Stockings and tit mice and Conductor 71….

weeny red stocking with red stars

I’m just finishing off a few last minute stockings for Clutter City tomorrow, I find it easier to sew the linings in by hand and tend to wait til there’s half a dozen or so stockings to sew in one one session, these all get piled into a basket then I sit and watch a Christmas movie or a black and white film, all the while trying not to drop pins on the carpet…..and budging Bernard away from what I’m ding….

green weeny sized stocking with blue ribbon

I’m really pleased with how these little stockings have turned out, especially the ones where I get to incorporate the original blanket stitching around the top of the stockings….sometimes keeping it simple works best and while I’m all for a little bit of pom pom trim, there’s something about the pared down stockings that makes me so happy when I see a pile of them all piled up around me.

I needed to go into town yesterday and it was so busy, I just felt so overwhelmed with the noise, people, gaudiness and buy buy buy what was going on….I didn’t need to buy much, but it still took me all day.Β  I was just happy to finally get the key in the door and get indoors, kettle on, squeeze and cuddle with Bernard, and then some quiet time knitting on the sofa before getting tea ready.

purple bird hot water bottle cosy

Along with finishing up the stockings I’ve also finished some more hot water bottles, like the stockings there’s a selection in my Folksy shop.Β  I don’t often make purple things but I had some dyed blanket left over from when I used to make fragrant bunnies (the bunnies were purple with lavender embroidery on their tummies and then they were filled with lavender and linseed)…..I’ve actually found some woolly templates for what looked like the start of my own little bunny warren that I’d all cut out and began embroidering but hadn’t finished sewing up so fingers crossed I’ll have them all ready for the start of the new year. (both the lavender and rose smell so nice and they look pretty tucked into drawers or under your pillow).

 

green hot water bottle cosie with brown bird applique

This was probably my favorite of the latest batch of cosies, I really liked the brown and green together and if it doesn’t sell this weekend may very well find itself tucked beneath my bed covers Saturday night…..it makes me think of the little brown birds we get in our garden, the sparrows and dunnocks that aren’t are flashily coloured as the chaffinches or tits but which can still keep me entertained for hours as I sit and watch them hop about under the raspberries or on the feeders.

I had some laundry to put out this morning and kept hearing the squeekiest chirp noise, I looked up at the big sycamore tree which overlooks our garden and the branches were filled with a right banditry of tit-mice..then about half of them flittered over the fence and balanced themselves on the raspberry canes, bird feeders and apple trees…one brave little fellow perched on the washing line and chirped at me with all his might…I’d put plenty of food out this morning so I don’t think it was a request for more, perhaps compliments to the chef….these are my favourite bird and it’s always so lovely to see them in the garden as Long tailed tits are nearly always in groups of at least half a dozen…..their colouring is so gorgeous all chalky powder white with rose tints and grey and black flecks of fluff…I can’t help but think of the powdered mice from Beatrice Potter books when I see them…or Conductor 71 from A Matter of Life and Death……(while David Niven is all dapper and charm, it’s Marius Goring who I really adore…)

The Clutter City fair is on tomorrow (Saturday 12th December) from 11 til 4 at Norwich Arts Centre on St Benedicts Street.

As I mentioned the other day there’s 10% off if you tell me the magic word*

(*the fluffiest, sleepiest, trumpety trumpster in the whole wide world)

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11 thoughts on “Stockings and tit mice and Conductor 71….

    1. I had a bit of a lay in today, I din’t set the alarm and slept through til 6.30 (which is late for me), napped for another half an hour til Bernard needed breakfast so I made a cup of tea then went back to bed, and fell back asleep…woke to find my book on my face and a cat purry cat on my chest….the fair was a bit chaotic and I had a nice day, but I’m glad they’re now all over with for this year x

      1. Thank you Sharon, things are all a bit fraught as our darling boy had to go to the vets yesterday and they’ve kept him in overnight so they can operate first thing today… so a very fretful and restless night was had. Beasically he’s had a lump come up under his pads on a front paw so the vet is going to remove it. Of course Bernard was a complete flirt on the bus and at the coffee shop and I left him daintily eating treats out of the hand of a cute little nurse.

      2. Oh Ericka, so sorry to hear about Bernard, I hope all goes well today! It sounds as though he is in good hands πŸ™‚ We have got one of those worrying days too as mother-in-law had to go into hospital this morning with chest pains and my nephew gets the results of a biopsy of a lump in his lymph nodes! I hope and pray all goes well your end and mine :-)nx

      3. Hi Sharon, I really do hope your nephews test results weren’t anything to worry about and that your mother in law is all okay too, my best wishes and kind thoughts are being sent their way.
        His lord and master is all home,safe and sound… and is so perky, he had a nice cuddly night but is somewhat horrifed to know he has to use indoor faciliites until Friday.

      4. Glad Bernard is doing alright. Mother-in-law back home thanks. My Nephew’s biopsy results were atypical but after three microbiologists studying it they still don’t know what it is, so the poor kid has got to have another op on Friday to take another sample and then there will be another five weeks of waiting for them to test it!

      5. I’m so glad to hear your mother-in-law is home and hope it wasn’t anything too serious, your husband must be so worried about his mum….and your poor little nephew, getting pulled about and then no-one knowing what it is is so miserable…is he very old? SOmetimes it feels like it never rains but it pours : (

      6. Yes, his poor Mum is really struggling, the waiting is so hard. Mother-in-law is improving thanks, I think they do hope to come down over Christmas if she is well enough. I have my Mum with us Christmas day too. I hope you have a lovely Christmas. xx

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