Can you smell it? No: I guess not. Our Christmas pudding is safely tucked away, wrapped in greaseproof paper, in its white china bowl, after six hours of boiling on Friday afternoon. And if you too make a pudding, you'll know that with the stirring comes a wish: you mix it together with the oldest wooden spoon in your collection and you think about something nice.
|And as I'm mixing I'm thinking about weaving in all the ends...|
We had our something nice right there in front of us: our girl called round specially, just to stir. I wonder what she wished for? She has a washing machine in Studentland; so her wish probably wasn't the same as mine, which included a load of clean underwear and the innards of the washing machine removed from the kitchen table.
But that pudding worked fast! The postman brought the spare part first thing on Saturday morning; and before long, freshness reigned once again in the Fair household. That's our first first for the weekend. We (and I use that term loosely) have never fixed our own washing machine before.
|....and working my stretchy cast off again, so that I can fit it over my head...|
Riding high on a sweet smelling, sudsy tide of success, our patient decided that he felt up to a trip out, so I told him about a junk shop a friend had mentioned to me recently. Our second first! So close to home and we hadn't even realised it was there, and with all the perfect junk shop essentials: a winding brick alley with signs to follow before we found it, a must-have (but too large) piece to lust after right outside the entrance (a double sided school changing room bench), old sewing mahines, each with a story to tell..
..in the end we chose two chairs, probably from the old school round the corner, with scratched seats and chipped paint. Dare me to carve our initials on one? Or maybe you didn't do that at your school?
|....so that I can wear it out on Sunday afternoon (picture on instagram). Pattern is called Strokkur, by Ysolda Teague, on Ravelry, knitted in Istex Lett Lopi from Carreg Yarns|
Deb, Alexandra, Helena, Mitra, Mary-Lou, Ladkyis, Maggie, KraftyKaren and Karen made one last week. Go on, give 'em a wave! Good luck with your week!