Crocus update: open-faced and cheerful, this is what has become of the bulbs I planted in October.
Update on knitting book update: Still can't quite believe it's happening.
Reading update: Enjoying Bricks and Mortar for the second time. It takes enormous skill to weave so much serious architectural detail into the telling of an architect's life without digressing so far that the reader is lost, but Helen Ashton manages it, and makes me want to work hard to visualise each building she describes. Plus, it's a wonderful family story.
[Edward Thomas by E.O. Hoppé]
Out and about update: The Hoppe exhibition at the NPG is good but I didn't find it as stunning as the Irving Penn exhibition. The Studio part was fascinating - wonderful to see so many portraits of eminent figures such as Einstein and Hardy plus the most beautiful photo of one of my favourite poets, Edward Thomas. The Society part was lost on me as I know nothing of the ballet dancers and theatrical people of the 1920s. But the Street section was brilliant; Hoppé's photos are so immediate and fresh that it's still amazingly easy to identify with the scenes and people he captured all those years ago.
Good finds update: Looking for stitching threads other than the standard Anchor/DMC six-strand cotton, I was directed (by someone working in the haberdashery department of Liberty) to Delicate Stitches which is part of the London Bead Company. Now the shop might be in Kentish Town, unpretty and badly lit, but it is crammed with beautiful threads and has everything a stitcher could possibly need/desire. It puts Liberty and John Lewis with their paltry and patchy selection of threads to shame.
Blog update: I have switched off the comments for the time being as I am having real problems with annoying spam. Further updates will be given.