Well if I can ever persuade our wibbly-wobbly internet connection to upload the photo, I’ll show you the 254 red roses (yes, I counted them, which was an awful lot quicker than embroidering them was) that I made on the front of the big-house-crochet-secret-project. I’m sorry, I assume you’re sick of me being coy about what this project is, but I really do want the finished, installed thing to be a surprise, even if you’ve seen elements of it along the way.
Ah, here we are. The little hamsters in the wifi box have run their wheels fast enough to show you this picture at last. (Can you tell that I’m not technologically savvy?)
I know, the fourth window box isn’t finished, and I photographed it by yucksome artificial light because it was late, but I was so keen to show you that the front of the house is nearly done. Now I need to work more on the garden.
I feel as though I’ve been working on this project forever (‘Yeah, tell me about it’, says everyone who’s been reading this blog a-while.) I need to get it done, partly so that I can concentrate on the Cladonia shawl, and partly so that I can begin working on a new project with some yarn that’s just arrived. Have a gander at this:-
Mmmmmm….. Now, this yarn is a limited edition multipack of all the shades we shortlisted for the Stylecraft colour competition. How wonderful is that?! I’m just checking on its availability so that I can pass the information on to you, but this colourful pack landed on my doorstep a few days ago and I’m about to get started on creating something knitty with it. I’m thinking a fairisle bag…
Meanwhile, this weather! I know, it’s Britain and it’s August, so it’s only reasonable to spend one’s time sitting doggedly outside in rain-sodden flip-flops, trying to convince oneself that one’s wine isn’t being significantly diluted by the deluge from the clouds above. But really, do I have to play dodge-the-flood on my drive home from work in August? And then after chucking it down with rain for two days solid, the weather is suddenly all sweetness and light and sunshine, like a far-too-hard-work lover who’s all joy and kindness one minute, and then an emotional bundle of hard work the next, and then back to loveliness the moment you’ve finally resolved to dump them. (Yes, I once had a boyfriend like that. He is most definitely an ex.) Anyway today it was at least tolerably dull rather than actively soggy, so we ventured out for a Toddler Twinnage bike-ride amongst the fields. In the gloom.
…which brings me to a couple of final matters. It’s a time of change round these ‘ere parts. The Toddler Twinnage have been so-called on this blog for nigh-on two years, but they’re no longer toddlers. In fact, they’re so far beyond toddlerdom that they’re due to finish nursery and begin school in a few weeks’ time. So whilst I’ve hung on to their wonderfully alliterative moniker for far too long, I guess it’s time to age their online personas a little. Figuring out a new name has been difficult. And whilst I adore every hair on their heads (that’s the only time you’ll hear me being sentimental on here), I’ve decided that they can now best be described as… the Tyrannical Twinnage. Henceforth shall they be known.
As the Tyrannical Twinnage prepare for school, life around here will change in many ways. I’m thoroughly enjoying writing my occasional column for Simply Knitting magazine, but it’s time to start looking round for even more crochet/knitting writing challenges to add to this. And whilst this blog will continue unchanged, I’ve decided to supplement it with an occasional vlog broadcast on YouTube. Because I really don’t feel like there’s quite enough crazy out there on the internet, so I need to add a little more Twisted Yarn bonkersness to the web. I discussed this plan with the Stoic Spouse, and to my surprise he announced (with a fervour that was quite daunting) that he will be my director and producer. He followed this up with a lecture on what is wrong with most YouTubers, so he is clearly taking this Very Very Seriously. You have been warned.
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‘Til next time, my fine fibrous friends.