Our friend Patricia, who I made a cowl for a few weeks ago, came to Canberra to visit this weekend to double check I survived the ordeal of the last few months (she was pleasantly surprised). It was a good excuse to do some touring around the region, even though Pat and I both moved here from North Queensland in 1991 and she only moved away 5 years ago.
But still - any excuse.
We headed to a little town called Gundaroo for lunch at Grazing. It's our favourite place for lunch - the food is beautiful and the atmosphere relaxed. We always go to visit the chef's garden out the back before hopping back in the car to drive home again.
Did I mention the food? This is the parfait, and it tastes just like a Dutch delicatessan smells, all almondy and cinnamony and spicy.
When Patricia arrived earlier in the day, I presented her with another scarf I had made her. The pattern is Solveig by EclatDuSoleil (Ravelled here). It's a crocheted baktus shawlette, worked from one side to the other and then a ruffled edge is crocheted on. It's all done in one piece, and you know what that means? Only two ends to weave in. Bonus.
I was ambivalent about the ruffled edge when I started it, not being much of a ruffly person, but once it started to form I was hooked (ha ha). The yarn is hand dyed Fibrewebs Merino Silk in a luscious eggplant colour. I bought a couple of skeins of it from Carrie before she sold it at our July market stall last year. So glad I did. I love this yarn. I could marry it except I doubt it would make me cups of tea after dinner like the current
I love making things for people who I love who I know are going to appreciate it. I've been making Patricia scarves and neckwarmers for years and she still wears them all. My sister-in-law sent me a photo yesterday of my baby nephew in his pram covered in the rainbow ripple blanket I crocheted his older brother back in 2007. Being a quilter and a crocheter, I get the chance to keep people warm, and that's a really nice feeling.