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Sunshine, Knitting and a Mermaid!

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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.

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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/

 

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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?

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Sewist? Sewer? Stitcher? What do you call yourself when you are sewing?

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I can’t get enough crafting this week.  If I sit and do nothing my mind whirrs and I can’t settle. I have knitted, sewn, painted, mended, scanned books for new projects, even tidied my craft room a little (hubby thinks the last bit is the best bit!)

I think it’s because I was stressed recently about an impending surgery (which has been done and was successful and now I feel fine, thank you very much). Most of my WIPS had stalled over the last few weeks due to mistakes and mishaps (possibly also partly due to the stress of the impending surgery) and also that I hand a slight hand issue which meant I started things and had to give up due to discomfort.  All in all, not a good time as a crafter. The hand issue may or may not have gone away, however, so I am just enjoying the opportunities now.

So, my latest new project, started and finished in a few hours.  This is a great FEAT for me.  I do not yet have a good photo of this – I am on my own and can’t take a photo of myself wearing these – so they look large and slightly weird, just scattered on a surface.  I can do better with photos, I will do better, don’t judge me.  I just NEEDED to share NOW!

Summer cotton shorts, cute lifebelt fabric, these are going to be so easy to wear!  Am I a sewist or a sewer?  I reckon sewist sounds slightly better, don’t you?

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The Simple Things… to steal good thoughts and indulge ourselves

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thesimplethingsIt was dull and raining today and I sat looking at nice things on the laptop to cheer myself up.  My first ‘nice’ selection was some photographs from last summer.

Who has seen this fantastic magazine ‘The Simple Things’?  I remember I enjoyed this particular issue and I took a photo of it as I sunbathed in my garden.The mag is an absolute delight!  It reminds us to celebrate and enjoy just that ‘The Simple Things’.  In August there were photos of lavender filled gardens, shells and beaches, just my kind of thing.   The sun was shining and I was in the countryside, yet just 15 mins drive away from a beach, ready to take a wander along the shore a little later, dipping my toes in the water and feeling the sand warm from the days rays.

Is life too busy now so most people don’t enjoy simple things? I think it is and that is so sad. So much of life is missed out on.  I think we need to all take five, or ten, look around us, take a breather, sit and think, enjoy something for it’s own sake not be entertained by technology or have something thrust upon us that needs immediate attention.

One big thing that makes me content is time spent just knitting.  Often I have music or tv on in the background but I recently sat in silence with stitches gathering on the needles, garment slowly growing (and it was slow, a fiddly lace pattern).  I knitted to gain pleasure, with the action of knitting itself and the hope that when my item was finished I think it will be appreciated by someone else.  The world seemed to stop around me, peace, quiet, it gave me time to contemplate.  I didn’t sit for too long, perhaps thirty minutes, but you could say I got more out of those thirty minutes than I had for the rest of that whole day, perhaps the whole week.  Some people meditate, some do yoga, some exercise, however you do it, don’t forget to jump off the whirling world sometimes and ‘Take time to live’ (as it says on front of the book).