I have to begin this post by telling you that I have had one heck of a day! One of those days that start off busy, continues to be busy and involves NO KNITTING BREAKS at all, or ANY time for crochet goodness, which makes things faaaar worse! And do you know what? it is soooooooooooooooooooooo nice to come home, switch on the computer, eat some chocolate and lose myself in the blogiverse for a while! I hope all of you are having a lovely day, or have had a lovely day… it’s only 5.30pm here and the sun is beating down still, so after this I’m going to go and sit in my chair and do some therapeutic hooking before KB serves up dinner… a lovely evening for sure!
Raymond is having an equally full-on week…. we discovered that he has fleas, so for the last few nights he has been sleeping outside (lovely for us as we have more leg room) and enduring flea treatments, a change in diet involving garlic powder in his jellymeat, and the flea comb, which is slowly but surely becoming the flea comb of doom. He really is the most patient cat in the world, as yesterday he lay still with minimal struggling, for three half hour sessions with the flea comb of doom, and this morning, despite much protest, another half hour was endured. He has the patience of a saint. KB went to the health shop and bought some diatomaceous earth powder and smothered him in it, apparently he was walking around with powder puffing off him this morning, so fingers crossed, I have eradicated them! I have to admit here, that I am slightly neurotic about fleas, maybe you picked that up… I suggested shaving him but KB would not allow it…. I kind of agree because he would lose all of his street cred in the neighbourhood, but it would make the flea problem so much easier!!!???
OK, enough blabbing about busy days and fleas…. I’m going to show you another of my beginnerish, clumsy attempts at felting today! I have a funny feeling I’ll look back on the early felting and wonder why I posted such beginnerly attempts, as I do with my crochet (don’t waste your time reading my first few months of posts if you like looking through archives!!!) but I loooooooooooooooooooove the felting so much that I just want to show the whole wide world!
On Monday, I snuck out of class at lunchtime, and came home to play with this piece of felt, my sparkly beads and some delish slubby cotton I picked up at one of my fave shops Minerva and god it was fun!
This piece of felt was one of the first pieces I made, so not so fantastic, but still beautiful in terms of colour and the fact that I made it myself, which is still a bit mind boggling! I had it in mind to make a needle case with it… when I was in Taupo I bought a needle case made from a recycled blanket, but obviously I was caught up in a shopping storm and now that I have it at home, I don’t love it so much and it is now living in my wardrobe amongst my craft supplies, empty of needles!
So I cut a piece of lovely dark pink felt to fit as pages of my needle book, and sewed a spine, embellished of course, with sparkly goodness! Then, because I needed, really neeeeeeded to use my slubby cotton for something, anything really, I sewed french knots up the spine…
And it was ready to be my new needle home, so I no longer need to dig through my fish pencil case for them, because that is dangerous!
(Gosh, I just previewed the post and saw those needles, they’re like torture equipments aren’t they! i wonder if I’d be let on a plane with a needle felting kit? I doubt it!)
I love the fact that it looks like a magical fairy story book, like you open it and there is something soooooooooooooo special inside… even though I know there are just boring old needles in there, I still get quite excited at what could, or really SHOULD be in there…. don’t you agree?
OK, well that’s enough from me today, I’m getting all inspired to go and have a play with my fleece now, after looking at the pictures! Also, I have a lovely stack of granny squares waiting to cheer me up with their colourful retro goodness… I hope you’ve had a fun visit today!
Wishing you a wonderful day or night!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX