Hello lovely people! How are you all?
I always seem to start with the weather don’t I? I’m not sure why. It just feels like a very natural way to start. Easing you in with the small talk.
So how has it been? One word for you. Chilly. So chilly that I’ve wanted to put the heating on. I was met with a disgruntled face and a firm no. Which I completely agree with really. It was just a weak moment. If we’re lucky, we’ll have it on for Christmas. There’s a reason why I’ve been making so many blankets.
This chilliness has got me craving big jumpers and porridge. Luckily we’re stocked to the brim with porridge so I’ve been having yummy warmness on my mornings off. I’ve nearly used up our New Zealand honey, so I’m going to have to look for something else to go in there.
I’ve also needed a severe sleep and general hibernate. A general desire to gather all my nuts (metaphorical nuts you understand) and only come out of the house when it’s strictly necessary. It’s getting increasingly hard to get out of a warm bed in the morning. Getting out of the shower is also torture, it’s the only thing warming up my soul.
Despite this, I have actually been going out and about. By chance I met an old friend and colleague when I was coming out of the train station. What a wonderful surprise! We quickly made plans and spent the night in our old haunt. It’s been a few years since we saw each other last, but as the cliché goes, it felt like no time had passed. I love people like this. We could drop right in with the silly conversations as well as the deep stuff, even after all that time. Of course we had a lot to catch up on, meaning that I lost all track of time and had to get the last train home! It had been a while. Even before my pre hermit days. It left me feeling quite youthful!
We also had a couple of celebrations this month. Most important of all my Favourite Little Miss turned 7!
How time flies! Obviously she needed a crochet number to go in her card (tradition), but also she had some art supplies from us. I got a big pack last year, but she’s growing up now. Practically a lady. It was time for a fancy sketch pad and grown up pencils.
We also celebrated the anniversary of getting our little house. 3 years! This anniversary is always a little bittersweet. While it’s nice to think about the achievement of owning your own house, I can’t help but think about all the things we still need to do. 6 months on and we still don’t have a working shower. Our bath has been fixed so at least I don’t have to bother The Parents every night for a wash. Our roof is still leaking, and the back garden gate is still half of itself. I try to be as positive as possible, but it’s hard not to get overwhelmed by it all. But I always think that there are lessons to be learned from everything. I guess the lesson I have here is to to live with it! We’ll get there eventually. For the moment I need to remember how wonderful it is to be able to lock my very own front door each night. I might have leaks, but at least they’re my leaks!
The biggest news this month, and it’s ginormous news, is Yarndale!
I was letting out little squeals of excitement all day yesterday. My colleagues have lost a teeny bit of respect for me I think. What do they know anyway?!?
I’m so excited that I’m worried about my blood pressure.
By the time you’re reading this, The Mother, Mrs and Baby ATR and I will be merrily on our way to the best yarn festival of the year. I haven’t been before of course, but you know when something is just going to be good? It’s going to be spectacular. We wanted to go last year, but as is always the way, it just never happened. After Wonderwool, we were determined to do Yarndale. We’d definitely caught the bug. Even a month ago it wasn’t a certainty. It all came together very quickly in the end, which tend to be the best plans. Do you find that? All the best people will be there, and I plan to get sock yarn from every single one of them. I can just see it now, being let through the door, putting my nose to the ground and sniffing out my purchases. I’m also imagining a huge group of women bursting through the door like the Black Friday sales in America. Maybe I’m getting so excited I’m over using my imagination… It’ll be hard going. We’re driving up today, then back tomorrow after the show. We’re going to be all sorts of tired, but it’ll be worth it. Plus I’ve booked Sunday and Monday off to recover. Of course when I say recover, I mean play with my new toys. Wish me happy hunting people. And if you’re going to be there, let me know and we can get some cake. (There’ll be cake right?) It would be lovely to meet some of you in the flesh. You will of course get a full report once I’ve returned and slept (and played). I can’t guarantee that it won’t just be a whole page of pictures with the caption ‘Look at how beautiful this is!’ but you’ll have to get what you’re given I’m afraid.
All this talk of new yarn makes me think that I should really be finishing some other projects. The Menorcan scarf is finished, (read about it here) and will have its first outing at the show. Another thing to get excited about.
Talking of sock yarn, my socks have come on in leaps and bounds. Or should that be heels and toes?
I’m amazed at how quickly this has got done compared to my first one. It’s nice to not be afraid anymore. I’m down to the bottom of the foot with just the toes to go. And so far they match! I had to get quite creative with my yarn to do this, but I won’t bore you with that now. Next time. Hopefully I can get them finished this weekend with the copious amount of car hours we’re going to have, ready to cast on a new set next week.
We’ve had no progress with the temperature cushion. I’m sorry to admit that I haven’t actually got any room to put my sewing machine out at the moment. Not to mention that the fabric I thought I had is lost. Or maybe never existed in the first place. Who knows. Hopefully my insert will be constructed by next time. We may even have it all joined together and finished, but I wouldn’t get your hopes up. I’d hate to disappoint anybody.
My temperature blanket however is coming along nicely. This is with August joined.
It really is getting difficult to take pictures of it now.
My words obviously got to mother nature last time. I mentioned that I thought we’d seen the last of the higher temperatures, then a couple of days later I got thrown my last orange! I also said that I hoped we wouldn’t get deep into the blues for a long while, and I was given a low of 8. 8! In September! Have you noticed I’m feeling very let down by the weather recently? I guess we’ve been very lucky to have had what feels like a decade of nice Septembers. I should be thankful for them I know. Maybe if I say that I don’t expect to be graced with any more oranges, then I’ll be granted one. One last one please?
It’s amazing to see the spread of colours when it’s laid out like this. It’s the only time I do lay it flat really. Otherwise it’s folded or bunched up around me. It actually looks like a proper blanket now. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I think that sometimes it’s difficult to see the big picture sometimes, especially when you work on it, tiny bit by tiny bit. Another good lesson. I must remember to take a step back at times. Please remind me when I forget!
Anyway folks, I’m off to have a final cwtch with the ice cream stealing kittens and run around frantically, because I’m sure I’ve forgotten something. Wish us a safe drive, all the yarn we can carry and tasty cake. I’ll see you on the other side!
Much love xx