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Are you more proactive whilst we wait this out? Is being creative part of that?

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None of us could have imagined being told, as a nation, to stay home, to stay put, to remain at a social distance, to not see our friends and families. If you think back to January, the promises of a new year, can you remember what you hoped 2020 would bring? For me it certainly wasn’t curtailment. I live with family so I have company. Some of my friends and relatives live alone and they are already feeling low without company, despite social media, despite the telephone calls, despite interaction from a distance.

Today some members of my weekly craft group took part in an online video meeting. It perked many of us up and the opportunity to say hello and to do ‘show and tell’ of latest makes made it feel a little like a ‘normal’ Thursday morning get-together over coffee.

I recently read an article from someone who’d been in lockdown elsewhere for a few weeks. He explained how for the first 2 weeks the situation was choppy to deal with, he couldn’t really settle at much, watched way too many news reports, worried an awful lot. Then he said week 3 kicked in and he began to enjoy being slowed down, became more proactive and productive, albeit inside his home, he even thought positively about days and weeks ahead.

I think in a way, I am entering my ‘week 3 zone’, if I include the week before lockdown in the UK when I was at home supporting my husband getting over an operation. I really thought I’d relax more, sit around sewing or knitting whilst he slept or rested. However, I couldn’t settle to much and crafting took a bit of a back bench, just a few knit rows here and there.

So my ‘week 3’ – there’s progress on the mermaid and the blanket. I am jumping between projects because I need good daylight for the mermaid and have to count more, whereas the blanket needs less concentration and has become my go-to for tv time.

133 rows so far and still not looking like a mermaid yet!
On the home stretch, soon to be cast off and bordered.

I have even sewn a very little – part of an ongoing hexi patchwork project – a very little, mind you! Sometimes I wish the sofa throw I am working on had remained just a cushion project…

So there’s my show and tell. Where’s yours?

Crafting, sharing, beach huts and bunting

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Crafting can be a solitary past time.  To sit and craft (knit/crochet/sew/other) may be therapeutic, peaceful, often perfect ‘me time”. Occasionally it’s a good thing, especially if something’s not working out and one might curse and grumble a little! (Or is that just me? …)

However, sometimes sharing crafting time can be so much fun. I belong to a creative group which meets regularly.  Sometimes I meet with individual friends and craft too, perhaps try out something new.  That’s what I’ve done already this week – tried something new to me.  I am not an artist or painter.  I’ve had a creative date with a good friend.  It was a giggle,  it was inspirational, it was a wonderful afternoon.

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I painted a mini canvas, stamped patterns on the yellow sand, stamped beach huts and bunting on card, coloured those in,  designed a fishing pole (cocktail stick, so you can imagine this canvas is about 6″ square).  I attached a fish trinket as if just line caught.  A tiny shell gave more 3D seaside detail.  This will be finding a special place in my home to always give me a little bit of beach. I love a beach!

I hope to make more canvas art in future.  It was so difficult to choose just one design. What inspires you to try a new craft?

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…