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It’s been a while… I’ve been busy

I LOVE this glorious flame pattern scarf. I’ve just finished it, I’ve not sewn the ends in yet and still has the remainder of the yarn dangling it a little ball on my lap… I don’t want to take it off!

It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve not been idle. I’ve been knitting and thinking. I’ve been collating patterns, ideas, values. Sometimes I need to just stop and take stock.

It’s a difficult thing to do, it feels like ‘doing nothing’. It’s like thinning out plants though, if you don’t nothing grows properly.

That said, I’d better finish off this scarf.

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#3 Getting my knit together

It’s been a bit of an uphill slog but By 10pm last night I had gathered up everything I needed for the market, well mostly. My nice coat hangers have gone walkabouts.

It’s been a while. I’m not a natural sales person but I do enjoy talking to people about knitting. It was the local Steiner May Fayre; the children learn to knit there in year one so quite a few of the children were interested in what I was doing.

It was a lovely day. I wasn’t expecting to sell much which was just as well, although I did cover my costs. That wasn’t the point of today, it was more about having a dress rehearsal/dummy run. So while it would have been nice to sell a cape or two, I got to look with fresh eyes at what I do and I’ve got some ideas as to how to improve.

So now I’m home, tired but positive. Time to take a break.

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#2 getting my knit together

It’s a great day to make sure the gazebo still goes up, the table hasn’t rusted shut and give everything a good ole wipe down…

Also I’ve found another box of yarn, and there was me thinking I was running low. So I’ve got the ocean and pay back in super chunky… Yey!! I’ve got lots of little jobs to do, some sewing up, some sewing on of Om charms and some plain ole finding stuff that isn’t where I thought it was…..all while I bleach my roots ready for fresh colour! Speaking of which I best rinse it off before all my hair breaks off…

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Getting my knit together

What gorgeous weather we’re having!!! So knitting these summer bright soft storage baskets and plant pot covers in readiness for my first market of the year. I’m really lovely looking forward to it – I’m not entire prepared but that’s life. Don’t wait until you’re ready!

I’ve not yet managed to knit any easy light weight summer tops… the one I was working on ended up being dragged behind my van and ended up in the bin if you remember!

So anyway, I lovely easy day with the girl and some good friends today so better get on and ready for the day …πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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Supervising & not looking

This weekend has been hectic. The girl has a better social life than me, mind you that’s not difficult.

Towards the end of the day she was playing outside with a friend. They’re still too young to be playing out near the road on their own and it was cold so I climbed into my trusty (not rusty) van and watched.

I’m working on some gorgeous soft storage pots in a super chunky merino / acrylic mix. It’s a great yarn, basically you’re knitting an i-cord and it’s really robust.

It was lovely to be knitting the Freyja pattern again. It’s got a wonderful rhythm to it. Also I can knit without looking, well for most of the time anyway. So I watched as they gathered up all sorts of stuff from the house, dumping it on the grass verge in some elaborate game. It was fascinating to watch but I didn’t want them to feel watched. Wouldn’t have happened if I’d been scrolling through my phone at the time….

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Knitting not swimming

Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming. I find it meditative. But that’s when I’m doing lengths on my own. It’s just me and the water and my mind quietens. Swimming with the girl is entirely different and not at all meditative.

Ok the joy of watching the girl grow in confidence in the water in wonderful, and the socialising with the other mums is great. But some days I just don’t want have to get wet to do it.

Why? Oh you know… There’s the trying to get changed before the girl flings open the door to the communal changing room, then there’s the getting cold and have I mentioned getting cold oh and staying cold for hours. So while I don’t hate it, some days I don’t relish it. Today was one of those days!

Today the Gods were with me … she went swimming with another parent. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ. I very gratefully watched her from the comfort of the cafe, in the warm. I drank coffee, I started knitting a tension square, I could be proud and warm at the same time.

I still don’t know what to do with the yarn. It’s ‘too nice’ you know that feeling? Like the dinner service you keep for best. But at least now I know how many stitches and rows it’ll take to knit whatever it is. It feels summery some how. So I’ll wait I guess until the whatever it is comes to me. Ommmm πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ

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What a tangled web …

I was winding this skein into a ball… it was going well. Then I realised I’d lost an earring – it was an anniversary present and I love it so I and got up to look for it .. I’m hoping it’s in the house somewhere but I didn’t find it. I came back to the yarn and LOOK!! What the actual flaming flip happened here! I would blame the cats but they’re outside. Honestly it wasn’t like this when I left it!

Funny thing is that I don’t mind untangling yarn… especially when I’m feeling a bit jangled, like when, for example I’ve lost my special earring. It’s almost as if the physical act of unravelling, following the yarn helps me straighten things out and find a quiet place.

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An inauspicious Day (for knitting)

I’ve been worked on a summer weight top in Aran. I’ve knitted the back and started on the front… so far so good. Except that I’ve been finding it a bit dull as it’s the same pattern and there’s many many of the 4 row repeats.

So I’ve been popping it in my bag so I can pick it up at the drop of a hat. I find it can keep the knitting mojo running rather than it getting stuffed in to corner for me to lie about finishing one day. As such things were progressing nicely.

What happened today I hear no one ask? Well since you asked, a friend and our kids who are also friends were going on a beach trip. As such I packed my old lady trolley with wetsuits, towels and other beach paraphernalia along with my knitting. The loading of the van took a while as some grumpy old bloke parked next to us made it clear we were in his way. Also he had parked way too close so actually we had no choice but to wait at the back of the van. As he drove away we loaded the van and were off!

We arrived at the beach only for me to realise I had not in fact loaded the trolley. Worse still I knew that I had left it at the back of the van so I had probably reversed over it. Yey, oh how I laughed.

Leaving my friend at the beach with the kids I went to retrieve what might be left of the trolley. And there it was! Mangled some mile and a half up the road from where we started, I was strangely impressed… I had been towing my old lady trolley… it had done rather well, perhaps this could be start of a new sport?! Anyway I did a quick u-eeee put the hazard lights on and gathered up my belongings.

Initially I was delighted, I gathered up knitting and realised not a single stitch had been dropped… however tyre marks are never a good look and the knitting had become detached from the ball of yarn which will never be seen again, along with one of the girl’s wellies. Ho hum. That’s the end of that then. When you run over your knitting project it’s time to call it quits!

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Delicious Decisions….

Just look at this lovely yarn….. LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!! So good you could almost taste it!!! I can’t decide what to do with it…. it’s just so lovely. It varies in thickness and knits up on 6mm needles….

That red and orange; it’s like a fire right there. I don’t normally go for the hot colours like this, I’m more of a green and blue kinda person but this yarn sang to me…. it shouted YOU NEED ME!!!!! I guess that’s what reds and oranges do huh!?

This is more my style, not so easy to knit with as its got little sequins in but it makes up a luxurious fabric …

Both are from my favourite yarn shop in Bath. It’s an Italian Tailors and they sell Italian yarn, it’s great to find different things…

Anyway I’m thinking lightweight summer wrap for the cool evenings (and let’s face it, days in the UK!) …..

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Yarn horror story πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜±πŸ˜±

I’ve got those ‘Not going to have enough yarn to finish this project’ blues…

I weighed it before I started… it should have been enough… having said that I’m having to use my old baking scales ever since I accidentally dropped my super accurate digital ones in the (full) washing up bowl… note to self buy new scales….

If I can’t get some more, I guess I could use a contrasting colour.., hmmm time to get creative – either that or frog the whole thing and knit something else…

Still on the bright side, I’ve enjoyed knitting it… every cloud has a silver lining….