Hello You Lovely People!
Autumn is well and truly here, (U.K, Northern Hemisphere), and whilst I generally LOVE this time of year, I could do with a bit more light. This week we’ve had fog and rain and the days have been dark and gloomy. I was coming home the other day at just 2pm and had to put on the car headlights as it was so murky – ugh! The other drawback to this lack of light means I haven’t been able to photograph stuff outside and have had to resort to indoor lighting, so apologies in advance.
On the upside though, dull days just lend themselves to lots of sofa and audiobook time whilst whipping up the latest makings:
First off is a Star-shaped baby blanket and “Hola”! Cushion. The blanket came in kit form and I bought it because a new baby is on its way in the family friendship circle. His or her nursery is a specific colour scheme, so I really only wanted the pattern, but I thought I’d have a practice run with the yarn included and this is the result. I shall be making the ‘real thing’ after Christmas as there’s plenty of time and it’s a quick and easy make. The cushion is made from left overs from the Spice of Life CAL run by Black Sheep Wools and Cherry Heart, shown in the previous post.
The next item is to be a Christmas present for my friend Y. I can safely post it on here as Y spends as little time on the computer as is possible, (for someone who needs to use one for work), and so is very unlikely to see this:
It’s a needlecase, complete with useful innards. This is the front.
This is the back:
and this is what the inside looks like:
Of course, we are only in November and it’s not even Advent yet. There are plenty of other days/events before Christmas – though you’d never know from the way the TV and Retail sectors are advertising their wares.
This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, (always the Sunday nearest to 11th November), and it seems that more people than ever are wearing poppies, although it seems, from social media, that poppy wearing has become quite a contentious issue. There are articles all over the internet that tell you that you should wear a poppy, the implication being that if you choose not to you are deficient in patriotism, gratitude or some other thing that marks you out as a ‘wrong ‘un.’ Not only that, you should wear a red poppy as that’s the one sold by the Royal British Legion and is seen as the most patriotic one. I am horrified by all the vitriol I’ve read on this. My preferred option is to wear both red and white poppies, (white symbolises the hope of peace) so I’ve made my very own brooch this year:
My opinion is that people should be free to wear or not wear whichever poppy they choose, (or not), to wear. Red, white, purple, (this last is fairly new and is meant to be worn to remember all the animals who have died in various wars), they all have meaning and I am not going to go on about it here because I’ve written more about Remembrance Sunday on my work blog and if you’re interested you can read it here.
I have other work in progress, but I’ll leave it there for now as the various stuff will turn up completed here in due course.
Thanks for stopping by – have a good week,