Tuesday, March 30, 2010

'Craft Anger' and a rare species

The Baby Knitters Club has been hit by a new epidemic sweeping these parts...Craft Rage. Anita witnessed it when she was at my house on Sunday and I was sewing the doll and then we both fell prey to it last night at Monday night Knitting Circle.

Some people find craft/sewing/knitting etc relaxing. We are not those people. How could anyone be when after about an hour and half, the sum total of your progress is this:

Yup, that's 26 stitches right there. 22 of them picked up. I spent a long time figuring out how to do it and then figuring out if I was doing it right. Then I spent even longer doing it.

I still have this much to go:

Yup, that's all around the front, the bottom of the back, and the cuffs. Hello Easter, I know what I'll be doing for the majority of my long weekend.

My long weekend is actually extra long because I'm taking tomorrow and Thursday off work and going down to stay with my Mum until Monday. She lives on a dairy farm in Hurunui, an hour out of Christchurch. There's not a lot to do on a dairy farm when you refuse to work on it (I can occasionally be coaxed into getting the cows in in the afternoon but that's as far as I'll go. I spent the summer after 7th form milking cows and working on a farm full-time and I am never, ever, doing it again, especially not in a rotary cow shed which is what the farm they now own has. In retrospect, I can't even believe I did it. Give me the clean, leisurely life of an office job any day!) so it will give me plenty of time for picking up stitches.

Before heading out to the farm, however, Mum and I going on a very exciting field trip to the Ashford Craft Village in Ashburton. Home of the Ashford Spinning Wheel, there's a museum, a cafe, and shops (including a craft shop with wool - a purchase will surely have to be made) set in apparently lovely surrounds. I am really looking forward to it. First, I just have to get through the flight...

Finally, I am very privileged to be allowed to present the only known photo of the rare and shy species known as the 'Big Foot Baby Bootie' (mentioned last week):

Seen here next to a regular sized baby bootie, its true scale and magnificence is breathtaking.


  1. The mere mention of the BFB Bootie gets my craft rage stirring...!

  2. I like how BFB bootie has given up on life and is slumped over taking a bit of a nap. Still grateful for a sighting!