‘If elephants didn’t exist, you couldn’t invent one.’*

You may recall, if you’ve been paying attention and haven’t completely tuned out during my current and ongoing blogging ‘dry spell’, that I’ve been turning my attention to tapestry of late – easy tapestry, just right for relaxing on the sofa and forgetting everything else. Hoorah for such pastimes! You may even have been wondering how it’s been coming along. Well, I’ll show you:

I know, I'm a tease. Not a single whole elephant in sight. But aren't the colours lovely?

I know, I’m a tease. Not a single whole elephant in sight. But aren’t the colours lovely?

When I gave you a sneak preview, back in January, my progress with this great little kit from Nipper and Tyke looked like this:

Definitely elephants, but a way to go yet.

Definitely elephants, but a way to go yet.

In no time at all, I was basically there:

Phew for being right with my 'getting it centred' measurements!

Phew for being right with my ‘getting it centred’ measurements!

The kit came with everything I needed and, apart from one small mistake in the pattern – what can I say, I have eagle editorial eyes! – it was all very straightforward to follow.

The next thing, of course, is to get it framed. At the moment, I’m thinking either a frame that goes right to the edge of the yellow border and no glass, or one of those cardboard frame inserts to the edge of the yellow border and then a bigger frame. I need to look into this properly, as I’m not sure where to start at the moment. I just know that the blank canvas areas need to be hidden – the weave is huge and looks a bit unsightly to say the least. So when I have a moment…

In the meantime, I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out:

Ready for framing.

Ready for framing.

In case you’re wondering if that’s all I’ve been up to since January, the truth is ‘almost’ – although I have been knitting a very easy scarf with some of my lovely new birthday needles… slowly. More on that another time. I’m actually enjoying the slower pace – for once I’m managing to go with the flow a bit (and for those of you who know me of old, you’ll know this is distinctly unusual!). Om…

And now I’ll leave you with one last tusky shot, and a quote. If you know who said this one off the top of your head, hats off to you!

'I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.' Go on then. Who said that?

‘I have a memory like an elephant. In fact, elephants often consult me.’ Go on then. Who said that?

* The quote in this post’s title is from Lyall Watson, a South African zoologist, among other things. And, of course, if elephants didn’t exist, it would be pretty tricky to stitch one, too!

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