Gosh, I thought I’d never get here! What a morning! It is such a stunningly beautiful sunny day here… later I’m going to be cursing the sun as it is windy which means I can’t open any doors and windows becuase that will create a hurricane in my home, so I’ll be slowly baking in my lounge… I’m sure to many of you up there in the Northern Hemisphere that sounds like bliss! (It is, I do love it!)
This morning I officially finished my big essay I have been working on solidly for two weeks! Hurrah! There is nothing like double spacing and hitting the save button for the very last time, and tomorrow it will be handed in and that is all of the course work for that particular summer paper finished! That’s one of the reasons I am arriving in the blogosphere later than usual…
The other is my camera….. Did you like the sepia picture of your friend Raymond? I had to wake him from a very deep sleep for that! (oooh MEAN!) It took me calling him about 5 times before he lifted his head, but he looks lovely in sepia so it was worth it! He is back asleep now, don’t worry about the long term consequences of that interruption!
Last week I bought a new camera, I didn’t tell anyone because I was feeling a bit guilty, (I tend to sometimes) my old one was packing it in, so I decided to upgrade. It wasn’t an expensive camera by any means, but is 14 megapixels, so quite a jump from the 10.2 in my old one! The only problem is, I haven’t a flipping clue how to use this camera as it has manual settings and needs this colour tone and that light setting and blah de blah blah, it’s quite challenging to use and I’m not happy with the pictures it is taking! So this morning after two failed atempts at crochet photoshoots (that sounds ridiculous doesn’t it!!!) I rang Andre at the camera shop and asked if I could bring it back and swap it for another one. He then helped me (because he is said to be an expert) find ‘macro’ which has changed everything and now I am happy(er) with my new camera. So if you notice my pictures looking a little different, that is why! I’m still getting used to having to put more of an effort into taking the pictures instead of just editing them on my computer!
So after editing essays and taking faaaar too many failed photos of crochet, here I am, finally, saying hellooooooo!!! I hope you’re having a lovely day and here I have another tea cozy to show you!
I’ve named this tea cozy the Columbine Tea Cozy because of this flower….
This is the columbine flower from Suzanne Thompson’s Crochet Bouquet book (which is the best ever!!!) and what a mission! I was exhausted when I had finished making it! But I am completely in love with the result and it will be a regular embellishment from now on for sure! I thought I had better try some hard patterns in case my students ask me to show them something tricky! Ooooh!!!
I know I say this about pretty much everything I put on here, but I love this cozy… It was such a joy to make…. the last two I’ve made have been harder, I’ve been having issues with flower placement and colour mixing, but after I cut the flowers off this one twice, then decided to make completely different flowers and put the other ones in my ‘spare embellishments’ box, I just let it flow and the result is so much better than when I force it!
Ooh, now I told you I’d show you my exciting project that I have just started! It is super retro and as I knit it, I wonder how many people had one of these when they were kids, when wool was less available than it is now! I’ve been saving the ends of balls and frogged flowers in a bag, and am now making “Django’s waste-not, want-not vest” which is going to be his second birthday present.
Django (who has featured here at Crochet with Raymond plenty in the past!) is my fairy god-daughter’s older brother and I just love him to bits, he is the cutest little thing. I was knitting him the Fisherman’s jersey, but I just don’t think it will be completed in time! This vest is much more at my competency level!
Ok, well, I’ve got a few hours left before my friends come around and we finish getting prepared for our presentation tomorrow (aaaargh!!!)… we have an hour long presentation to do for our couples therapy class… oh god I get that sick feeling just thinking about it! The topic has to be an issue couples commonly bring to therapy and ours is quite a heavy emotional issue, so I’m going to spend my time until they get here indulging my creative self… and having a play with these soft fluffy lovelies!
Oh yes…. I’ve been thinking about making time to learn how to needle felt for a couple of years now, and have finally been ultra-inspired! I feel a new obsession coming on!
Wishing you a beautiful day! I’ve been negelcting my blog friends lately because of my (stupid) essay, so I’m looking forward to seeing all of your lovely works of art and reading about what you’ve all been up to too!
Lots and lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX