Thereâ€™s a distinctly spring-like feel to our projects this month. The weather may be taking longer to catch up with our optimism though, so weâ€™ve ensured they have enough versatility to cope. Take Valerie Bracegirdleâ€™s gorgeous floral motif â€“ she uses the design in three different ways. If itâ€™s nippy, hook up a floral cowl or scarf for cosy warmth, or wear unfurled and long on warmer days for a bright touch to your outfit. Or make some zingy coasters, to add a flowery element to your table, even on the dullest of days â€“ then take them outdoors for a cuppa when the sun shines!
Continuing the spring posies theme, I adore Sue Matonâ€™s stunning handbag. The bagâ€™s joyful palette wonâ€™t fail to make you smile, while the contrasting, pretty blue pom-pom edge is a delight. I can see this tote working equally as well with a warm woollen coat as with a fl oral tea dress.
Has anyone else noticed the baby boom? My hook is worn out from all the baby hats, booties and blankets that Iâ€™ve made in the past few months. Just when I thought I was running out of cuties to whip up for the next new arrival, our columnist Rachel Atkinson has hooked a pair of vintage-inspired booties. The frilly edging and ribbon ties are so cute â€“ and practical enough to ensure they stay on a pair of wriggling footsies! Theyâ€™ll no doubt become a family heirloom for whomever is lucky enough to be gifted them. Now to start my pairâ€¦
Claire Montgomerie, Editor
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