How does the saying go? “Red at night, shepherd’s delight, red at dawning, shepherd’s warning?” Something along those lines….. Being that we were off to the markets today, I was pleased with last night’s sky…. a beautiful pink sunset and a tiny toe clipping moon… This morning was beautiful, right from the beginning when I dragged poor KB out of bed at 6am to make the weekly trip to the vege market, then back home for some desperately needed coffees before heading out again at 8am for the Khandallah markets.
Khandallah is one of Wellington’s more affluent suburbs, and yay for the market being on a Sunday when I’m not working! So my friend and I set up shop and I settled in for a long day in the beautiful sunshine!
I was selling my handsewn felt badges as usual, plus some knits of Mum’s and my own…. no surprises that the knits didn’t sell as we were coming into summer! But my stall was probably the brightest one there and that makes me pretty pleased!
For once I didn’t buy much… usually I’ll spend like mad at markets, but this one was quite small in terms of fun handcrafted goodies…. Wellington markets have changed a lot over the last few years, I was discussing it with some other stall holders…. people used to love handmade wares, but now hold a different attitude along the lines of “you want $10 for something you MADE???!!!” I find it amusing that people will buy the same badge in a shop for $25, but leave it at a market for $10…. the recession over the last few years has changed people’s attitudes towards money and what they deem valuable in a big way….. not to worry too much though! My badges are still well appreciated, we had a great day and are feeling pretty abundant now!
I wanted to buy this….
This is made by the Driftwood Guy… you can google him and find his cool stuff! He’s at all the markets and is incredibly talented, his driftwood animals are almost alive in terms of personality and I always want to buy this dog for my Dad….
My one purchase today was for my Dad…. three packets of heirloom seeds sold by an awesome couple who had all sorts of fun things! Read the labels…. have you ever eaten purple carrots?
So much thanks to the weather angels and the abundance faeries! And also the girls at the stall next to us for providing me with sunblock!
So it was two weeks until christmas yesterday…. and I have to admit, I’m getting a bit excited…. the shop I work at is getting busier and christmas trees are for sale all over the place…. I’m feeling the Christmas tingle that happens, when life suddenly speeds up, but that’s OK because Christmas and much celebration is going to happen, and then hopefully a long, hot summer holiday.
I absolutely loved the christmas decorations that the gorgeous Lucy (need I say from Attic24!) just gave us lucky people the pattern for, and knew that I’d have to have a go at some of them, being that I love mandalas so much!
I picked the most festive colours I could that didn’t involve red, white and green….
And on my friday morning off, whipped up a set of six beautiful decorations which I love very much!
So thank you lovely Lucy, for sharing yet another beautiful creation with us! I’m loving seeing so many popping up on other blogs, it’s fun to see how people interpret a pattern and give it their own personal spin.
Now I need some important advice from all of you… I have decided that I might just knit myself my first cardigan and I was flicking through a knitting magazine which my lovely colleague gave to me and found this…. now have a look and then read the changes I’m planning, then try to imagine what the cardigan will look like, and let me know what you think!
OK so changes:
1. I won’t be putting that fuggly ribbon on it, I’ll find a groovy toggle or something similar…
2. I’ll flag the garter stitch bottoms because I’m not a fan of the garter stitch edge, and in this pattern it makes the cardigan look a bit like a Santa jacket
3. I’ll leave the collar because I don’t think it will suit me, but crochet around the edge and do something a bit fancier and quirkier which will suit my style, like picot in a similar colour, or the same….
I’m thinking about this colour which will be fun and this Perendale wool is inexpensive and knits beautifully….
It seems as I type this, that I don’t really like the cardigan so am going to change it all around, but what I DO like is the raglan style and the nice long sleeves…. it looks like a nice easy one to begin with and I’m quite excited.
So what do you all think? Be honest now.
OK then lovelies! I’m off for a shower to wash the sticky, hot sunny day off, then get some much needed sleep! KB has succumbed to a nap on the day bed already after the day’s activities and I think I need to follow her lead!
Wishing you much happiness and joy for the week ahead!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX