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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!

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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…

 

At the end of the rainbows sits a girl knitting

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Autumn can bring wonderful sunny and crisp days. Today was one of those.  A brisk walk in the leaves and a Sunday roast in the pub was perfect (even more so after last night’s family party and rather a late night!)

It made me think of another weather wonder. On a recent trip to France we were lucky enough to see a whole handful of rainbows and the camera was to hand. The vibrant colours were amazing and we were only soaked once in the rain!

Meanwhile there’s been a little knitting this weekend.  Speckle project finished  – from a ball and a bit to a baby hat with ear flaps. Not much else went on!
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A little French sunshine

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Last week we were in Normandy, France for a few days of glorious R&R.

Trouville sur Mer beach. Deserted mostly. A stroll along the sand, a gentle breeze, sunshine on the face, watching seagulls chase the waves, truly restorative.

Followed by a fab lunch, traditional style, Soupe a l’onion, Veau a la Normande, and then a long knitting session at home in front of a roaring fire – the best day!

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The knitting project photo is deliberately a ‘jumble’ because the finished item may be a gift.  I don’t want the recipient to see exactly what it might look like!

 

 

 

 

 

trouville beach 2What a shame we won’t be there for the upcoming book/writers festival in early November.  It sounds interesting and you can’t beat the advertising boards which capture the ambiance of this lovely seaside resort. This link is in French but you can google translate it if you need to. http://trouville.c3rb.org/presentation-sla2017

If you love books and France try and take a trip and tell us all about it!  Even in the autumn you might sit outside at a pavement cafe, watch a game of boules …. ooh reminiscing ….

Signing out for now.

After a few weeks absence …

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20150725_132254Announcing my return here after a little time away.  How time has flown!  There’s been a lot of knitting.

A summer cotton top in Paintbox yarn from Loveknitting.com is almost finished, sadly it was not in time for the summer here in the UK but it will be good for next year.  Anyone remember Pacers minty chews in the 80’s?  The top is that Pacers spearmint green with white stripes – picture to follow soon.

I have a half finished blanket, in DROPS Nepal yarn – love this yarn – so soft – it knits fairly quickly – picture to follow soon too.   You can’t get DROPS in the UK too often.  I picked up enough to finish the blanket at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace recently.  Otherwise this could have definitely become an UFO as I was playing chicken with the yarn I had!

I have revisited a pink cardigan that has sat in a bag almost finished for about a year – still a little more to go on that WIP – it WILL be worn this autumn, I have promised myself.

226milesTHIS project … previously blogged baby cardi in progress … I had hoped to show and crow about it again BUT the finished item has been designated to a charity shop – I hated it when it was done! The colours looked wrong together and the sewing up wasn’t as neat as I wanted it to be.  Completed at a stressful time, I don’t think Id knitted much love into it.  Has anyone read Love in Every Stitch by Lee Gant? I just read a review about the book – wondering if it’s a good read.  I often think a little bit of love goes into every item I make.

Sewing over the summer: I finished table mats.  Not a lot I know! Mind you, I was involved in a charity sale in September and those table mats sold so it was worth it.

Oh, and last week I finished a joint knitty/sewy project – watch this space later in the week for a photo of that too.

At the top of this post is a photo of a little freehand embroidery project from a while ago – just showing it off really.  It sits above my desk in my craft room.   Having just purchased a further selection of hoops I have several more ‘hoop’ projects in my head – including a Christmas one or two .

Back to blogging regularly. Please keep popping by !

 

 

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!

 

Hot crafting, the end of a stressful week, my kind of therapy, a little sew

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It’s hot again! 33 degrees here yesterday. I sat and sewed, staying out of the sun – making more cute things to sell. Doughnuts and cakes seem to be the thing they like in the local teashop so watch this space for more doughnutty and cakey pics. Here are just three coasters/drink mats with the theme. Apologies for the photo quality.  It truly is a ‘snap’ taken in a hurry (reminiscent of those days when you took a photo, sent the film cartridge of 24 photos off to the developers then waited a week to get the pictures back, to discover out of the 24 only 4 or 5 were slightly worthy of being proud of. Anyone remember those days?!)

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Today we’re hitting the 30’s again and I have the sewing machine at the ready.  I know many sewists have several machines, I have just one good one at the moment. What sewing machine brands do others favour?  I have a fantastic Juki HZL e80 with an automatic needle threader and I never use the foot control as it has a on/off/go/stop button as an alternative.  A good friend, sewing tutor, can’t get her head around the button but she likes the automatic threader – less squinting when trying to thread the thread!

Sewing and knitting are definitely my kind of therapy and I just read yet again another article on the internet that someone new has just come to realise it too!  For once in my life I am feeling slightly on trend.  This week has been a little stressful, with a family funeral, the build up to it, the coming down after it.  When time was free I picked up the knitting needles or fabric stash and set to. I can’t say I tidied up after myself, much to the chagrin of husband and son – but decided it was the creating I needed. I am wondering how long I can wing that one!  I always say life is too short to do more than the minimum housework.

Knitting, no photo made the shortlist today – sorry! I did 10cm of a green/white cotton top, just straight stocking stitch, mindless knitting rather than row counting.  I also started a new sample for the shop where I work – as the original has been stolen!!! Yes, that’s right! First I was horrified, then after a few hours decided that I must have made such a good job of it that the thief couldn’t resist.  The power of positive thinking, we should all do that more!   Food for thought here

https://awakenandbreathe.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/the-power-of-positive-thinking/

Wishing you all a good day/weekend/crafting session.