Saturday, December 5, 2009

New Toys!

Dad visited this week and brought up a massage table and a smoker. I'm delighted with both as they seem to be of good quality in spite of their very cheap price from Aldi. I christened the table this week with one of my clients who happily helped me unwrap and construct it. The smoker will wait until next week when I do my final shop of the year. I think I will buy some chicken and fish to try out first, then perhaps a little piggy...

This little piggy went to market,
this little piggy got smoked,
this little piggy begat rolled roast,
and this little piggy was well done,
and THIS little piggy went wee wee wee
all the way home because
we're fattening him for later ....[evil grin]

On Tuesday night Josh told Michelle he needed a beret by Thursday 6pm for his school concert. The recycle shops yielded nothing so at 2pm Thursday I made one from a black woolen jumper that someone accidently felted. I was fairly pleased with the results and later will give it a better head band so it can be worn with Tudor garb. While looking for a beret pattern I discovered some great felting lessons and have decided I will will give that a go with the wool from Michelle's sheep.

BTW I fiddled with the settings and comments are now working effectively.


  1. Some of you may be interested to know that it was I who shrank the woollen jumper. Mens large down to a children's size 6. If it doesn't go through the washing machine, it doesn't live in my house!

  2. I figured no one would ever wear such a warm jumper up here so a beret it became. Threadbanger has an excellent tutorial on how to felt a beret from scratch and it looks really easy! I am thinking the great thing about felting will be I only have to wash the wool once before I use it onstead of the tedious spinning and weaving process I would otherwise have to perform.

  3. Oh and Josh has a big head - it's the same size as mine.