My blanket for Otis has stalled somewhat- I had wildly underestimated how long it would take and also how little time I would have at my machine. I have yet to master breastfeeding and sewing on the machine at the same time! I can hand sew more easily, as it’s so pick-up-put-down. So that might have to be my focus for a while… poor chap. He can go in a grobag now anyway and has such nice knitted blankets mine is rather redundant! But to keep the creative juices, well, if not flowing, then gently meandering, I made Solomon a little drawstring bag on the machine to keep his wooden threading beads in.
There aren’t many projects out there easier than a drawstring bag but it makes for a nice showcase for lovely fabric (from Fabric Rehab and chosen from my stash by Sol). He was very pleased to find it waiting for him this morning!
I am sorry for my absence from my blog; I suppose that’s what happens when you have a new baby and toddler to chase after. And then there are all the usual household tasks- wood that needs sorting (due to be 6 degrees C tonight, a little reminder that summer comes to an end), nappies that need washing, lettuce that needs restraining (too late- it has well and truly bolted!) Sol and Oli harvested three potato plants yesterday; it’s just so satisfying to sit down to the vegetables you’ve seen grow from tiny seeds, plants and wayward sprouting tatties at the back of the cupboard.
I really don’t know how Amanda Soule does it all -blog, books, crafting, homesteading, and raising and homeschooling FIVE, yes five, children. If you have the chance, check out her blog, it’s lovely and very inspiring. Very American, in the best possible way: full of unabashed, heartfelt reflection and thanksgiving for the good, often little things in life. Her life sounds really rather lovely, with no screaming newborns and car sick toddlers requiring emergency stops on windy mountain roads. Not that that happens to me either, of course…
We have been away visiting grandparents and cousins, being a proper British family at the seaside (North Berwick, savouring Luca’s ice cream on the beach):
celebrating leaving school:
and introducing little Otis (now 4 weeks old, gosh) to those who haven’t met him yet.
Back home now and thinking about my next quilt. I always have creative ideas in the middle of the night and with Otis around, I’m seeing rather a lot of the middle of the night! As I might have mentioned before, I think birds will feature… and maybe an autumn theme… I’ll keep you posted.