I’ve been hiding away from the blog a bit lately for fear of not having much knitting to talk about, but then I remember that it is nice sometimes to just write generally about stuff, even if there’s no knitting (that I can show) to discuss. I could talk about my test knitting, but it’s plodding along with not a lot to report; I could talk about the shawl where I ran out of yarn in the cast off, but I’m too sad to go there right now.
Instead, I’ll focus on what’s ahead.
It’s a big week, not least of all because, as mentioned previously, I’m going to Bendigo on Wednesday, meeting up with DrK at Melbourne airport for what will no doubt be a huge, thrilling and at times overwhelming trip. And not just because of all the shopping I p lan to do!
I’m really looking forward to meeting up with people, those I’ve met before and those I’ve known about, read or interacted with online for a long time. Those sorts of experiences are often as draining as they are fun for me. I can have the best intentions of being highly sociable, only to find myself feeling quite shy and unsure what to say but I’m sure that’s the case for lots of us. But as scary as it sounds to spend several days around loads of people, I just know I wouldn’t miss it for anything. I just have a lot to do between now and when my sister drops me at the airport on Wednesday morning.
Also, this week, it’s my birthday and today kicked off the Festival of Bells, as Sean has been known to call it. I don’t mean to spread out the birthday celebrations into a week long party, but it does tend to go that way when I try and fit in various friends and family for catching up. Beginning with a full on afternoon at a local German brewery with a group of friends, among which were several other birthdays occurring this week, I have a few different engagements planned. One of the nicest will be morning tea with my sister and Miss Alice in the morning. For my last birthday, Alice was still a tiny girl in a pram. This year she’ll probably upstage anything I could possibly do and make the morning about her, and why not?
Speaking of Alice, remember how I made Elijah the Elephant for her? Well he’s still around. He tends to show up mostly in her bag when she comes to stay. I’ll zip open her overnight or visiting bag and he’ll be there on top. He came with us yesterday to keep Alice company while she had her first big girl hair cut.
She was such a good girl (except for when she got bits of snipped hair in her eyes and she got upset, but who wouldn’t?). Speaking of eyes, look at Elijah. Or Stampy as he’s otherwise known. No eyes. They fell out and I’m unsure what to do. I didn’t do a great job in the first place because making the little french knots for eyes is really hard when you can’t actually get your hand into the back of the fabric. Any suggestions?
Here’s one last shot of the moment Alice discovered herself in the hair salon mirror. I think she was a bit taken with the image of herself and her hair being snipped. Later I stood her in front of the mirror and she planted great big kisses on her reflection. It’s good to have a healthy self-esteem isn’t it?