Joining Ginny for Yarn Along, Natural Suburbia's Creative Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm Craft On today :)
Knitting wise I have finished a little fairy petal Waldorf dress, shoes, pantaloons and garland for a beautiful blue eyed new doll named Niniane after the Lady of the Lake of Arthurian Legend.
The bottom edge of her dress is petalled, which is a new knitting term I have just invented I think :)
(i.e) it looks like an upside down flower :)
She has a crocheted garland of very rare blue flowers for her long, long hair!
I had so much fun making her wee little shoes!
And although the bodice alone takes me 4 hours to knit. I actually love getting into the trance like rhythm of the pattern and slowly, slowly watching it emerge from my two hands!
She has been stuffed with organic, fairtrade cotton batting and made with lots of joy and love!
I have used French made DMC crochet cotton to knit her clothes with as I find it works beautifully with teeny tiny needles and intricate lacy patterns.
Here is Niniane over at my shop tillytilda.
As for reading...
We have been having fun revisiting "French Without Tears" by Lady Bell this week.
Just the title and authoress names alone are enough to inspire the inner linguist aren't they :)
I inherited a copy of both volume 1 and 2 from my Grandmother who was fluent in French. Sadly with all the love they've gotton over the years they were getting rather tatty :(
Luckily it is still possible to purchase this lovely series on line. The stories are so funny and every one adds a little more complexity to the grammar and vocabulary, till you are understanding French without realising it!
I would recommend these books to anyone with a basic grasp of French pronunciation.
The girls and I have been in fits of giggles over the quaint old fashioned way of saying things though... :)