I love making cords on the machine. first of all it gives me a reason to use my yarn -- as someone who doesn't knit, I manage to accumulate lots of gorgeous thick, colorful fibers. Can't help it. They follow me home. Adding thread to the cords gives it an additional layer of texture, color and possible sparkle. Trapping fibers in the stitch is fun, too. And, it is MINDLESS. Just sit and watch as a few irreverent fibers move forward and pass under the whirring needle, only to come out the other side as a strong and pretty cord. Yee-ha! Not much thinking involved, just doing. I need more of that! I think we all do.
Got caught up in the online request to sew pouches for baby joeys that are orphans in Australia due to the horrid wildfires. I collected a bunch of sheets and fabrics, and planned a sewing day with Judy, then got sick, and had to postpone. Judy continued though on her own -- what lucky joeys they will be to snuggle in her pouches! Within a few days, wildlife agencies in Australia begged for mercy from the worldwide crafting community as they were glutted with more handmade things than they could deal with. I still have plans to use the flannel I prepared for wildlife and pet shelters...maybe beds? Joey pouches once the hype dies down? Joes need a lot of pouches and I imagine that they will need more at some point. If not, I will make cat and small dog beds using a huge roll of poly batting that was sent my way from another dear friend last year, and I had no clue how to use. It is nice to do helpful things for our creatures -- I am so happy to see the world care about baby joeys, wallabees, and especially, the poor koalas. Heartbreaking over there.
Amidst the chaos of this week, something beautiful happened. Teddie's sister has arrived! Born on January 13th in the wee hours, she is safe and sound on this side of the veil. And she is just precious. A tiny pink nose, pudgy little seal pup body, glowing white fur. Perfect. Teddie has no idea what is coming her way in a few weeks (me either, really!) Judging by how excitedly she played with her brother Raphy last night, who was visiting from Pennsylvania, she needs a pal badly. She isn't getting enough playtime in and with the cold weather, I am not walking or running her enough. Baby Tessa will help with both of these things. Can't believe she will be here in a matter of months! I love watching her grow via photos, and wish I could hold her little self in my hands and kiss that tummy. Here is a sneak peek at the adorableness...
As I write this, Hapi is coughing. Making such a thick and robust coughing sound I think he is a smoker. Then I remember that he doesn't have lungs, and can't really cough like we do. I guess I have been coughing without realizing it and he is just giving me the playback. He is on a vocal roll this morning - have heard Indiana Jones theme, meows, a few calls of "Here Puppy!" and many other appropriate and inappropriate sounds. Followed by a sweet little "I love you" and "Hapi want treat?" Better get going or he will run out of things to say! Cheers.