I know I’m not alone when it comes to having a bag crammed full of useful things. I’ve got this useful little inner thing so in theory I can transfer all my stuff from one bag to another. In reality I only use one … my gorgeous Dr Marten rucksack🤩🤩🤩. Enough room there for everything and the knitting! So what’s in my bag ….?
Snakes and ladders / playing cards – good when waiting for food to be served while out with the little one
Make up – sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t
Note pad and pens – for ummm notes and stuff
Earphones – actually mostly pointless but just in case you know…
AA Battery – ummm not at all useful I’m not even sure if it works
Crochet hook – well, mistakes happen🙄😱
Hand sanitizer – folk can be really disgusting
Wool needle – for sewing up; don’t mind if I do, I’m finishing off a birthday gift for a good friend. A fellow Virgo.
I’m here again at the beautiful campsite in cornwall. This time my husband is here which is lovely; we’ve done a bit or busking and I’ve done a whole load of knitting. We’ve eaten ice cream, played push-penny in the arcades, bought tat and today, best of all went to The Monkey Sanctuary. (Seriously, who the hell keeps a monkey as a pet!?🤬)Oh and we had a wonderful Indian meal out.
I’ve finished knitting a scarf and started on a child’s version of the same; can’t promise these items won’t have bits of grass knitted into them and I’m pretty sure they’ll smell a bit of wood smoke! Seriously I wash stuff before I sell it!
Right now I’m laying in our tent listening to the rain… I love that sound. We’ve been visited by a huge hedgehog and the little one has made friends with a bunch of kids also staying here. She’s asleep next to me as there was a spider in her tent. My baby, brave enough to sleep in her own tent, except for tonight when she was chased out by s spider! 🕷 She’s growing up so fast.
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 🦇😁.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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 …🙏🏼❤️☀️☀️☀️
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….
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!
Today is our 7th wedding anniversary. I know – Friday the 13th – but lucky for us! Anyway seven years is represented by copper and wool…. WOOL!!!! How fortuitous!
So here is my offering to my lovely husband. A Viking style copper bangle and I knitted a little cabled pouch to put it in. Happy day to us!!