There is a certain person who needs as many hugs as possible and once this is posted I will be sending a hug off. It has been on my mental awareness for a couple of weeks or so but things got in the way.
There is also a parcel going off to Francesca, she has been in the doldrums for a couple of weeks, just something to use when the sun shines and she gets her garden hammock out.
This is some of the making that has kept me busy sewing through the stash. Every scrap of fabric in these came from the bags of fabric that I was given a while ago. This pair, with just 1 pillow, are wrapped and ready to send off. She needs a little extra love right now and this will be a complete surprise.
There are 2 more, very similar and they are now on her bed. Thank goodness that she loves all things hand made.
There is still an embarrassing amount in stash but I have a quilt for someone in my mind, it will be planned out later today. A little girl is facing an operation and 6 weeks total rest followed by many weeks getting back on her feet. I hope that having a quilt will help to comfort her.
I am waiting for some large cushion forms to be delivered, they will need covers and spares, destined for the garden chairs (bring on the sunshine). My cushions are not quite large enough and wooden seat edges dig in.
Apart from that it is business as usual, a little knitting a little less crochet. I am finding the granny squares too repetitive at the moment, I have looked at a few jumper patterns but am not sure that I have the necessary skills. Still I will probably give it a go, nothing ventured and all that.
I would like an extra day in the week but there is no rush, part of the glory of retirement, I can take my time and enjoy each process.
The garden will need some attention once this wet spell slides off somewhere else. I admit that I am waiting to get my hands in the soil again.
I have stocked up on hand cream and have lemons, salt and olive oil ready for the cleansing bit. I use coarse sea salt, a squeeze of lemon juice and a glug of oil, rubbed in well and then washed off it really does get right into all the creases and lifts the dirt and stains out.
My Mother used it for as long as I can remember, she practically lived in the garden at times and her hands were never stained.
Some of my potted plants suffered in the last storm so this Autumn they will be going into the soil. I plan on filling the pots with more bulbs, spring and summer flowering, they are great to move around and add bright spots here and there.
That,s all for now, it is almost time for a little lunch, after the post office visit, and then I have fabric to look for.