Happy Bank Holiday weekend (yet again) everyone. To explain for those outside the UK, none of us seemed to have worked a full week for ages now what with late Easter, Royal Weddings and then May Day, and now look, it's half term already, but even so I am a very long way behind with e mail replies (about 180 last time I looked) so my apologies to someone who wrote me a lovely one talking about books and the blog but also asking for a craft activity update.
It's been a bit lean to be honest, probably connected to hours in the day (lack of) and the fact that at this time of year I hardly watch any television which is my most profitable time for cracking on with some knitting or quilting. I am indebted to RevCheryl, a regular around these virtual parts, who very kindly shifted the burden of owning too much Noro & Rowan wool, that was not knitting itself into anything, from her house to mine. In return one day soon I will send her a knitted Archbishop (every Vicar should have one) and I have a RevCheryl box of books filling, but meanwhile I am now staring down the wool bounty and waiting for the return of Strictly when I will cast on and sit forth and knit.
Cheryl might want to look away now because she had already put in some marathon knitting hours, but I have enough trouble remembering where I'm up to with my own knitting let alone figuring things out with someone else's. So I had a massive frogging afternoon, a huge skein wind-up, a whopping great big dunk-it-all in the sink session and then an enormous dry-athon over the Aga...this isn't the half of it and now I'm poring the books for ideas.
I have been busy with a bit of spring cleaning though.
My mum was a stalwart of the winter-summer curtain swap. Down and in the wash went the winter ones, up went the summer ones having been carefully put away clean the previous autumn. I manage a very minute fraction of this with winter and summer curtains in the bedroom, and of course if only I'd bothered to put them away clean how much simpler it would all be, but no. Beyond that it was to my horror that I realised last year that several sets of curtains around the house had been up and untouched for a rather embarrassing amount of time... ten years worth of embarrassment to be truthful. I mean where does the time go, and the problem is I would normally have wearied of them and made new long before. I got fed up with the last lot (patterned) after about three years, but plain colours complement our surroundings and if you choose the right colour then that curtain-fatigue just doesn't set in.
But all the same ten years .. I can't believe a single one of you has curtains that have been up that long unwashed, so I set to on a mammoth laundrification. Far too expensive to get six sets of curtains dry cleaned and so three days later please don't ask how many acres of double width, triple-pleat headed curtain and lining I had de-hooked, ungathered, washed, hung on the line to dry and then ironed, re-gathered, re-hooked and hung, but it was obvious when it came to the re-hang I would discover Sod's Law of the Drape.
The ones you don't want to shrink are bound to...
No plans to go through this again until 2020 (Deo Volente)