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Keeping up Enthusiasm, a yarn story

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Another week into 2018.  Am I keeping up my Enthusiams?

Reiteration from last week  –

  1. Keep on track with the diet started in October
  2. Sort out craft stuff all over the house
  3. Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
  4. Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
  5. Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance

Yes, the dieting has been going well, despite eating out twice, according to my own bathroom scales I am still more or less on track.  My view is, enjoy food, enjoy company, be extra sensible when eating at home. the two counterbalance each other and life doesn’t get boring!

Craft sorting is slow but still sorting.

Another yarn project ripped back and well into the reknit. Another Drops Andes project, it was a short sleeved jacket, a DROPs pattern which just was a disaster, now it’s 3/4 of a cushion using a Sirdar pattern when gauge this time is not so important.

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A little fabric project has also been decided upon – will blog pics when finished – technically this will become a fabric/yarn combi project.  Any guesses?

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Job/Career – a few prospects thought about, one visited, no conclusions yet.  Who would have thought of a coffee shop run from a horse box parked in a restaurant car park?  That was just one opportunity.  Yes, really!

Bucket list – the bucket is empty at the moment!

Household accounting – can I count last week’s decision to menu plan rather than random buy the main weekly shop?  It means I will use up everything I buy, not throw out a thing, not waste any money!  This isn’t big inroads to my ‘Enthusiasm’ but it’s a start.  You should have seen my husband’s surprise when I served up ‘cauliflower rice’ for dinner yesterday (Enthusisam 1. Diet planning, Enthusiasm 5. Using what we had, Conclusion – we both thought it delicious, it was a win/win!)

Happy crafting and creating.  Another week, another zillion projects in the making!

 

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New Year Enthusiasms, a Woolly Beginning

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I am renaming ‘New Year Resolutions’ to New Year Enthusiasms.  That way, if I decide not to carry on with something then I haven’t failed to keep a ‘Resolution’. Not that I have beaten myself up in the past for doing just that, but I know I’ve felt slightly guilty when things didn’t quite go to plan and by the end of each January good habits have fallen by the wayside. So entering 2018 …

Enthusiams:

  1. Keep on track with the diet started in October
  2. Sort out craft stuff all over the house
  3. Think seriously about the next step jobwise/careerwise and make good choices
  4. Make a bucket list of things to do compelled by a particular date
  5. Become more involved in day to day household accounting/finance

andesgreen2First woolly UFO, must be about four years since I started to knit this and about two since I peeped in the bag where I’d stashed it. Love the wool.  Loved that it knit up so quickly. Hated the stepped shoulder joins and the poor sewing up.  Put on weight since so know finished item won’t fit….

Satisfyingly ripped back to balls (remind anyone of Christmas brussels sprouts?). Enthusiasm 2, one tick.  Many more to go, craftwise, but it’s a start!

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For others with new year plans, hope they are going well and you have not given up on any yet!

 

When is a snowman not a snowman?

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Yesterday snow fell in some parts of the UK.  Many people get quite excited at the first snow of the year, though I know most of us hope it falls when we are safe at home or where we want to be, snug and warm and our loved ones are too. Here near Bromley in Kent we had a smattering.  During the morning whilst I sat in a cafe with my crafting friends there was a flurry for about fifteen minutes.  At first a few flakes, then the wind blew it sideways and we wondered if someone up the road actually had a snowmaking machine and was teasing us.

 

The snow got a little heavier but it didn’t come to much.  I watched from indoors knowing that if I dared get my camera out and run outside it would stop, plus I was warm and cosy, I had a cappuccino in front of me and my knitting in my hand. It stopped as quickly as it had begun.

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Oakley Coffee Shop Petts Wood Kent

A trip to Whitstable in the afternoon was decided on a whim. It’s about an hour’s drive away, and it could have been seen as slightly mad to consider it with the inclement weather. However, it was fun (and very chilly with a breeeeeeeze off the sea) and we found they’d had a little more ‘snow’ than we had.

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(or a little wishful thinking at the Charity Shop Relate in the High Street!)

 

One door closes and I shall wait for another to open whilst crafting a fair bit.

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Today was the last day in my current job.  It was my choice to leave and several factors led to my resignation five weeks ago.  I know I am lucky, I have the support of my family, though I am not sure they understand my decision totally. I have been told not to be a stranger to the work colleagues I leave behind.  I believe it to be a genuine request.

What had changed? Me. My expectations.  My aspirations. I was flattered to have been offered the job.  I was returning to a company I had worked for before.  I already knew most of the people I would work with.

So what’s next?

I shall take time to reflect.

I shall catch up with those I have neglected over recent months.

I shall craft.

I shall keep my eyes open for opportunities.

Perhaps those little ideas that spin round inside my head may even come to fruition, be it money-making or otherwise!

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This WIP shall grow more quickly!
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Buttons, threads and fabric will be fiddled with
My yarn collection which is WAY BIGGER than this will be sorted and change from balls and skeins into other things

Watch my new journey here!

Chocks-away! Good friends and a craft fair

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I forgot to post a picture of the finished knitted baby hat made in in Sirdar DK speckle a couple of weeks ago.  To me it looks like a old fashioned pilot’s hat, thus the ‘chocks away’.  The pattern called for i-cords but I left them off as it’s a first size and I worry about ties tangling on new babies.  Not modelled on a baby makes the hat look a little lifeless so I hope you have vision!

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cardiI was having a little panic with the amount of knitting and crafting projects outstanding and a VERY good friend has sent me a pile of hand knitted items to gift as I wish.  What a FRIEND!  You know who you are xxx  Here’s just one, first size baby cardigan that is going to a very good home.  Knitted in self patterning Deramores Studio yarn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday, Saturday,  my weekly craft group took part in a Craft Fair in South London.  I wasn’t able to attend but some of my creations made it to the table courtesy of my fellow crafters.  (Last time I was there and helped promote our group on others’ behalfs.) A little snippet of what was of offer – ipad stands, vintage cotton reel keyrings, freehand embroidery pictures, felt mice, zentangle cards.  Creative Loops is our group name and there is such a variety of skills amongst us.  A couple of members are professionals and use their skills for their career, others are just hobbyists.

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Today is a day of rest for me, apart from making a huge pot of vege soup and taking a stroll in the autumn sunshine I have done little.  There is still a pile of WIPs…

 

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!

 

Countryside themed items – ideas welcomed

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I meant to add this to my last post.  Looking for inspiration please!

I love to hear of crafting challenges. I have not entered into joint challenges online, like those I see on other blogs, though I did join a knitting challenge earlier in the year on Ravelry (not a joint challenge exactly, but a joint show and tell!)

I am often setting myself goals, some of which I achieve, though some become epic fails and I log both on here sometimes … ooops!  Am currently looking for inspiriration with a ‘countryside’ theme – a group of friends hope to have a table sale at a local ‘Countryside Day’ event here in the UK. Thinking of small, reasonably priced gifts for browsers to purchase which are quick to make and don’t cost a packet! All ideas welcomed. I sew and knit, time is limited!

So far, I have come up with squirrels and hedgehogs made of felt – I have 2 patterns but have not started anything!  Outside my house there is an abundance of pine cones – constantly dropping off next doors trees, perhaps there’s something there?  Friends have already made cards and cross stitch mini pics too.  I don’t have much time and am shouting out to others here ! Thanks for any replies!

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My squirrels won’t look as cute as the real thing!