Have you wondered where I've been? I've missed you all!
Gosh, the last few weeks have been hectic - not that I have much to show for it, but there just seems to have been 'stuff' - you know..
Anyway, I was visiting my mother a few weeks ago, and took some photos while I was there. I've been trying to get around to writing this post ever since.
Let me introduce you to my mother.
What I would like to ask is - do you think that the desire/passion/addiction/obsession to craft is a genetic thing?
Like, some of us have the 'gene' and others don't?
I think it must be the case.
I got it. One of my sisters got it. Two of them didn't. My mother definitely has it.
My best friend certainly does NOT have it. (she does, however, have lots of other wonderful qualities, and it's probably good that only one of us is up to our eyeballs in creative havoc)
So, my mother passed down the gene to me.
This is mum was working on while I was visiting. A crochet blanket.
I am really trying to convince her that it would look so much better at my house. ;)
This is the progress so far.
Ever since I can remember, my mum has been working away on something.
Years ago she used to knit the most brilliant Aran jumpers (sweaters, to some of you). You know, like the big, thick fisherman's jumpers with all the fancy cable work. In fact, the more intricate, the more she liked it.
Just like to point out, that I didn't get the knitting gene.
She could knit one of those in a couple of days. I am in awe of that.
And when it comes to crochet, she blows me out of the water. Well and truly.
Some of mum's crochet bits and pieces.
She has made the most beautiful patchwork quilts and cushions, made shadow applique curtains, tatted, did a course in machine knitting (which was an absolute obsession for some years) amongst numerous other things, but knitting and crochet have always been the big ones.
I didn't manage to get photos of the quilts this time.
Sorry. Maybe next time.
And this was mum's attempt at tatting. I don't think she did much else with it - I think she just wanted to give it a try. I haven't tried it, but it sure looks like it needs a lot of patience.
Picture isn't too good - you don't get to see the proper detail unfortunately.
So how about you?
Did you inherit the 'craft gene'?
Oh, and I did get a photo of this while I was there.
This is one of my own paintings, of a street in Tuscany. It was one of the few paintings I did that I actually had hanging on my own wall.
But, mum loved it and I ended up giving it to her for her birthday some years ago.
(Do you think that could earn me the brownie points to get the crochet blanket?)
Anyways, sorry to have left you for so long.