So to cheer myself up a little, I headed off to the local antique fair. And with my beady little eye I found a beautiful set of dessert plates just begging me to bring them home. They may not be perfect with their little chips and cracked glaze but I love them more for their little imperfections. I shows that they were well loved and used plenty. And they are certainly going to be well used here too.
This is the cake plate. It may be a little cracked and warn but just look at the beautiful detailing on it. Who couldn't just fall in love with it!
There are five cake plates in total and the design on each is completely different.
I was also going through some of my material stash because I've started my chrimbo present sewing and I found an old tablecloth that my mother used to use in her house a lot when we were growing up. Because some naughty little mouse had a nibble one or two corners of it, it was put aside to be made into a bag of some description. But when I saw it, it brought back a lot of memories and I no longer have the heart to take the scissors to it. I love it just the way it is. Perfect!
I also finally managed to finish my purple waistcoat from the pattern by Kyoko Nakayosho. I really struggled to find a button that I really liked for it. The only problem that I had with the pattern was that the number of stitches for the arm ribbing was very small and I had to rip them back and pick up extra ones. Other than that it was a great challenge and now I am quite happy with the final result.
Oh and one more thing I forgot to show you the finished mittens. I really love them. I knitted them in fine merino and they are so snug and warm. I'm wearing them all the time. I decided to cast off the top and thumb a little snug on them so that they don't get all baggy and loose because that is one thing that really drives me batty. So far it has worked!