Well no mistaking, it is most definitely, completely and utterly mid Winter here. Last week we were hit with the the most horrendous weather with day after day of howling winds and lashing rain. It was just horrid, and going about our daily routine was pretty hard going. When the weather gets mean, I always try and adopt the same attitude that Little People are blessed with, as it constantly amazes me how unfazed they are by Bad Weather. Not sure that I managed to fully embrace the layers of soggy clothing, the shivery bone-deep cold, and the bedraggled wet-hat-induced hairstyling. But I tried, really I did.
Our first snow of the season landed on Wednesday too, in a whirl of freezing icy white winds. Here in town, it only amounted to slushy wet pavements but the surrounding hills looked beautiful. The Little People were high with excitement then low with disappointment all in the space of an hour, when it became apparent that this was not going to be sledging snow after all.
I've had a busy week out and about doing Yarndale stuff and Studio stuff, but I have really relished the little bits of time I've had at home. Coming in the door and stripping off layers of wet clothing, getting some warm fluffy socks onto my feet and making myself a hot cup of frothy coffee has felt wonderful. I just love the aroma of fresh coffee, it has become such a familiar and comforting smell both at home and out and about. So much of my life seems to revolve around cafés these days, not that I would ever complain about that!
I've been immersing myself in the comforting routines of domestic home life, which I am ThRiLlEd to tell you still includes making bread. Since the beginning of the year, I've been making three or four loaves of this wonderful no-knead bread each week, and I just love it so much. I use 300g white bread flour, mixed with 100g of a very seedy flour and the resulting bread is just the best stuff for making toast. Add a poached egg on top and oh-mmmmm, you have a very wonderful lunch indeed.
Mid February, and as you would expect for this time of year there is absolutely no whiff of Spring in the air yet. Not a whiff. It is still 100% winter out there, but indoors my sweet little narcissi are blooming their gorgeous sunny little hearts out and reminding me that it won't be long.
Pure sweetness, how I love these little flowers!
Today has been altogether different on the weather front, the calm after the storm. Still air and blue skies, with shafts of welcome sunshine streaming in and alighting on my dusty surfaces. I've been cleaning today actually, but not in a general dust-the-surfaces kind of way. No, today has been more the intense sort of extreme cleaning that I associate with my hormonal cycles, where I tend to scrub things with vigour. Like the side of the toaster. And the inside of the grocery cupboard. And the draining board. I think that possibly my very next purchase will be a new feather duster (my old one was broken by a naughty visiting child who used it much as you would a jousting pole). I noticed this morning that I have an alarming number of dusty cobwebs dangling about the place, and I think I would rather enjoy swooshing them away with some brightly coloured feathers. I can feel a deep Spring Clean coming on.
I know this post is probably a bit random, from feather dusters to crochet in the blink of an eye, but that's kind of how mid February is feeling. Sort of busy but slow, flitting here and there between projects and commitments. This week I had such a hugely strong urge to create, to make time in my days (and evenings) to sit with paper and pen and do crochet-maths, to work out a pattern for something that has been swimming around in my Creative Mind for a very long time. I began on Wednesday (possibly, but it could have been Tuesday) and this morning, done. Well that's to say, my first prototype is off the hook and making me veeeeery fidgety with happy excitement.
This is the first time I have ever used Chunky Yarn. Yeah, six years a hooker, and my first time with chunky. It's been a fun experiment! This yarn was pretty pants though (King Cole Big Value Chunky, a cheap acrylic) but it was there in my local shop when I just HAD to get started so I went with it. I've ordered a couple other brands of chunky yarns to try out, so looking forward to them arriving in the post this week. Then I can get started on my second sample (it needs to be bigger, with moderation's to the attachments and finishing). By the way, it's a bag, I'm working on a new bag design. More of that coming soon. I'm resisting the urge to squeeee at you, but the thought of a great new design coming out into the open is making my insides feel rather squiggly and I really do want to squeal!
ps. I reached 150,000 "likes" on my Attic24 Facebook page yesterday, quite the milestone. Thank you so much to all of you who visit me there, truly appreciated ♥