Listening: to Holy Week Around Europe on Radio 3. I always enjoy these European co-productions, which usually combine the familiar and the less familiar.
Reading: still Difficult Daughters by Manju Kanpur. I also treated myself to a new to me embroidery book, Grete Petersen’s Borders for Embroidery. I’m trying not to buy too many new books, but as we’ve just donated 15 bagfuls to Oxfam, I think I’m allowed one or two more (I’ve got another Amazon order on the way).
I already have Peterson’s Handbook of Embroidery Stitches, co-written with Elsie Svennas, which is very good. The Borders book is not as good, in my opinion, being more a book of designs than of stitches, but there are some interesting ideas in it.
Watching: I quite enjoyed BBC4’s Make! Craft Britain, though I hate the title. Why that exclamation mark? The programme might have inspired me to have another go at rag rugging, if I hadn’t given away my hessian and most of my suitable fabric, but it reinforced my desire to try letterpress. However it isn’t really the sort of thing you can do at home. This week is cross stitch (about which I have made my opinion clear in the past), and silver clay, which I find vaguely interesting.
Making: the rainbow socks have been finished and handed over to their new owner. I forgot to take a photograph, but will try to grab one if I can. I have started a new pair, in a different shade of Superba Poem – these are for me. Yes, that toe was really knitted from that ball of wool. So far I prefer the rainbow, but we shall see how the stripes progress.
The sampler reflects the sort of week we’ve had, culminating in a boiler breakdown yesterday. I’m hoping to be able to add ‘Sunday – boiler repaired’, but the repair man is on a 25 mile drive to get a new circuit board so we won’t know if it will work till he gets back. *
Fortunately we have a gas fire and some electric heaters, but it’s amazing how much you want a bath when there’s no hot water!
Feeling: grubby. See above. A shower just isn’t the same.
Anticipating: a bath!
Visiting. We made it down to Walford Mill last week, after many postponements. The current exhibition is Threads of Narrative by Lisa Earley and Sarah Appleton. I liked the way they’d used clothes to explore ideas inspired by the Bankes Archive (the Bankes were a local family who once owned the Mill, along with Kingston Lacey and Corfe Castle). No gloves, though.
* We have a functioning boiler! We have heat! We have warmish water! Thank you, British Gas!