Puddling along

I am slowly adjusting my life to accommodate this virus.  That means everything is slower and I try to stay close to my bed just in case the fatigue overtakes me.  But I am adjusting.  Where it would take me one day to make something, now it is three.  I am talking about the nurses capes I promised to make for the ANZAC day ceremony here.  I have 2 put together and 1 more ready to sew.

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But I am still having a problem with my brain.  I have to put tabs on the shoulders and I made the big trip to the shop to buy the buttons.  It wasn't till I got home I realised we have 2 shoulders not one!!!  I still have another 9 days before the day so hopefully I can get some more buttons.  I do worry about my brain though.


Sorry this is late but Typepad has been down . 

I would like to give up all stitching and knitting when I look at the quality of my work at the moment. just terrible.  I blame it on this virus brain.

I have two small knitted jackets for the bunnies being blocked.  I don't think the girls will worry about the quality of the work just that they fit.

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A shocking pin cushion, this one is for the bin.

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A sample block for a quilt that I am planning that is all wrong.  The  outer strip should have been should have been 1.75" that is what I cut it with no allowance!  This is to be unpicked.

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Only the cross stitch looks OK, even though it was wrong to start with .

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Back to bed.


Slow living

This virus sees me living my life at a much slower pace.  I have to sleep a lot and just can't do anything at my normal speed.  I am still not able to drive, my reactions are too slow, so life is confined to the island most of the time.  I did get to go to the mainland last week, I should not have gone.  I had to stay in bed for the next 3 days.

As I was coming home a rainbow formed and the end was on the island.  I thought at the time how apt that was.  This place really is a treasure.

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It is school holiday time at the moment and there are a lot of holiday makers on the island.  Before we moved here this was our holiday destination.  I have always felt this is a magical place, everyone I speak to believes that as well.  I have tried to find out from the traditional owners of the land what it is that makes it so special but they have lost that knowledge.  That doesn't change the fact that everyone who comes here feels a connection and it regretful when they have to leave.  As you can see from the message in the sand.  I have no idea who wrote it but I love the island as well.

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But I can be surprised by people who live here as well.  Maxine is a friend who lives a couple of streets away.  She is the author of the children's book who's launch we attended.  Now I find that she makes the most whimsical jewelry. 

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I just had to buy these ear rings.

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And after speaking to her I find that the character is based on a real person, who she says looks like this!.

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They are made under a magnifying glass to get all that detail.  (They are not very big.)

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She and Gary have developed there own materials.

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I need to get some more they are so quirky.  When I was teaching full time I always used to wear unusual ear rings.  I never had to say "look to the front", all eyes were already there to check what I had on that day.  This time I will wear them just to feel happy.


Those bunnies

The requests have been flooding in for more thins for the bunnies.  It must be said that they were a great success.  The girls had seen the new Peter Rabbit movie the day before they arrived, which they loved.  (Both movie and bunnies.)

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My husband and I saw the move as well and I have to say it did appeal to the kid in me.  I at first thought that there was taped laughter on the sound track but then realised the theatre was full of kids who were all laughing.  The animation was very good the the link between reality and fantasy is clear.


Grandpa has made the most beautiful beds, with matresses, that he sewed himself.

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I must say I am envious of my grand daughters their new doll's beds.  The quilts fitted rather well and were pressed into service the moment they were given.

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I also finished new cardigans and slacks.

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And some sleeping bags as the are off camping for the school holidays.

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Jasmine thought that Geraldine need her portrait painted, just like the ones Beatrix Potter did.  Not bad attention to detail for a 5 year old.  You can see she likes those boots.

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After some discussion with the girls I believe that the bunnies will need more undies, seems they need to be changed all the time, and, one pair of boots is not enough for a fashionable bunny.

Those smiles make all the effort worth while.

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New batch of wool

I really am slow at the moment.  I heard someone knocking on the door and it took some time before I came up with the action to open it!  I nearly walked out in front of a car when we went to the movies, so no driving for me until I get over this virus.

But that knocking at the door was the post lady with my new wool.  I just love the colours.  It is 8ply washable wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills and it was on special for $10.00 for 200 grams.  Can't believe my luck.

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Time to start swatching.  Just got to get the bunny knitting out of the way first.


That cross stitch sampler continues. 

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It is the central section that I am going to have to change and from the look of pattern No 4 the piece is divided across the centre.  I will have to change this and maybe do away with the design down the side.  I really won't know for sure until about No 8.

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I have the jumper for my daughter finished and it is now being blocked.  For washing instructions I think I will attach "ask Mum!"

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Looking into the workshop I see that Grandpa has made some progress on the beds.  He says that he is going to make matresses as well.  I will have to see how that goes.

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All I do is sleep at the moment so not too much progress.


Those dratted mosquitos

I have been feeling very poorly for a while.  Firstly, I had a bad reaction to a prescribed drug.  Needless to say that is in the garbage.  I kept blaming that drug for how I was feeling, but, I was also bitten by a mosquito that has given me Barmah Forest Virus, ( a bit like Ross River Fever )  Seems there are quite a few of us on the island who have this.  I thought for a while that I was going to be crippled by arthritis but it is just this virus.  Bad news is it can last for over a year before you recover.  So I can look forward to more pain and tiredness. 

It does have an upside.  I have an excuse for just sitting. 

Sitting and knitting. The wool is on it's way for this one.

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Or sitting and embroidering. 

Sitting and crocheting.  I am going to make a blanket for each bunny using this pattern.

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Sometimes getting up and baking a cake.

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Sitting at the computer. 

Sitting and reading.  I've read these books before so it will not be taxing at all.

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Everything has a silver lining.


That was months away and now it is tomorrow!!

I have a ton of sewing that has to be finished.

A wedding dress to alter.  The neckline and shoulders to be changed and the hems, 9 layers of hems, to be shortened.

 Capes to be made for the ANZAC nurses for the 25th April for the memorial ceremony. (ANZAC Day)

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And this wedding dress thing is getting a bit big.  I have 2 other weddings for a couple of months time.  Funny how life goes in cycles.  In my early 20's I made wedding dresses to suppliment my income,  now I am old they turn up again.  We are going to have a quiet Easter but I'm sure the island will be busy with holiday makers.  We might have to escape to the city?


Samantha and Geraldine are finished.

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Those two have been on my 'to do' list for a few years now but the time was never quite right.  They were always destined to be for my grand daughters but with so much work involved I wanted the girls to be a little older so they could look after them better.  I am so surprised at their different personalities.  The patterns are identical but each rabbit is different from the other.  And, they took some time and a lot of effort to make.  I stitched each one in a different coloured thread so that, even without clothes on, they could tell which was which.  I am not altogether happy with the boot laces.  They are probably a bit long but little fingers have not perfected the skill of tying them so I make the laces a length they could manage.

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I see that Salley Mavor over at Wee Folk Studio has a wonderful idea for slippers that I could also sew.  ( Everything Salley does is inspiring, I have all her books.)

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At the moment their wardrobe includes;

a good dress + capelet

a skirt + jumper

and 4 pair of undies.

Each rabbit has it's own overnight bag.

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I need to make hoodies, slacks, cardigans, night clothes, quilts and pillows.  One cardigan is finished but I am a bit worried with the amount of wool I have left to finish No 2.

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Grandpa is still working on the beds so they will not be finished until after Easter and I might leave the quilts until then.

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I have become quite attached to these young girls.  They have been writting to my grand daughters so hopefully they will get a warm welcome.

A fatal error!!

That is what I have made with my SAL embroidery.

Short of starting again I will not be able to fix it I'm afraid.

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When I read the instructions it said the piece was 70cm X 50cm.  I read this as 70cm width and 50cm height.  I now realise it should have been 70cm height 50cm width.  There is no way I am going to have enough fabric to stitch the design as it is.

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I have put hours of work into it so far and used a whole hank of silk.  What to do?  I am going to have to change the pattern and make it 50cm x50cm.  So it doesn't matter that I am behind any more.  I will finish the width and when the next pattern comes start adjustments. 

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Oh well, I will just have to be different to everyone else. 

I suffer from dyslexia. Give me a map, and I go in the other direction.  Spelling has been a problem all my life until spell check appeared.  I read numbers in reverse. This was a problem at school until a teacher gave me an oral exam rather than a written one and it became clear I could do the math problems but when it came to writting them down I would reverse the numbers.  As a teacher I made sure I had over heads rather than having to write on the blackboard.  Some times I would write everything in reverse on the board, especially if I was stressed, and the kids would fall on the floor laughing. I know all these things and check all the time but I reversed this one vital measurement. 

I could kick myself!!!