goodness me! Sometimes these days just hurry by, don’t they. Here we are and it’s Tuesday night already.
Mum has been and gone – she’s in Brisbane now, visiting with old Nanny and Grandad who are relishing every moment of having their eldest child at their beck and call :-)
Lucy is having her holiday here with us … well, a combination of holiday and convalescing – she had a paralysis tick a couple of weeks ago and being an old lady, she really suffered and is still getting her strength back – it was very touch and go for a while there, nerve wracking stuff.
Abby is off to Year 10 camp tomorrow – with a streaming cold. After a day of resting under the quilts on the sofa with plenty of vitamin c, hot lemon and honey tea, hot water bottles, chicken soup, and paracetamol she’s still sounding/looking/feeling awful. Oh dear.
Mother’s Day came and went – lovely stuff. Croissants with jam (so decadent!) and cheese for breakfast. Woodwork in the shed with Abby and Jules. Shoppings with Mum. Cosy hours of knitting with the Nan, the Mum and the girlie, whilst Julian prepared a marvellous Mother’s Day Feast. Oh yes :-)
And me … well pottering around as usual.
We visited Wondoflex on Friday – ostensibly to choose wool for baby knitting – my cousin Clara is expecting her first babe in August. Oh! So many lovely things to knit for little ones born into cold climates – wee dresses, cardies, snuggly stockings, tiny booties. And yet somehow, along with the baby wool, 20 balls of heavily discounted 12 ply tumbled into my basket and somehow they wound up on my needles where they are miraculously turning into this. Such a sweet and easy pattern – knits up wonderfully quick and has nifty little inset pockets for keeping hands cosy. I have one and a half sleeves left to go – and a bit of finishing on the pockets. Yum! But where’s the baby knitting? you ask. Oh she’s not coming ’til August … heaps of time ;-)
Found this treasure trove of a book at our local post office. Yep, the post office. You know the deal … standing in a long queue waiting to collect a parcel, surrounded by shelves spruiking all manner of goods that a post office has no right to sell :-) But dang! I’m glad they had this one … it is sooooooooo good! A real how-to bible of knitting, full of so many wonderful techniques I don’t know where to start. Makes my heart beat faster just looking at it.
Dusted the old chess board that came with these dear little hand painted sweeties and had a flash of brilliance. It would look so much better quilted! And I’ve always wanted to make a quilted chess board. So I made the wee quilt this morning, and after being interrupted by the girl child and her sneezing, came to the perfect realisation of how to finish it off. There’s nothing quite as good as a forced break. I do find it allows me to ponder where I’m heading and how best to get there. Wait til you see. Oh yes! It’s going to be so cool. Hopefully tomorrow.
I know she’s sick and all and feeling crummy, but oh, how I love it when my girlie is home with me and I can fuss over her. The house is so much lovelier when she is in the next room. And sweet little Lucy – she loves it too. A snoozing teenager provides the perfect cosy spot to warm her old bones, specially since the vet had to shave all her fur (her winter coat!) so as to find that wretched tick.
The current favourite toy in Bootville – the scroll saw. It is the BEST fun. It’s almost like free motion quilting – but easier! On Saturday, Abby and I made some trees and birds (still to be painted). And on Sunday, I made a funny little replica of Green Cape Lighthouse (bit obsessed really) for old Grandad to remind him of his wonderful adventure last summer, and Lottie and her Gentleman for old Nanny. Every time I see these two quirky folk, I expect to be able to pick them up and shake out the salt and pepper! Such fun.
Days filled with family and love and handmade. My favourite things. And yours too, I bet :-)