I hope this finds you keeping safe and well inside during the lockdown. We are all well here, so far. I am doing ok at staying in, having the garden to potter about in certainly helps here. I’m not sure my husband and daughter would say the same as they are far more used to being active and out-and-about than me. However, the sun is shining again and when I look out of the window, it is hard to believ that there could be anything wrong at all. The birds are singing and Spring is most definitely springing.
Well, I stopped procrastinating this weekend and finally sorted through my pile of works-in-progress. I am completely ashamed of myself, letting the pile get so big. But, I’m not too ashamed to say how many items are partly made – 20! Most of them are from back issues of Let’s Knit and LGC Knitting and Crochet magazines.
I have started on the three lions as I think they will take the least time to finish. So far I have a gold one and a pink one that look very odd without any mane! These have been knitted using oddments from my enormous stash (most of which is currently sat in a large basket on the landing due to my craft space being used as an office). It’s a design by Steffi Hochfellner and it is a lovely one to knit.
I have made one before which was very popular with some of the younger people I know. As you can see, he is quite magnificent with his multi-colour mane and I will spare his embarrassment and not show the world what he looks like bald!
When I’ve finished the lion triplets I might take them for an adventure in the jungle (aka my garden).
Hello again, it’s been a long while since I posted anything on this blog, but I am back and hope to be able to post a little more frequently in the coming weeks at least! Over the last couple of years I have been working in the local primary school during lunch hour, doing admin work on the school website and volunteering to read with some of the younger children. This has taken up far more time than I had imagined it would and I guess this blog is what I sacrificed. However, I have been crafting when I can and my facebook page has been updated more often than the website.
I am currently not able to do my lunchtime role in school and the additional admin work I was doing seems to have dried up as well. Yesterday was the official end of my contract and I don’t predict that to be renewed in this current climate, so I am now back to crafting and looking after the home again full time. Of course, my daughter is also at home and I am trying to find ways to keep up with her school work as well as keeping her busy and interested each day. I would love to hear of any activities you think would be useful to share with an eleven year old about to leave primary school!
So while I sort out the rest of the day, here’s a card I made last summer, using Tonic adorables die and stamp set – Kirby and Lulus Wash Day. I think it sums up how I feel at the moment.
As we approach the end of the school year, we seem to be on a never ending run of parties – and not just children’s.
What I am pleased to find is that now she’s seven, Alice’s party invitations have become a bit more adventurous than a soft play centre. Today we’ve been at Emily’s Paint-a-Pot in Prestwich. Each child was able to choose an animal to paint and was given instruction on how to go about it. It felt far more grown up than the usual running wild amidst screaming kids of all ages! So we left them to it and had a stroll around Heaton Park before the rain set in and we headed back. The party room is upstairs and we could hear squeals of delight along with the traditional rendition of ‘Happy Birthday to you.’ They were all obviously having a great time. We stayed downstairs in the main painting room, where we had a very lovely cuppa and a look at all the drying pots. It’s a pretty little place and they don’t just cater for children. I was intrigued to see they run Pottery and Prosecco evenings. Something I quite fancy, I wonder why?!
Alice really enjoyed her afternoon. She painted a cat and can’t wait for it to be finished off in the kiln.
It’s a great place to go on a rainy day, and while not a cheap activity, it is something different to what we generally do at home, so it’s definitely somewhere I hope to visit again. Next time I want to have a go too.
I mentioned back at the end of December that I have adopted two abandoned kittens and they are certainly making their presence felt in the household. We have gone through a tough period of settling in. George in particular has taken his time in getting used to us all, but things are starting to settle down.
They have both had a series of trips to the vet, for check ups, injections, weight monitoring and neutering.
But I am now pleased to say that they have a clean bill of health and have started to explore the wider environment. They are both still quite timid with other people and strange noises, but I’m not too bothered about that as it is keeping them close to home. It took over a week of being let outside for them to go further than the patio outside the kitchen door, and they much prefer it if I go out with them. Goodness knows what they will be like when the encounter another cat – and we do have a few around the neighbourhood!
So here they are in all their glory, climbing the trees and shrubs.
Both of them have grown a lot in the four months they have been with us. I think George is going to be a big lad, and Lily is all set to be a dainty little thing. They are both very keen on my crafting! Not surprisingly they love my bags of yarn, so I have had to be much more disciplined at putting everything away when finished with. Of course, I still indulge them with the odd pom -pom and piece of yarn to chase.
What has surprised me most is how George just loves the cursor on the computer screen, so I frequently have a little ‘helper’ when I’m on the pc. The best part though is when I’m snuggled up on the settee with some crochet or knitting and I’m joined by them both, Lily on my knee …..
and George has taken a liking to my project bag! (I’m not sure he’ll be able to fit in it for long though).
Ah well, they are growing fast and are great company although it is somewhat distracting when a kitten decides to jump on my desk while I’m working!
My Christmas present this year has been these two little lovelies! Since we lost Stella and Guinness earlier in the year, I’ve been coming to terms with the emptiness in the house, but I knew I would want to bring some more cats into the house at some point. Well we had our fabulous holiday and I have (hopefully) got over all my hospital admissions for the foreseeable future, so I decided a few weeks ago that I was ready to look for a couple of kittens.
A friend of mine is a vet and she had a mother cat with five kittens abandoned at the practice, so we have now become the owners of two of the little kittens. So meet, Lily (tabby) and George (tabby and white). They are both quite shy, but I am sure that they will settle in soon and we are all looking forward to them playing around the house. I can’t wait for them to fall asleep on my knee too!