It's been quite a week here. Apart from the usual shenanigans Alfie managed to break his wrist in spectacular fashion, by literally falling over badly at Scouts.
Not one for mollycoddling, I picked him up and on the way home suggested a dose of calpol and a good sleep. I changed my mind when he turned a peeky green and winced every time we went over a speed bump, so (reluctantly) took him to A&E. As we got out the car I had a look under the cold cloth his wrist was wrapped in:
His arm was very wrong! and he was struggling not to pass out.
Fortunately we received excellent attention at the hospital; he was taken straight through, given a shot of morphine and seen straight away. I was between phones (I had a new iphone but it wasn't working) and we took nothing with us - it was a loooong night!
(How did we ever EVER cope without mobiles?! HOW?)
We ended up staying in for three days, alongside family from HELL in the bed next door, and leaving with the mother of all cough/colds.
|Eating a homemade Thai green curry sent in by lovely friends!
Alfie's arm is well pinned back together and in a nice big cast - with strict instructions to do very little. Of course it's his writing hand, which he's thrilled about.
Meanwhile I have a finished project to show...and it's a nice big blanket! I have a VERY short attention span and have struggled with anything that takes longer than a night or 2 to make (I'm not proud of this) BUT I've found the answer....
a 15mm crochet hook and some unfeasibly chunky wool!
This took me about three nights to make - using Cygnet 'seriously chunky'. I reckon it cost me about £30 in total and it's incredibly thick and warm. I didn't use a pattern - I just did a row of single stitch followed by a row of double. (or UK treble)
I wanted a simple edge so just did a row of single stitch around the outside. Easy!
Perfect for snuggling under!
I'm now addicted to big hooks and big wool and have started another project - I'll be showing and telling by next post at this rate!
Before our little hospital escapade I made plenty of commissions too this week. My favourite was for a (nother!) friend of Nelly's, who wanted something special for her grandparents 60th wedding anniversary.
Kate asked if I would try using photocopies of photos - something I've dabbled with before but it's tricksy.
If you use photographic paper it's hard to get it to stick well and difficult to sand and varnish. Whenever I've tried photocopied images in the past the ink has run and the paper has been too thin.
For whatever reason the ones Kate gave me were the right size and worked a treat. I think they are one of my favourite sets yet
(I know I say that all the time!!)
I couldn't use the big photo in the background as it wouldn't fit on a block without losing something -
but loved using it as a back drop...
I also enjoyed making another set of blocks for someone's 21st - with words of wisdom from the wise on!
...and my first graduation blocks:
A sign for my BF (happy birthday Jane!)A BIG christening box for Lucy:
with a nice tag
...and some more anniversary blocks - this time for a ruby wedding
Our new lady hens have settled in well (the other girls have finally allowed them in the coop!) but are looking a little bedraggled from all this rain!
"The very next time I read a blog, Hopefully it does not disappoint me just as much as this
one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I really
believed you would probably have something helpful
to say. All I hear is a bunch of complaining about something you could fix if you were not
too busy searching for attention."
Thanks 'Anonymous' - you really made me chuckle!
(see cuckoo - you're not the only one full of yourself!)