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Creating in wool ….

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ImageI’m just back from a 4 day break in France.  OOh all that lovely time to knit.  I knit in the car (3 hours on the French roads each way, so glad hubby’s happy to drive!), I knit in our house in front of the fire, I knit on the sofa with the sun streaming through the window whilst my menfolk play football in the garden.  The intention was to actually finish a smallish top by the end of next week – to show off a particular yarn I admire – and to hopefully get a few wears of it before the warmer weather comes along.  It’s a variety of green shades with a sparkly silver thread runny through. I think I’ll get more than a few wears of it this winter/spring – I usually wear woolies right through to May and it’s only February.  Mind you, we’ve had the most glorious sunshine for two whole days – I even went out for a long walk yesterday to make the most of it. Everyone else out and about seemed smiley too so I don’t think I was the only one enjoying the weather.

So piccy is of the top mentioned, my latest WIP, although I have to admit and incy wincy baby top has been started too …… Hope to finish both by end of next week!

Happy knitting to you all.


Two weeks notice and the ups and downs of waiting to leave work (all whilst knitting)

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Nearly 2 weeks into working my notice at the knit shop and counting down.  First of all I had the initial ‘nervousness’ that came with planning to resign which continued for a day or so after I’d done it. Then I moved on to ‘excited anticipation’ accepting I had done the right thing.  The first day back into work I threw myself into working hard and tried to convince myself I’d be missed in future, which led to feelings of ‘have I done the right thing?’.  Then back to ‘excited anticipation’ since then for a few days!  There are more ups and downs to working a notice period than I was ever aware of.  I think this must be as I have no firm plan to what happens next at this time of my life.  My vague ideas for 2014 post February are a little scary but if I didn’t jump ship now I am not sure how/when I could have done it.  I left former jobs with very different emotions. One job move was from a local job to a London job – I couldn’t wait to start that new journey.  Another was to leave a job for maternity leave – I couldn’t wait for that one either and I was obviously on a time limit!  This time, my plans are my own and loose.  I am hoping once I am not formerly employed then I shall move on in leaps and bounds.

Meanwhile, knitting should be therapy – but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere too fast.  I have finished one item, a matinee jacket, and half of another baby set. I should have used my time better and made more.  Oops, again!   Pic is matinee jacket – all sparkly and fun!

What a couple of weeks! No longer at a knitting store.

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lanastopgreen1I had a major decision to make this month and I finally made it.  I resigned yesterday.  I soul-searched and soul-searched and finally decided if I didn’t do it now I could drift on for a lot longer in the same place doing the same things.  I have many plans, they are just in my head at the moment and need acting on.  So, after February 2014 I no longer work in the knitting store! This will not discourage me from knitting, of course, I have a huge stash of yarn and it will not stop me adding to it or searching out new projects to begin.  The one thing it will stop me from doing is daydreaming constantly about what project to do – I shall hopefully be a little more selective. I used to spend much of my day looking at the stacked shelves, squishing yarn (nothing wrong with either of those things!) yet would then purchase more yarn to take home, to look at there and start/stop/start another project constantly.

Knitting a little at home has definitely calmed me down during this decision making process.  Husband cannot see how knitting at work and knitting at home then knitting as therapy works and I have no medical analysis to back it up, however, the gentle rhythm of winding that wool around those needles and slowly creating something beautiful has been cathartic. I’ve popped a little pic onto this blog post of one of my recent projects.  Again, a hat.  Many baby items are on the go, camera not in the same room as me so more will follow next time.

I hope I can encourage those readers today to make those decisions.  I truly feel a weight has lifted this morning.  I recommend trying to work out anything that’s wrong and to try to make it right!

Keeping My Head Warm

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Life’s been busy!  Christmas flew by.  New Year flew by.  Where have the first couple of weeks of 2014 gone to?  Those new year resolutions so wonderfully planned have not yet kicked in, well, the start of two have but the list was immense!  One resolution was to knit more – and I have.  I intend to post on here more pics as the pile of knitty things grow.  Another resolution was to tidy my craft stash and make sense of my craft supplies – whether I shall use or lose them.  So far I have tidied just one cupboard and then closed the door to the craft room – out of sight out/of mind … least for another day or two.  So, here’s the first of the 2014 projects finished (admittedly just started before the New Year began, but finished within the first week!)

Three hours doing the same rows of my knitting !

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I’d decided to stick to smaller projects, nothing too fancy, using up a little yarn I already had.  “Good idea!” I hear fellow knitters say (indeed I continued patting myself on the back for such a decision.)  However, I still managed to jiggle the hat pattern around a little ….

Oops, a mistake here, a wiggly pattern there, a few rows undone, a few rows redone.  I guess it kept me busy on the 23rd December!  Here’s progress so far.

It’s been a bit quiet since the 23rd – somehow I didn’t get a chance to weald the sticks – hands were just too busy eating Christmas goodies, playing games with the family and so on.  A lovely time we had.

Tonight I shall return to the hat and see what happens.  Hopefully it will be done and dusted and not reinvented. 

Do I choose knitting projects beyond my capabilities?

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Recently I’ve been pondering this question and someone asked me kind of same thing today.  I was contemplating a new ‘holiday’ project, something to throw myself into whilst off work for two weeks.   I’d spent a while scanning several patterns and decided that anything with cables that had more than 8 pattern repeats were just not for me at this time.  It would mean too much concentration and I could easily loose count, anticipating too much ripping and re-knitting (I need at least one project I call my ‘tv knitting’, I can watch and knit without counting too much).  I was asked if I thought I would ever finish the item on the pattern I was contemplating as it was bigger than the recent accessories I’ve been making. So, am I too over-ambitious with my choices?  Or just over- keen and I run out of time when making projects so I miss self imposed deadlines?  Maybe I just can’t resist the lure of new yarn and patterns so give up one project too quickly to start a new one?  I guess it could be a combination of all three of these.  Knitting does seem to take up a fair part of my life. This time I shall not opt for a new large project.  I shall continue with those I already have.  I pat myself on the back for this and won’t take my purse next time I go into this shop!

Knitted Christmas finished! Hurrah!

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I totally forgot to photograph the birthday hat I finally finished!  Oops!  I rather liked it too!  I ripped it out, changed to a pattern I’d done before which took me a couple of knitting sessions in just one day, then posted it off ! I had been good about taking photos – I am totally distracted what with all the Christmassy stuff, building stuff and family stuff going on around me. I can’t believe I’d tried to ‘design’ in a hurry when I should have just followed someone else’s pattern in the first place.  It definitely wasn’t the time to have to think too much!

The builders in my house arrive each day about 8am (did I blog that they were here?) That totally throws my routine as I am up and ready for action earlier than usual.  I grab a quick bite to eat as they arrive, pop the kettle on for their morning cuppa, then try and hide somewhere in the house until they need me to fix the latest problem.  Over the past week there has been a shortage of bathroom tiles, the wrong size shower tray and a radiator supplied damaged and only discovered damaged when unboxed.  All problems solvable, just hassle.  I pop out occasionally, looking for solace elsewhere.  Today as soon as I had left they rang for the house alarm code – I could hear bells down the line and a panic in their voice – the new electrician had set it off and it wouldn’t stop! I can’t wait to have the work finished now as I am a bit fed up of the dust and chaos around me. Yesterday it seemed I had just half a room untouched, so I squirrelled myself away with the laptop briefly, then went to flush the loo discovering the water was turned off.  Thank goodness for good neighbours who don’t mind me popping into them – they also give me coffee and yesterday carrot cake too!  I can’t settle down with the knitting sticks and concentrate when the builders are here. I was thinking with all the time scheduled at home that I would get lots of knitting done! How wrong was I?! Yesterday evening I babysat a friend’s daughter – so easy to babysit a 9 year old – she slept, I watched tv in someone else’s tidy and clean house, took a knitting project and just relaxed!

I have finished the gifts I was making for Christmas, and this birthday hat. I can now look forward to finishing something for myself – a fantastic alpaca jumper – I so want to have it finished soon.  I have reached a tricky part and have to ‘face my fears’ of continuing, without distraction, concentrate and just ‘do it’.  I have also a newish baby set on the go – something I am working on for a possible new business outlet. 

No 1 boy has been a happy chap for a couple of days, and husband has absconded into work big time. He pops home to sleep – at least I think it’s him who left shoes in the middle of the kitchen floor last night – ready for me to fall over this morning, then move out of the way of the builders ….. ha ha ha NOT !