i am writing this post with a lapful of sleeping infant
fulfilling my grandmotherly duties because
my soft-hearted Eldest performed a rescue at the local ag show yesterday
[that's a 'fair', for North American readers]
but as she's working interstate this week
and can't possibly get the documents required when transporting livestock
i have volunteered to mind the baby
i don't know why the picture is upside down
you can see how charming she is
i'm also very proud because my son-in-law
came first in his class of the Speed Shearing
and was also awarded a trophy for Best Butt on the Board
...yes, dear reader, there is such a thing.
all the shearers line up with their backs to the audience
and take a bow.
Rangi's posterior was judged the prettiest.
but enough giggling, back to the matter at hand.
if you recall
we had left the pouch and stone
bundled and redyed
hanging to dry
with a stone inside to keep the shape
the straps turned out just as i had hoped
and the pouch was quite sweet
[seen here with magnifying glass on an extra strap]
but clearly there was still room for improvement
so i gathered up a few useful bits
and a small bead tray
[my cats love me for buying these special beading trays]
and began to play
here's a closer view
and here's the key to all the bits
and where they are from
i'm not entirely sure i have quite finished
it is such a joy to stitch on felt
which has good body
and in which loose ends can be so nicely hidden
it is also a very good sign
when i get excited by new teaching ideas
and can't put them down myself
could go rather well together too
and now i'd better prepare a bottle for the baby.
it was quite cold and limp yesterday
and had to sit on its great-grandmother's lap for some
now it has a voracious appetite.