During this hot summer there is nothing more refreshing than a nice cup of tea, nor is there anything more frustrating than having lots of knitting to do when you have sweaty hands. So how to keep on top of the pile of half finished projects. I have a cunning plan - let the embroidery machine take the strain during the day - a new range of embroidered pillows are just about to hit the shelves. Plenty of time during the evening to catch up with the knitting. These tea cosies needs of lots of difference pieces and making up takes almost as long as knitting them. As any knitter knows, sometimes you are in the mood for fiddly stuff, sometimes you just want to sit and knit without doing too much in the way of pattern reading I always have so many things either started or eating away in my head that I am never short of a project to fit my mood.
Nobody can deny that a week away from home, seeing and doing new, or just different, things is enjoyable but when the weather gets hot I for one can think of nowhere I would rather be than in my own back garden, especially when there is a cream tea on offer.
Here amongst the flowers, bees and butterflies I have all the comforts I need, a cup of tea at a moments notice, and if that wasn't good enough I have all my sewing, knitting, embroidery and painting things close by too.
Knitting is tough when your hands are hot, so time to change to sewing a new hare. What will it be this time? A pretty little thing in a summer frock or perhaps a young man in dungarees ready to go and do some farming - be still my busy brain, so many thoughts and on a day as hot as this, so little motivation.
The forecast says it is getting cooler from tomorrow so today is just for planning, tomorrow I will put those plans in action.
This is the first item in my new blog so how can I be back I hear you ask.
Well when I say back, I mean back in Poole, back home after the most relaxing week in my favourite place, the Lake District. Isn't it funny, no matter where you are, no matter how beautiful the place you live in, you always want to be somewhere else. Poole is a beautiful place but to be honest we are not really "sea" people. Our hearts are in the mountains so as we head north up the M6 and the mountains start to come into view, we start to feel at home. Life's events don't always mean we can live in the place we dream of but as I wander along Poole Quay as the sun is setting, the boats are bobbing around in the harbour I think - could be worse, a lot worse.
Even when I am away from home relaxing and doing just a little retail therapy, my head is still full thoughts of embroidery, knitting, painting and sometimes work, although I try to resist that as much as possible. I am a sucker for a craft book and on this trip it was a Patchwork and Quilting book. Although I embroider panels for people to include in their own project I have never actually made a quilt. It is so lovely when a customer sends me a photo of a finished quilt that includes
the panels I have sewn to make their project something personal and special to them. Well I have read my new book cover to cover so the next time I am sitting here with absolutely nothing on my "to do" list.............
I hope you have enjoyed my first attempt at sharing my thoughts with you and that you will come back and catch up with me again.