A Woollie Week - or 2!
I've not actually been anywhere, just not been blogging......
The house renovations are moving slowly....I have a bed and a mattress, chest of drawers and a bookcase - some friends and I took a trip to Ikea in Edinburgh last weekend. They too have just moved house and needed some supplies. In one day we journey to and from Ikea and built a wardrobe, 4 chest of drawers and 5 bookshelves. I managed to build 26 drawers last Sunday - sore hands followed! But both homes are now looking a little more homely.
I started painting yesterday, the wooden shelves in my alcove in the living room are now glistening shiny white.....and it's only the start of it.....many walls to be painted. The plumber also came yesterday to remove the radiator in the kitchen and that means that the kitchen fitting can start soon. I will take some update photos shortly.
I finished another blankie this week. This one has an allotment theme although I am not sure the owner of the allotment would be too happy about the rabbits eating all their veg!
Whilst moving house I found my first ever softie! I made him when I was about 7 or 8 - two circles of fake fur (from the lining of a waistcoat from Clothkits) and some yellow felt....he's survived a long time (most of my childhood toys were male for some reason!)
I never did post about some of the goodies I brought back from my trip to Orkney in April. First is my sheepskin rug - a beautiful dark, long haired North Ronaldsay sheep. These sheep are famous because the are often to be found along the beach at low tide eating the freshest fronds of seaweed. The sheepskin doesn't come from North Ronaldsay but from a herd of sheep on the Isle of Auskerry - a remote island in the Orkney archipelago, home to 5 people and a herd of sheep - you can learn about their lives here.... The sheep are uniquely marked in colours from cream and gold to chocolate and from silver through granite to slate and black, helping to camouflage them amongst the rocky outcrops on the island.
As you may know, I can hardly resist the purchase of a ball of wool or two and a visit to Tait & Style in Kirkwall was a must......they make the most amazing wool textiles - toys, cushions and scarfs and you can buy their slubbed wool in an amazing range of colours....
I think I'll be making horses manes and tails with some of this wool!