Typical half term weather obviously - for supposedly the driest place in the UK it was very, very wet. Rained pretty much the whole time; but you know, it really didn't matter - it was just good to see them and have a look round their new home, so now I can picture my sister in situ when I call her. Fun talking through all their plans for the house and the garden too - almost made me miss that project stage. Almost. Just wish they weren't so blimmin' far away from us.
The rest of the week we stayed at home. The eldest pretended to revise for exams; the 9 year old did a great job of winding his sister up, and when I couldn't escape to the garden because of the relentless rain, I hoovered to drown out the noise. Only time I quite like hoovering.
But we did try out Hereford's shiny new cinema complex; picked elderflower for cordial (now's the time), and made Flamingo's for our Zoo…and I got going on the cover for the stool I'd bought for three quid from a charity shop.
My plan was a splash of lovely bright fabric, but then I spied this rather fetching crocheted stool cosy in one of those catalogues that keep on coming - and guess how much it is?
One hundred and nine pounds. For a titchy stool!
Feeling like you've saved a pile of cash has got to be one of the best motivators for trying something new, so, I chose my shades and off I went.
Wasn't totally sure how to do the corners, but in the end just stopped increasing when it looked big enough to cover the top, and the stool cosy shaped naturally. I left out the chain stitch between the triple crochets on the last row, to pull it in, plus went round the edge with thread elastic. Have to say the cover's a pretty good fit.
Do you like the colours? Is the lime green a bit much? I'm not sure… I was thinking about selling it, but it's proving quite popular here! So for now anyway, the stool stays.