Here I am on a boring grey Friday morning… I’m quite excited about uploading the colourful happy photos I have for today’s post to give me a bit of a morning lift! If that doesn’t work, another coffee might, but I’ll try the colour first!
Last week when I arrived home from my Tongariro Crossing trip I was pretty down… In fact, it took me about three days to re-adjust to being back and I was walking around my life with a big yuck, empty feeling that whole time. I’m not sure what caused it, it was wonderful to be back with my beloved KB and little Raymond, but the trip was so life-changing and it was so great to hang out with my Mum and my Aunty, plus I was upset at the flooding in Australia too, that going back to work and endless commitments just didn’t appeal!
I think feeling yuck at times is quite normal for us people and we all have our ways of dealing with it… I chose to knit. I dug into my stash and pulled out THIS wool and began to knit myself a tea cozy. My mum is a genius, this wool knitted up as beautifully as Noro with those perfect colour changes, it was like having magic wind itself around my needles, and was a reasonably effective anti-depressant too!
It turned out just beautifully and I love it. I was thinking about embellishing it, but just don’t know how to embellish it without taking the attention away from the beauty of the wool itself, so I’ve left it for now.
What I love the most about it is that it is a co-creation, made half by my Mum and half by me. It made me think about what would happen to it, and in fact other things I’ve made when I move on from life… I have no plans to have children of my own, so there won’t really be anyone to hold on to the things and treat them as precious family treasures…. I get a bit nostalgic at that thought, but then I remember that I’ll be far too busy in heaven to think about tea cozies I knitted when I was 30!
It has been funny old weather in Wellington, really burning hot sun but windy too, so we can’t open the doors and let the fresh air in without creating a cyclone! The other day I went outside and found a spot that protected me from both the sun and the wind with my tea pot brewing with a mixture of green and rooibos tea to finish stringing together some bunting.
That’s an excessive amount of bunting isn’t it! The pattern is in my sidebar if you want it, but I am working on a new tutorial as I went back and revised a bit of the pattern and thought I should redo the pictures too.
The bunting is to sell in my Mum’s flower shop, she just re-opened this week after a lovely long summer break, so I’m going to string them up in the window and make the place look fabulously inviting!
This is my favourite set by far… I nearly kept it, but it’s too long for my front door. KB was a bit relieved at this, as she describes our kitchen as being “quite flaggy,” I agree with her but I am a woman possessed and will not be able to stop until my entire house is full of flags! (Sorry Darling)
I’ve been getting a few questions on ravelry and on here re the stitch htr…… Unfortunately I just don’t have the time to answer everyone individually when they don’t understand a stitch or something in anything I publish… It is my understanding that htr is the stitch below tr, which is like hdc but with one extra loop. I could be wrong, but then a conversation on ravelry ended when someone googled htr and found an explanation that fitted with my understanding of the stitch, so that’s good! Thank you Dennis! I’m sorry about some of the unanswered questions, I have to remind myself that blogging is a hobby and not something I’m doing for financial reward, and that it already takes up a looooooooooooooooooooooooot of time in my life, and that google has all the answers. All of them! I find that if I don’t understand something, I google it and get about 1000 answers, all of which are very helpful. So I’m very sorry for the confusion that has occurred over this! If I have the time at some stage I’d like to do a list explaining the stitches in the way I use them in my patterns, but right now I’m quite busy and involved with making things, so that will have to wait!!!!!
OK then… I’m off to write some essay(s) *boo hoo* then it’s off to work for me! Wishing you a lovely day and a brilliant weekend, have fun!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX