I just don't seem to be able to write at the moment. Maybe I'm thinking and trying to do too much?
Anyway! My latest passion!
I've at last learnt to crochet. I've always wanted to and while we were away in April I asked my sister Glynis to give me a few lessons. Unfortunately, Glynis had not done much crocheting for quite some time and never Granny Squares, which I was desperate to be able to do. Well, Glyn's lessons did help, in that I managed to go round and around in a circle. Then when I got home, I decided that I was going to learn in earnest. I bought myself two books on how to crochet. I feel I'm quite an accomplished knitter and thought that I'd catch on to the crocheting in an hour or so. Humph! not so easy. The book I started on taught you the basics. Thank heavens Glyn taught me how to hold the crochet hook. I did samples of all the various stitches.
Now it was time for me to start that Granny Square blanket that I'd been dying to make. The whole process was really difficult but I refused to give up. I made Granny Squares every chance I got. And I had to have the book with me.
The blanket is now about 1.3m square and looking great. The Granny Squares are getting better and better. I haven't needed the book for ages. I'd like the blanket to be 2m by 2.2m, so that it can fit on our bed in the winter.
I can't wait to try other patterns but am still enjoying the Granny Squares, as I can now do them while watching TV.
Some more bracelets. I know, Time to do necklaces again. Two on the board.
Aside from the crocheting, I've at last started gardening again. It's so enjoyable but not so easy with Liam, now 2 years and a bit. He wants so badly to get involved and he's absolutely crazy about water.
A silent note to the plants.
One of the newest additions to the garden. A planter made by Bevan, they come in various shades, using special (I don't know the technicalities) cement. I adore mine. They retail for R400.
I'm recipe book crazy, as always and have the new Tessa Kiros, "Limoncello and Linen Water". Tessa's recipe books are to die for. They are so beautiful, so full of soul. I also have "Peri Peri Starfish", "Venezia" and "Falling Cloudberries". Another favourite of mine is Jane Griffiths, I'm enjoying the newest, "Jane's Delicious Herbs". I've also got most of the Jamie Oliver recipe books. Such easy meals to cook.
I've been pondering how to expand my customer base. So we're going to have a mini market at home, in early November for two days. The Figtree Mini Craft Market. Pretty nervous, hope that I don't make a complete fool of all of us. My beaded jewellery, Bevan's various crafts, Maki's paintings and DJ's Christmas Cakes, wish us luck, I think we're going to need it.
Bevan, a self image sculpture early 2000's I think. This sculpture did not pass the Bevan test. He wasn't happy with how it released from the mold. Anything he makes and doesn't want, I snatch up. If they're paintings, I usually have them framed, the sculptures are either in the house or garden. I suppose I'm like every mother, I think my children, Jocelynn and Bevan, are the most marvelous, clever, wonderful people in the world.