I haven’t backed-up my computer files for about three years. I previously worked in IT, so I know only too well the importance of making at least one regularly, but somehow it was never getting to the top of my To Do list. Last month my husband got me an external harddrive, which was the push to just sit down one evening and to back up everything. Was I glad to have a copy of all my files and photos when a week later our house was burgled and my laptop stolen.

I have a new laptop now thanks to the insurance company and am slowly adapting it to my needs and likes. During my forced break from the online world I managed to get few craft things done.

Rainbow necklace
Every time I wore my Chinese knot necklace my daughter would “borrow” it or ask for one of her own. During last Australian holiday I found the rainbow coloured cord at Clegs and got just enough to make one necklace, because my daughter likes anything multi-coloured, but everyone else would probably find it too colourful (or so I thought at the time). Since I wanted it to be a surprise for her I could only work on it after she went to bed. I’m glad to say that she loves it and wears it often (unlike some of the other things I made for her). I like it as well and wish I bought more cord as I would love to have a cheerful necklace to brighten up some of my plainer outfits.
Rainbow Necklace Close-up

I finally got around to making more items for my daughter’s fruit&veg basket, which I started about a year ago. I still have to make an apple, a pear, an aubergine and some strawberries. I suspect by the time I’ll get around to making them there will be few more new requests to add to the list.
Crochet Toy Food
Pattern for Peas in the Pod by Lindsey Lee, the rest are from Crocheted Fruits and Vegetables Basket by Michele Wilcox
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace
Crochet Hook: 3mm

Half of Celestine
I managed to crochet half of Celestine (it supposed to have 12 points), which was in my Ravelry queue for about 2 years.
Pattern: Celestine
Yarn: Rowan Cotton Glace
Hook: 3mm

Shawl WIP
I made some progress on knitting a shawl. I’m separating each leaf with a stitch marker, but after three repeats I run out. So now I’m debating if I should make more stitch markers (and maybe some earrings) or brave knitting without them.

Sourdough bread
And I finally successful made a starter and baked white sourdough bread. It tasted delicious and today I’m trying a bit more interesting recipes and looking forward to having a nice sandwich (or two) for dinner.

Rowan Kidsilk Spray yarn
Today I learned that sometimes procrastination turns out to be simply another step towards synchronicity. I bought this gorgeous Rowan Kidsilk Spray yarn on sale about two years ago, because I loved the gentle and light mix of green, brown and yellow. I could imagine myself wearing a flowing shawl in the early autumn days when the air just acquires that crisp edge and the colour of the leaves starts to shift from green into multitude of shades. However I kept on putting off casting on.

Today I finally decided to choose a pattern from the many in my Ravelry queue, only to stumble on this new one, which looks exactly like I imagined my shawl (triangular, simple, with leaves). Plus I can read both English and Russian instructions. Hence today I have the perfect yarn and the perfect pattern; tomorrow I will cast on.