Month: July 2017

6500 knitted stitches in 226 miles, 1499 more in Emergency

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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!

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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!

 

Hot crafting, the end of a stressful week, my kind of therapy, a little sew

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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?!)

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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

https://awakenandbreathe.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-power-of-positive-thinking/

Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.

 

 

The Power of Positive Thinking

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This article perked me up and made me think we should all think more positively

Awaken and Breathe

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.

Negative cycles

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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