In addition to purchasing some yarn, I bought a yarn dyeing beginners kit, a book on hand dyeing and some undyed wool. A few summers ago I had a bash at dyeing some yarn using food colouring and apart from being a whole heap of fun, it was interesting to see the colour combinations forming as the yarn steeped in the basin. My interest now is another way of providing something handmade in the shop which does not require me being welded to a sewing machine day after day. In order to match any competitors I am basically working for peanuts and for very long hours too, often way past midnight and this is now taking a toil on my health. Yarn dyeing is a fairly easy way of making a unique product without taking up too much time, so some colour therapy is the order of the day over the next few weeks.
On Monday we had a trip to Blackpool for an educational assessment for Benedict. He worked through a series of tests in the morning and afternoon with a break for lunch. His assessor was a lovely, gentle teacher who was encouraging and caring. We are still awaiting her report but she initmated that, dyscalculia is indicated as well as one or two other issues. It is a relief to know that his difficulties are not due to my incompetent teaching or his unwillingness to learn! I am sure we will be using and paying for her input during this next school year, so that we can support Benedict in the best way possible.
After swimming and tea on Tuesday we had a visit from Aunty Maureen and Uncle Bryan and we picked our redcurrants. This year we picked 18lbs and 7oz! Plenty of Jam for us and some spare to share, Benedict has labelled the first batch with minecraft stickers!
I cannot remember what happened on Wednesday but on Thursday Dave had his physio appointment in Edinburgh, Benedict had a swim session with Shein and Pip was as usual at school. I worked in the loft room finishing some rabbits and embellishing a t-shirt for Pip with a cupcake design. The kids were great helping around the house with chores and tea:
The felt withstood a wool wash in the machine and the ribbon trim kept its shape too. I might offer something similar in the shop, as it is an easy way of individualising an otherwise plain t-shirt.
On Friday Benedict had another swim session, his third of the week and needless to say his water confidence has improved immeasureably. It is such an encouragment to see him coming away from those sessions with a smile on his face.
Today has been gloriously sunny and a good job too as Pip and her fellow rainbows had a pirate day in Silverdale. All day yesterday and through the night it rained, hard but the ground was dry by ten this morning and she had a fab time with her troop.
Raring to go and at the end...
... Pirate Pip completely pooped! Priceless!
Well that is me caught up and now off to bed x