I'd seen Joanne's tutorial a long time ago and told her how wonderful it looked at the time (do go and peep, it is impressively clear) but I'm sure that she thought I was just being sycophantic as she knows how foolish I become when faced with a pattern. But, reader, I followed it and it was such a lovely feeling to be able to just cut and sew knowing that someone else had done all the tiresome work of measuring crochet hooks, pocket sizes and seam allowances. I made a small variation to Jo's lovely pattern (only because it just felt too downright freaky to be following someone else's every word in such a way!) and turned the pocket, that was used to store the embroidery needles for threading in ends, into a small padded pin cushion instead.
I can't tell you quite how many hours it took me to track down a pair of pink scissors the same shade as the fabric...but putting anything else in there would have felt quite wrong (I know sometimes I even irritate myself with how matchy-matchy I can become!). The birthday girl came and visited us on her the day and Ian had made her a cake depicting a Boggle grid, which is our game of choice whenever we holiday together.
Oh, and shop news...poor weary Ian has now upgraded my website so that it links directly to PayPal for payment (which I'm reliably informed you don't need a Paypal account to use), rather than back to me so that I could raise an invoice...it was simply too long-winded and troublesome that way. Whoooppeeee! It feels like a proper grown-up shop now...although I know that I have just undone its new-found maturity in saying that....