Month: November 2018
Adjective: Tranquil – free from disturbance, calm
My tranquil place last weekend, Houlgate beach, Normandy, France.
There was the odd other person there but mostly just seabirds strutting their stuff.
It was a bit chilly to knit at the beach (well, it is November!), so back to the house for some more calm, a hot chocolate, yarn and sticks. The basket of grey from last week is growing slowly into a chunky shrug. Progress so far.
I feel so lucky to get to France as often as I do. Home away from home. Jusqu’à la prochaine fois (until the next time) …
I was going to use up some of my yarn stash, yarn left from blanket making about three years ago. I found a jacket pattern and picked up sticks. It started well, growing quickly, that was the idea, get rid of it quick then treat myself to another woolly purchase and not feel guilty that my stash could rival a yarn stores’.
Then I noticed a mistake half way down one front panel. I ripped it back and corrected it. I knit a little further.
Having made a few things over the years that have either been too small or too big, the wrong shape, the wrong style I decided to try and ‘wear’ the panels to gauge how this might turn out. Urgh! It was so bad that this is now what it looks like …
So I still have that part of my stash and who knows what it may turn into. The world of knitting patterns is vast. My own imagination runs riot. One day this will make one or several successful items, maybe just not this week. I am sure I am not the only one who has the odd disaster. I would love to read about others so I don’t feel so alone, though I do look at is as an opportunity rather than a complete disaster, at least I hadn’t finished it then found the mistake or realised it looked so horrid!
As a stop gap, I finished another hat for a friend’s charity sale. Baby size, quick knit, scraps from my stash. You could say I am slowly depleting my yarn stash, SLOWLY being the word.
Did anyone else here go to the Creative Craft Show at Excel in London last weekend. Lots to admire, some Christmas treats purchased, lovely people met and business cards taken away for future shopping. I resisted adding to my yarn stash – I guess that was another success for the week. Thinking positive!
It’s wonderful to grab some winter sunshine when the UK is starting to turn grey. I have recently returned from the lovely island of Antigua. It was a week of R&R, quality time spent with hubby and memories to keep me going as the days turn shorter, the temperature declines and Christmas tunes start playing in each and every corner.
Here’s the view from one of the beaches on Green Island – we had a little boat trip there one morning. The sea was clear. The sands were white. Wish I was there now … (I thought so much of this yesterday when we had torrential rain, thunder then hailstones here in Kent!)
Browsing through recent snaps I also looked at photos of a holiday in September last year. It was a wonderful trip to Mauritius. Again, a week of R&R. (Very indulgent, very lucky I know.) Being particularly self critical (who isn’t when faced with themselves in swimwear?!), I hate every photo of myself as I had never been as big as I was then. It inspired me to lose weight, which has been a steady journey and occasionally I can remind myself on days like today, that it has been worth it. I am lighter, a dress size smaller and I feel fitter than I have for a long time. Yes I fall off the sensible eating wagon sometimes but overall it’s going the right way.
As regards crafting progress: Over the last few months I had been slacking and I wasn’t particularly proud of myself. I couldn’t settle into anything. I got distracted easily, switching between a little knitting, going wrong, ripping it back, reknitting, summer projects didn’t get finished, last winter’s projects still lay half done. I tried to sew, I cut fabric out. cut wrong, changed projects, didn’t do it well. I embroidered a bit, not a lot, I even tried to tackle a sweet little embroidery that’s been in a hoop for several years. Nothing was working.
Now it’s November and a good friend needs hats for a charity sale. It’s got me back into knitting and I have to say SUCCESSFULLY FINISHING too. I am using up some yarn scraps. The styles and sizes are flexible. I love stripes and pompoms so I guess there will be a few more like these.
All in all it’s a perfect start to hopefully a good winter and a good winter knitting season. I knit more in the winter. I expect many of us do. Do you?
Here’s wishing you all a happy November.