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Rejection: degrading? grounding? just life?

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I read a blog post today that made me think about how being rejected helps to shape you as an individual. Unfortunately that post did not allow comment, thus my musings here.  It spoke not of romantic rejection but of the rejection of a personal creation.  In that instance it was something turned down by a publisher.

Luckily I have not suffered the same rejection, I have only dabbled when writing. I have had the odd letter published in newspapers and when I was in my 20’s I wrote to a magazine with my views on infertility wishing to remain anonymous.  When asked by that magazine to be named I turned it down and thus rejected them.  At the time remaining nameless was absolutely necessary for me.

I have encountered job rejection, though not too recently. When younger, I moved on quickly and easily.  As I got older it took longer to get over it but eventually one does and often it can lead to something better.

I had my fair share of romantic rejection in the long and distant past (who didn’t?).  At times I thought my love life would be over forever (woe oh woe!). I kissed a few frogs before finding my prince unexpectedly, and we are still together many, many moons later.

I had never particularly thought of having something I’d made (or created) being rejected. Yes, I have knitted, sewn, painted things for Table Sales or for gifts.  Some things haven’t sold and I understand others weren’t as appreciated as I hoped they would be.  I guess you could of call those as being ‘rejected’. In fact sometimes the things I loved most were the things others didn’t like at all!

Rejection is part of life.  It happens to us all.  It’s how we deal with it that makes and shapes us.  Family, friends and a strong word to oneself helps.  There is no time limit to picking yourself up and feeling better.  It’s understanding why it happened and how you get past it.  It’s embracing the new opportunity you have been given.  It is a lesson to be learned at any stage, at any age.  We can all flourish after rejection.

 

 

 

 

 

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A quick knit to encourage me with other projects and no more cake!

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It’s been a while since I posted on here – oops!  There went one of my New Year Enthusiasms (remember the first weeks of January, having all those good intentions (resolutions) to have a better/more efficient year?!) I have been tied up with summer goings on and generally not very enthusiastic about crafting.  I did pick up a couple of WIPS but made mistakes so put them down again.  I took knitting to my weekly craft club (when not away on holiday), chatted, ate cake, knitted a few rows ….. then afterwards at home realised I’d knitted wrong, undid the rows again and bemoaned the fact I’d blown my sensible eating diet.  On reflection, I think I needed the company of friends rather than knitting time, obviously sometimes the two don’t mix!

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So, a new month, new intentions, (another) new project.  Rico Creative Melange.

I have enough yarn to last me until I am about 120 years old, or so it seems.  I decided to root through my stash and cast on a chunky project with the idea that a quick knit might be finished speedily giving me so much satisfaction that I might want to pick up one or two WIPs and finish them too. I am a serial project starter.  I love the beginning of new projects!

I have also banned myself from eating cake again until (at least) this has been finished.  Two goals!  Watch this space …

Crafting Q & A

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It’s Bank Holiday Monday and I have the blues.  Having returned from holiday I can’t get on with anything – even crafting!

I am joining in a Crafting Q&A by Nothing But Knit!  to try and inspire me.

1.Do you have a favorite crafting tool?

Currently slightly in love with my new tape measure – it’s pistachio green, lives in a clear circular pot with a lid, purchased in a French market.

2. Which do you prefer when you craft: listening to a podcast or music, watching something on tv or silence?

When knitting something simple, I like the tv on.  When sewing with my machine, I love to go through my cd collection and often find myself having a sing song along.

3. Do you have a favorite designer that you’d like to recommend?

Not really.  Sorry!  I would love to have one but choose designs by pattern rather than designer.

4. Most people have a favorite color, do you find you use it more than other colors? Is there a color you avoid? Why?

I use a lot of green when knitting and sewing – usually bold and vibrant, though not neon and definitely not sludge green.

I usually avoid black as it is harder to work with if the light isn’t good.  I recently tried knitting with black with silver glitter running through it and I still struggled to find dropped stitches and count rows!  It became an abandonned project!

5. Have you experienced a crafting injury? If yes, what.

As most knitters, RSI wrist injury from ‘just doing one more row’.  We all know how to sit properly and to take breaks but sometimes you’ve just gotta keep knitting!

Can I add a different craft style ‘injury’ ?  My poor car had a hole in it’s upholstery from a knitting needle – my craft bag got squashed into the back of a seat and punctured the leather.

Nothing much going on otherwise.  Next to me sits two craft bags of knitting projects.  One pattern has stumped me and I can’t face tackling it again today.  The other I am just fed up with and I am not sure I will like it when it’s finished.  I feel at least one of these will be frogged .. and the quilting project started before my holiday sits idling in another room – none of these are urgent, luckily!  Perhaps I need to choose more projects with a time frame planned.  I know I need to finish more rather than start new ones.  Mind you last week a niece confirmed she was having her second baby early in the new year, a little girl, so I can feel a pink or lilac project looming …

Bye for now.  Happy crafting!

 

A duck in a knitted shawl in London Woodlands

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I recently discovered an enchanting volunteer-run farm in Shooters Hill, South London.  It was hosting a small but interesting textile and wool festival. It was a great surprise to discover such a treasure in this built up area and the views from outside the farm are far and wide across to the City, quite clearly you see Canary Wharf and The Shard (Shooters Hill is one of the highest points in London).

http://www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org/

In years gone by it was a huge pig farm, complete with abattoir and the site has battled over the years against redevelopment.  It is a working farm with produce (great jam!), animals, ponds, facilities for school trips and a lovely cottage garden, namely ‘Peter Rabbit’s Garden’ complete with knitted animals and birds hidden amongst flowers and vegetables. Here are a few pics just to give you a taster of the day. I only wish I’d taken more, not only of the garden but of the festival too. Roll on next year’s one – I will go back! Here you see a scarecrow family outside the farmhouse, Jemima, a green parrot and one of the ponds with fantastic lily pads.

 

A little about the cottage garden too.

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And one marvellous exhibitor on the day.

http://www.rayslaterclothdolls.co.uk/about.html

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Wow! Her cloth dolls are amazing!

Knitting WIPS or WNIPS and other acronyms

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It’s rather hot to knit so I have just renamed the two knitting projects beside me WNIPS – adding a ‘NOT’ to the WORKS IN PROGRESS acronym.  You see, I stalled with one a while ago when I got to a tricky part.  I then started a simple new project in cotton, hoping simple and quick would mean I could wear it this summer – oh no chance – it grew and it grew and it grew until I realised the raglan shaping meant it would only fit a chimpanzee with very long arms so it’s been RIPPED right back to a pile of balls.  For me, this is actually pretty good, being as it is not a UFO for the next few months or years – to unravel and add it to the STABLE is actually better than rediscovering it in a bag or a drawer later.*

I have managed to do a little more machine sewing, so the mini pile of blue piecing for a quilt top has grown.  I shall pop photos up another day.  I hadn’t realised just how many squares I needed to make a cover for a single sized bed so it is a longer project than anticipated but I haven’t ‘redesigned’ it yet and I haven’t decided to make a cushion instead (ie. cheating!).

I hope others are crafting more efficiently than me !

 

As a key for those who don’t know:

WIP – Works in progress

RIPPING or FROGGING – undoing a yarn project making ripping or frogging sounds as you do it !

UFO – Unfinished Object

STABLE – Stash beyond life expectancy

More bunting and beach huts, a little bit of early summer

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Lovely readers know I adore bunting and beach huts.  Recently I blogged about both.

I had made some bunting to donate to a friend for a charity event. I used cotton fabric from my fabric stash which I’d been holding onto for something special. I loved it so much it was almost difficult to gift it! Therefore I made another length for myself.

 

We’ve just been away to France for a few days.  We had glorious sunshine, mostly.

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Here’s my bunting, in situ, decorating the outside of our house in France! 

A little visit to a nearby town, Houlgate, reminded me of the inspiration for the beach hut in another recent blog post (on the right!)

https://handmadehomemadeknitstitchdesign.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/crafting-sharing-beach-huts-and-bunting/

Houlgate has this great line of beach huts, each year reconstructed on the promenade.  I often wonder where they go for the winter. This year we were there when workmen were putting together the last few and lining them all up ready for their summer use. They are numbered, some are named and even though I have been visiting for more than ten years I have never counted how many there are.  In this photo the last one is number 154 !   Some numbers are missing, some are in better condition than others, but they are all orange and white stripes.

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As for crafting over the last few days… here’s a snippet of me one afternoon …

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Knitting and sewing is high on the agenda at the moment but so is getting a little bronzed !

Where do you like to knit if you get the chance?

 

I should have ripped it back, a lesson learned

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Today, a gorgeous sunny Sunday here in Kent, I am wearing a cotton summer top I knitted last year.  I loved the cotton I knitted with (Paintbox DK from Loveknitting.com). When the back and front were finished I sewed it together and finished the armholes and neck.  The neck looked awful, lumpy and bumpy, not a good finish! It is often more difficult to get a neat finish with a cotton or cotton mix, based on past experience. I added some extra rows and attempted to make the neck edge roll back on itself to neaten it up.  I had an idea that if I added a lace trim it would enhance the neck and be a ‘feature’.  I should have ripped it back there and then but I didn’t.

So I tried the top on ….

I have no idea why I waited until the final furlong.  It fits badly.  It is too snug in places, but too wide across the shoulders and chest (think of me as a lumpy triangle, narrow on the top, getting wider across the bottom (!).  This is not a flattering photo, deliberately to show off a bad knit, ha ha! It’s the top’s first foray into the limelight. I am wearing it with some fabric shorts I sewed in February this year (love the shorts and they fit well). I have just been in my garden enjoying the sunshine. I could have gifted this top straight away to someone else or to a charity shop, however I decided to wear it and work out exactly what I shall change when I made Version 2.  Such an easy knit.  Such a dumb mistake.  I have plenty more yarn to make a different size or a striped one, minus the lace, with a different neck finish.  Wish me luck!

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