At the weekend I split milk all over my ‘phone. No point crying over that one, the screen is gradually becoming less and less responsive but this gentle decline is at least giving me enough time to back everything up! Anyway a new one will be winging its way to me drekly. As well as some software which will hopefully transform the design process – well that’s the promise! I’ve also bought my husband his Christmas present which is super exciting as I know he will love it. I will want to give to him as soon as it arrives; hopefully I can be restrained and keep it a secret until Christmas Day!
I found the pattern notes I’d made for the gauntlet mittens that I sold before working out the pattern. With these scant scribbles and the photo I should be able to work it out. BUT THE MOST EXCITING THING…
THE ERIKA KNIGHT WOOL HAS ARRIVED!!!!
I’m working on some new pieces and I am so excited. Almost frenzied. This is how it feels when I’m working on something new. I feel like I’m fizzing inside! There’s a beautiful muffler and a lovely gentle contouring hat, plus a cape and so much more…. I’m making a start….. and smiling from ear to ear.
NB, please forgive any typos or spelling – my screen is dark blue and some of the touch screen areas don’t work xx
I’d love to be able to show this work in progress but it’s a surprise and I don’t want to spoil it…. it’s beautiful yarn …. you’ll have to take my word for it!
Well Christmas is the season for giving and I’m working on some free patterns for glorious little festive decorations. Some might say it’s too early but I like to take the stress out of things and anyway they make nice little gifts. You can’t have too many decorations at Christmas.
Anyway I was drawing them and my gorgeous girl came over. “Can I design one mummy?” Of course. “Can I use your special pen?” Yes. And here it is, a parcel. She’s 5. I’m one of those super proud mums and I don’t care! I’m starting this one first!
One of the things I love about knitting something new is that I’m never sure how it’s going to turn out. I’m pretty pleased with my most recent creation.
This top down cape takes 400g of yarn. I must admit to holding my breath as I was casting off as it was a close call with the yarn. Some changes here and there but nothing major. Of course I didn’t make any notes so I’m going to have to sit there and work it out but never mind.
Now if only I had 4 buttons I could finish it. You’d think in that ubiquitous button box you’d have 4 the same…. nope. I have a selection of suitable candidates but only 3 of each. I did think about a mix and match but it needs to be right.
So after busking tomorrow I’ll have to go to John Lewis’ or somewhere to get some sturdy wooden buttons. Note to self… take the thing with you as you won’t remember how big they need to be! Oh and I’ll try not to buy any more yarn…. ahem.
I wasn’t going to write anything today but then my little girl asked me to make her a bee puppet and I agreed.
I started on the head this morning and then went swimming and then to the park with a friend. Back home I started to cook soup for the fireworks party tomorrow. And then I’m hit by the other M of Makery…. Manic.
It’s like I’ve been possessed. So in between chopping vegetables and stirring (that’s not the time btw, we never set the cooker clock) , I’ve made this… a paper pattern than could be a bee. I won’t know til I try it in foam. And it’s like I can’t wait. It’s a wonderful energy. Watch this space. 🙏❤️
I wanted to work on puppets today… but I didn’t sleep. Well that’s not true, I slept with my little girl which amounts to the same thing really. And that’s on the back of several really rubbish nights sleep. Anyway, I felt pretty rough… so after teaching Pilates this morning I took a nap and I felt a bit better but not for long. It’s frustrating.
Time was I would have ploughed on regardless. Thinking maybe I have some sort of magic energy pot. I don’t. No one does. There’s only so much gas in the can and I’ve got three classes to teach tonight. So a day of fairly easy admin. Trying to decide on colours (ok not so easy). Working out how many 10mm needles I’ll need etc. So no puppets today.
The world won’t notice if the puppets aren’t started today but I will and it will cost me in energy and imbalance. And chances are I’ll make a right cods of it and burn myself no end with the hot glue etc etc. Today is about being gentle with myself. After all, I was a friend of mine and I came over all tired, I wouldn’t start cracking the whip yelling ‘come on get some work done’. I’d make coffee and hunt round for some cake. I’m kind like that. Be kind to everyone, but most of all yourself.
I’m torn! I’m trying to choose 6 colours for my ‘Home Spun’ range. These colours are from the Erika Knight Maxi Wool range. I love Marni and Mallard, Pretty is very delicate. What colours would you choose? I need a couple of neutral colours too… hmmm might need more than 6! Please let me know your preferences in the ‘Leave a reply’ section right at the bottom.
Yesterday I made a beret; people have been asking for them on the stall and I thought I’d have a go. I was too in the moment to write the pattern down as I knitted. That and I was waiting to busk when I started it; standing around waiting for more than more than half a dozen people to be in town! I get impatient and am liable to start to early if I don’t have knitting with me. Later I was just enjoying the knitting and taking a break from an Aran Cape-u-chino I’m working on
So now is the business of measuring. How much yarn, how many rows, what EXACTLY did I do and do I want to change anything? How could it be better… you know that sort of stuff. And this design is probably going to be in the ‘Home Spun’ range I’m working on – so it’ll probably need reworking in that yarn but this is a good start.
Thats all going to have to wait until later. This is the last weekend of half term and it’s going to be a lovely lazy day. Lots of making probably involving glitter and pipe cleaners and maybe some baking and definitely some pumpkin carving. Oh and the clocks change tonight, not that that’s going to make any difference to us as a family, but it definitely feels like winter. We like winter…