Knitting · Life

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!

Creativity · Designing · Life

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!) …..

Creativity · Life

Yarn horror story 😳😳😱😱

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….

Creativity · Knitting · Life

Sewing vs knitting

Today I thought I’d have a go at making curtains for our camper. Nay, better than that I thought I’d get the girl involved. I had a couple of pillow cases and planned to make some nice kitch curtains.

While I was hatching this plan I had completely forgotten that my sewing machine is completely bleddy temperamental. So fast forward a bit, the needle is way over to the left, there’s no way of getting it back where I want it, the top thread keeps breaking, even though the tension is where it normally is add to that 3 needles broke and the girl lost my needle threader (‘look Mummy it’s got a head on it I’ll put it somewhere ……’)

So, my perfect little curtains turned in to that’ll do let’s just get them done and in the van curtains…..ho hum. The girl quickly escaped leaving me in my own to let out some truly colourful language. I bloomin hate sewing right now. I learnt on an industrial machine, maybe I expect too much of my domestic model. I like hand sewing much better. So now I’m going to soothe my soul with a bit of knitting …..

Cooking · Home · Life

Om nom nom nom

I’m not much of a ‘joiner’, not one for being on committees and such like…. I’m just not that sociable. I don’t like big groups, I’m socially awkward or inappropriate depending on how you view chortling and doodling through meetings and I don’t like socialising, did I mention that.

Having a kid however changes things … she goes to school that has a PTA and there’s a PTA meeting tonight and I said I’d go. I’d rather be home KNITTING ON MY OWN!! Actually I’d rather be at home licking the bathroom floor clean… but I said I’d go, I want to make a contribution etc blah ….So to make the whole thing more manageable I’ve made brownies… they have nuts in, I don’t care, we’re all adults and I promise not to touch any nut allergists… actually the truth is I completely forgot about nuts until after I’d added them… please no body die.

I’m going to try and convince another mum friend to come with me so I don’t have to walk in on my own and maybe chortle with, yes I’m that immature…

I have to say, these brownies are bleddy ansome (unless you don’t like almonds and rose water) I’ll post the recipe later…. time to pick the girl up…

learning · Life

The eyes have it

I love these little Om charms and, in between booking markets and other admin I’ve been trying to keep up with sewing them on the things I’ve made so far this year (more than I thought!). The sewing on of the charms has been a bit of a challenge; I can no longer thread a regular sewing needle. There, I’ve said it! A definite sign of ageing!

For a while there I was just getting all bad tempered and huffy about not being able to thread the needle and / or find my husband’s reading specs.  Like that was helping any but it’s the sort of stuff we all do I’m sure. And then, like any shoddy workman, I started blaming my tools; the eye was too small. So while searching for a needle with a bigger eye (which by the way wouldn’t go through the little hole in the charm,) I found the ‘pointless needle threader’ that came with the ‘handy’ sewing kit in my Christmas Cracker.

I remember my Great Gran using one of these needle threaders, I remember her saying she couldn’t see the eye of the needle and as a child I didn’t get it; I could see it clear as day so I’d thread it for her. Suddenly that ‘pointless needle threader’ isn’t pointless at all.  So much of life and how we perceive the things we come across and up against is dependant on perception and context and by changing how we look at things we can change how we approach them. Also that so much of the emotion and frustration and effort we put into that emotion and frustration is ultimately pointless.

So after taking a nice big swig of Calm the F**k down tea and taking the time to accept the situation and then find a solution to the problem, I wonder why I so frequently start my ‘problem solving’ in such an unhelpful way.  The answer is easy, change doesn’t happen over night.  In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, ‘Practice [or change] becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time without break and in all earnestness’.

Just as in anything, we don’t get things ‘right’ straight away. we fail, we struggle, we reflect and attend to that which needs to change.   Slowly but surely with a kind eye the fact that now I know I’m being totally unhelpful in achieving whatever it is that I’m trying to do and then attend to the what it is that needs to be done means that I am on the way.

Life

Leap of faith

I’ve been tidying up with the girl and we came across this blanket. I knitted it while I was pregnant; it took a long time to make but then let’s face it, so does growing a baby!

I’d had 2 miscarriages and spent most of my pregnancy fearful and anxious that it might happen again. Knitting this was a leap of faith, that my little bean would grow strong and be make it to term. The knitting also helped calm me.

I had no idea how big the blanket would be. I cast on 250 stitches and made a start; and then I just kept going. Each row took 10 minutes to knit… I didn’t care. Each stitch was an affirmation that all would be well. Each stitch is imbued with love and hope. And I am very lucky, I don’t know how I’d have coped if my worst fears had been confirmed.

And now I have a 6 year old, I’m so very very lucky. She loves the blanket, it’s huge… she’s currently wearing it as a cape…. little blue riding hood ❤️

Life

Reasons to be cheerful

Today is International Happiness Day. There’s a whole website about it with some really interesting stuff, click on the link above.

Happiness is a funny thing, it’s not a thing to be possessed, nor a destination. It’s a state of mind. All the while we chase it, we miss it. For most of us going though the ordinary ups and downs of life we have the opportunity to be happy; whether we chose to take up the opportunity is up to us.

So what did I choose to do on International Happiness Day? I finally got round to doing a stocktake. Boy I have knitted a barrel load of stuff! Also, I sorted out my yarn. I even sorted out a bag of ‘never going to use this!’ yarn ready for a yarn swap. In between that I did the washing because it was only a stoke of luck that the girl had any uniform this morning. My husband was getting his van fixed and made the best coffee ever when he got home.

All very mundane, not glamorous in the slightest but I’m happy. I have a wonderful family, I knit lovely things and hopefully get others knitting too. All that and much more. Plenty of reasons to be cheerful, and for that I am grateful .

learning · Life

This made me hoot with laughter!

We took the train into town for passport photos for the girl and Faraway Tree books, then onto the library….

While the girl pottered around looking at books completely unsupervised (because I’m that sort of mum – she chooses her own books) I looked through the handful of knitting books I’d picked up on the way through to the kids section.

Looks like I’m going to have to up my game with the Halloween decorations I came up with last year! I laughed much too loudly when I noticed that the ‘how to’ drawings were hands from zombies and wearwolves! 😂😂 Such a clever book. I didn’t get it out. I came over all sensible and chose the cable knit books instead. I’m getting it out next time!

Anyway now I’m home, we cut the trip short as it was snowing and I didn’t want us to be stranded. There are some really lovely designs I’d like to try in the books. Seriously thoughtI do not get the cable charts…….not in the slightest! I can cable, it’s just that I worked out how to do it on my own. I don’t know how to write a chart for what I do. So, I’m going to pick a simple one, one that looks like what I know how to do, and work through it. I’m sure there’ll be a YouTube tutorial to help? Not tonight though. I’m feeling really ropey, sore throat, fuzzy head and my mantra is ‘gentleness in all things’. Time for some super simple knitting with my feet up before an early night.