There’s been very little crafting happening here at Ruth’s Place over the last few days. Study is keeping me busy.
Gorgeous Girl had a ‘sick’ day today. She has a cough and a runny nose and she really didn’t want to go to school this morning, so we kept her home for the day. We spent the morning doing some school work (her choice). She asked me to bring some workbooks back from my last visit to Australia (“because there is too much colouring in at school and the work is too easy”) and so we’ve been working through them when she is interested. This morning we did adding by fives, the short o and a sounds, a short consonant review and then the long a, e and i sounds. It’s a phonics workbook. I think she learned just as much as if she’d been at school…
After that we did some colouring in. At the beginning of 2012 we visited my good friend Lisa and her family in New South Wales. She gave Gorgeous Girl a lovely Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric panel that you colour yourself. We had to wait until I found fabric markers and then I waited until I was sure Gorgeous Girl could colour nicely. Today was the day to colour.
She took it very seriously.
The finished panel. There were a few slips of the pens.
After lunch we began work on the butterfly. Once interest waned we packed it up for next time, but not before I snapped a shot of the work in progress.
Gorgeous Girl has said she would like the caterpillar to be a placemat, so I’ll see what I can turn out on Sunday.
I’ve had a problem with mould on one of my spinning wheels. Just one, and in the whole spraying it with clove oil to kill the mould, the cotton drive band shrunk. I couldn’t find a suitable replacement and Weaving Rose very kindly sent me some linen thrums left over from her weaving that work a treat. This meant I was able to finish off this fibre which had been sitting on the wheel.
My first attempt at fluffy merino singles. I’m quite proud of them. These are unwashed, so still a bit twisty in places. At the moment we are getting a lot of afternoon rain so these are sitting in a bowl on my bookshelf waiting for fine weather.
The top photo has the truer colour. This is fibre that I dyed myself when I first started spinning, so it’s been marinating in the stash for a while.
Since I didn’t have to do the school run today (less driving and walking) my foot is feeling pretty good. I’m hoping to spend some time working on my brother’s wedding quilt tonight. What do you have planned?