….and what to keep. The workroom is due a proper sort out and maybe some decorating. Paint? Paper? Both? Lots to think about and none of it will happen this side of Christmas, but it’s a joy to think I can change things. If only in life? Anyhoo, while all that thinking is going on little touches to add some more colour have been seen:
And there has been sewing of bags too – some sold and some new ones in there now!
I’m making sure I keep busy – the more I do the less I think. It’s that time of year.
Bags have been made – and sold, thank you! – stamps drawn and cut out, crochet ripple blanket finished – but yet to have its border done – and little tote bags sewn to hold Christmas gifts. It’s supposed to be that the more thinking there is, the less creativity there is. And that’s exactly how it feels. Too much thinking has been the default position for a while and I’d like it to move on now. The reason for starting to make more bags etc is long-winded, but the gist of it is that someone asked and I thought Why not? It has been good to feel productive in a very small way, but the feeling of just being busy is not good enough.
Luckily there has been a birthday treat to myself:
It gives me hope that these dark, dark days will brighten.
It has been on the turn for a couple of days, then whoosh!
if possible, it’s even more red in reality.
One day last week there was an email from a lovely lady asking about stocking some of my knitting bags, and I was amazed. The wonder of the internet and how it keeps images forever! After much chit chat, we decided on five longer (knitting needle length) ones and two smaller (crochet or sock knitting) ones. There are some gorgeous fabrics out there and I was ready to buy!
And yet…and yet…No. Something pulled me back. Something reminded me of how it felt to be under pressure to make things that others have in their minds and how it never quite matches up. It’s different when someone simply asks for a particular fabric in a style already completed, but this felt different. Ach well, maybe it says more about me than anything else.
The really good thing was the impetus to really get going with some making though:
A car quilt for a mucky pup after he’s been in the mud, made from unwanted cotton dresses.
Backed with an old white sheet.
And one of the two bags already made up.
Off now to cut out some small totes to use as gift bags for Christmas presents. All good, all well. Apart from – have you noticed how much money everything costs lately – not just the ordinary stuff like food, clothes heating etc, but giving to charity too? We sat this morning and counted up all the charitable, planned giving coming out of the account. I hate to say it, but maybe one of them has to go….
While busy with the rippler, there comes a point where there are smaller balls of yarn left over; too small to complete a line on the blanket, yet too much to throw. Especially as they are all such gorgeous yarns in great colours. So, this has come along very nicely side by side the blanket:
The little flowers are so very easy to make and so quick. Perfect when sat in front of the fire!
The workroom is also starting to have a few little Christmassy items added – the postcard with bambi in the snow globe is glittery, pink and turquoise – what’s not to love? But I couldn’t resist the superhero foxy girl. I think that’s the way I want my granddaughters to grow up – strong, beautiful and capable of anything.
Have you noticed that once you have an idea for a blog post there seems to be lots already out there? Nature of the beast I suppose, but one thing that has struck home for me is the question of why continue to blog? I like it. Plain as. And the more I blog, the more I like it.
When I was buying more yarn this week (that ripple blanket does like to eat those balls of yarn) I got talking to the lovely lady whose shop it is. We talked of making connections with people, how the best way to get on with work is to just do it, and yet still have time for chat. It reminded me of a quote often seen on Pinterest, the one in the title, and how it makes me just want to get on and do things, yet still take the time for sending emails to friends etc.
I suppose I was bemoaning the fact that so many of us are so very far apart. But hey, isn’t that what the internet is for? Maybe feeling just a little sorry for myself? And then, well just as it says in a comment on the previous post – I did some more sewing:
There has been a number of coasters made, but they’ve been of the simple kind – two pieces of fabrics stitched together – but I decided I wanted something just a little more creative. It has been fun, and although I’m not sure where or how far to take this, it will be good to carry on and find out!
This is the wool shop: http://www.treaclewoolshop.co.uk/
Rather than visit the fabric shops, both online and bricks and mortar, some dresses hanging in the wardrobe have been shredded, washed, pressed and cut into strips and squares:
A certain small dachshund gets rather grubby when out for walks, so it was decided he needed a blanket of his own for in the car. As he is also a great chewer of fabrics, shoes, cushions, scarves, he certainly wasn’t getting my red and turquoise one. Some may think that there is an awful lot of floral going on there for a ‘he’, but he gets no say in the matter.
Have you noticed just how many dachshunds are about these days? This one comes to stay for the odd weekend break and is beginning to act as though the garden is his alone. There were a few bullfinches, blackbirds and thrushes who were more than happy to explain the reality of the situation to him.
Last week was spent in London; so many different places have been visited and enjoyed, though it’s very noticeable that most revolve around food – Villandry, Providores, the Nordic bakery etc. Even Liberty’s with its bellinis and sharing boards. But one place that wasn’t to do with food was Jeeves and Wooster with a brilliant three man cast. The laughing started with the first line and continued into the taxi back to the hotel. A real hoot.
And now? Well, the weather is great – sunshine and very fresh, most things are up to date in the house (very rarely can I say that) and now…..what?
All suggestions greatly appreciated.
The last post I wrote on this subject is here:
and this one too:
It’s becoming a habit; using paper, pen, glue, but I’m not sure it’s quite ready yet. Each week there is something new to be added, another week sees lots taken away, but that’s ok; it’s no hassle when it’s such a low-tech option.
A bit like the quilt. It’s ready now, with its border complete. The colours are just what I wanted and it fits perfectly. But it certainly isn’t perfect itself. Some of the lines are wonky and the back of some of the stitching does not invite inspection. That’s ok though, as it’s not for selling on. It sits very nicely in my own home and will stand the test of time, or not. We’ll see.
Am I drifting away from blogging and the internet? Not really, but it changes. Those blogs I used to follow avidly, waiting for and checking daily to see the latest post, are either gone or changed. Again, that’s fine, but it’s also for me to decide to continue following. Or not. I like the way everything changes and newness comes along to turn everything on its head.
But I especially like the feel of paper, pen and glue!