Another month has flashed past – I keep having to remind myself that life should be an adventure and not a chore – right now I need to work hard so that my adventures can be paid for 😊 This weekend has been some nice downtime as the nation celebrates Heritage Day. Normally celebrated with a braai here – I am clueless when it comes to fires and grills and braai spice, so I celebrated with fish and chips instead which is a little closer to my actual heritage. I made time for catch up with friends and my family, did some gardening, played ten-pin bowling, spent some time watching the series Victoria while knitting an Aran Jersey for a special little boy and then I made a felt cuckoo clock – in a sense I celebrated all my ancestors.
Yes – you read that last sentence correctly – a felt cuckoo clock! I was in a shop in Bath on my last visit to the UK and saw the kit and before I knew what I was doing I was stood at the till paying for it. Holidays can do that to you – I suppose that’s where those millions of kitsch souvenirs come from. To make my clock, I had to sew through different layers and colours of felt, use a variety of stitches and then assemble all the bits and the clock workings – it was only at assembly stage that I actually referred to the instructions and read that this step required an adult to assist me! My challenging project which I had tackled with a seriousness that made my tongue stick out from time to time was for little people aged 8 and upwards. All I can say is there must be some very clever eight-year old’s that live in Bath.
I am not the only nutter out there – I saw a book called Pride and Prejuknits – a book of patterns for knitting Mr Darcy and his Austen buddies. I actually own a knitting pattern book bought to knit the last Royal Wedding. I also saw a book called ‘WTF Knits’, which included patterns for animal costumes, a bowl of fruit , the Bee Gees and broccoli. I have just checked online and was astonished to see, not only crocheted cupcakes and reindeer hats with antlers for your canines, but there is a free pattern to crochet a uterus! It makes my felt cuckoo clock seem positively mundane.The Heritage theme will continue as it’s the theme for our bookclub tomorrow and no doubt there will be flags, vuvuzelas, French berets and I am going as ……….will keep you guessing but I can tell you there is an inflatable crown involved.
NB. For those who don't know and are interested - I was born and raised in England but have lived here for 33 years. My father's grandfather was Dutch, his granny Irish and my mother was English with an Irish mother and a Scottish grandmother ......and there are a lot of cuckoos amongst them all!