I’m sorry that I haven’t picked-you up in a while. Like you, I’ve been counting the days and I’m aware that it’s now been a fortnight since we last got together. Please be assured that it’s not you, it’s most definitely me. And I can’t really explain why.
I know that this provides little comfort but I can assure you that it’s not an attempt to cover-up another reason. Please know that you have not been replaced. I have not suddenly developed a love for your one-needled cousin. You know that the only times I’ve picked up a crochet hook have been for embellishing the garments that we’ve created together and, if memory serves me correctly, we can count those on one hand.
Know also that the sewing machine has remained firmly in its case for the last few months – making only a brief appearance when lent to a friend over that weekend in March. So yes, this means that Son’s cushions are still uncovered, the trousers still legless and that beautiful blouse still in pieces. No, Cinderella isn’t going to the ball any time soon.
Nor have I picked-up my paint brushes. You know how frustrated and upset I get when I can’t paint as well as I’d like to. Water-colours aren’t as easy going as you are: They need dedicated time and space for preparation before brush even gets put onto paper. And although I confess to the odd thought of trying something of the paint-on-paper variety, a thought is all it’s remained.
Since you’re here, sharing the room with me as I type, I know that you can also smell the spicy, fruit buns that I’ve just taken out of the oven. (And since you can count as well as I can, you’ll note that this baker is minus one from her dozen. Let’s call it “research”.) But I know that you’re not bothered by any of my cake-related adventures because you know that some of my happiest times are when I’m sharing the fruits of the oven with my knitting friends. Baking and knitting are entirely compatible.
So, who knows, perhaps tonight will be the night when, after icing my buns and making a nice cup of tea, we’ll spend some time together? I leave you to decide on which project we start.