e are, I have to admit, a fairly crafty family. I love anything yarn and fibre related and baking. My mum’s specialty is her painting, both landscapes and botanical, which she exhibits and sells in local exhibitions in North Wales. She’s also a dab hand on the sewing machine with home decor and, whilst I was growing up, dressmaking.
Both my Grandparents, no longer with us, from my mum’s side, painted, mostly landscapes of the North Wales mountains, seascapes and I seem to remember boats; they were both sailors.
My mum’s sister seems to have amassed the largest quantity of the crafty genes. She draws, paints with ink, water colour and oil. She knits and does anything else fibre related. She loves a course to learn a new skill.
And she also throws pots, has a potter’s wheel and her OWN KILN in her garden!!
I am the happy possessor of two of her pots. First a much loved black glazed salt pig, which sits beside my stove in daily use and now a yarn bowl!
Isn’t it beautiful? It has a lovely bright yellow glaze to the inside which contrasts wonderfully with the bare clay of the outside of the bowl.
Last night I cast on some fingerless gloves, Beira, a pattern found on Ravelry.
The yarn is a sock yarn skein I picked up at Yarndale last summer.
There are subtle colour intensity differences in the yarn so I was after a pattern for a single skein with something going on for a bit of a challenge, but a change from my usual socks.
My hand wound yarn ball unravels so smoothly in it’s yellow glazed bowl. No tugging or fetching of yarn ball required as it unravels across the floor towards the cat!
My Christmas gift, in exchange, was a needle case. My Aunty Sarah seemed to love it, especially when she opened it to find needles of every variety, for any fibre medium, inside; all in one place. Something I can really relate to!
I think I got the far better side of the deal, don’t you?
Love, Lucie xx