Listening to: a time shifted ‘Late Junction’ on iPlayer – the usual combination of interesting, eclectic, and sometimes downright bizarre music. And if there’s something that isn’t to my taste, something better will be along soon.
Reading: still ‘A Handful of Honey’ by Annie Hawes. Although it is not ostensibly a political book, I’m learning a lot about the politics of North Africa – as they were 8 years ago. I am shamefully ignorant, and need to research to find out more.
Watching: I’ve just watched the women’s World Championship road race, which was exciting, and had a worthy winner in Chantal Blaak. The relentless march of Dutch victories continues.
Making: the bouclé cowl is finished. Please overlook the mistakes. Bouclé is a bugger to knit at the best of times, and difficult to unknit. Black bouclé is even worse. Add aging eyes and stress and mistakes are to be expected, which I couldn’t face unpicking. Hopefully the worst will be hidden when it’s scrunched up round my neck.
I’d finished off a brayer-load of paint on this bit of the boring evenweave, so I added some organza ribbon and some running stitch to that.
The image at the top of this post is of an experimental sample from (I think) the Foundation Degree: hot glue on hand dye, with a rub of Treasure Wax. It looked like it needed some appliqué and running stitch as well, so that’s what it got.
And then I came across the ‘Stitch a Tree Project‘, and given the purpose (supporting refugees), and the local connections, I had to participate. So I’ve started a tree. I’ve used running and straight stitches, so it fits in with my sampling. I was thinking about the strength and resilience refugees must need, and tried to show the strength and resilience of a wind blown tree, but I’ve failed dismally, so I think I’ll have to make another one, when I’ve finished this.
Feeling: generally better. Things are making slow but steady progress, and all we can do is hope for the best.
Anticipating: the men’s road race tomorrow. After that – who knows?