Month: February 2017

Favourite beach

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Sitting knitting in my front room tonight, it’s a little chilly and I am thinking of fun places I have knitted and warm places I have knitted.  The two are not always hand in hand.

Amongst my favourites are several beaches and scrolling through my phone I have pictures of some of my favourite beaches, yay! No actual knitty pictures here, just beaches.   I took the pictures myself.  I must remember to get someone else to take photos of me actually knitting in future!  So, a lovely long quiet sandy beach at Cabourg, Normandy, France.  Another, with iconic blue and white sunshades – love it here – Trouville, Normandy, France.  Lastly, Whitstable, Kent, UK – that’s the coffee and doughnut picture – at the beach but this is not a photo of the beach.  I remember that day, a lovely wander along the beach, it was cold, I sat and knitted but not for long as my hands were cold, then I was in need of a hot drink and the doughnut was free!  Would love to see if others knit at the beach.

Going to put the heating on now …..

favourite tip…

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Just loving this challenge!

ayarnyrobin

Day 24 of

#yarnlovechallenge 

and it’s still not too late join in. 

The theme for today is ‘favourite tip’.

thCrochet is great for the soul and my mental health!

xxxxx

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Knitting WIPs, a growing pile

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ricocreativeDuring the last three weeks I have started three projects and finished none! Flitting from one thing to another, with lots of other stuff going on besides the knitting I am trying to look objectively at my ‘progress’.   I think I can say ‘progress’ though the piles of yarn balls grow beside my crafting space and the bags with needles poking out the top of them actually look like they are self-breeding.  I began a chunky waistcoat, simple knitting, a little change of colour here and there. It was ok to knit whilst watching a movie until I need to count and work out shaping – that’s when it was put down and the next project picked up.  Then there is a super chunky blanket, just garter stitch, as it grows it becomes slightly unwieldy, so great if you are on the sofa and not moving far, but it’s not a ‘moveable project’, so one not to take in the car as a ridealong project or to take to my knitting clubs outside the home.  Then there’s a lovely cowl, only just cast on, think I need to concentrate more than I have been, having done a little ripping and reknitting on this one!

I have actually been quite knitting/woolly in other ways this month. I joined a yarn challenge on Ravelry.com.  Each day of the month participants have been posting pics and comments on their knitting world/community/projects past and present.  It’s been fun, quite retrospectful for me and inspirational for future projects and activities.  Sometimes you need to take stock of what you have actually created and why!

I have at last pulled back a knitting project my sister gave me – half a sweater she started for her daughter a few years ago.  I was never going to finish it, but had been gifted the yarn to do something with.  Now to decide whether to reknit it or pass that gift on. Why is it that ripping is always much quicker than knitting!

Here a couple of pics from that yarn challenge posting.  Tech issues mean they are slightly historical but from my knitty world!  A green/blue/sparkly  Rico Creative sweater, this came out a little snug, so I am keeping it for when I lose a bit of weight!  That will teach me to not do a tension square for every project!  Ooops!  beckham-knit

And me knittng whilst wearing a David Beckham mask!

Over the next week or so I will be back in business and posting new knitting project photos hopefully – a slightly technical hitch means that just wasn’t possible today!

Happy knitting all.

The Simple Things… to steal good thoughts and indulge ourselves

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thesimplethingsIt was dull and raining today and I sat looking at nice things on the laptop to cheer myself up.  My first ‘nice’ selection was some photographs from last summer.

Who has seen this fantastic magazine ‘The Simple Things’?  I remember I enjoyed this particular issue and I took a photo of it as I sunbathed in my garden.The mag is an absolute delight!  It reminds us to celebrate and enjoy just that ‘The Simple Things’.  In August there were photos of lavender filled gardens, shells and beaches, just my kind of thing.   The sun was shining and I was in the countryside, yet just 15 mins drive away from a beach, ready to take a wander along the shore a little later, dipping my toes in the water and feeling the sand warm from the days rays.

Is life too busy now so most people don’t enjoy simple things? I think it is and that is so sad. So much of life is missed out on.  I think we need to all take five, or ten, look around us, take a breather, sit and think, enjoy something for it’s own sake not be entertained by technology or have something thrust upon us that needs immediate attention.

One big thing that makes me content is time spent just knitting.  Often I have music or tv on in the background but I recently sat in silence with stitches gathering on the needles, garment slowly growing (and it was slow, a fiddly lace pattern).  I knitted to gain pleasure, with the action of knitting itself and the hope that when my item was finished I think it will be appreciated by someone else.  The world seemed to stop around me, peace, quiet, it gave me time to contemplate.  I didn’t sit for too long, perhaps thirty minutes, but you could say I got more out of those thirty minutes than I had for the rest of that whole day, perhaps the whole week.  Some people meditate, some do yoga, some exercise, however you do it, don’t forget to jump off the whirling world sometimes and ‘Take time to live’ (as it says on front of the book).