I still have some seedlings inside to tend to. And a tree. Indoors. I have a thing for acorns, I love the look of them and their smooth texture, so I planted one to see what would happen. Grow it did, and now I need to figure out what to do with it. Can I make a bonsai out of it? Anyone have any experience with that? If that doesn't work I think I'll just have it in here until fall, and plant it in some special place outside.




Joining once again in Yarn Along.



9 comments:

  1. I'm glad the book is coming in handy, despite your Hugh Grant issues. lol .... How can you have missed that I have two bonsais and have been a member of and trained by the Swedish Bonsai Society?

    Love 'em slippers! I was just looking at a pair our ganny Solla made the other day. Remind me to show them to you.

    /Smellers

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    1. Smellena, you will be my bonsai sensi then :) A quick read on the makings of a bonsai left me a bit disappointed though. The to-do I read talked about cutting off a branch and getting roots on it, not using young seedlings like mine. We'll talk soon and you can get me up to speed on all things bonsai. And do show me those slippers soon!

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  2. The slippers look adorable!
    I did see the movie About a boy and was very disappointed! Blah!
    I havent' read The Poisonwood Bible for the exact reason you mention so now I am curious as to what your opinion will be.
    Have a great yarn along day.

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    1. Tracey, I'll be sure to include a review of The Poisonwood Bible when I'm done with it!

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  3. Oh, I love your slippers! How cheerful :)

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    1. Thanks Hannah, they do make me smile!

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  4. Oh, those slippers are just gorgeous!! lucky niece!
    The rest of your post made me chuckle; I too have a Hugh Grant intolerance, feel like all I do is tidy and cook and have extreme difficulty in persuading my kids to come indoors!!
    However, I have never tried planting an acorn! but I've just got an avocado seed to sprout which I'm very chuffed about!

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    1. Thanks! I used to have an avocado plant, it is really fun just grabbing the seeds you have at home and experimenting with them, isn't it? This year I am very inspired by the gardener Alys Fowler, most of what I'm growing can be eaten in some way, are seeds I've collected myself or from fruits I've bought at the grocery store. Fun and easy on the wallet ;)

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  5. I do the same thing with books.If certain people endorse it, I won't read it. If it is the next best thing, I shy away. Love the slippers.I am just starting a granny square sampler afghan. I think slippers should be added as well.

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