I picked up a fun new (to me) crochet book in a charity shop on our trip to Aviemore - Creepy Cute Crochet. I swithered over parting with a whole £3 for a novelty craft book, but in the end I was won over by the cute pictures of woolly skulls and such like. Tam took an instant liking to the Grim Reaper character so I made that my first project. (find all the patterns here on Ravelry)
The crochet terms in the book are American, which are easily translated online, and the patterns have both a chart and written instructions for each part. That didn't help me with the head mind you - the body crocheted up fine on a 3.5mm hook and looked like it was meant to, but I couldn't figure out the head pattern at all. After two attempts, I went up to a 4mm hook and just sort of improvised. It turned up fine, although the hood part then ended up a tiny bit small, hence the slight difference from the pictures.
Tam's auntie M very kindly cut me out a couple of felt circles for the eyes and I stuck them on with some fabric glue from Hobbycraft. Time will tell if they stay on, but they're looking good so far. There's a bit of a joke in the family that you don't buy craft supplies without checking M's stash first. She has everything in there! Well, except the Reaper's weapon of choice, the scythe, which is supposed to be made from clay. Tam seems willing to pick up this job though, so I've very nicely let him finish his own present.
Also, it's Wednesday, which means Yarn Along day! This weeks books are a mixed bag. I'm reading a book on the history of Glasgow cinemas, a Christmas gift from Tam, and I know it's going to be good once I get into it. I'm just having problems making that happen... I've also started Round Ireland with a Fridge, another Christmas gift from a friend who recently moved there, so I'll see how that goes. And The List has published this years Guide to Scottish Festivals! This little thing was my constant companion last year and we found so many fun events that we'd never have went to otherwise, so I'm excited to plan more for this year.