Monday, January 30, 2012

Poncho Production

This is a poncho I crochet-ed up for Ruhi.  I found this lovely pattern at the website Le Monde de Sucrette, written by a generous and super-talented crocheter and artist named Angie.

Ruhi's poncho turned out so cute, I did another one for Cousin Isha.  And right now, I'm halfway through another one for Cousin Amiya.

Since then, I have received many compliments.  I've also been told I should get this done for sale.  In fact, I have already received custom orders.

So I guess you know what I shall be busy with the next few weeks...

A fellow jewelry artisan friend of mine has suggested I exhibit at an artisans' fair at Clapham High Street.  I told her I'll have to see how fast the crocheting can get... ;)

Truth be told, I experimented with another poncho style, for an adult, in a lovely aran wool blend in a graphite hue - a significantly more sane colour scheme. ;)

It turned out so super gorgeous, I gifted it to my sister-in-law.  I have no pics of that one. But I do have a custom order from her friend who saw her in it... ;D

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Common Sights

This is Wimbledon Common.  And I have a love-hate relationship with it.  Here's why...

I have to walk across it 4 times a day.  Twice in the morning to take Ruhi to school, and twice in the afternoon to pick her up.  Each way is about 10 minutes' brisk walking.  Which makes it about 40 minutes' brisk walking for me every day.  And you know how I hate Exercise.  The thought of having to wake up at 6.30am and gear up for the cold walk across leaves ugly dents on my already-fragile psyche sometimes...

It's a Common.  A lot unlike a Park, I soon found out.  When I was told I had to walk across a park as part of the school run, I was thinking Singapore Botanic Gardens, manicured bushes, nicely trimmed grassy areas, pretty little dogs on leashes... So the Common was a bit of a nasty shock, with it's overgrowth, kept in check only by posh folk trundling about in appropriately grubby wellies, and their numerous over-sized and/or over-exuberant canine companions -- unleashed.  Indeed, a very different world.

But after a few exhausting treks, I discovered these:

And so, every single day, I fall in love -- all over again -- with the Common. :)

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Life Changes

I have fallen painfully off the blog-writing wagon.

How sad is it, that I have had only one post in January, and in this second one, I'm rambling on with no particular thing to say, except that I have had only one post in January so far... Argh.

Maybe it's because I am just so goddamned busy doing all sorts of other stuff.  Like the massive school run, the keeping clean of a relatively massive Wimbledon house (I say "relatively", compared to my lovely itty-bitty one in Singapore), the constant cooking-in (as opposed to the frequent eat-outs in Singapore)...

I've even practically disappeared from Facebook...

In between my physical labour, emotional doldrum, entertaining a few friends, essential jewelry crafting and compulsive crocheting, I make Earl Grey tea, with a splodge of milk...

I have also since discovered the benefits of a seriously big breakfast.  In it, there MUST be 2 eggs, in any fashion.  I have also become highly dependent on my fish oil supplements.  If I don't start my day with my 2 eggs and fish oils, I cannot function properly.  In which case, I listen to the theme to Hawaii Five-O.  That always gets me going...

Super day, everyone! ;)