During this long period of lockdown due to the coronavirus bug, most of usat some time have had to self-isolate, whether this has been for a few weeks, or as in my case, right up to the present moment!
As ever, the members of the general public have been asked what they havebeen doing to fill their time when they could not go out to work, or toattend social events, or simply just being able to visit a neighbour for acup of tea and a chat! And in most cases, the answers have been quite simple - people have taken up baking which perhaps they did not do before, or sewing or knitting, or redecorating their homes. And again, in most cases, these activities were very rarely tackled, or had probably not been done before at all!
So now we come to me! What did I get up to (and am still getting up to!)during this time? Well, I have been playing the piano now for more than seventy years, so started doing a bit more of that. Then, I have always been a knitter, and have quite a large stock of unused wool, so, yes, I started knitting again, but not sensible things like jumpers, or socks! Oh no! I decided to knit cuddly toys for children! To start off with, most of these were little teddy bears, which effectively were made up of forty-eight little squares sewn together (diamond fashion), and the faces, hands and feet were knitted in white to distinguish them from the rest, while the rest of each toy was made up of two different colours! This was huge fun...for a while...then I got bored (which I do rather easily) having knitted quite a few "mummy" teddies, then cut down the stitches used to form babies. While still knitting, I then turned to knitting octopuses - or octopi, to be more correct - and again, this was good fun, knitting them mainly in white wool, where their eight legs had black boots, coloured socks, then the remainder of the leg in white! They all had hats on (with pom-poms on top) as well as a scarf round each neck. Once again, I cut the number of stitches down and made baby octopi! Then I discovered a very simple pattern for caterpillars, so a couple of these got knitted........so now my couch is like a menagerie, totally covered in little knitted animal
What next? Well, I have always enjoyed writing little stories, and in
years gone by would add a little story at the end of the church magazine, ostensibly for the kids, but in all honesty, most of the readers were adults, who seemed to enjoy them. So I started writing again, creating new characters like Porridge-the-dog, and Blackie, a Scottish Terrier, and human characters like Davina (a tomboy)...then again after getting a wee bit bored with that, started writing little verses about anything and everything which popped into my head - be it things which were in the news, the weather, going out in the rain and so on, there now being seventy of these in my pending file!!
And this is still going on, and on, and on, and on.... And that - or
rather those are the things which I have been getting up to at this time!
How about you??