I'm slowly getting my knitting mojo back... this little Vine Lace baby bonnet from Knitting Daily was a start. I used the Heirloom Baby Yarn from my stash, and made it in one day. Don't know who it's for yet, but I'm sure it will find a home eventually!
Another beanie, this time for Dotter's boyfriend's little brother, who turns 2 in about a week. It's the Little Cables beanie pattern - I took a guess at the number of stitches to use for a Toddler size (cast on 91, ie a 13 st pattern repeat x 7, and it seemed to work OK). I did a rolled brim (ie just knit and knit and watch it roll up) rather than the ribbing. Dotter suggested the knotted i-cord top. I'll know by Saturday if it fits him! The colour is really hard to photograph well - it's basically a rich orange /red with lots of variation, as it's hand dyed Totem that used to be pink (courtesy of Taph).
At last, some progress on the Crossword Bag - I've FINALLY sewn the lining, and am hand-stitching it in tonight. Then all it needs are handles. And for me to write up the pattern - without all my pattern notes (which were in the notebook I lost...). Still, it's pretty straight-forward, hopefully won't be a drama.
Thank you all again for all your very kind emails, comments, wishes and everything during this difficult time. I've really appreciated hearing from so many friends from far and wide. My parents and siblings have been reading all your comments on the funeral post, and have been very touched as well.
Tim's Memorial Service is this Sunday (to be held in Canberra, for those who didn't travel to the funeral - such as his doctors, friends, carers, and family friends), and then that will be the end of the public grieving process, at least. Still swinging pretty unpredictably between tears, relief, feeling good, feeling numb, and occasional bouts of guilt, as are the rest of my family. I'm remembering more stories about Tim, which is nice, too.
News of our other ailing family member; Lily is still with us, although her condition is slowly worsening. My first thought every morning is whether she's still alive ... and she has been so far, despite scaring us at times! Her little doggy medications are helping still, although not as well as before.
Let's end with some flowery goodness. Look at this sweet rose bush I got from Bunnings (it's a bit dangerous living less than 4 km away from this particular shop!) ...
It's a miniature! Look! It's a rose, and it's tiny!
I'm nearly feeling sane enough to cope with reading and commenting on all my lovely friends' blogs again ... hope to catch up with all your goings on before too much longer!