I don’t usually moan here, so I have not mentioned that I came back from India with a cold, and went straight in to another between Christmas and New Year, which turned into a cough. That would not go, despite my patent remedy of a good single malt with hot water and Lemsip. As a result I have had no energy, and didn’t want to do anything I should be doing.
So as usual, I played my psychological games with myself, and for every couple of hours knitting the gansey, I allowed myself to play with beads for a bit!! Yep – I know it is silly, but it WORKS!!
While South I had ordered a good selection of beads from Jilly Beads. I have used them several times before, and they are excellent – fast service and extremely good prices for the UK. Almost as soon as they came home, I was sorting them to see what I had got – their mixes are particularly good. And then it was not long (another hour at the gansey) before I was sorting ones out to make myself a hand bag charm…
I was given a lovely purple bag for Christmas by my brother (I suspect his wife chose it!!), which had some deep aqua embroidery – exactly the same colour as the cashmere scarf I got in Mumbai. The other colour in the embroidery was lime. So I put together a selction of possible beads. Some were new and others I had had for a while. I also found some charms – flowers and stars as they follow the embroidery, plus a couple of others that went..
Then came the playing…. What fun! I fiddled with the beads and made up 7 dangles before joining them together with jump rings to make a chain. As ever, there were some beads I didn’t use – I like to have too many out so that I have a choice right to the end.
And the finished article in close up and on the bag with the scarf:
Now all I need is to be able to go out with it…!!