Time for a Friday update, and I’ll be honest, I’m scraping the barrel a little this week, although I have been playing with a lot of different crafts. We leave for Australia in just over a week (!!) and I am not ready. I need to pack (aka buy) suitable clothes, choose which projects are going across with me, sort out the cat and the myriad other things involved in going away for a month. The stress and anxiety has been slightly overwhelming, and I have spent a lot of time in bed.
Nevertheless, I will find five good things to talk about this week.
I’ve been getting really into my cross stitch again, particularly after unearthing this guy again and thinking about how to frame him. I haven’t quite got there yet. I wanted to re-stitch him, but I can’t find the chart as I made this project well over ten years ago, and you can’t buy the PDF online. Frustrating!
I’ll be doing an introductory post to cross stitch later on, mainly for the benefit of my lovely friend Lucia, with whom I will be stitching the below project. As if Lucia and I aren’t working together enough, we’re also still on our Harry Potter kick – find out the latest here, including some really interesting thoughts on religion from my partner in crime.
Cat in the Sun
I found this hilarious video on Buzzfeed of life before and after a cat is acquired. (In our case, a cat acquires you…) It really rings true – particularly the last snippet about ‘my cat is the cutest cat in the world’. I think John and I say to each other at least once a day “hey, we have a cat”, “I’m cuddling our cat”, “I touched our cat’s nose”. I don’t know if I will ever get over the fact that I have a cat!
Tonks and I have been enjoying the sun this week – here she is keeping my pile of darning “warm”. She’s been having a lot of fun hiding my craft supplies, with a bobbin of green embroidery floss going missing and delaying delivery of a project.
I love summer in the UK, and am a bit sad that I will be out of the country for the whole of July. The sun doesn’t go down till 10pm, it doesn’t get fully dark till 11pm or so (bearing in mind it is the longest day of the year this coming Sunday) and the temperature is not too bad for what we affectionately call “the mud puddle”. I’m trying to make the most of it!
Wedding Ring Cushions
I’ve been putting together ring cushions for the wedding we will be attending in Australia. This has been my first chance to contribute to a wedding using my craft (usually my ability to play music is the skill that is called upon) and I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve spent hours and hours looking up patterns, designs, in shops looking at fabric, ribbon, trims…
Speaking of Tonks playing with my craft supplies, I bought gorgeous lace ribbon for the ring cushions for a bargain price a couple of weeks ago. Tonks was so obsessed with the ribbon that I had to hide it from her so she wouldn’t completely destroy it. When it came to making the ring cushions, I looked for the beautiful ribbon…and I have no idea where I hid it. Argh!
I didn’t mind going haberdashery hunting for a third time, and when I find the ribbon I will no doubt find a use for it. Silly cat!
My knitting has slowed down massively – but I am still plodding away on Kelpie by Jared Flood for the Knit British #hapalong. This is nearly up – the end date is the 12th of July (the day after my birthday) and I’m not sure I’m going to finish on time. It is currently my travel knitting (the only time I get any knitting done these days…) and if all else fails, I’ve got 36 hours on a plane coming up…
So, that’s it for this week! I’m going to Brighton with Yarn in the City tomorrow, and running 10km on Sunday. I’m pretty excited about it all! You’ll hear all about it next week…
Bonus: If you’ve forgotten about this soundtrack, I suggest you go check it out. It’s been keeping me entertained this week!