Saturday 26 August 2017

Farewell to footwear

What do these two photos have in common?

Well, those on the top are "Swedish Hasbeen" and those below are "Margaret's Has Beens"
Ten years would seem too short a life for leather shoes.   I like these and they have served me well.   But they are Has Been.   Today I farewelled them to the rubbish man.   Why?  Well look at the soles; the heels have holes and they squeak and leak.   The uppers are still good but the sole has gone.
My soul has gone too :-)   I will need to look for new shoes and being possessed of a narrow foot in a land of wide-footed people that is no mean task.
So as a "pick me up" I fetched out the Christmas Ornament books, selected six and found appropriate fabrics.   Tonight I will sort out the floss and kit them ready to go.
All in all not a bad day.

Friday 25 August 2017

Daffodil Day

August 25th is Daffodil Day here with money raised for the Cancer Society.
We had a "mufti day" at work to raise money and I raised a beautiful potful of miniature daffodils
These were bought as two pots of teeny weeny daffodils three years ago and they've happily grown up.   Like  all who grow older they have increased in size too and are now mid-sized rather than miniature.
Oh well, back to the knitting.

Saturday 19 August 2017

Christmas Sampler

Life administration and aged care fill the hours of my days that are not occupied by gainful employment and little else seems to get done.   Well, that is not entirely true.   I did manage some sewing and am almost completed a new dress for myself.   And some stitches have been added to the Christmas Quaker Sampler.   The gap towards the centre  under the wording is for the date.   I don't want to tempt fate and put 2017 just yet:-)
When the bottom right quadrant is completed (hopefully tomorrow) I will put this aside and finish my knitting.   And I need to get started on the family Christmas ornaments too.  There are only 128 days till Christmas.   We have had to put in requests for Christmas Leave at work and I am hopeful of having two weeks off so in anticipation have already made a To Do List; mainly DIY tasks but I want to do some sewing too.  
Today we had a visit from a niece who brought her second daughter to visit Great Grandma. It has been too much for Great Grandma who is at this very minute snoring in her armchair!   Admittedly Great Aunty is also rather weary after two trips to the airport and some energetic baby admiration:-)

Sunday 6 August 2017

Top and tail

The left front of the cardigan is complete so I put it aside and have gone back to the Quaker Christmas Sampler and much progress has been made.
I was really concerned this would not "meet up" so have done the motifs along top and bottom and then with a running stitch confirmed the intersections are as plotted.   QED.
Tonight I made the DBEM a special Japanese meal as she has been voicing a hankering for Chawanmushi.   It was rather tasty if I do say so myself.   It has been DBEM day here1   During the afternoon I stitched a Pop Over Presto Top for her in a cerise merino fabric.   When we have so many sheep in New Zealand there seems little reason not to go for merino:-) besides which this past week has been chilly temperatures.  
Tomorrow I have a day off work -  for a WOF for my pacemaker and my teeth.  Surplus time will be spent sewing - for myself this time.
And a funny story.  Last weekend I was clearing out a cubby hole in my roll top desk and happened across an old wallet stuffed with Australian Dollars, lots of Australian Dollars:-)   So I took myself off to the bank and turned them into my favourite New Zealand Dollars and indulged in a new toy and banked the balance.   It is many years since I had a trip across The Ditch so it felt like unearthing buried treasure1
This is for my Active August Campaign!

So to a chorus of "thank you dear, that was lovely" from the DBEM good night all.