Hello, it's been a long time.
Remember me? Motorbike riding, housebunny loving, happily married person who blogged about crafts on a blog called TartyCrafty?
Quite a lot has happened in five years.
Well the husband traded me in for a younger, thinner model in 2010. I don't need to mention that again. I sold the motorbike when I realised it had become the world's most expensive garage ornament. I still live in the same house, only now due to building work it's unrecognisable. What was a very small lounge and a garage is now a bigger lounge diner, complete with an alcove with proper lighting and natural daylight in which I can craft to my heart's content. I still work in the same profession, social housing, and can't imagine doing anything else.
Once I became happily single and comfortable with my state, I hooked up with a very old friend and it was a marvellous thing to do. We got engaged last year and are looking forward to getting married once we get around to organising a) a date and b) the sort of wedding we want. We took up narrowboating last year and have some plans for the future in that direction.
After the events of 2010 I didn't do anything crafty for about a year. As my happiness returned, so did the urge to make things. First I started knitting, then quilting again. Then a very good friend talked me into coming to some cardmaking classes. Now I'm back in the groove. Actually I've just finished knitting a shawl, Ysolda Teague's Follow Your Arrow mystery knitalong on Ravelry, gifted to me by my friend KT who definitely restored my knitting mojo. Thanks KT!
Here's a photo:
And here's another one:
As much as I love the colour in the first photo the second is more as it appears in real life. Sadly not a good colour on me, but I have a friend it will be perfect for. The yarn is Madeleine Tosh Merino Light, in the colour "Candlewick".
Honestly, if Ysolda ever does this again, I will be the first in the queue. Every week for five weeks you got a clue. I found myself stalking the email inbox every Monday morning. But it wasn't just one clue. Oh no, that would have been way too simple. Every Clue had two options, so the finished article had 32 different possibilities. How clever is that?
So yesterday I found myself re-reading the old blog (after all, it was sensible to keep a copy). It was such a record of my life and my crafty endeavours and it put me in touch with so many lovely people it gave me a real pang. And I suddenly missed it. It is, in all honesty, rather nice to have an online voice again.