I am never one to be put off by wintry weather. The recent stormy weekends haven’t stopped me enjoying a spell outdoors, albeit brief and I stayed safe. There were grey skies, a whipped up sea and walking into the wind was truly like being buffered by a freezing cold super strong hair dryer, but the brightly coloured properties of Aldeburgh, Suffolk made a trip there so cheerful (plus of course the fact it was a surprise birthday treat from my hubby!).
Being a hobby knitter I love that my woolly hats and scarves were useful this weekend. I even finished my latest project before we left (just off the needles in this picture, it needed wearing to look less wrinkled!).
I’ve not been completely inactive in the woolly world in the last week. I am trying to keep up with creating! I made a cowl for myself (photo to follow later). ‘Another one?!’ my husband cried, ‘don’t you have loads of those things you wear round your neck?’ he of course meant cowls and scarves, though he sometimes applies the same thought to the buying of jewellery – if you’ve got some, why do you need some more? I don’t agree with his sentiment for either woolly things or jewellery.
I also gave my sister her winter hat – her late Christmas present.
I had promised to knit something as an IOU as I ran out of time to complete things before 25th Dec. Big, Chunky, Double strands of yarn, furry pom pom, what’s not to love, eh? It meant we met before Christmas so she could choose from the choice of yarn snippets I offered, not knowing what the gift would be, then we met again so I could hand the gift over. Twice we got to lunch together, which actually worked out a month apart – that’s also part of my new me/new year plans – to make a better effort at getting together with those that matter to me.
Using up my stash, more next time …
How come the last couple of things I have knitted haven’t turned out quite the way I’d hoped they would? What’s going on? I am trying to put it down to experience and learn from it but it is soooo annoying and I groan about the amount of hours put into something I just don’t like. I don’t think any knitter or crafter has always loved every item they’ve ever made. I think it’s all part of the learning process, but at this rate I will still be ‘learning’ when I am 94.
My newly finished aran weight top just doesn’t look right on me. I’ve tried it with different clothes/layers/colours. I’ve held the shawl collar up at different angles to see if I could wear it as a crossover front top. I’ve even wondered about adding another rib to the waistline. I don’t think anything will work – so I’ve ‘hid’ it in a cupboard until I can decide what to do with it! I can’t bear to undo the whole garment and might even gift it to someone just to be rid of it. There is nothing wrong with it, per se, it’s just not ‘my’ style and it doesn’t fit ‘my’ shape. My second item, again newly finished, is a simple baby cardigan. I gave myself a non challenging knit to do as I watched the tv – completely in garter stitch which I haven’t tackled in years. Now I know why! Every slight wiggle in tension shows up, my picking up stitches for the neckband looks gappy, the sewing up could have been neater for the raglan seams! All in all, I really don’t think its up to my usual standard. I have thought of decorating along the neck border, perhaps with some kind of flowery stitch, as if it’s supposed to be there. Not sure if that will work, so it is joining the aran top in the cupboard …..
Needless to say, I’ve been cautious about starting something new for a week or so. It is really difficult when I am surrounded by such yummy yarns and the season is changing to Spring. I start thinking about new things and chucking out the old (in my case this means putting away any winter WIPs and panicking that I haven’t begun any summer projects!). I go into my spare room, view my stash, I visit a friend in a wool shop, I belong to a knitting forum , you could say I live in a rather woolly world. There is a lot of inspiration out there, I admire so many peoples skills, and I itch to begin a new project which I am sure WILL work out. So, latest new project began yesterday. It’s a petrol blue mercerised cotton shrug, for me. If I get to wear it this summer I will be happy, yet as it’s a little lacy and each row takes a little longer than my usual chosen style of knitting, if it doesn’t make it as a finished garment until next summer that will be ok too. After all, this knitting lark is supposed to be fun, isn’t it?
It has been a busy stressful week so far, and it’s only Thursday! There is still not much crafting going on in this house – well, I am not crafting in reality, but I am in my head, which still ‘counts’ and keeps me sane.
I have a new knitting WIP, a chunky hat which will be a gift for a friend’s birthday on the 25th December – she always seems to miss out on her birthday treats what with it being Christmas Day too. I shall endeavor to finish this, pop it in the post, extravagantly wrapping it in Birthday Wrapping Paper! Unfortunately I have steered off the pattern and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the next couple of inches look ok and that I don’t have to frog it. I tend to do this, and have had successes and failures galore!
Yesterday I read something which made me smile – a fellow knitter said she didn’t count her UFOs as WIPs. She was acknowledging the she had various woolly projects on pins that she wasn’t actually going to finish. I do not stress about my own projects not finished, but I admit I have started more things than I have completed. I might just have to admit that some of them won’t make it to fruition now – so WIPs become UFOs and that makes me feel a lot more comfortable! One in particular I know has a fault in the first few inches and I had thought it would not bother me when it was finished – but I know it will really – so I haven’t touched it in months. It is one thing I shall RIP out and turn into something else now. It cannot be finished and gifted as the error screams out at me!
I am also sewing, but only ‘in my head’ ! The first meeting of my new sewing group will take place at the end of January and before then I shall have to have a craft project planned. Something very small, something manageable and fun, and of course in the right venue. Watch this space!
As for family life – what a week that has been. My son has had a better couple of days, without actual taunting from the guys who picked on him the other day, but I know he has been worried, as have I. He has good friends who are looking out for him, all of them are passive rather than aggressive. He is avoiding getting in the same physical situation and being very strong and brave. I am proud of how he is dealing with it but inside I am still incensed that there are people out there who dare to fight their corner physically and in a crowd! I have reassured my son that his intelligence is a much stronger tool than those bullies who use their fists.