We visited the Dartington Glass factory in nearby Torrington, which was really amazing to watch how the crystal glass is produced (but I didn't take any photos!), which was followed by a short journey to one of our favourite places, RHS Rosemoor Garden. It is surprising how many plants flower in the winter with a walk through the winter garden display which also had some surprising works of art in it. Here are some of the pics that I took there.
The following day we went to Clovelly, a village on a steep hill down to the sea on the Devon/Cornwall border.
I took some knitting with me and started another pair of socks with the rhubarb coloured yarn as part of the Valentine sock cast on organised on Ravelry by Ellie Jones of Crafthouse Magic.
Here's the progress from not last weekend but the one before. I'd got to heel flap and shaping before the instep shaping.
When I don't get a lot of time for sewing I usually make something small just so I have the feeling of achievement. I have several UFO's that need more time spent on them, but my time is short for the time being. I bought a kit to make a book cover from the Dye Bag last year at Brockenhurst Needlework Fiesta. I had some fabrics left over and so on Sunday afternoon challenged myself to make some more from this.
This is the book cover with dyed fabrics and threads to which I added some sequins which a page marker inside
I went on the make a bookmark (at the bottom) with trimmings from the book cover. I also made a needle case (on the left) and postcard (right). So a fun afternoon with the radio playing Sounds of the Seventies, bliss.
Last but not least a building soon to be demolished in Swanage. By the time I've written this it may well have gone. I'm not sure what the building was but it has been derelict for some time and a local artist painted some murals on the wall, which were really brilliant and a lot of people are sad to see them go. Not brilliant pics as the low winter sun was shining above and I couldn't get a better position.
I saw there was another gull on the lookout at the top of the lamppost.
Been a while writing this blog but just to show I'm still keeping busy!