It was Jeanne’s birthday earlier in the month and I asked Louise what I should get her when I saw her back in November. Louise said we should surprise her so a plan came together. It was quite hard to keep a secret for 2 months but we managed it.
We rather enjoyed the subterfuge as we were hearing about Jeanne bring confused to why Louise was taking such a weird route to Gainesville. Little did she know we were both heading her way in the Cilantro. 🙂
It’s been lovely to spend time with them, Joyce and Michelle.
Joyce very kindly took us to see some alligators and bats flying out at dusk. Both such magical experiences.
I even made a new friend Lenny.
His mama Lola is a beautiful girl.
Lovely Charlie dog is so sweet too.
I wish you were here today. You’d be a bit grumpy, I know, but your my mum and I miss you. You would be my number 1 fan, my harshest critic, my advocate. You’d throw yourself under a bus than see something bad happen to me. You put me ahead of yourself. Cared a lot. Loved me. Made me cry. Hurt me. Loved me more. I am never going to feel that connection I felt with you with anyone else. When you died, I felt that cut when you left the earth. I miss you so much.
♫…and vanilla cake…♫
If you build it, they will eat it.
Claude was very interested in it but had to be banned or we might have had a catzilla moment.
I was at the Good Yarn Stall in Spitalfields a couple of weeks after Bob and Louise visited and saw some beautiful alpaca merino silk mix yarn called Tundra from the Fibre Company and fell in love with the beautiful Taiga colorway. I though of making a scarf but changed my mind and made a Last-minute Cowl from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. I quickly knit a moss stitch version with one skein.
I wanted to make my super friend Anna a gift and decided on attempting the broken rib. After some frantic knitting and unpicking on Christmas Eve, I finally finished it and got it on the blocking mats.
Anna’s wasn’t quite dry on Christmas morning so I had to hasten things by drying it on the radiator and seeing in ends moments before we were due to leave for lunch! Katerina tried to help by pulling out the blocking pins.
I left mine to dry naturally and came back to find Tamyra had claimed it for herself even though it was still wet!
Earlier in the summer my local yarn shop friend Linda was asking for volunteers to help run her yarn shop when she went on holiday. Like a shot I said yes. After all, it isn’t every day that a knitter gets to spend a whole day in a yarn shop. Nevertheless I had an amazing time and volunteered to keep volunteering. So I came back this week and got to dress the Christmas tree. Knitted garlands are brilliant with pompoms for a knitter! While I was over there I saw this cute tree.
But nothing can beat a cute Claude.
In honour of Bob and Louise’s arrival, we had a Christmas scene assembled complete with tiny lights and snow. I had just been to the Wealden Times Midwinter Fair and fell in love with these beautiful vintage wooden toys. My friend Anna suggested that I use them for a Christmas decoration and even supplied the child labour to help me arrange it. I bought a couple more brush trees to complete the landscape and a plan was formulated.
Claude is slightly in love with it and needs a little supervision. I’ve not been to that fair before. I loved it.
I got this gorgeous church lantern there too. It looks fab with the tiny tree.
Today I started in on the front of the house and went to Anna’s to make a wreath with her and B.
I had a little idea of what I wanted to achieve. Anna generously let me cut a load of greenery and berries from her garden and this is the first wreath I made. I made it for Jan.
I love the mistletoe berries and I learnt such a lot from Anna about wreath making.
This is the second one I made for home.
I think it turned out well.
Tamyra has no opinion whatsoever.