I hope you’re all well and having a lovely weekend! We’re having a three day weekend here in NZ to celebrate Labour day… it’s quite nice! I’ve been trying to catch up on my sleep but have not been achieving this unfortunately…. I can thank a rude Siamese for waking me up at 5.13am today for a start, plus I’m finding my mind is just chattering, chattering, chattering! I think it is because all of a sudden I don’t have anything to focus my thoughts on, now that I’m on holiday, and my mind is going a bit crazy with the lack of structure!!! And consequently, it chatters right into the night and is keeping me awake with its utter nonsense….
Thank goodness for crafty happies! Sitting in my chair focusing on the colourful wool in my hands is such a great form of relaxing! Yesterday I had the whole day to myself as KB is away yet again…. I gave Raymond a flea treatment and banished him outside for the day, and had the best day ever at home, by myself.
It turns out that Spotlight had a big Labour weekend sale on… surprise!!! I wouldn’t be THAT excited, except for hearing they had 60% off all yarn……
Normally I don’t buy yarn from Spotlight… I’m really into supporting NZ-made for environmental purposes mainly, plus, New Zealand sheep are just the coolest sheep in the whole wide world!!! Remember my Mum’s sheep??? (You’d better go and meet them if you haven’t already!!!) Anyway… I’m biased, and that’s not true, all sheep are just the coolest. Plus… I’m going to admit, that I’m an eeny-teeny-weeny bit of a closet yarn snob. *GASP* Did I really just admit that???????????? Just a little bit….. and I prefer 100% wool because it’s just so…. sheepy!! I love putting on a hat made of wool and feeling it warm my head and thinking how amazing it is that I’m wearing the same wool that kept a sheep warm. This post really is turning into a “shout-out to sheep!” I love sheep, they’re awesome and without them, we could not be yarnophiles.
ANYWAY………… I’m getting the blog-babbles here…. I went to Spotlight because of the 60% off yarn, and found this!
You know of Debbie Stoller right? That fab feminist Bust editor lady who wrote the stitch’n'bitch books? Well, it turns out she has released her own line of wool and it’s not bad! It’s 100% peruvian wool which I am quite partial to, as it is spun so differently to NZ wool, it’s more like knitting with felt or Noro Kureyon. At $10 for 100gms it’s not exactly the cheapest wool there, so I stroked it and walked away…. then remembered…. 60% OFF!!!!! $4 PER BALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So that purple ball became three…. which then became a rainbow….
I only bought the wool, but there is a range of yarn too, either mixed with alpaca or bamboo….
It wasn’t until I got it home that I realised that it’s a lot thicker than my stash wool which is 99.9% 8ply, so it’s not really suitable to mix into mandalas or anything… why don’t I ever check that in the shop? I was carried away by the colours and the price I tell you!!!
So there was the excitement of my morning! The rest of the day slipped by in a haze of hooking, cleaning the house, baking a cake and reading a mindless novel! The bliss of holidays…..
I’ve been saying that I’ll show you my latest cushion for the last couple of posts, so today I am actually going to get around to it! I can tell I’m not that proud of it, because if I was you would have seen it by now!!!
It’s my first attempt at an african flowers cushion (pattern for flowers HERE!) but to be honest with you, I didn’t follow the pattern properly around the edge hee hee!!! And also, it wasn’t until I had sewn half of them together that I realised that hexagons don’t become squares!!! So I persevered, and filled the gaps with single crochet, and the result was a pretty cool retro-looking cushion that despite its flaws, still gives me a red buzz every time I look at it! (Which is frequently!)
One thing I really love about this is it’s Pacific styles…. a bit of “flava” you might say….
Don’t look too closely!!!! You’ll see all the stretchy and lumpy bits!!!! Ah who cares… it’s still awesome, and a great learning curve! My next african flowers project will be a bit more carefully thought out!
Do you know… I counted all the cushions I have made recently and it totalled NINE! And I’ve only just begun!!!
Yesterday, as I told you, I hooked the afternoon away, and made something so exciting….. I am sure you will want to see how I did it, so I’ll put some pictures together for the next post…. (and make a few more before then… I’m addicted already!)
OK then…. I have to stop myself from babbling your day away and go and ice this cake, finish packing my bags and catch a bus!!! See you in a couple of days!!!!!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
P.S In answer to your question Melissa! I am most definitely a good witch! 100% through and through!!!
P.P.S Raymond sends you BIG LOVE Jenni and hopes that the sadness in your heart is finding peace XXXXX