Oh happy mail day ......

a few weeks ago i decided to sign up for the Jellywares autumn yarn club.  for the past few years my life has been filled with the thrill of making quilts and occasionally new clothes. My creative life centered around my sewing machine.  but when i was very young wool was the medium i worked with more than anything. When i was little my mum crocheted, at one point when there was very little money my mum would buy old handmade jumpers /cardigans and unravel them so she could make crochet blankets. My job was to roll the wool into balls. The other major influence in my childhood was Cookie, our lovely elderly neighbor from across the road. Cookie was a prolific knitter. i spent many afternoons after school at Cookie's house waiting for my parents to come home from work. it didn't take long with my all consuming desire to learn for Cookie to teach me to knit. she had an abundance of scraps of wool and i would toil away making scraps of knitting. I think my first major achievement was knitting a jumper when i was in about year seven at high school. My mum tried multiple times to teach me to crochet but for some reason i never took to it and much preferred the clack clack of the knitting needles.  During this time i also kept myself entertained sewing my dads hankies into clothes for my Barbie dolls on my mums old singer sewing machine. Much to dad's frustration he often picked up his hankies, to discovered they had had arm holes cut into them or they had been stitched together in some way. Luckily mum had a reasonable stash of scraps of fabric and i soon left dad's hankies in peace.

But back to my happy mail day. I had decided it was time to challenge myself and start working with yarn again. To make something i would nt normally. so i happily signed up for three months of lovely packages being delivered to my door.

so this gorgeous box, my first package, arrived the other day.  I had been anxiously awaiting it's arrival. I was on night duty last week , and each time i woke in the afternoon one of the first things i would say to my family was "is there any mail?'

this reminded me of when i was young and i would be waiting for a letter from a penfriend from England. I still find receiving mail gives me that little thrill of receiving something from some foreign destination. It 's such a shame that the only mail i receive these days are bills ........LOL. i really miss having a penpal to send / receive snail mail letters to and from.

but i m drifting again . . . . . . this lovely box arrived on Thursday and inside was my first  yarn sent from Jodie. A gorgeous vibrant colored cotton yarn. included was a gorgeous little project bag to hold my yarn. Included were six recommended projects, all face washers. Three knitted, three crocheted. I decided that crochet was the go as i really loved the lacey look of two of the recommended face washers.

So i rolled my hank of yarn into a ball, just as i used to roll mums wool when i was little. i dug out my crochet hook and set to work. with the assistance of the WWW to remind me how to do a treble crochet, to understand what a DC or SC was.  To have knitted the face washer would have been easy but i wanted a challenge.

so let's see how that goes for me . . . . LOL

do you like a challenge? do you like to push yourself outside your comfort zone?

"i hope your hands are working on a project that you love"

Googy Girl


I guess thats what you will be working on in Nundle next week........
Jenny said…
What a lovely story. See you and your needles soon.
Janice said…
It was nice to hear your story. I'm sure your Mum would be proud of you stepping outside your comfort zone and having a go at crochet. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished product. It should be nice and cheerful in the orange.
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Fiona said…
lovely to hear about the start of your yarn love..... that is certainly happy wool... in answer to your question... I do like a challenge but not too much out of my comfort zone!!! just a little challenge.... I like to knit my washcloths on car journeys
Susan said…
That's a really happy story, and so similar to many of our creative starts. It's good to try something different, it gives you that thrill of learning something new. Will we see your progress in Nundle?
Sonia said…
Oh I look forward to seeing what you create with this... love the colours.
Loved chatting with you again on the weekend... looking forward to Bathurst with more keenness now.

Keep me in the loop would be keen to do that quilt swap!!!

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