A bit random-ish today.
I feel like being here in this little space of mine.
Maybe because I feel a bit out of sorts. Maybe because I feel like this balances me a little.
Big Bear has really started to want to cook more these past few months. He was given a cook book at christmas. It was meant for teenagers wanting to learn baking basics. He made a cheesecake. He seems to LOVE cheesecake. So one was made all by his fair hands. A bit heavy on the icing sugar, but really tasty. I'm still trying to take my body out of it's shock at putting on a few pounds or ten, so most of it went down Big Bears cake hole.
My mood went from being grumpy to being irritable this weekend. I more or less blame it on the weather. It's been really hot and humid. My perfect day is blue skies, warm heat and a light breeze. No breeze and hot and sticky just makes me agitated. I kept apologising because I knew I was not being my normal self, but I just couldn't shake it. Luckily, my lovely little family of mine gave me space!
I did finish my project. Funny that on hot and muggy days I make a scarf.
Complete with pom poms. Never used to be a fan of pom poms, but they have grown on me in recent years, and somehow this scarf didn't feel complete without them. I also like how I matched my scarf to my glass too. How very colour co-ordinated of me!
I've called this scarf
I do like to name my makes. It helps me identify with them. It also really helps when people ask me any questions about my stuff etc if I name them.
Anyway, it reminded me of a painting. The colours were like water colour blobs or oil mixes. When it started to come together it instantly reminded me of Monet. I looked up his paintings as I was sure that my colours reflected his works. One of his paintings, 'The Iris Garden at Giverny' just had every colour I had worked with on this scarf.
Claude Monet - The Iris Garden at Giverny
The 'blotchy' effect created with this stitch just made it look more like his painting. So.....'Giverny' was named.
I actually used the colours from a scarf I had bought. It was a kids scarf from Accessorize many years ago, but I loved the colours so much together. The scarf is looking sorry for itself now. It's been over used for years, so I was keen to recreate something using the same palette.
I like this scarf, very much. It's not a favourite with the Bears. Just a little 'too' granny for them. I did love the stitch pattern though. I found it on Pinterest here. It would be nice in a blanket like this one here. It would be nice in rainbow colours I think, and also in contrasting colours to really show the stitch rows to optimum effect. It would perhaps look less 'blotchy' than the colours I used. But I'm happy with my efforts. It was quick and simple and satisfying.
I'll grab a pic of it wrapped around muggins at some point, but when it's not so hot and humid and I can stomach it around my neck!
So, that was finished on Saturday, and by Sunday my fingers were itching. I still have two projects unfinished, but I need to summon up renewed enthusiasm for those.
Sunday was spent lazing in the morning, then we headed for a picnic at a nearby park for the afternoon. Snacks for the bears and flasks of hot water and milk to make endless cups of tea. Very British with our cups of tea and crocheted blankets! It was pretty darn perfect though........and I decided, that I loved the 'Happy Scrappy Blanket' so much, that another ripple was in order. The 'Happy Scrappy Blanket' is very eclectic in colour and vintage in style, so I wanted to go for something completely different and go bright and sunshiny. So I sat in the park and made a start whilst ball games were played and zip lines were hurtled down. It was really rather lovely, and I have to say, I felt calm and peaceful!
I'm loving working with the brights, they are a real mood lifter. Very 'Cath' I think, but I think it will be nice and happy. Putting all my blankets together in piles shows me just how diverse my colour moods are when I come to craft. They are all so different. I don't seem to stick to one palette like many crafters do. I seem to be all over the place. But I think it reflects me totally. I am a bit all over the place in general, but that's ok, I quite like that.
So, I think I should finish there. I have three loads of wash to put on and get dry in the sun. It's my mission today to get three rooms looking dazzling in my house! ha ha! I really am pants at house maintenance. It's just so boring! Oh well, the sun is shining......and there is a breeze at the moment! woo hoo!