Sunday, September 14, 2008

when I grow up, I want to be...

I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up! I'd love to go back to primary school, but as a pupil, rather than a teacher.

From what I remember, primary school meants hours of painiting and lots of singing. I didn't have any talent for either, but I put plenty of passion into them! At home I did more of the same, plus lots of reading. I presume there were other lessons, but they've not left any impression.

In fact, the only lesson I do remember was one we had to do when I was 10 years old, one that I thought was pointless. We used a textbook of some sort, that had little snippets of information about various animals. Then we were told to write about otters and draw a picture. I asked if there were other books we could look at, and was told there weren't. So the lesson was simply a "copy out or paraphrase" one: so disappointing, as I thought the otters sounded wonderful and I wanted to know more. (I think my mother, too, needs to take some of the credit here, the first film she took me to see was Ring of Bright Water). Since then I've read many books on otters. But I've still never seen a real one.

So just imagine my envy when I discovered this whilst blog-hopping this morning! I love my own life but am feeling a wee bit envious...

But back to primary school. I've decided that this autumn is going to be full of colour. I've enrolled on an experimental textiles course, every Thursday evening. (We've been screen printing: beats potato printing!) And I spent yesterday skeining up over a mile of assorted yarns to dye (white Sublime merino DK, some creamy-yellow Adriafil angora, Kidsilk Haze in pale apricot/green blend) and am about to do more. I've also got a good quantity of Cascade 220 which is already in hanks, but I think I'd better put some extra ties in it...

Graham's away until tomorrow so I'm turning the kitchen into primary school. I shall sing, I shall paint my yarn and whilst there isn't an otter for company, I do have a wonderful cat! And I'm going to be joined for some of the time by a pig wot knits(though I think I'll limit the singing whilst Bekki's around, my voice is all cracked and rusty these days).

6 comments:

picperfic said...

oooh what fun! I recommend the Mamma Mia soundtrack!

Daisy said...

That sounds like so much fun!!

Pig wot flies said...

It was! Thanks Rosie!

Francesca said...

That baby otter is too cute for words.
Hey, you are not alone in your quest for what to do when you grow up. I still haven't figured it out either.

Alison Boon said...

Loved Winifred. When I grow up i'm going to retire.

Heather said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! Looking forward to seeing your experimental textiles stuff - really exciting!