On Saturday I helped out at Miniatura at the NEC. Before knitting I was into all things miniature, I’m still the proud owner of three dolls houses but they have been sadly neglected over recent years. My hobby first started when Toby was about two. I went on a course run by Pat Cutforth and I was hooked. She taught me ‘why buy when you can make’ and that has lived with me since. I love wood, I love the grain and the feel, it has an endless quality which improves with age. Pat lives on a lovely farm in Wiltshire and I have been on many courses there, occasionally combining it with a holiday with Graham and Toby. Pat makes the best brownies ever and I always had to make sure I brought some back with me for Toby. Any way over the years Pat has raised huge sums for Cancer Research UK, she is a real inspiration. Twice a year she has a charity stall at the NEC, the stock all donated and with my mum we help out manning the stall. It’s a great feel good day but is hard work. Sometimes though I think some of our ‘customers’ forget we are all volunteers and raising money for a good cause! In this day and age none of us are untouched by cancer. It is a good cause and Pat does a fantastic job with it. As long as she wants to do it I will help out, even if my love of miniatures never returns.
On Monday I received a very special delivery, in fact so special it reduced me to tears. It is a teddy made out of Toby’s shirt. It was the shirt all Toby’s Topman colleagues wore to his funeral. The Teddy was made for me by Carries’s Threadbears @thread_bears on Twitter. I love to hold my teddy and smell him, although Toby’s smell is long gone I can still imagine it is there, it brings a mix of sadness and comfort at the same time, hence the tears.
I have progressed with my brothers jumper, it now has a side as well as a back, I am beginning to have to concede that with only two weeks left the chances of me finishing before his birthday are nil!
Tuesday was Yarn in the Barn at Black Sheep Wools. My goodness there was a lot of yarning going on this week, very little of it of the woolly variety! It is essential to choose a project to do at the group with care. It needs to be simple and easy to undo as the amount of talking makes concentrating on knitting or crocheting difficult at times! At the moment I am knitting Stephen a jumper. It is in husky by sirdar, a jumper Stephen chose the other week when we went to an open day at the barn. I love that they make Stephen as welcome there as they do me.
It’s no good, it’s official, I’m addicted to sock yarn! Self patterning yarn is one of the best inventions ever, it amazes me every time as I watch the pattern emerge! My addiction, alongside my discovery of yarn on eBay is a fatal combination, but at least they look good!
I have some items for sale in aide of #tobysgift. Now it is getting colder I’m sure you all need a nice warm snugly cowl. I am asking a minimum of £10 donation, all of which will go to the charity. I will pay the postage. Message me directly if there is anything you fancy .
#tobysgift is a branch of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust