1. The sky.
Thank Goodness! It warmed up again! I was beyond nervous about the state of the temperatures on the weekend, I had completely changed my mind about looking forward to winter, and had decided that I was not quite ready to let the warmth of the summer season go just yet! Despite the pink sunrise this morning, we had a gorgeously perfect day with beautiful blue skies…..
2. Raymond’s cat tunnel.
Yes, we know he is very, very cute, especially when he falls asleep in his cat tunnel with his little cute feet up against the walls, he is in fact, cutest when he is asleep…. Some of you asked how he was doing because you hadn’t seen him in a while, he is good! We haven’t been seeing much of him lately either! Raymond is an extremely high-needs cat and goes through stages of finding new homes and families. During these times we see him quite infrequently and often smelling of another woman’s perfume, then once he has outstayed his welcome there, he starts coming home a lot more. We don’t mind this in the slightest, as long as these new families don’t start feeding him… although that would be pointless even if they did because he is so fussy he wouldn’t eat it anyway….
3. Skull Tea Cozy
A colleague needed one of these for her skull-loving daughter’s birthday present and of course I was happy to provide! Being that the recipient is a vegan, environmentalist, I made this as vegan-friendly as possible (even though wool is not vegan friendly!) by using gorgeous New Zealand wool from Ashford that does not practice mulesing on their sheep (go Ashford!) I kept it local and ethical, and finished it off with a vintage button from my stash inherited from KB’s Mum.
1. My possum merino lace scarf.
One of the great things about blogging is that there are millions (OK, maybe hundreds) of very skilled people out there reading and offering advice. Nikki, oh my, THANK YOU for leaving me a comment about life lines, I followed your instructions and immediately made a life line in my scarf… then another as I knitted my way through a very slow morning at work… then another…. then at approximately 12.06pm I was soooooooooooooooooo grateful to you when I dropped a few stitches trying to unpick a row, ripped it back to the life line, put it back on the needles and proceeded immediately to knit the front into the back and needed to rip it back once again! It’s not my usual style to listen to someone and follow advice, I tend to just do whatever and make mistakes, but I am sooooooooooo glad I did it! If you squint, you’ll be able to see the life line in my photos and they truly are!
3. Japanese flowers.
I tried so hard to resist this trend!!! But ooooh how I love these flowers! I’m loving seeing them pop up all over the blog world, on ravelry and lately, in my lounge! Inspired by lovely Lucy, most of us have fallen for these lovelies and I’m no exception… I held back because I can’t read graphs because of my leftiness, it’s just too confusing translating graph to written pattern and doing it the opposite way to how I crochet, but then the divine Elizabeth Cat, who is my crochet icon, whose crochet is such perfection that I want to wrap myself in it and have a wonderful techicolour sleep, kindly put up a tutorial for these flowers and I was a goner, they had to be made.
I just made a short scarf that I can pin at the front, as these flowers are quite a size, and these lovely colours might be a bit overwhelming en masse… I’m in love with the result. Thank you Elizabeth, for the pattern! (And a resulting addiction to japanese flowers!) I have the colour scheme for another scarf burning a hole in my stash as I type…
Well, I’m off to bed, my eyeballs are falling out of my eyes and I don’t dare try to knit another few rows of lace before I go!
Have a lovely day wherever you are!
Lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX