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Happy Birthday to MEEEE!!

I’m 46 today. No shame there. Many people aren’t that lucky, and luckier still I get to enjoy it with my wonderful husband. I taught Pilates first thing and the kind and ever thoughtful ladies (and gent) remembered and signed a card and gave me a lovely rose plant 🌹. I’ll be teaching classes later on today but I’m good with that. It doesn’t feel like work, none of what I do does; how good is that!

So here I am working on my Imp Hat (for kids) ; I initially did it top down and now seeing how it works bottom up. Then we’re going out for lunch before picking up our kind and funny daughter. Today feels like the best day ever!!!

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Like mother, like daughter

Hmmm after my last post about how I’d made a new winter trio (gloves, hat, scarf) for my daughter on account of her losing them all… ummmm I’ve lost mine too… ahem.

So this glorious autumn day, in between my Les Mills quarterly updates I’m making myself some new mitts. I’ve got a plan so the little one and I keep better track of our stuff… watch this space….!

There’s something so lovely about knitting at the start of Autumn, feels like prep for the season ahead! Just look at these colours!

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Work in progress

The little one loves the mitts I’ve knitted as part of a kids winter trio. I’ve just finished the hat and already made the scarf.

She’s claimed them as hers which is just as well since she’s lost her winter gear from last year. I think I’m literally going to have to sew it all to her coat so we don’t lose them πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I was being really efficient and writing down the pattern for the hat and then I got a bit distracted, I was FaceTiming with my husband. Then I was knitting on the street prior to busking … I’m going to have to sit down and work it out.., ho hum….

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R&R

I’m having a wonderful time with our little girl camping. It’s a fantastic site, right by a river in the woods… fires allowed and a toilet and shower block, what more do you need?

Last night after setting up camp we went for a riverside walk in the wood. We ate the sweetest blackberries (which we had with our breakfast) and then we saw real live, flapping around our heads bats πŸ¦‡πŸ˜.

Today little one has made friends and is running around have a ball and I’m taking in the view while I work up the ‘Flame’ scarf in a different yarn, seeing how the pattern works and how much yarn it takes. I love this bit of the design process, it’s always more interesting that the first time around, sometimes making little adjustments, sometimes frogging because it just doesn’t work for some reason 🐸.

Life is good.

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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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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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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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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….