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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. It’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.
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.
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.
Last Saturday involved a road trip of 226 miles. Of course I took some knitting with me. Have you ever worked out how many stitches you knit in any one session? I calculated approximately 6500 and I only had a back, one front and part of another front of a baby cardigan. It’s a good job I love knitting because if I always calculated the number of stitches and hours of work it might drive me a little crazy!
Then yesterday, Monday, which was a work day – was all going well until I fell down a stair (just one stair!) and wrenched my foot. I ended up at the Accident and Emergency Unit at our local hospital – knitting on and off for three and a half hours whilst being dealt with by nurse, doctor and the x-ray department – diagnosed eventually with soft tissue damage and prescribed rest and ice packs. I reckon I knitted 1499 stitches whilst I sat waiting around! Now with this now enforced r&r this cardigan will be finished super quick and if I am lucky I may even have a small pile of other projects done too. There is a bonus to injury this time, always look on the bright side of life! No camera handy to photograph those extra 1499 stitches yet.
Have a good crafty day. I know I will!
It’s hot again! 33 degrees here yesterday. I sat and sewed, staying out of the sun – making more cute things to sell. Doughnuts and cakes seem to be the thing they like in the local teashop so watch this space for more doughnutty and cakey pics. Here are just three coasters/drink mats with the theme. Apologies for the photo quality. It truly is a ‘snap’ taken in a hurry (reminiscent of those days when you took a photo, sent the film cartridge of 24 photos off to the developers then waited a week to get the pictures back, to discover out of the 24 only 4 or 5 were slightly worthy of being proud of. Anyone remember those days?!)
Today we’re hitting the 30’s again and I have the sewing machine at the ready. I know many sewists have several machines, I have just one good one at the moment. What sewing machine brands do others favour? I have a fantastic Juki HZL e80 with an automatic needle threader and I never use the foot control as it has a on/off/go/stop button as an alternative. A good friend, sewing tutor, can’t get her head around the button but she likes the automatic threader – less squinting when trying to thread the thread!
Sewing and knitting are definitely my kind of therapy and I just read yet again another article on the internet that someone new has just come to realise it too! For once in my life I am feeling slightly on trend. This week has been a little stressful, with a family funeral, the build up to it, the coming down after it. When time was free I picked up the knitting needles or fabric stash and set to. I can’t say I tidied up after myself, much to the chagrin of husband and son – but decided it was the creating I needed. I am wondering how long I can wing that one! I always say life is too short to do more than the minimum housework.
Knitting, no photo made the shortlist today – sorry! I did 10cm of a green/white cotton top, just straight stocking stitch, mindless knitting rather than row counting. I also started a new sample for the shop where I work – as the original has been stolen!!! Yes, that’s right! First I was horrified, then after a few hours decided that I must have made such a good job of it that the thief couldn’t resist. The power of positive thinking, we should all do that more! Food for thought here
Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.
This article perked me up and made me think we should all think more positively
Positive thoughts are empowering. They make you feel good. Sometimes, however, that’s easier said than done. Negative thoughts have a nasty habit of sinking their teeth into our brains and it can be challenging to fight them.
It is easy to get trapped in a cycle of negative thinking. If you are unhappy with yourself, or the situation or lifestyle you find yourself in, negative thoughts have a tendency to manifest and once you get into the habit of thinking negatively, it can be difficult to break free from it.
For centuries our ancestors battled insurmountable odds and dealt with incredible hardships on their quest to create and build our modern world and they faced a host of terrible circumstances. They learnt to expect the worst and as a result, this way of thinking has been passed down from generation to generation. Our instinct is to search out…
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Lovely blogger Postcard from Gibraltar tagged me a Blue Sky Tag – thank you so much for the nomination and for making me feel truly part of the blogging community.
Not so much ‘blue sky’ to share with you today though, it’s grey, windy and rainy here is Kent this Thursday aftenoon.
The tag is a fun event which runs throughout June, and requires me to answer 11 questions about myself and then nominate 11 other bloggers for the same award (in my case, a few less bloggers!)
So here goes, I hope I don’t bore you senseless!
1. What do you most enjoy about blogging?
It makes me feel I am not wasting my life away. Sometimes when a person asks you what you’ve actually been up to, you can’t recall much of significance or even anything they would be interested in. Posting shows I actually got up to something!
2. What made you start your blog and how long have you been doing it?
I had a lull between jobs, had read a few interesting blog posts and thought it was a great way to share my own love of crafts and love of life. I started slow three years ago, been a little sporadic, I hope have got a lot better!
3. What most attracts you to a blog and what makes you keep reading it?
Humour, skilled craft show off (or admission of defeat is good too – we are all human!), great photos, written well, punchy (hate spelling errors!)
4. What other hobbies and pastimes do you enjoy?
I post about my hobbies, knitting, stitching, reading, France and the seaside. I like a laugh with friends. I like movies, theatre and eating out too. Some bloggers post pics of dinners – I wouldn’t have time as I eat too quickly!
5. Given your time over, without any restrictions, what would be your ideal job? Why?
I would love to have had a better education, learnt craft skills thoroughly, have a well paid business selling things I make rather than things for others to make things with (current job). Or of course, as my friends and I sometimes say after a couple of glasses wine, we should ‘run the country’… as in become Queen of England/Prime Minister/Chief of Police …
6. Which new country would you like to visit?
Fairly recently, Joanna Lumley has done two great series on Japan – so Japan goes on my list. I also fancy more Caribbean locations such at Guadeloupe so I could enjoy the sunshine and practice my french – guess that combines two of my loves so that might be perfect!
7. What is playing in your headphones right now? Music, podcast, audio book?
Fleetwood Mac, Tango in the Night in the car today – hubby hates FM so I enjoy blasting it out when driving alone. Reminds me of being 17 and playing it all the time. Feeling slightly old now reminiscing about being 17, stories I could tell – er, maybe I will leave that until another day!
8. What is your favourite book and why?
I just can’t choose one – so changing the rules it’s going to be 2 books.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova – the sad decline of a highly intelligent lecturer who suffers from early onset dementia. A revealing read to me, well written and recommend it to everyone.
Secondly, the classic, Room with A View by E M Forster. I read this as a teenager, could read it time and again. It brings to life the romance of Florence and an era of restrictions and tentative love. Just found this review — I have very similar views, though I visited Florence years later, looked everywhere for a ‘Lucy Honeychurch’ or a ‘Mr Emerson Junior’.
9. If you could go to any point in history to witness it for yourself, when and where would that be?
I would quite like to be in the crowd watching Queen Elizabeth II come out of Westminster Abbey having just been crowned in 1953. It would have been incredibly exciting and as many families didn’t own TVs and we would never have seen such celebration on a grand scale, let alone in colour.
10. If you could eat anything for your next meal, what would it be?
Best memory of best meal, sitting in a treehouse eating curry in Mauritius on our honeymoon. Can I say that meal again and in the same location?
11. I’m writing this while watching Glastonbury, what would your dream gig line-up be?
From my past, great concerts from Alison Moyet and Sade – so those two for moods and blues and an 80’s blast. Coldplay for energy and musings. Ed Sheeran for a bit of something modern and because he’s ginger (have ginger family and friends!). Phil Collins – loved most things he has ever played – voice from my past and he is currently touring too and is still great. Adele – love her voice and her songs are so emotionally raw (wish I had tickets for tonight at Wembley!). Could go on. In fact I might just spend the evening playing some of these.
That’s me done. I hope you enjoyed my 11 answers. Now for nominating my choice of bloggers. I do hope you will join in, I won’t be offended if you prefer to give it a miss or if you have already been nominated by someone else.
My Tangled Yarn
My 11 questions are similar to those posed by Postcard from Gibraltar
- What do you enjoy most about blogging?
- What made you blog and what do you enjoy most about it?
- What attracts you to a blog and why do you keep reading it?
- Other hobbies and pastimes?
- Without restrictions, what would be your ideal job and why?
- Which new country would you like to visit?
- Currently on your headphones/music player? Music, Audio book, podcast
- What is your favourite book and why?
- If you could go back in history, where would you be?
- What would your next meal be if you could chose and time/place/budget was unlimited?
- What were you doing right before you read this blue tag post? What will you do right after post your 11 answers? Ok, that’s 2 questions…..
Been a little productive, craftwise, in the past few days, sorting fabric and playing with repurposing some charity shop bargains. I have ideas to make new summer tops and a pair of culottes. Having cut out two commercial paper patterns, realised I am so inbetween sizes and thought about past disasters I am jigging those patterns so finished garments will hopefully fit me in the right places. I am not the body size or shape I wish I was (oops! too much good living and too much time spent sitting!)
So I bought a huge men’s shirt for less than £3.00 – am cutting it up. I llke the fabric but it has a stain on it so bought it for the fabric not the garment itself. I have also taken apart a gorgeous broderie anglaise dress I had two years ago, it had a huge snag on the front (grrr, the washing machine ‘ate’ it!). I have chopped into it to make a sample fitted top, making sure the darts are in the correct places, then will use it as a sample as a pattern.
I bought some beautiful linen trousers too. They were made for someone with the longest legs ever – so I have rehemmed them to fit (I actually have long legs but these were ridiculous!) Also a blouse, which was too short in the body, I added a trim to the bottom and voila – perfect for me. In fact I wore this combo to work yesterday – so can’t show it off as it’s now in the laundry pile – will show off pics next time.
So, for a pic today …. I have chosen one of a bag I made for a friend last year. A little quilting, lots of fun I had one Sunday afternoon.
Thanks for reading my blog post(s).
Towards the end of a very difficult week there is crafting light at the end of the tunnel.
A little rest and family time yesterday helped. As did some kind comments from a couple of dear friends and also blogging friends here too.
Today, after dropping off No 1 son (and only son!) at the train station ready for him to head airport bound on his hols, I sat and sewed. Son had been home for less than 24 hours, he is a whirlwind like his father! Husband has been away from home 2 nights this week for work. At times they are like peas in a pod!
So today’s progress:
A few hexies sewn as part of a long ongoing project. The burgundy is a lot darker than it seems in the pic. Enjoy the rest of your day wherever you are.
I often feel my life swings from one crisis to another. When did it all start? (Crises that is, not life!)
Childhood was happy and simple. I would love to be able to thank my parents properly but sadly they both passed a few years ago. I was kind of able to say thanks when I spent some time with my mother in her final days but it was not enough and time was short. I hope she had the same happiness with parenting that I had with childhood.
Perhaps for most people childhood is rosy! I hope I have been able to give mainly happy memories to my own son. At the moment I believe my husband and I are deemed as slightly demented, crazy people who were ‘never young’, dare I say the usual thoughts of a young adult these days about anyone over 35!
Perhaps the appreciation of your own parents only comes into it’s own as you age yourself. I think the first time I truly reflected on parenting was on my wedding day. I had already left home and was living with my fiance but it still felt like leaving the fold of my first family to join my second.
Recently there has been another very sad passing of a dear family member. The final illness was quite lengthy which was dreadful for the sufferer. However, the weeks gave each of us time to say our goodbyes and remember good times. I am still deciding in my own head whether this long drawn out end of life was cruel or kind. It should not be a shock, but it still feels like it.
This passing came a little time after a career crisis for me, followed by a new job offer, accepted under pressure. During the same period a family member’s plans to return home gave way and a move for that person to go abroad for a year came to the fore. A new baby in the family was born safely and on time, after several weeks of anticipation of an early and problematic birth. Husband has a very pressurised job, which recently meant more time away from home, more long working hours, distractions from the business when at home too. We had a major job done on the house, with builders here for a few weeks and a major job done at our holiday home so lots of decision making done remotely, which is stressful in itself. Our usual holidays at Easter and May Day were deferred due to the happenings about us. Finally we had three nights and four days away last weekend and that’s when this latest sad crisis occurred.
Of course, now is the time to be there for each other, look after each other, a funeral to get through and the weeks after.
We will survive, but feeling a little battered and bruised.
Still crafting occasionally, a little ‘therapy’ and me time. Projects on the table: a patchwork and applique runner for a craft fair (see post a couple of weeks ago for Countryside ideas), ongoing English paper piecing hexagons patchwork throw (see post a few weeks ago!), newly cast on cotton summer top (knitting), almost finished knitted summer vest (just fixing errors on the neck pick up which originally was a disaster), more felt doughnuts to sell …. loads more projects but they are in hiding right now. No photos to share at the mo but there will be.
Signing out for now.