School has been all-consuming since restarting. Adding to the busy-busy has been Year 7 Camp – a week of preparing the lessons for my classes in my absence, a week of rain and Sun and tents and too much heat and humidity, and a week spent chasing my tail trying to catch up to how things should be. That would be this week. Throw in a few storms, blocked storm water pipes, a lawn that desperately needed mowing – I could go on and on here, but I’m sure you get the picture.
Calli had to go into boarding for the week. I was away from early Monday morning to Friday afternoon, but the cattery hours meant she had to stay Saturday to Saturday. I finished Ishbel quite fortunately at knitting group on the Saturday afternoon after dropping her at the cattery. So I was able to block it on Sunday in her absence. No wrestling the blocking wires from her or messing with the T-pins or sitting on the knitting I’m trying to block.
Of course, lace looks awful before blocking:
I left it to block while I was on camp, so there was no “is it dry yet?” bother. I forgot all about it until my return. Since then it has sat around waiting for an opportunity to photograph it in suitable light. After work today, I finally found a moment to take a photo I’m happy with.
One thing I can share from what we did at camp was to make bracelets and necklaces from twisted reeds. I understood the principle of what we were doing straight away from spinning. It was quite flexible when wet, but is stiff and has shrunk a bit on drying. I was very happy with my beaded bracelet.
Calli didn’t like boarding. She’s over it now, thankfully, and it won’t happen often. I missed her on the nights I was home but she was not. She might get to stay at my sister’s in future – sadly Oscar, her cat of 16 years, passed away the day after Calli went into boarding.
I had a little knitting time while on camp, but virtually none since getting back, so the latest baby blanket is progressing slowly. The dyeing was eventually completed, but the story behind that will have to wait until after the gifting.