And thank you for popping in today! I have been peeping into other people’s blogs today and seeing all of the fabulous Christmas celebrations and reading about all of the great times you are all having with your families…. It’s been lovely and I’m glad to see so many people enjoying themselves…. For you non-bloggers who like to visit Raymond and me, I hope your holiday season is going great and you have fun plans for New Years! I was wondering what I’d be doing on New Years Eve in my last post…. will I be partying or knitting…. For those who left comments with their opinions on what I should be doing, it seemed to be a tie…. Some said “you’re young, go and party” and some said “stay at home and knit”…. one suggested take my knitting to a party…. (sounds like my kind of suggestion!) I have decided what my plans are… I’m going to a party, then another party and will probably be home around 10ish to knit…. that sounds like a plan to me, being that I haven’t been up past 11 in YEARS and don’t know if I can do it anymore!
It has been a crazy 24 hours in Wellington… Last night we had a storm and it was big, it was shaking our house like mad and the rain! Bucketing down! This continued until about 1.00pm thisafternoon, when the rain stopped, then the wind stopped, then the sun came out and it became a beautiful day, all within a couple of hours! I spent the morning worrying that our house was going to blow off the side of the hill, watching KB put down towels to soak up the leaks on our windowsills (the rain was so crazy I think a submarine’s windows would have leaked) and crocheting.
It was so lovely to pick up my hook again! I finished the dreaded garter stitch cardigan yesterday, it seems that all I needed was a good bitch to the world about what a pain it was, because after I posted, I picked it up and knitted right to the end, cast off and threw it onto Wool Mountain where it is still lying in a heap waiting to be finished. I’ll look into it tomorrow, but I’ll see… no hurry!
Being that it is my holiday time right now, and it is raining, I’ve been indulging in a lot of yarnplay and it’s FUN! Oh my, I had forgotten the joy of not having something to do! I have a few assignments due between now and February which I need to make a start on reasonably soon, but for this week, I’m chilling. I got my neglected 4mm hook out of its case this morning, gave it a loving stroke as I glared at my knitting needles, and began to make some grannies. I found some cushion inners the other day and as it has been ages since I’ve made a cushion, I decided to make a start on one. If you click on the “cushions” category in my side bar it should bring up all of the posts featuring cushions I’ve made. I think I’ve done 9 in total and I was asked a while ago about a photo with all of them together. Totally! I just need to remember to bring the two in my office home for the night, and your wish is my command! So I was looking at these cushions and noticed that I’ve made them from grandala squares, summer garden grannies, babettes…. everything except for a plain old granny. So I made one.
I really like it! It’s groovy…. and when I say groovy, I mean, “groovy man, I just opened a time capsule from 1971 and this cushion was inside.” I didn’t mean for it to be so…. retro! I dig retro, but I was hoping for contemporary retro instead of seventies flashbacks! Sadly, it just doesn’t work with our decor which is very much Indian, ethnic, hippy styles instead of psychedelic, combi-van hippy styles… although…. I’d love a psychedelic combi-van and this cushion would be awesome in one……
I know this cushion will find its spiritual home, so it is in the present bag and I’m feeling virtuous because I’ve made a start on my next years birthday making.
As I was taking the pictures of the cushion…..
Memphis, our downstairs neighbour turned up to get involved in the action…. Memphis’ mothers are away at the moment so she must have been a bit lonely as she is quite a shy Miss…. Raymond is a bit selfish when it comes to attention and doesn’t care for her much…..
Let the “cute-off” begin!
“I’m so cute! Look at meeeeeeeeeeee!!!”
“But look at me! I’m so smoochy on this seat…. I’m the smoochiest…..”
“ooh, oooh, but look at my soft little tummy! I’m soooooo cute!”
Lucky for Raymond, Memphis soon went off on bug chasing business in the front yard, so he came back upstairs to watch the finch eating the gluten-free bread off our deck, wishing that we would open the ranch slider, just a little…..
Wishing you a beautiful day! Enjoy the last few days of 2010!
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX