Oh, there seem to be all sorts of things to do around the house at the moment. The holidays stretch before us at the start, full of time and opportunity; but the need to Do Things meets the equally strong need to relax and enjoy the summer… and the latter has been winning these past few sunny days. Ok, the kindling needs splitting. The insulation needs to be returned, exchanged for slabs that won’t fall out of the joists and then it needs to be fitted. There are vegetables and hedge plants to be weeded, babies to be sewn for and yarn that cries out to be knitted. It’s rather hard to imagine the need for kindling, or insulation, when the sun’s rays shine so brightly, the wild raspberries taste so sweet and the evenings still feel so long.
Even with the outdoor lunches with friends, and trips out to summer shows and Highland Games, there has been plenty of progress at Newbraes. A gable end is halfway through re-pointing with lime inside and I have begun the Christmas advent calendar decorations. Oli’s grandmother, who died at the beginning of this year, left a lot of sewing supplies to the family, and I have inherited her stash of kapok. Not a substance I had ever come across before, it’s a natural fibre historically used in mattresses, teddy bears, and life jackets. It doesn’t half get up your nose, but is much more pleasurable to use than the squeaky polyester I had been stuffing decorations with previously. These wee hearts are the first 6. Of 144…
Back to the lovely, sheepy Flying Flock, which is thus far an absolute joy to knit with: no splitting and nicely grippy if I drop a stitch. It feels so nice to knit with wool from sheep reared in Scotland, spun in Scotland and now knitted here too.
Long live the summer- there’s still plenty left.