Sometimes I wish I could be a dog who lives here, instead of me!!
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I have another sad tale to tell about my knitting! I have had to pull out the back of my cardigan as in my haste to begin, I looked at the number of stitches that were there AFTER I was meant to cast off for the armholes! I have started again but last night I needed some light relief and crocheted some flowers, some from Attic24 and three from Australian Better Homes and Gardens. They are going to look pretty I think on my 'vest' cushion!
I am making some pumpkin soup at the moment, a recipe from JenniferChiaverini's The Quilter's Kitchen. If it is as good as it looks iI will put it up tomorrow. It has maple syrup and orange juice as well as all the normal ingredients and I felt like a change. There is some for a friend who has a nasty cold and I wish I coud send some over to The Greedy One as she is a bit 'under the weather' at the moment, some TLC from Mum would surely help, wouldn't it?!
Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
My creative space today is a corner of my verandah, and all the things I have with me.........
my cushion cover, almost finished, two rounds around the outside.
My space today, in the weak sun!
My jars that sit beside me, knitting or crocheting.
The largest is to put all my ends in, all those cut off ends that seem to infiltrate everywhere, on clothes to be carried to other rooms, on the floor beside me, down the sides of the chair...... you know , you understand!
The medium size is to hold my embroidery cottons, for noses, eyes, mouths and maybe whiskers for when I make crochet animals.
The wee tiny one....like the three bears plates of porridge.... has tiny buttons for eyes.
And my plastic container goes everywhere with me....pins, needles to sew with, an odd reel of cotton, perhaps little feet for an animal in the making, [so I don't lose any in the making] AND most importantly, my little nippers for nipping all the pieces of wool I need to nip!
Now the sun has gone in, the clouds have swarmed in, very black ones and I do need to walk with the dogs before it rains so I must go!!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I am off to Melbourne for two nights and have quite a bit to do so thinking to myself there would be no blog this morning I glanced outside and saw the morning sky. How often we miss the things that bring us back to where we are, right now. My chores are not so important when I see the gifts that nature continually brings us, this morning it is the early morning sky.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
We have had the highest of highs with the birth of our new grand-daughter, Lulu , in Christchurch and now we are hanging out for photos. I keep picturing the family there and wishing I could be there for the cuddles...and the smells, the delicious scent of a new baby, the delicate touch of the skin next to yours, the tiny fingers curling around your own. All tiny miracles rolled into one little bundle.
Life is never static is it. Birth and death in some ways go hand in hand. We have this lovely addition to our family and my son, Lulu's father has had the news from one of his best and oldest friends that his father has died on the same day as Lulu was born. My son and John were often not the most well behaved boys growing up and I think the two fathers despaired of them ever taking a mature place in the world. Well, these two 'boys' have grown into wonderful caring people but oh, the stories they tell about their exploits. We have laughed until tears ran down our faces, John's father had wonderful tales about these two as well and we will always remember his sense of humour as he recalled their mischievous behaviour. There wasn't anything BAD, just the thought of'what next' for the parents.
Life goes on, it just makes us think as we enjoy memories and make new ones!
I have had some sewing to do, mending work shirts for my husband [he is a farmer] so mending is always 'something' I have to do. I was determined to do something for me to end the afternoon so backed a tapestry cushion cover I had completed many years ago with a woollen jumper from the Op Shop. I couldn't believe myself for when I was nearly finished sewing the two sides together I found I had cut the woollen side near the seam. What to do, I wasn't going to unpick the whole thing so I crocheted some of Lucy's tiny flowers, stitched one over the cut and then sewed several more on the same side. I will take a photo tomorrow when I hope the light will be better... I'm so pleased to have finished this project! I do have another waiting in the wings but it will have to wait!
Two of the baby beanies have begun their journey to their new owners and am now to put faces on the mice for them to go in the post.
Maybe the borage is a little early to be flowering but who cares, not me!!
And these star shaped daisies are always happy to show their cheerful faces.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
There seems to have been a rush of babies in our family circle which explains my beanie knitting frenzy. Our most exciting piece of news is that our son and his partner had a little girl this morning. It will be August before I see her so will have to make do with lots of photos. Her parcel went off to Christchurch at Easter time, right colours and all as I knew the sex and the parents to-be did not, thanks to a kind radiographer who put the notes into the grandparents' envelopes. The parents didn't open the parcel until after Lulu arrived, great self control! An email was sent to me a few hours after the birth, wrapped in the shawl I had knitted and with my beanie as well. Tears in the eyes stuff for sure!!
I have beanies for two little girls still to be sent and one for a little boy as well as another still in the beginning stages for another friend who knows she is to have a girl. The blue beanie is from 'Unravelled:Time Thief Watch Cap and the pink stripey ones are the same pattern but my own version. Also Attic 24's tiny flowers... they are so cute, I love them!
The little mice are surely 'the three blind mice', all faceless at the moment as my embroidery threads are still in Melbourne but they too will soon be winging their way to a new baby home!
So now it is over to Kirsty at Kootoyoo.