It's a good length, neither too short or too long. I like the contrast in times. The necklace made of ancient amber is hanging from my up-to-the-minute LED daylight lamp with its elegant curved design. The second picture shows some of the beads at closer range and if you look carefully, you can see tiny pieces of organic material trapped inside the solidified resin.
I'd love more of this, but I don't wear a great deal of jewellery although I have some lovely pieces and amber is quite expensive. Pieces of just amber can be bought but I would then need to pay for design and making. So I can enjoy this bit and dream of other pieces.
Last week I unexpectedly minded three of my grandchildren when their school holiday child minding arrangements collapsed. I had a frantic call from my son about 10:00 pm wondering if I could have them the next day. I would have preferred to have gone to their place. However I had a delivery booked for somewhere between 8:00 and midday. It arrived at 11:55!
So they arrived here bright and early so son could get to an important meeting at his work. Master 12 wondered if I had a football he could kick around here while we all waited! Well, no!
Three days before, I had ordered two felt brooch kits from Cam at Curlipops. They were intended to be a stocking filler for Miss Nine and her cousin at Christmas. They arrived really quickly so I took them out. Miss Nine is good at many crafts and set to to make her brooch. She quickly cut out the pattern pieces for the petals, traced them onto the felt and cut them out too. Cam's sample has the edges of each petal sewn down with a running stitch, but she decided she like hers so they could bend up like real petals. Her brooch didn't take her long at all.
Miss only just Seven required more help. She needed help cutting out the pattern as the smallest petal has tight curves and I didn't have child sized scissors. Then I helped with the felt too. So the photo shows Miss just Seven wearing her brooch, She was very proud of it and they both liked the colours. I've packaged up the pieces and pattern from these so we could make some more with more felt bought. Miss Nine intends to pin hers to a hairband.
I've just about given up on the catkin shawl. I spent most of yesterday afternoon trying to move the other second section. I had the right number of stitches, I'm accustomed to using a chart. I understand the principle of a pattern repeat marked out with a border on the chart. I've used it in several shawls. I can't get it to work out in real life. I did it about six times and undid it about six times. I think I am going to abandon it and substitute another pattern. Then again, I might just put it in the naughty corner till I forget yesterday's frustrations and have another go.