It’s wonderful to grab some winter sunshine when the UK is starting to turn grey. I have recently returned from the lovely island of Antigua. It was a week of R&R, quality time spent with hubby and memories to keep me going as the days turn shorter, the temperature declines and Christmas tunes start playing in each and every corner.
Here’s the view from one of the beaches on Green Island – we had a little boat trip there one morning. The sea was clear. The sands were white. Wish I was there now … (I thought so much of this yesterday when we had torrential rain, thunder then hailstones here in Kent!)
Browsing through recent snaps I also looked at photos of a holiday in September last year. It was a wonderful trip to Mauritius. Again, a week of R&R. (Very indulgent, very lucky I know.) Being particularly self critical (who isn’t when faced with themselves in swimwear?!), I hate every photo of myself as I had never been as big as I was then. It inspired me to lose weight, which has been a steady journey and occasionally I can remind myself on days like today, that it has been worth it. I am lighter, a dress size smaller and I feel fitter than I have for a long time. Yes I fall off the sensible eating wagon sometimes but overall it’s going the right way.
As regards crafting progress: Over the last few months I had been slacking and I wasn’t particularly proud of myself. I couldn’t settle into anything. I got distracted easily, switching between a little knitting, going wrong, ripping it back, reknitting, summer projects didn’t get finished, last winter’s projects still lay half done. I tried to sew, I cut fabric out. cut wrong, changed projects, didn’t do it well. I embroidered a bit, not a lot, I even tried to tackle a sweet little embroidery that’s been in a hoop for several years. Nothing was working.
Now it’s November and a good friend needs hats for a charity sale. It’s got me back into knitting and I have to say SUCCESSFULLY FINISHING too. I am using up some yarn scraps. The styles and sizes are flexible. I love stripes and pompoms so I guess there will be a few more like these.
All in all it’s a perfect start to hopefully a good winter and a good winter knitting season. I knit more in the winter. I expect many of us do. Do you?
Here’s wishing you all a happy November.
Sometimes we are lucky enough to enjoy a few days extra sunshine in September, a bit like an extended summer. Last week was glorious nearly every day – and living inland frustrates me. I was born and brought up at the seaside in Hastings in East Sussex, though not lived there for many years. I left and moved to Westcliff on Sea in Essex (for love!), that’s a few years ago. Now I live in Kent, away from any coast. I regularly need a ‘seaside fix’ to keep me sane.
Last week I took a trip to see the sea at Whitstable, one of my favourite seaside places (if you follow my blog you will have seen beach huts and views along with me). A stroll along from Tankerton, a meander through Whitstable town, a little sit down on the stones with my knitting – how perfect to enjoy the peace and the vista! I sipped a cappuccino whilst looking at tethered boats and I admired a mermaid at Harbour Market. http://harbourmarketwhitstable.co.uk/
I even saw a mermaid! This is handknitted and crocheted and is attached to a fabulous wall of caged stones at Harbour Market. I am guessing it was put there but local knitty artists. The wall itself contains some artwork on stones from the local community. It’s really interesting to take a look but difficult (or nigh on impossible) to take a good photo of the stones. It’s a fabulous place to stop off and watch the world go by.
Anyone else enjoying the last few days of an Indian Summer?
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 I 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.
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!
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 …
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!
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).
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.
And one marvellous exhibitor on the day.