Sunday, 11 April 2010

Spring

Hello!
Well if this isn't a sign of Spring then I don't know what is!
Just in case you're wondering... it's a lambs tail. Yes a real one! Apparently some farmers tie them tightly so that they die and drop off because sheeps tails can get rather messy and then get infested with maggots.
I didn't really plan to mention maggots in my Spring/Easter post but I thought it better to explain why it's done.
And here they are looking none the worse for being short of a tail.

As you can imagine we're not short of lambs around here.

So Spring must definitely be here now, even our last little patches of snow up on the Fell tops have finally melted this week. At last!

I'm a little late showing you my exciting parcels but I can assure you... they're worth the wait.


This is my Japanese crochet book and it's absolutely delicious. If you want to see some of the projects inside and I'm sure you do just click here.

This is the other parcel. It's a giveaway prize that I won, from Rachel at Contented. Hmmm... pink tissue paper and pretty ribbon...my favourite.

Look at this beautiful Spring bag, isn't it lovely?
Rachel knows what she's doing, it's just the right size.


And if that wasn't enough there were lots of little parcels inside the bag! I was very good and saved them until child #2 came home from the youth club so that we could share the opening excitement together.

After a lot of tissue tearing and gasping and grinning we had all of our little parcels open and the contents spread on the table. Within seconds child #2 had the Easter decorations dangling from the kitchen mirror.
I can't believe I have my very own hand knitted facecloth covered in hearts. I'd see these being made on Rachels blog and fell in love with them straight away. I thought that one day I would get around to knitting one of my own but now luckily I don't have to!
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At the top of the picture is my very own personal, handmade birdie brooch ready to be pinned onto my favourite bag; but the item I fell head over heels in love with was the tiny white china bunny. I love him. Yes I know he has a pink ribbon and a little bell but I'm sure he's a boy bunny. Now this is very odd for me as I don't do 'ornaments' or 'dust collectors' as I call them.
But... I... do... love this bunny.
Oops! You caught me!
Well it wouldn't be Easter without chocolate would it!
Thank you Rachel.
Till next time
Love Fi x


18 comments:

Christy said...

The Japanese crochet book is great. Love the boot slippers.

Christy

Kate said...

I love getting packages in the mail. You're a lucky one.

I had forgotten about the lambs tails. Isn't that part of the Little Bo Peep rhyme? Something about hanging their tails?? I can't remember.

Jacquie said...

Ooooh ,so much eye candy !!!
Love your Japanese crochet book ~that hexagon blanket is divine !!!
The giveaway parcel you won looks gorgeous too !!!

Mandy said...

I love to see the little lambs springing around the fields at this time of year. Great prize you received. How exciting! Hope you enjoy your new crochet book! :)

KC'sCourt! said...

Spring is definitely here too! Lovely pressies you received. The Japanese crochet book looks very interesting.

Wipso said...

I love the little lambs. Isn't spring just the best time of year? All the goodies are just gorgeous. Licky you.
If you fancy an aw moment check out my blog news :-)
A x

Krawuggl said...

the same book I have just ordered, it looked so very tempting and I am completely into crochet these days (or better weeks). It´s very interesting what you´ve said about the lamb tails, although some lambs are living nearby I had never known the story of their short tail (maybe that´s because sheeps are not very common in Bavaria).
With your lovely parcel and all it´s beautiful contents from a blogfriend you surely had a good start into a new spring week, such gorgeous gifts are always the best, aren´t they,
with best wishes,
Suzi

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Rachel said...

So pleased you liked all your goodies!
Rachel x

melanie said...

Reading about the Lambs Tails, reminded me of something that was mentioned in the book, Lark Rise To Candleford, the sheperds would take the tails home, and their wives would make them into pies! Not my cuppa tea at all. xxx

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Snap Fi, I got a new Japanese crochet book too! The designs are really great.
Just love your swap parcel. The bag is beautiful and I agree that little rabbit is very cute. :)
Vivienne x

Twiglet said...

Such a lovely post of goodies to look at. Off to follow the Japanese crochet book link now!!

alisonb2 said...

Aren't you the lucky one!! All so beautiful.

wonderwoman said...

such lovely goodies and the crochet books looks brilliant!

x

Ines said...

Such lovely gifts ... lucky girl! Thanks Marmalade Rose for the beautiful photos as those of us who live in the tropics get to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The Japanese Book is very tempting.
Ines

kidscakesandcobwebs said...

Congratulations on winning a fantastic prize!
The book is absolutely beautiful, there are so many gorgeous projects, but how do you know what sized crochet hook and type of yarm to use - do you just improvise?
Take care,
a-m x

VINTAGE HEART said...

HI Fi, just popped in to say Hi, and catch up on what you have been doing! Lucky girl recieving those lovely gifts! My jack russel keeps trying to eat the lambs tails she finds much to my horror! sEnding very best wishes from the next dale! Linda xx

val said...

We have lots of lambs in the High Peak, but I have never seen a little lambs tail! You are lucky to see one.
I love the view of the barn at the end of your posting. As a Yorkshire person exiled in Derbyshire I must say I think you have the best county!
love to you!
Val