Dragging into the new year

This month did not go as planned. So far it has been one of those months where nothing has gone to plan.  I had very grand designs to get a few projects done, but they never eventuated. Firstly Sleepthief got sick, and then myself, and then Sleepthief again.  Together, that has wiped all of the month.

It has been a very long time that I have been so unwell that I could not move out of bed. Even with a temperature hot enough to fry and egg on my forehead, I could feel myself getting bored with lying in bed, doing nothing. We have now made it a rule in our house that no one is allowed to get sick on Saturdays anymore. We have had far too many visits to the out of hours GP, as lovely as they are.

However, this forced down time was not all bad.  Sometimes time wasted is not wasted time. Having Sleepthief unwell gave me extra time to give my entire focus to comforting, loving and just being mum on a different level. Sleepthief is incredibly independent, and I made sure I got my full quota of cuddles that I normally wouldn’t have had!

And it gave me time to think and be still, to have silence.  I am beginning to think that silence is a luxury forgotten in modern times. We all seem to be busy with work, family, socializing, social media, reading books, doing all these things we ‘must do,’ rarely taking time to stop, be still and just breathe. And despite being unwell, this stillness and silence was lovely.

And then after all that was the wonderful business of Christmas. A very happy and belated Christmas to you all!

Christmas lights

Christmas lights

Looking over work I have completed this month, the Stumpwork is slow to move at the moment. I had a great challenge with the bed head. After a discussion with the tutor, we decided padded satin stitch would give the desired effect. The trick was to get an angle for the satin stitch that suited the angles of the bed frame. This was no easy feat. Many times, I thought of throwing it all in for a long and short stitch approach, but my perseverance paid off. I have angles I am happy with, it looks neat enough, and I would advise against satin stitching in black, as it is incredibly hard on the eyes!

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I have had to source some new materials for the next part. I am going to be making slips for the wolf’s face and hands. I have decided to use some silk for a very shaggy and ugly effect on the wolf. My initial supplier of this thread fell through, however I found a brilliant, plentiful supply of flat silk thread in a variety of colours from Midori Embroidery (who were also very helpful with the colour and thread selection).

In the meantime while I wait for the silk to arrive, I will be concentrating on knitting the blanket for the bed. I am going all out granny style for this with wonky knitting on 0.7mm knitting needles and using Crochet Cotton and Cotton Perle. It was quite difficult at first, but it has gotten easier the more I have knitted. There is very little flexibility in these threads, making increasing, decreasing, casting on and off very difficult. I have gotten around and issues with these using a 0.7mm crochet hook – to keep me sane! Pictures to follow.

To each and all have a Happy New Year, and may 2015 be a year for you to live your dreams.

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