The holiday is over. The children went back to school today. The decorations are ready to be put away for another year. Hmm. As ever, I wish it had lasted longer. The weather kept us close to home and I know we all missed our usual walking adventures. It rained and blew, and no one was keen to venture out for a walk. Never mind. There is always a silver lining.
We spent our time crafting and playing. I caught up with some projects that have been waiting some time. I have finally backed my hexagon patchwork quilt and started quilting the layers together. I’ve opted to do it all by hand, rather than pulling out my sewing machine. It is such a lovely project. I know that this is going to take ages to complete, but I’m not impatient. An unusual feeling for me. I love that I can just pick it up and do it, whenever and wherever. I can see the progress and it is a very calming activity. Added bonus is that it keeps my knees warm in the evening, as I sew.
Other sewing projects include a Camelot themed waistcoat for TF, nightgowns for AJ and BL, neck pillows and patchwork mice.
Plenty of spinning. Two hanks processed from my the Jacobs fleece that we prepared over the summer. I still have more to spin before I can tackle the cream half of the fleece.
TF also has a new pair of home knitted socks. I used my favourite two needle sock pattern and new bamboo needles (smile). The socks knitted up very quickly. TF loved seeing his socks grow on the needles and was very pleased to wear them. I plan to churn out a few more pairs of these for the children. I also broke out the darning mushroom and mended three pairs of socks that I knitted awhile ago. I much prefer to make than mend, but it really is good to see these socks being worn again.
I’m not the only one making the most of the wet weather. We gave each of the children a circular weaving frame. They really enjoy sitting down and weaving. They chatter as they weave and I gather that they have big plans for their finished pieces. They spent so much time in imaginative play, playing with a new train set, building lego masterpieces and re-enacting battles with a new set of knights, that I’m not sure when these plans will take shape! I love to see them playing, especially when they all play together.
One project that is complete. TF made and painted his wooden helicopter, with help from his father.
So, we’ve kicked off the new year with lots of creativity. The weather may have been less than inviting, but we enjoyed our time off.