On Saturday I welcomed seven lovely ladies to my studio and we enjoyed a wonderful hooky day together making birdies.
I love how each and every bird has it's own personality and character, and how different they all turn out, even with the same yarn and same hook size.
I'll soon be ready to share my pattern with you all here in the Attic, I'm very excited about doing that!
Last week I began on a five week stint of working three afternoons a week with three different local schools. This is a joint project between Yarndale and a local children's charity, with the aim of introducing children of all ages and abilities to the joys of working with yarn. With our help, each school is yarn bombing it's own bicycle which will form a "woolly bike trail" in the park for the Yarndale weekend.
What can I say? This is a major challenge for me on so many levels, and my juggling skills are certainly being put to the test. Like many working parents, I suddenly have Childcare Issues, and it's quite a stressful time actually. This is tough work for a quiet Attic dweller and non-teacher like me, going into a school and engaging/inspiring a classroom of 20 children for 3.5 hour stretches. But the children have all been fabulous and so eager to learn, I've managed to teach them all to finger crochet, the above bike is totally wrapped in lengths of finger crochet! We are creating a bicycle garden here folks (hence the greens and browns) and will begin to make all sorts of woolly mini beasts during the next four weeks to decorate. I am hoping I am up to the job, I am googling like made and trying to devise ways of cunningly making ladybirds and other critters out of pompoms and pipe cleaners. And googly eyes.
This is a sweet little trike that I'm working on in another school. These are weeny Little People (age 5 & 6) so I am keeping things much simpler here. We are wrapping the trike in lengths of stretchy jersey fabric first.....
.....then all sorts of rainbow themed yarn crafts will be added to decorate. I made these tassels this afternoon with 28 children, they loved doing it so much.
In between all this activity that I'm engaged with for Yarndale, I am also attempting to juggle my own Little People at a very busy time of year. Little B begins his transition phase into school next week (I think it's next week, could well be the week after), and there are a worryingly large number of school/nursery trips and activities which require food/the right clothing/money/filled in forms for each child. A residential trip for Little/Big Man. A coach trip for Little B. High School visits and open days for Little Lady. It's all very full on. I race about from A to B to C and every so often I remember to look up and appreciate the colour of the sky and breathe deeply.
Life on the home front is a shambles right now. So. Much. Mess. So much that doens't get done. I am hardly here at the moment, but I am trying to remember to sit still sometimes and appreciate the Little Pleasures. Fresh flowers. Kind friends and neighbours. Long, light days and balmy summer warmth. Juicy strawberries. Great coffee. A good nights sleep.
I am planning my food and shopping very carefully in these busy days, making sure that when I come in the door at 4.45pm, that I know exactly what I am cooking each day, that I can get off to a flying start. Tonight I made a simple risotto flavoured with sundried tomatoes, rocket and goats cheese, it was delicious and comforting after a long, busy day. Tomorrow I'm making fajitas, but using mixed beans and peppers instead of chicken as we are still doing our vegetarian thing. I've got a ripe avocado to make a bit of homemade guacamole and a small tub of sour cream. I think it's going to be good, and should all come together in 20 minutes flat. Great fast food.
The mandalas continue to flood in, with approximately 20-30 each day arriving into the guinea pig hutch in the front garden. As I am working in the schools during the afternoons, my mandala hour has been rescheduled to the evening shift, once dinner is done and dusted. Luckily it is mid summer here, and our days are long and light which means I can photograph them all individually in the back yard even at 7pm.
I am uploading them to the Yarndale Pinterest boards in batches each night, and the current count is 590 mandalas from 42 different countries around the world. Yeah!!! Isn't this something truly very special??!! Do go have a look, such a visual treat... http://www.pinterest.com/yarndale/
I will try to bob in here whenever I am able, but truthfully the next four weeks are going to be tough for me and Attic24 will need to play second fiddle I'm afraid. I hope you understand.