I decided to get started on a paperback book carryalong bag as seen on the cover of from this past issue of Mollie Makes:
...using this London fabric from Echino:
The pattern said it would fit an average sized paperback of up to 500 pages. Mine, however, seems to have supersized itself as it comfortably fits my too-tall-for-the-regular-bookshelf monster 1300+ page copy of Les Miserables :
I do like the pattern so I have measured a normal paperback against my monster Victor Hugo and am going to adjust the pattern accordingly so that I can make one that fits the majority of my paperbacks. Nevertheless I expect that this monster bookbag will its share of wear, as Les Mis is going to take me a while to read.
I am also obliged to post an update about the marmalade. It turns out that my "ridiculous husband" is also a curious soul who occasionally reads my blog. Oops. Hello, dear!
Anyway, here is the marmalade boiling away at 222F on the final straight towards marmalade-dom:
And here it is all bottled up:
I am not normally a fan of marmalade at all, but I was asked to try a bit of this particular batch on a piece of toast (possibly as punishment for ridiculing the whole process in my previous blog post). I have to say, as marmalade goes, it is definitely much more palatable than some of the other brands I have tasted. Compliments to the chef!
Although, dear husband, if you are reading this blog again - THIS is the kind of Marmalade I really like....
Edited to add: linking to Heart of Charnwood's monthly book challenge - by happy coincidence this month's challenge is to make something book related!
Here's the linky button if you want to enter too: