So sorry that I have neglected you this week, but it has been rather busy really. And, without further rambling I will tell you about the lovely fella in the photo. This is Nicholas Mccarthy, and I have had the privilege of hearing him play at a piano recital (how posh am I!) this week. Some of you may have seen him on the TV recently. Nicholas is an extremely talented pianist, even more so, because he was born with no right arm so plays with just his left hand. And what is even more amazing is that he only began to play piano when he was 14, he is now 23. He is incredible, and such a nice guy too, proved by the fact that he gave the recital for free to help Carers Gloucestershire celebrate their 20th birthday. Wow, what an inspiration.
All the signs show that autumn is imminent. Today the weather has been utter pants! Big rain, wind, and more to come apparently. But I have to admit that it is my favourite time of the year. September has a feel of new beginnings, comfy tops, leggings and boots, not to mention the gorgeous colours of the leaves, and snuggling up inside with my crafts or a good book. Talking of Autumn, Gary (gorgeous!) Barlow has brought out a cover of Forever Autumn, that song that Justin Hayward did quite a few years ago now, and it’s just lovely. Take a listen, it will be on my playlist……. just as soon as I find my ipod. Grrrrrr! Anyway, my picture today shows what I am busy with right now. I am working on this lovely bright blanket for a lady to keep herself toasty when she is in out in her wheelchair. I am planning to put bobble trim around the edge– there is no way she’s going to be invisible, it should look great. I am also making some pot-holders for my best customer, Mandy from the Isle of Wight, and researching some fun designs for those. I might have to make myself some too, as I rather like them.
My life seems to be settling down into something resembling routine and normality, and it is with some caution that I announce that…….. things are getting better. As they inevitably do, just like the song says “things can only get better” and it is true. The Laughter in the title is because I went to see the very funny Michael Mcintyre on Monday evening with two of my favourite ladies and the lovely Alice. Michael was brilliant, and it was a good way to spend a Monday night. This week I have also been turning my thoughts to using some of my redundancy cash to learn new things. I have signed up to take an applique worksop, something that I love the look of and I am hoping that it will be another crafty skill to add to my little list. I have also always wanted to try felting, so have agreed to do a ‘skills swap’ with Lucy, who wants to learn how to crochet. Brilliant! On a more intellectual learning level, I have also found a course at college that I want to do, this will start in November. It is called ‘Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’. As the picture says, ‘I learn something not because I have to, but because I really want to’. Such luxury, being able to control what and when to learn, so many opportunities to improve yourself, if that’s what you want to do. In my new job I am on such a steep learning curve that I am experiencing vertigo! Oh boy, so much to take in. I have gone from being in a job that I knew back to front and inside out, to being a complete newbie! Scary? Yes. Exciting? Very! 🙂
Okay, so this is the blanket that I am making. I downloaded the (free) pattern from Ravelry, got the yarn, and off I go. First off, the pattern has a massive typo so it took me quite a while to decipher that. I think the lady pictured lounging on the completed blanket is smiling mischievously (manically!) as she KNOWS that there is a secret ‘mistake’. She also needs her roots doing, poor love! Then when I HAD figured it all out I was horrified at how small the square turned out. I have put it next to my usual blanket square so that you can see the difference. So now I don’t know whether to stick to my old favourite squares (can make them blindfold, bigger so will be completed faster) or carry on in the smaller ones (Quite a pretty pattern and very neat). Decisions, decisions.
Only people of a certain age will get that old advertising reference I think!
To be honest, it has been a funny sort of day. It started by my door handle falling off on the way out to do the school run. This meant that I was locked out. Terrific. After staring at the door for a while in the hope that it would all ‘rewind’ and not fall apart, I had to come up with a plan. Cue Emma, my lovely neighbour. I had left the back door unlocked so if I could get over the fence I could at least get into the house. So Emma and I dragged a table across her garden, but this wasn’t high enough (short legs, you see!), so we put a chair on the top. I was halfway over the fence when I had a thought. “I’ve got my new White Stuff jeans on, and I’m clambering fences Emma”. “I know” said Emma “are they in store now because I want some, they are lush?”. “Yes, I got them a few weeks ago” said I, “it’s the spots” said Emma, “I love spotted things”, “me too” I say. All this while I am perched precariously on top of the fence! We had quite a chat, actually! Women, got to love us!
Anyhow, back to the crafts, this is my latest ‘Ta daaa’. The pattern was just for the plain scarf, then I made the roses one evening while watching rubbish on the TV, and liked them a lot, and they look so good when I placed them on top of the scarf. So I made an extra section to attach across the scarf (a bit like a bridge) which I stitched the roses to, and the other bit of the scarf slips through it and keeps it together. I think it works, and may do some more in other colours for the (fast approaching) cold weather.