Something bad that is called good out of politeness or timidity.
OriginThe origin of the phrase is the George du Maurier cartoon "True Humility", printed in the British satirical magazine Punch, on 9th November 1895. The cartoon gives fuller insight into its meaning, which relies to some extent on an appreciation of irony.
Right Reverend Host. "I’m afraid you’ve got a bad Egg, Mr. Jones!"
The Curate. "Oh no, my Lord, I assure you! Parts of it are excellect!"
We use this term quite a lot in my family being avid readers of Punch. (Library collections are great are they not?)
I had a rather disappointing Friday at work so I was glad to wake up to a new day, new possibilities. The kids had a good sleep and swimming lessons went well.
I ventured out to Mt Eden to see a lady who is going to teach me how to felt. She was displaying her wares at a craft fair - some lovely stuff - and it was exciting to see what we're going to be making. Parking is an abomination though. It took me 20 minutes to find one a block away. Not really what I wanted when I have Mr6 and Miss-I-can't-walk-my-legs-hurt-carry-me 3. We returned home via Nosh having picked up a few items of a foodie nature for lunch.
So far so good.
Then Mr6 remembered he had an Important Notice in his school bag and brought it out to me. According to this he is either below or well below the National Standards for reading, writing and maths. I knew he was struggling with reading and we've been working on that but it looks like everything else is an issue as well. I find it so disheartening and wonder what I did wrong. Should I have had children earlier? Should I have not gone back to work and put him daycare? Did I drink to much coffee when he was in utero? The report has things parents can do to help and I am happy to try and do these (already do some) ... but when I have no idea. My melodramatic streak thinks I should just pack up all my craft stuff and give it up for the next few years since I won't have any time to do it at all. I half expect I shall have to give up work but having signed a 3 semester contract I don't think that's a possibility. We see the teacher on Thursday. I hope to find out what the school is doing about it. It doesn't help my attitude when I find spelling mistakes in the report they sent home. I just don't know what to do. Should we send him to a special school? Get him extra lessons? How is all this supposed to happen when I work 9-5?!
So. Feeling sorry for myself.
I tried to fix my felted slippers and managed to shrink them so much they are now too small! I will either have to give them to someone else or turn them into a pin cushion. I did have some success in making some for the kids though.
Here is one for Mr6 before it got felted. Looks like a Yeti foot!
Here it is being felted.
Here are the products I made.
I will need to edge stitch the children's slippers and may decorate them a bit. As you see I made a scarf/collar as well. I have every book out of MPOW's library on felting and have been looking at Youtube tutorials too so decided to give a simple scarf a go. This is the series I used as instruction... this particular one has the order of the tutorials in the comments. The one we're going to do in the class is much more complex using some different fibres, silk - even has a pocket!
I didn't realise how much shrinkage would occur so it could have been a bit longer, but that is all part of the learning process!
Looking forward to my dinner and trying not to stress about things.