So, having bought a wig stand and a stretchy turban as a basis…
The next step was to drape fabric around it. This is left over from the Regency dress, so it’ll match.
Now to begin stitching it all together (and hopefully not to the stand). I also found a little collection of sparkly bits which might work as decorations.
First up this year: grape jelly.
I finally got a good set after years of trying. I added the juice and rind of two oranges. Definitely helped the flavour too, but maybe a tad less ground cloves next time!
Rocco somewhat underwhelmed
Some years ago, I began crocheting squares from some cotton yarn from my stash. Squares are good to take on holiday, as they are small and you can just take a few at a time, but it also means the project progresses slowly… Anyway, I was getting near the end of the cotton, so it was time to decide what to make from the finished squares.
First, they had to be blocked, then pressed.
I ended up with 33, just the number for a shrug pattern I found. The photo below was taken on the bed while I was away in Cambridge – the whole project was still small enough to take in my rucksack!
The assembled shrug had to be blocked again after I had crocheted the squares together.
Here it is being worn as a shrug:
But the sleeves have buttons, so you can also wear it as a shawl…
…or a scarf!
Very adaptable! But do I store it with the wraps, the shrugs or the scarves??
I am spending a few days in Cambridge with a group called “Free to Believe”, studying Tom Holland’s book “Dominion”. This afternoon we had some free time, so I went for a stroll around Cambridge. In true Wheeler fashion, I wandered away from the bustle to the river, which was much more pleasant.
There were dog walkers, ducks, a heron and a couple of teenage swans. But I wasn’t expecting cows!
Well, the dress is finished; I still need to make a chemise to go underneath the stays, which go under the dress.
Then I can get even more creative and make a turban. Otherwise, I will have to wear my wig…
This week we had the second attempt at proving the pizza bases in the new proving oven:
It starts off quite flat, which is handy for storage.
The lid lifts up, then off, then the inside unfolds so you get a box.
It takes less than five minutes to get to 40°, during which time I make the pizza bases.
Next, the frame which Phil designed and 3D printed is unfolded, and the pizza bases stacked in it. We had to buy new trays because the old ones were too big!
Finally, the whole lot is lifted into the oven. I must say the contraption is much more stable than I feared. It’ll be interesting to see what it’s like with four pizzas!
Last year, some members of my dance group, Pastime, made a video pantomime. We had such fun we decided to do another video – this time with the theme “All at Sea”. Various people have done various bits and they will in due course be assembled into a whole by our tech wizard (not me!).
I have been filmed reciting a poem. Aniko added a background – in the final video, I am sitting in a boat!
Next, I am going to attempt to add some illustrations…
This has been a VERY steep learning curve!
Some of you may be able to guess which poem I was reciting…
As we get ready to pass our old trailer tent on to a new home, I feel very sad that an era has come to an end. I don’t feel ready to give up camping just yet:-(
But oh, what times we had!