I had not realised just how long since I last updated. Lots of stressful stuff here, mostly to do with my sons.
One son who had a back operation last year is facing the very real possibility of another almost immediately. He and his wife had been planning on moving to Strasbourg, France for several years with a departure date of 29/7. I have never been happy with this idea for a variety of reasons. They've sold their house and another they owned and are selling an investment place in Brisbane while they will keep a couple of units they own here. DIL has been giving away much stuff and selling more. However, the disc that was operated on a year ago in son's spine is playing up and he is just as much extreme pain as he was then. It is herniated (bulging) as a lot of bone was removed in the first operation to free a trapped nerve and a hole was drilled in the disc, making it quite unstable. This operation would be to actually replace the disc with an artificial one. Lots of recovery and rehabilitation needed.
Middle son still has no work except temp work after being made redundant almost two months ago and the youngest is worried about his children and decisions their mother is making with her own life and how they may affect the children.
I've been knitting as a way of helping cope with all this. My laceweight second instalment of blue blue faced leicester/silk mix is very slowly on its way to another Aestlight shawl. No photos there as there's not much of interest in a garter stitch triangle slowly creeping up to 154 stitches, one stitch increase per row. I think this is the fourth time I've have made Aestlight.
My sister has been housesitting at Gladstone in the Flinders Ranges in SA. She says it is beautiful and green there and she's driven around sight seeing quite a bit. She found a butcher selling home smoked bacon and is raving about it. Rich, dark and smoky and she'll buy more for breakfasts in her little van on the way home when she leaves at the weekend. These two pictures come from Wirrabara which has a large forest area. The little township was neat and clean and even has a street sign to show the way to a school garden started by Stephanie Alexander.
I've never been a fan of yarn bombing, although I know people who are. They become quite indignant when I suggest it's a form of graffiti. I see it as imposing on the public landscape, just as I see most graffiti does. However this photo is not yarn bombing. It has been done at the invitation of the shop owner and is only outside the shop, not randomly scattered through the street. I rather like the bike or tricycle as it really is.
Something else to brighten my day arrived just now from Renae at suzyhausfrau.
The deep purple is a merino alpaca mix, 10 ply. Its name is Velvet and it's from Shibui. To me the name is very evocative, it's rich and luscious, very much as velvet is. The light grey is also Shibui but merino/silk, called Staccato and fingering weight. It will team with the velvet to make Array, (Ravlink), a free download.
The in your face bright yarn at the end is merino sock yarn, called Chinese Red. I am in desperate need of more sock yarn. Not!
Edited to add: just after posting this I decided to wind the first two balls for Array cowl. I have spent a meditative time and have wound all the wool for the cowl and also the sock wool. Now it's all ready and waiting.