We've had resident germs here all week, with Little B being the worst hit. The other two Little Peeps have not been unwell as such, but have obviously been in need of some slow, restorative stay-home time after a busy half term at school. We ended up cancelling our plans to go away for a few days and instead have embraced the comforts of home. I think all five of us have benefited from this quiet time, it has suited us all for various reasons. For the Little Peeps, it has given them time to play, to hang out with friends, to lounge around watching films, to just relax and recharge their batteries. For J and I, it has given each of us time to indulge in our hobbies.
As a result of this stay-home-time, I've been enjoying a lovely, happy creative week, with lots and lots of unadulterated hooky going on. This morning I was down at the café for my usual Friday knit n natter morning, I confess it was the first time I had left the house in half a week. It was such a pleasant morning! The sun beamed in, the latté was fabulous as ever, ditto the freshly baked, still warm chocolate twist. I worked on my chunky rainbow stripes whilst chatting with friends and felt wrapped in a warm cloud of happiness.
I received buttons through the post yesterday, gosh, what pleasure I had opening that boring looking brown envelope. I can highly recommend ordering buttons if you fancy delivering yourself a bit of colourful feel-good. I just adore these colours, they remind me of my favourite Rice melamine cups.
They will be perfect for my current project which is destined to become a cushion by the way. I wanted to make something easy to test out this new stitch, and a cushion seemed like a good idea. Currently half way through, and I think I've finally cracked the pattern (the start and end of each row was causing me some problems as it was pulling to the left and getting all skewed, but all sorted now). I'll be writing it up for you soon, it's a very, very simple pattern, kind of a bit like a spike stitch, but with a few differences. The results are visually very lovely, and create a beautiful, textured dense fabric, perfect for cushions and bags.
My second order of chunky yarn arrived this morning (I've a third and final one on the way), and it is rather divine. It's a lot more expensive than the (100% acrylic) Stylecraft as this is a pure merino wool and only 50g balls, but oh it is lovely. The third chunky yarn I'm going to try is a mix of the two, an acrylic/wool blend. I can't wait for it to arrive, isn't mail order just amazing these days? I do try and use my local yarn shops where possible, but after trying both the ones in my town neither had what I was after.
I'm searching for the *perfect* chunky yarn for bag and cushion making...I have a number of designs percolating away nicely in my Creative Mind just waiting to be unleashed. I'm in a very happy creative place right now, it's buzzing around here!