The brown and the pink are both 'Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK'. It is 75% extra fine merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere. It is soft, warm and I love the delicate shade of the colours. I found a blanket in the book that I would love to use this yarn for but I would need to buy 32 balls. (32 balls!) At £5.49 a ball that isn't something I can persuade our Household Financial Controller (husband) to sign off any time soon! I couldn't leave the yarn in the shop so I bought six balls of it. They didn't have it in store in a cream colour and I quite fancy making a cream baby blanket with accents of the brown and pink. I am sure I can buy it cheaper elsewhere - I might try eBay.
I really want to make something out of the book soon though, so I'm going to give the fingerless gloves a try (although I prefer to call them wristwarmers!). For this project I bought two balls of the cream-coloured yarn in the photo. It is an Amy Butler for Rowan 'Belle Organic DK'. It's 50% organic wool and 50% organic cotton. I daren't start it yet in case I mess up but at least the material is in my basket for when I'm having one of my more confident moments!
Matalan is next to Hobbycraft in our town so whilst I was there I thought I'd pop in for a quick squizz. There were lots of gorgeous little floral dresses in store but cute florals aren't me :( . I saw this jumpsuit though and loved it:
It is difficult to show it properly in a photo without wearing it (and I'm not ready to post any photos of myself!) but it's kind of silky with a loose waist so it drapes nicely. It also tapers at the ankle with little ties and has similar ties on the shoulders. It looks lovely with my black leather jacket and nude platform peep-toe shoes. I feel a bit Rod Stewart in it but I think I can get over that after a stiff gin! It will be perfect for a nice dinner somewhere or drinks in a chic bar. Here's a close up of the fabric:
Very happy with it and it only cost £22. I always forget just how affordable Matalan is. I'm not a huge fan of throwaway fashion; I don't often buy clothes but when I do I like to go for the best I can afford and tend to choose things that I hope will be timeless. However, if I didn't go to the cheaper stores for a few bits and pieces my wardrobe would be a bit safe and boring. I definitely wouldn't have much choice either! I am trying to sort out my clothes at the minute and I've got a few events coming up at the end of the month so in a move that is completely out of character for me I am planning my outfits in advance (I never do this - I always frantically rush around the shops the day before a big dinner/wedding or whatever to find the right outfit).
So, back to work tomorrow having had over a week off. I've got that end-of-holiday feeling which is ridiculous because I love my job, have a great boss and enjoy a certain degree of flexibility. But it has been really nice to just potter around at home with my husband for the week. The only thing I regret is that I didn't get round to any baking - this WeightWatchers thing is tough so probably a good job I didn't.
Before I go, can I just say that I'm now a tiny bit obsessed with Princess Kate. I have always considered her to be a bit bland, boring and old before her time (I feel guilty for admitting that now). Since the wedding I haven't been able to stop thinking about her. She was so cool and calm on her wedding day. She is thin, toned, impeccably behaved and beautifully turned out. She must have such willpower and I am so totally jealous of her discipline and her cool head.
♥♥♥ I have a bit of a girl crush... ♥♥♥