So I've been working for a while as a psych intern, and it's been roughly two months since I've graduated. The UK (and sweet, sweet online shopping) seems miles away. Instead of iPlayer, Anime Ultima. Instead of a bike, bus 105. And instead of shortbread, a sorry excuse for what should otherwise be an exquisite butter biscuit (I made green tea ones). Hmm. That's what you get with 30 degree weather, I suppose. And another thing: what to do with my luxury yarns when I can't very well wear them in this heat. HMM.
As an alternative, I've picked up embroidery, basing it off a close-up of a 19th century Gujarati coverlet that was featured on a postcard I picked up at the V&A. It's a chain stitch elephant, which is surprisingly pleasant to complete despite the repetitiveness of the stitch. Hopefully I can finish it and turn it into a purse.
I've also returned to crochet and my favourite crochet book so far: Crochet Lace (ISBN 9784529048194).
The green project is 100% wool, using 2/0 (Japanese size) hook. It's supposed to be a placemat/ doily but the wool makes it rather impractical. (I love these dual head crochet hooks by Clover, value for money and good quality.) I used other sizes as well to do the white doilies (2/0 as well as what I think is a 1mm steel hook) with the same cotton, the out come is quite different! The orange was done with a 4mm hook and DK cotton yarn. I might sew it to the blue silk in the background to make a cushion.
The only downside is poor posture, bad eyes and a bunged up wrist that comes as a result of too much fine work... but I can't help it! I just get into a 'zone' and really want to finish the work. Hmm. Cookie doesn't seem to approve...