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ImageI had to cease knitting of the green top temporarily having discovered what looked like an error on the pattern.  Grumble, grumps, darn, etc …..  However, I emailed the pattern publisher, who came back to me very quickly and I’ve now been reassured it’s not an error and it will work out if I just keep on knitting.  My knowledge of garment structure is being tested and I hope to enjoy a new experience here, revealing the finished garment soon(ish). Today it’s time to get back to ‘the green’ project (I decided to give it a name, it means it differentiates what knitting bag I pick up when I move from knitting venue to knitting venue).  That’s an hour planned to myself in the car this afternoon whilst waiting for my son at his tutor’s house.

So, having had a little break from ‘the green project’ this week what jumped upon new needles was a ‘baby pink project’, photo here.  This was supposed to be a very simple quick knit, which it is, but it has made me review how neat my garter stitch only style is (or isn’t).  I am hoping with completion and blocking I shall be more impressed with it than I am now.  I have not made anything solely garter for a long time. It was reminiscent of early knitting and the yellow teddy I made when I was 7 years old.  I hope my style has got a lot better since then. Oh how I wish I had kept that first knitting project. If only we knew which things would seem important in years to come.  I don’t even have a photo of it. 

Apart from the knitting, life is incredibly busy, although I did pop a lovely relaxing book club meeting in to my schedule last night.  It was great to meet up with the other members, chat about books and other stuff.  I think the one male member of our group was very patient when we set off at a tangent briefly (he may say not so briefly!) and talked about knitting and sewing, bless him, we did steer back round to things we all have in common eventually.

Work, well for me, yesterday was the penultimate day there.  Friday is my last session.  Getting slightly concerned now about the future, but pleased the month is almost over.  I feel I need to plan my time properly, and need time in which to do the planning!  Anyone else feel like that?  

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Creating in wool ….

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ImageI’m just back from a 4 day break in France.  OOh all that lovely time to knit.  I knit in the car (3 hours on the French roads each way, so glad hubby’s happy to drive!), I knit in our house in front of the fire, I knit on the sofa with the sun streaming through the window whilst my menfolk play football in the garden.  The intention was to actually finish a smallish top by the end of next week – to show off a particular yarn I admire – and to hopefully get a few wears of it before the warmer weather comes along.  It’s a variety of green shades with a sparkly silver thread runny through. I think I’ll get more than a few wears of it this winter/spring – I usually wear woolies right through to May and it’s only February.  Mind you, we’ve had the most glorious sunshine for two whole days – I even went out for a long walk yesterday to make the most of it. Everyone else out and about seemed smiley too so I don’t think I was the only one enjoying the weather.

So piccy is of the top mentioned, my latest WIP, although I have to admit and incy wincy baby top has been started too …… Hope to finish both by end of next week!

Happy knitting to you all.

Two weeks notice and the ups and downs of waiting to leave work (all whilst knitting)

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Nearly 2 weeks into working my notice at the knit shop and counting down.  First of all I had the initial ‘nervousness’ that came with planning to resign which continued for a day or so after I’d done it. Then I moved on to ‘excited anticipation’ accepting I had done the right thing.  The first day back into work I threw myself into working hard and tried to convince myself I’d be missed in future, which led to feelings of ‘have I done the right thing?’.  Then back to ‘excited anticipation’ since then for a few days!  There are more ups and downs to working a notice period than I was ever aware of.  I think this must be as I have no firm plan to what happens next at this time of my life.  My vague ideas for 2014 post February are a little scary but if I didn’t jump ship now I am not sure how/when I could have done it.  I left former jobs with very different emotions. One job move was from a local job to a London job – I couldn’t wait to start that new journey.  Another was to leave a job for maternity leave – I couldn’t wait for that one either and I was obviously on a time limit!  This time, my plans are my own and loose.  I am hoping once I am not formerly employed then I shall move on in leaps and bounds.

Meanwhile, knitting should be therapy – but I don’t seem to be getting anywhere too fast.  I have finished one item, a matinee jacket, and half of another baby set. I should have used my time better and made more.  Oops, again!   Pic is matinee jacket – all sparkly and fun!

Keeping My Head Warm

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Life’s been busy!  Christmas flew by.  New Year flew by.  Where have the first couple of weeks of 2014 gone to?  Those new year resolutions so wonderfully planned have not yet kicked in, well, the start of two have but the list was immense!  One resolution was to knit more – and I have.  I intend to post on here more pics as the pile of knitty things grow.  Another resolution was to tidy my craft stash and make sense of my craft supplies – whether I shall use or lose them.  So far I have tidied just one cupboard and then closed the door to the craft room – out of sight out/of mind …..at least for another day or two.  So, here’s the first of the 2014 projects finished (admittedly just started before the New Year began, but finished within the first week!)

Beyond a granny square …

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attimowrapbluegreencowlFinished my latest WIP – a lovely chunky crochet cowl (20mm hook!).  This is my first crochet beyond a granny square.  It wasn’t as if I needed a new project, yet the yarn and mystery pattern was given to me so I felt obliged to start it – and then actually finish it in double time too! Wow

Now sitting here in my lounge I have forced myself to ‘rediscover’ a chunky knitted wrap I’d been working on in September.  I had the yarn very cheaply from an ‘end of bin sale’, started, then realized it wasn’t going to go as far as I’d hoped it would.  Of course (just my luck) it was out of manufacture so I searched on ebay and came across more, yet a different colourway.  I have put the two together to see if I like it, and it’s growing on me (and growing today in reality) yet I am not sure it will really be ‘me’.  I can’t bear to undo so much so I shall continue and hopefully finish it this week or at least by the weekend.

Having said that (I kind of promise myself to finish another WIP again ….. ha ha ….. so much temptation out there and so many other things I should be doing), I have a couple of projects I need to start and complete as gifts before Christmas.  My teenage son is desperately nurturing his furry upper lip, hoping a moustache would grow for ‘Mo-vember’ this year – it didn’t – so I want to make him a finger-tache for a jokey Christmas gift so he doesn’t worry next year!  Also, I fished out a lovely oldish pattern for a baby set from a charity shop the other day and fancy giving it a go. If I ever get round to it I shall try and sell some homemade on line, rather than do them for myself and for gifts!

So today, knit a bit, tidy a bit (hubby might be home a day early from a business trip – I must try and be more housewifey!), after another cup of coffee that is….

Knitting stuff, a bit of crochet too – I can do it!

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Last week I started to blog the progress of my latest knit WIP and just posted a photo on here – oops posted it on it’s own then started to write this!  I meant to put both together but it is Sunday afternoon and I am struggling a little as it was a late night last night – I am starting to flag already and look forward to an early night catching up on lost sleep tonight!

Craftwise I had a quite a good week in the end and finished the baby cardigan and hat in super quick time for me.  It’s a first size – although it looks so tiny I can only hope the little one expected in January stays little for a while after she is born so at least she can wear it more than once!  I knit baby things from time to time, mainly as display garments in the shop where I work – I must say this is probably the smallest set I’ve done for a while.  I also finished a white aran cabled baby hat on Friday  – it was very cute, bit stressful on the hands whilst knitting – but I forgot to photograph it.  If it is still at work next week (and hasn’t been sold!) then I shall take a pic and pop it on here just for interest.  Does anyone else struggle sometimes with aching paws when doing cable knits?  I don’t usually find it too much of a bother but the yarn was a bit tough to work with this time and the instruction ‘K1B’ isn’t my favourite.  

So, you know me, not one to return straight away to another WIP I have started a new project, albeit another QUICK one.  My boss has given me yarn and a mystery crochet pattern.  I am not a competent crocheter.  In fact, my limit has been granny squares.  I tried to crochet a long time ago and gave it up, telling myself I am obviously a more natural knitter.  This time, and without a picture, I intend to learn beyond a granny square.  The pattern, to me, was complete gobbledygook on Wednesday evening, and again 2nd try Friday afternoon!  Not only do crochet terms sound unfamiliar, but the pattern is also American not British and terms differ.   This pattern is SIMPLE I was told – well, pat on the back to me – if you look at the green and blue photo above – I AM getting it!  For those crocheters reading this you may be wondering how I found it so difficult to understand – well, initially I joined it twisted – just like I have done before when knitting hats in the round – then I kept popping the hook in the wrong hole!  Now, it feels so easy I am flying through the rounds.  I am using a 20mm hook, mind you, so of course it will grow quickly.  I shall chart my progress here.

As for the rest of the week  – non-craftwise – bit odd.  Too much time at work, fewer customers than hoped for.  Too much time hanging around at home with the builders home.  We had a new front door put in on Thursday – it’s great to look at but when inspected by hubby Saturday morning he isn’t happy with the job so I will need to wait in again for a 2nd visit.  This is on top of waiting in for other building supply deliveries, blah, blah, feeling a little frustrated.  Love the hubby dearly but sometimes he was Mr DIY and could do all these jobs himself. As the builder said though, he just couldn’t do the job my hubby does.  That makes it square peg in a square hole for both of them then.

Ta ra for now.  

One baby knit done !

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One baby knit done !

Ta dah! Baby pink cardi and hat finished.