Hello! I'm so sorry I missed you yesterday, I was working late, and then I just ran out of energy to post a blog entry, I sort of fizzled out............. I was thinking of you all my dear readers, I really was.
I'd just like to say a big thank you for all the wonderful comments you've been leaving me this week. I read all of them, and love all of them. You're all very generous with your praise, which I must say, gives me a tremendous boost! And I love your humor, many a time I'm sitting here having a good giggle at the witty things you say, thank you for that. I do try to reply, or leave a comment on your blog if you have one, but I know you'll be understanding when I say I can't always manage it. Where do the hours in the day go? Sometimes I decide to get on with doing a post before replying to comments, because I feel you might prefer it that way round. Occasionally I can't manage both, I'm so very sorry about that. I like to mention these things to you. I know you're generous and lovely folks, so I feel confident you'll be totally understanding. Still, I like to say these things just to let you know how appreciative I am of your comments.
Now for bloggy business. You relaxed? You well? How about a colour fix? Okey dokey, I have just the thing for you.
I've been sorting through my bags of yarn and surprised myself at the amount of yarn I own. At one point, the thought crossed my mind that I had a bag with a bottomless pit, the yarn just kept on coming out! How good would that be if it was for real? A bottomless bag of yarn! Of course there are pros and cons with this concept. Whilst you would never run out of yarn (oh joy!), you would miss out on the experience of visiting yarn shops, and I don't know about you, but I love yarn shops. The row upon row of colour and softness, the choosing, the excitement, the feeling of triumph and anticipation on walking out of the shop. They're all things I love about the experience of yarn shopping, in a real life shop.
Have a look at the vase in the mosaic above. It's HUGE. I used to have silk flowers standing in it, then they went to my parents house, and the vase stood in a cupboard gathering dust. I'd been thinking about how great it would be, to have my yarn stash in a container, but still be able to see it. I'd been thinking about it all week in fact. Then a thought clicked into place. That huge vase! That might do the job. I found the vase, gave it a good clean, and stood before my yarn thinking I'd get most of my stash in the vase. Well, a lot of my stash for crochet is acrylic, and that comes in big bulky balls, so what seemed like the most enormous vase in the world, soon became a bit piddling when it only held about eight balls of acrylic. I wasn't to be defeated! Most definitely not. I have a special stash of yarn. Yes, a special stash! The expensive stuff, that comes in small balls. Cashmerino from Rowan, 'Sublime' yarn from Sirdar (this stuff is heavenly soft, but very expensive), and a few other odd balls from different companies that would have been pricey.
Everything else is piled on our kitchen table. Gosh I have an understanding husband. Still, he's long since got used to only having a very small area of the huge table to lay plates of food on. If you have a patient partner or family, I recommend you indulge yourself by laying out colourful yarn over the entire area of the table you dine at. It's quite a sensory experience eating surrounded by colour. All my yarn has almost become like another member of the family, it's certainly a presence that can't be ignored.................
Do you like the juxtaposition of yarn and flowers, against my flower like blanket, in the mosaic above?! I was fishing through some old photos of my crochet squares. Wow! my blanket has moved on so much, it was the strangest thing seeing photos of just a few squares. I remember feeling terribly pleased with myself! I suppose my 'taking it one square at a time' attitude, masked the enormity of the job before me. But it wasn't a chore at all, I enjoyed making every single square.
Yarn and crochet hook, or knitting needles, food, and flowers. Give me those things and I'm happy. Especially if they're all saturated with colour.
That's what I'm hoping my weekend is going to be all about. All these things, and relaxing.
I hope your weekend involves all the things you love to do. Thank you for popping by to see me, and for listening to my chitter-chatter. I'll see you on Monday. Have a lovely weekend. Love Vanessa xxx