Hello. It’s been a long time.
I’m finally feeling almost 100% – bit of a lingering cough, but my energy levels are back.
Gorgeous Man was away last week, so apart from work stuff I didn’t touch the computer at all. I have been crafting though.
The borders are on the fish quilt and I’m currently basting that (in the spare moments that Gorgeous Girl is sleeping) so that I can hand quilt it. Pictures to come.
There has also been some spinning – there’s a surprise. 🙂
This is some merino that I dyed myself. Very pleased with how this turned out. I’m currently spinning the other half of the roving super fine so that I can make socks.
This is already being knitted up into a scarf for a friend (also merino and also dyed by yours truly). Gorgeous Man commented last night that it was the nicest thing I’d ever knitted. I’m hoping that there is going to be enough left over for me to do a second one to keep. There’s over 580 metres (600 yards) so there should be…
Because it’s Christmas time, there has been some knitting for charity. (Since it’s summer here, these won’t be donated until later in the year and are just going into my charity bag).
Gorgeous Girl modelling a brown one in koigu. This yarn was donated to me to use for charity and has been marinating in the stash for a while. I think there’s enough to do another hat.
I love this picture of her, and I’d never have it if I hadn’t knitted for others 🙂
Another charity knit.
We don’t do the Father Christmas thing with Gorgeous Girl. Her presents will come from the people who buy them, and she has had great fun this year shopping with me for Gorgeous Man. However, I do like the tradition of taking pictures with Father Christmas. This year (first time since we’ve been here) there was a Father Christmas for Rent (hey, that’s what my receipt says) in our local mall.
I even came home and scrapped the pages straight away, took the photos into the newsagent that doubles as a scrapbooking store and bought the papers immediately. Those pictures didn’t turn out.
This was an interesting experience. In Australia Father Christmas says “HO HO HO, what’s your name etc? In this case they just stuck her on his lap and started taking pictures. They were finished before I realised they’d started. So I asked them to retake them as she wasn’t smiling.
I then turned around and noticed that Gorgeoue Girl was being very stoic and trying very hard not to cry. I picked her up and we had a little cuddle and then we tried again. This time the photographer pulled out a funny toy to wave and actually interacted with her (as did the guy in the red suit) and so we managed to coax this smile.
Doesn’t he look like a great Father Christmas though?
Our car is out of action until the mechanic can see it on January 4, so I’ve stocked up on enough groceries to last us until it’s fixed (I hope lol). I’m hoping that since I can’t go anywhere I’ll get some more crafty stuff done, but since I’m working every day except Christmas Eve and Christmas, that probably won’t happen.
Well that’s you all caught up with me. Now I just need to get around and visit everyone else’s blogs.