I've been knitting madly again to keep busy during the Big Wait (seriously dragging now, but just one more day...) The idea for this little project began with a gift from a neighbour. And I've got to say, I've been blown away by the generosity of our french and english neighbours since we arrived a few weeks ago. We've had bags of beefy homegrown tomatoes, courgettes, small mirabelle plums, a box of melons and we've been lent piles of DVDs.
Our closest neighbour is even letting me use his WIFI, which means I don't always have to trek into town. Still I don't like to go too often - don't want to make him wish he'd never offered, and it does feel a bit awkward sitting outside his kitchen door with my laptop on my knee. I also have to take the kids...
Talking of the kids, a lovely local french family invited them for an afternoon swim in their pool the other day. It was a beautiful pool - on the side of a hill looking out over a valley of sunflowers, plum trees, corn and warm brown earth. They asked us to stay on and join them for a meal which was incredibly kind of them. I was plied with local wine, given divine little appetisers, and to top it all off, a freshly made truffle omelette. Just amazing. I've never tried truffle before - it was earthy, slightly sweet and maybe not as mushroomy as I was expecting. Now I really did enjoy it, but think it'll be the experience rather than the taste I'll remember.
It was such a magical evening; and the conversation almost flowed, because their english was a lot better than my french. Still it was frustrating not being able to express even a fraction of how grateful I was. There are only so many times you can say 'merci beaucoup'.
Instead I tried to say it with food, and made them a chocolate brownie cake.
ANYWAY, I'm drifting away from the point...the knitty idea sparked by this kind gift.
A large bundle of dried lavender from a lady who lives close by.
Now my thought process went something along the lines of:
Lavender bags? Good....
Knitted lavender hearts? Better...
Knitted lavender cake! Why ever not?
So that's what I did.
...stuffed with lavender and decorated with crocheted flowers.
Who wouldn't want a slice of cake in their drawers?