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Rejection: degrading? grounding? just life?

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I read a blog post today that made me think about how being rejected helps to shape you as an individual. Unfortunately that post did not allow comment, thus my musings here.  It spoke not of romantic rejection but of the rejection of a personal creation.  In that instance it was something turned down by a publisher.

Luckily I have not suffered the same rejection, I have only dabbled when writing. I have had the odd letter published in newspapers and when I was in my 20’s I wrote to a magazine with my views on infertility wishing to remain anonymous.  When asked by that magazine to be named I turned it down and thus rejected them.  At the time remaining nameless was absolutely necessary for me.

I have encountered job rejection, though not too recently. When younger, I moved on quickly and easily.  As I got older it took longer to get over it but eventually one does and often it can lead to something better.

I had my fair share of romantic rejection in the long and distant past (who didn’t?).  At times I thought my love life would be over forever (woe oh woe!). I kissed a few frogs before finding my prince unexpectedly, and we are still together many, many moons later.

I had never particularly thought of having something I’d made (or created) being rejected. Yes, I have knitted, sewn, painted things for Table Sales or for gifts.  Some things haven’t sold and I understand others weren’t as appreciated as I hoped they would be.  I guess you could of call those as being ‘rejected’. In fact sometimes the things I loved most were the things others didn’t like at all!

Rejection is part of life.  It happens to us all.  It’s how we deal with it that makes and shapes us.  Family, friends and a strong word to oneself helps.  There is no time limit to picking yourself up and feeling better.  It’s understanding why it happened and how you get past it.  It’s embracing the new opportunity you have been given.  It is a lesson to be learned at any stage, at any age.  We can all flourish after rejection.

 

 

 

 

 

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No 1 Knit Top Down, More NaKniCromo and Calorie Free Doughnuts too!

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Busy few days. Inspired by https://shirleycyeung.wordpress.com/  amongst others I have started by first top down knitted item and I LOVE IT ! Having tried once before and failed badly, I choose small, a new baby project from Ravelry.com –  All-In-One Sleeveless Baby Top (6 months) & (9 – 12 months) by marianna mel    With a little help from a YouTube video on understanding construction I totally get it now.

Here’s a little bit of my progress.  topdown2It’s small but more projects going on at the same time.

 

 

 

 

 

I have also finished another baby top – bottom up construction – needs a little steaming and a button, not as pleased with the button band as I should be, hopefully that will steam out a little.

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NaKniCromo on Ravelry.com – it’s take a lot of thinking about my dream project (Day 16) – not sure I have just one, just an image of several.  I guess premium yarns, dreams to knit without hiccups, perhaps at least one repeat of an item knit a few years ago. Oh, and of course, the price of the wool would be irrelevant or it would have been free!

Day 17 – Dream Tools – I favour Knit Pro Symfonie needles, rainbows even when knitting with boring yarn!  Day 18 – Technique I would like to master – I would like to be more adventurous with cables, though at the moment I have so much I want to knit that I choose more simple patterns that seem a lot quicker than the fantastic complicated cables I drawl over. Day 19 – More Yarn or Less yarn – More yarn, always more yarn of course. I am working on reducing my stash, whether knitting it or selling some to buy more.

Day 20 – Today – Favourite Tip or Trick – It’s ok to rip something back, don’t consider it wasted time, consider it a learning curve.  Also, mattress stitch, once learned I have never gone back to running stitch or oversewing seams.

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And a little sewing – remember the last post – beige and pink circles with sewing pins. They turned into these doughnuts! And now they are available to purchase at a little lovely cafe, The Teashop at Downe, Kent.  I hope customers popping by for a tea and cake will fancy taking a Calorie Free/Sugar Free cake home for later!

So as you see, a busy few days here.

 

 

Sunshine, Knitting and a Mermaid!

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Sometimes we are lucky enough to enjoy a few days extra sunshine in September, a bit like an extended summer. Last week was glorious nearly every day – and living inland frustrates me. I was born and brought up at the seaside in Hastings in East Sussex, though not lived there for many years.  I left and moved to Westcliff on Sea in Essex (for love!), that’s a few years ago.  Now I live in Kent, away from any coast.  I regularly need a ‘seaside fix’ to keep me sane.

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Last week I took a trip to see the sea at Whitstable, one of my favourite seaside places (if you follow my blog you will have seen beach huts and views along with me). A stroll along from Tankerton, a meander through Whitstable town, a little sit down on the stones with my knitting – how perfect to enjoy the peace and the vista! I sipped a cappuccino whilst looking at tethered boats and I admired a mermaid at Harbour Market. http://harbourmarketwhitstable.co.uk/

 

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I even saw a mermaid!  This is handknitted and crocheted and is attached to a fabulous wall of caged stones at Harbour Market. I am guessing it was put there but local knitty artists.  The wall itself contains some artwork on stones from the local community.  It’s really interesting to take a look but difficult (or nigh on impossible) to take a good photo of the stones.  It’s a fabulous place to stop off and watch the world go by.

Anyone else enjoying the last few days of an Indian Summer?

A quick knit to encourage me with other projects and no more cake!

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It’s been a while since I posted on here – oops!  There went one of my New Year Enthusiasms (remember the first weeks of January, having all those good intentions (resolutions) to have a better/more efficient year?!) I have been tied up with summer goings on and generally not very enthusiastic about crafting.  I did pick up a couple of WIPS but made mistakes so put them down again.  I took knitting to my weekly craft club (when not away on holiday), chatted, ate cake, knitted a few rows ….. then afterwards at home realised I’d knitted wrong, undid the rows again and bemoaned the fact I’d blown my sensible eating diet.  On reflection, I think I needed the company of friends rather than knitting time, obviously sometimes the two don’t mix!

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So, a new month, new intentions, (another) new project.  Rico Creative Melange.

I have enough yarn to last me until I am about 120 years old, or so it seems.  I decided to root through my stash and cast on a chunky project with the idea that a quick knit might be finished speedily giving me so much satisfaction that I might want to pick up one or two WIPs and finish them too. I am a serial project starter.  I love the beginning of new projects!

I have also banned myself from eating cake again until (at least) this has been finished.  Two goals!  Watch this space …

Crafting Q & A

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It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I have the blues.  Having returned from holiday I can’t get on with anything – even crafting!

I am joining in a Crafting Q&A by Nothing But Knit!  to try and inspire me.

1.Do you have a favorite crafting tool?

Currently slightly in love with my new tape measure – it’s pistachio green, lives in a clear circular pot with a lid, purchased in a French market.

2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

When knitting something simple, I like the tv on.  When sewing with my machine, I love to go through my cd collection and often find myself having a sing song along.

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

Not really.  Sorry!  I would love to have one but choose designs by pattern rather than designer.

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

I use a lot of green when knitting and sewing – usually bold and vibrant, though not neon and definitely not sludge green.

I usually avoid black as it is harder to work with if the light isn’t good.  I recently tried knitting with black with silver glitter running through it and I still struggled to find dropped stitches and count rows!  It became an abandonned project!

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

As most knitters, RSI wrist injury from ‘just doing one more row’.  We all know how to sit properly and to take breaks but sometimes you’ve just gotta keep knitting!

Can I add a different craft style ‘injury’ ?  My poor car had a hole in it’s upholstery from a knitting needle – my craft bag got squashed into the back of a seat and punctured the leather.

Nothing much going on otherwise.  Next to me sits two craft bags of knitting projects.  One pattern has stumped me and I can’t face tackling it again today.  The other I am just fed up with and I am not sure I will like it when it’s finished.  I feel at least one of these will be frogged .. and the quilting project started before my holiday sits idling in another room – none of these are urgent, luckily!  Perhaps I need to choose more projects with a time frame planned.  I know I need to finish more rather than start new ones.  Mind you last week a niece confirmed she was having her second baby early in the new year, a little girl, so I can feel a pink or lilac project looming …

Bye for now.  Happy crafting!

 

My Normandy beach

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My favourite French beach at Houlgate, Calvados, Normandy. I am sitting wishing I was there again watching the waves amble in (not roll, not crash, just gently amble).  When I took this not that long ago it was a lovely warm day with a gentle breeze and a cloudless sky.  I can almost hear the sea just looking at this photo.  Enjoy!

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Tropical temperatures, tropically decorated, green leaves not green sleeves

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It’s still decidely tropical here in Kent in the UK – I think we are entering the fourth week of our heatwave now. Everyone seems to be suffering in one way or the other.  Personally, I am not sleeping well (too hot and sticky) and most of the day I feel quite lethargic (overtired, still hot and sticky). I am struggling to craft much – so my creative ‘me’ time has been mostly absent and I have little to show off here.  My New Year plans were to finish more of my knitting WIPs and to use up more of my stash.  Very slow knitting progress this month.  I have a cotton WIP top to finish, hoping to be able to wear it this summer.  The pattern was free from Tahki Stacy Charles but I am using Paintbox DK cotton from Loveknitting.com and it will be mostly spearmint green with a little white in the edging.  You may think the pattern has been scrumpled a bit! This piece of knitting too – luckily it’s rather forgiving!  Hubby thinks I will look like a Pacer sweet packet – does anyone remember those from the 70’s/80’s? They were minty treats, now discontinued, made by the makers of Opal Fruits (now called Starburst).

I love a bit of warmth but I prefer it when I am on holiday. With that in my thoughts, perhaps it’s why I recently chose a tropical theme for my hallway decorating.  This was done during the first two weeks of the heatwave.

Hopefully the next post will have more creative news.  Meanwhile I shall enjoy my green day.

 

Hastings, knitting WIPs and a little blue quilting

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I have said before that it has been a little too hot to knit in this heatwave. Luckily I have no deadlines for my plethora of WIPs or else I’d be in trouble. I have been able to progress a little on my sewing project – mid afternoon the workspace in my dining room is cool – so I have been taking up residence there and working on my quilt top. It’s been a pleasure to play fabric piecing. I won’t lie that it is working perfectly, there will be a few wiggles in the finished quilt and a lot of adjustments along the way.  I know the theory that cutting accurately is the essential part of quilt making  – read this again – IN THEORY (!)

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For me, the coast is always an attraction come rain or shine, however in this constant heat it is more so.  I fitted in a little seaside trip.  A little bit of Hastings consoles my soul, for the vista and also the memories of living here as a child. I often wonder why I ‘landed’ inland and how long I can remain here.

Right this minute I am wondering if I chose blue quilt pieces as they remind me of the sea and the sky. Here are the cliffs and the beach at Rock a Nore and looking around the headland towards Fairlight (there used to be a nudist beach around the headland, not sure if there still is!)

 

What makes us choose the colours we work with? Anyone have stories about just that?