Back in town

For a little while, anyway.. Just enough time to let you know I’m still alive, upload a bunch of photos and write a few posts 🙂
The past week or so I’ve been staying with my grandmother. The plan was to help out with a lot of gardening and stuff, and to paint all the garden furniture white (we’re tired of a very boring green), but the weather’s been bad most days, so very little of this has actually been done :/ On Tuesday we did manage to dig up some stone tiles across the lawn that just didn’t look good anymore. I carried the tiles away and used them to make a path and a small step up to my gran’s new tool shed. Bollan and Glyptodon tried to reach the door, but even together they are a bit too short. Fortunately my grandmother is a little taller 🙂
Carrying all those tiles were hard work, and the next day I was so stiff and sore all over I could barely move! But the work was worth it. We dug up a new flowerbed and used the turf to fill in the gaps from the stone tiles, and voila – the lawn is all pretty again AND my gran has a new place to put even more flowers 🙂
Then it was rainy again for several days, until Sunday and yesterday, when I could finally start painting a couple of garden benches. There are lots more to paint, so I’ll have work to do all weekend when I’m not preparing for the fair. Have I told you about that? Hm.. Well, it’s a fair. Don’t know what else to call it. There will be food and drink to buy, an art exhibit by local people (paintings, sculpture and photography), crafty people selling their stuff, and there will be some entertainment. Among other things there’ll be a play, which I have two different parts in. Very scary. Thankfully we’re not supposed to speak, because everything’s been recorded beforehand 🙂 Most of this will happen outside at the harbor on Sunday (want to keep some privacy, so I won’t tell you excactly where it is – it’s where I come from and it’s a pretty small place). Since I haven’t been outside much I’ve had plenty of time to finish the stuff I’m going to sell at the fair 🙂 Here it is:
I don’t count on selling all these things, but it’s good to be prepared 🙂 I have have so many different things that even if I only sell one of each, I’ll still be half-way to a new laptop! Yay 😀 Tomorrow afternoon I’m going back to my grandmother’s again and I probably won’t return to civilization until the fair is done on Sunday evening…

Freezing!

Got back to the apartment today, and it was just over 3 degrees Celsius inside! No time to unpack, just to turn all the heating on, and then I curled up under a pile of blankets, with hot water bottles (yes, plural!) and tea. Lit lots of candles and had a very quick dinner, and now I plan to stay in my chair until bedtime 🙂 Poor Glyptodon had to rest on a hot water bottle, he was so cold. I still have both my alpaca hat and wristwarmers on, and I have trouble typing… It was actually warmer in the fridge! Now, a few hours later it’s almost 8 degrees, practically summer :p

I’m looking forward to tomorrow, hopefully the apartment will have warmed up a bit more, and I’m going to buy lots of new school books. Always the most fun part of the semester 🙂By the way, this is what it looks like when I go back from a holiday.

To start with, I pack very little yarn, a few balls only, because I know what I’ll end up with… The strange thing is that I rarely need to buy colors that I know I already have, so I don’t end up with several balls of colors that I use very little of. Quite practical 🙂

I’m dreaming…

Last night it started to snow, and today it was two inches of snow most places 🙂 Could it be? Will we have a white Christmas this year? That hasn’t happened for twenty years, if I remember correctly. If it snows at all before Christmas it always melts away after a day or two. Usually it rains a little :/ Here is my grandmother’s garden covered in snow for once:
Of course the snow had to be tested! Glyptodon put on his new scarf that I crocheted for him, Bollan put on her knitted vest (made last year by my mother), and they went out to play in the snow 🙂 They wanted to make a snowman, but it was so cold they ran back inside right after we took this picture:

Owlet keychains and a scarf in the making

I have finally gotten around to buying some new key rings after the last ones disappeared, and four owlet keychains/bag charms are now finished. Tada!
I have about four more waiting to get done, but they will have to wait a little longer. Last night I started this crocheted scarf, because I wanted to make something so easy I didn’t have to think or count :p Right now it’s about 25cm wide, but I plan on felting it, and hopefully it will stay human-sized and not shrink too much 🙂 It’s crocheted with one strand of  pure wool yarn (different shades of brown to make stripes) and one strand of white mohair.
I planned on giving the scarf away for Christmas, but now it looks like our new friend has claimed it as his own. I can’t blame him, though, he barely survived the last ice age, so he wants to be prepared for the next one! You just have to love him 🙂