HEL♥LO my lovelies, I am back in the Attic again, opening my window and giving you a wave. Hello! Home again. Home from a most wonderful, simple, sloooooow and relaxing week in Dorset with my family. I had a restful time, a complete break from cooking (yay!) the internet (hmm, kind of good), and even (unintentionally) from crochet. I rested body, mind and soul, and I feel great for having done so. My heart is still rooted beside the waves (oh how much I love being by the sea, I miss it very very much) and consequently I'm struggling a little being home. But only a little.
We are now in that transition phase, the bit where the summer holidays are coming to a gentle close, but there are still a few days left before school routines start up again. It's a period of change and adjustment, of making the very most of these final drifting days of summer before we need to snap back into schedule. It's kind of a slow time but also a frantic time with last minute school uniform shopping today, and the dreaded label sewing-in thing tomorrow.
Yesterday I baked a cake, and Little Man got to indulge his sweet tooth and decorate the whole shebang with sweeties. Well, it was his Birthday after all. Eleven. Can you believe it? Eleven years old, holy-moly, I kind of had a little bit of an internal, personal freak-out yesterday over that. But at the same time, I thought about how AMAZING this period of my life is turning out to be, and how incredible it is to celebrate eleven full years of Motherhood.
The cake was pretty damn good. I made a simple 2-egg Victoria Sponge sandwiched together with homemade strawberry jam and butter cream icing. It was a little on the flat side, but oh the taste was divine and the moist, light, fluffy texture was wonderful. Eleven. Cripes.
Today has been a day of gentle at-home pootling mixed in with visiting friends and running errands. The sky was a beautiful shade of blue this morning, but by mid afternoon a wind had blown in and for the first time in ages I felt slightly chilly. But it is still firmly summer in my book, and I took some time to re-paint my toenails today to prove it (a beautiful shade of purple). My flip-flops are still my foot wear of choice until such times as my toes begin to turn purple with cold, which will hopefully be in October some time.
The house is a mess. No, it really is, like really a mess. Some of it is the inevitable post holiday mess (dumped bags and footwear and beach gear and endless dirty laundry), but much of it is accumulated mess, a gathering of untidiness that has built up steadily over the summer months. It's quite shocking in places, I daren't show you really. But trust me, much needs to be done around here. Not now though, I can't face tackling it now, I have too much other stuff to do (only 28 sleeps until Yarndale!!). So I do the bare minimum, drink lots of coffee and head outdoors to escape the chaos within the four walls.........
....I like it out in my back yard. I have perfected the art of visually zoning out re the pots of weeds and general air of neglect, and can happily focus in on my one and only pot of flowers out here. It is my little corner of pleasure.
This morning I found time to get stuck into this incredible book, to truly devour the words and eat up the beautiful visuals. Page after page of inspiring and happy feel good. I'll be writing more about Vantastic very soon as I have promised to do A Review. Which I am more than happy about.
I interspersed my book reading with blue-sky-gazing, coffee-slurping, geranium-loving and end-darning. Tut-tut, those ends, naughty Lucy! I always tick my friends off for not dealing methodically with their ends as they go along (it's the best way!), and here I am not doing it myself.
I finished crocheting my lampshade cover last night in bed, the last final little rows of neat dc and mmmmmm it is a thing of beauty my friends. The colours are quirky and bright and extremely scummy. Cannot wait to pull it all together now and see it complete, but first just let me show you these..............
.....weeny balls of course! I have this perfectly clear visual of how the finished shade should look, my Minds Eye has already shown me in precise detail. I ruled out pom-poms (my first idea) and glass beads, and have gone with Weeny Balls. They will be dingle-dangling from some sort of fine crochet edging (I can visualise it, but need to sample it yet). Oh pffff these weeny things are soooooooo adorable to make, so quick, they come off the hook in mere minutes.
A quick pattern for you then, should you wish to fill a tiny corner of your life with weeny balls >>>>
Make a slip knot leaving a 20cm tail end (to use as stuffing). Work in a continuous round in arigurumi style, counting stitches carefully as you go.
Ch 2, work 6dc into 2nd ch from hook [6 sts]
(2dc in next st, dc in next st) 3 times [9 sts]
dc in each of next 9 sts [9 sts]
Use the end of hook to help stuff the tail end up inside the little ball.
(sk 1 st, dc in next st) 4 times, until hole closes.
Fasten off, then use a needle to thread tail end down through the weeny ball, pull gently to neaten the round shape, then darn back up again. Snip off yarn end.
I would like to share my Dorset holiday with you, if you would care to see/read along with me during the next few days? I've been trying to think if I can squeeze it all into one post, but the conclusion has been nah, not do-able. Too many pictures for that, and as you know I am also a notoriously wordy so-and-so. Can't seem to do quick captions or summaries.
Come back soon then, for sea breezes and coastal tales.