It got a little hectic over the last few weeks as well as hot and wet and then hot again. Christmas came and went as did visits from and with family.
We Sue and I did get some time out, R&R, put our feet up and became lounge lizards.
As both of us have been making something for daughter Belinda this is a shared post. As well as some novel things for the grandchildren for Stocking filler.
Sue first a cardigan she has been knitting for Belinda. Hand carded and spun white Alpaca this is some of the bails that John and Maree's friend sent up from their pets. All natural deviation in colour, not dyed.
Pattern was pick out of Jane Slicer Smith's Swing Swagger Drape book.
A couple of Ta-bard's for me in the workshop, made so it takes the strain of a single strap off my neck. I seem to stick a lot of things in the front pocket which pulls downward across the neck. It got dirty real quick my sower look is due to my lower back aching.
|Photo By Mark Aylward|
Ian has done an excellent job, the day they arrived Bianca and Nathan were here and Nathan in asking what they were when he opened the box for me. I explained and asked if he'd like to see what they turn up like, he (with a very proud pop) had his first turning lesson. He was assisted by dad Peter (he was being taught at the same time) while rough turning the first one (orange), he then with me sitting close by Nathan turned Bianca's choice. I will make these into Workshop pencils for them.
As always as Christmas and New Year come around I spend the days doing quiet maintenance on machines etc. Checking belts, oil, clean, sharpen tools. That way I am ready for the year ahead (although I do check throughout as well). It also means I am not making noise and dust while neighbours enjoy their break over Christmas and New Year from work.