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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.

Creativity · Designing · Knitting · Life

Shhhhh!

I LOVE this yarn. I’ve knitted the cable ear warmer and am making a start on the hat.

My brain was jangled after a busy day and I needed some quiet after the girl went to bed. In the quiet of the living room I sat on the floor and worked out how the decrease might work. I say might because things can sometimes change in the actual knitting. Feeling already quieter, I did some yoga with my favourite YouTube channel yoga with Adriene …. and now I feel positively serene!

Have I mentioned that I LOVE this yarn. The picture doesn’t do the colours justice ( I’m all about colour). The cable looks amazing and I’m actually inspired to knit a jumper… anyway now to keep the quiet in my soul with a bit of knitting ❤️🙏🏼

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Ooops I Did It Again!

I finished the leg warmer yesterday but once off the needle it looked a little too wide. Hmph….

Let me explain… I have what can be generously described as ‘strong legs’ I wanted to make sure my calves weren’t busting out like some Incredible Hulk so I added a few stitches… Hmph…

I had planned to cast on the second before sewing up the first but I thought I’d better check the fit before making a start on the second…..And BINGO! Leg warmers for a baby elephant…. Yey.

Unlike the glove I recently made fit for a giant, there was no alternative use for it…. champagne bottle warmer…. vase warmer???? No. Nothing else for it but to frog 🐸.

By the time I’d done that I’d lost my leg warmer mojo. My husband suggested we watch Gravity because Sandra Bullock is my favourite actress…. good film but not at all relaxing in fact harrowing so I started knitting this Peter Pan hat.

The snow finally came in properly yesterday and was still there today so we built an igloo and I finished this little hat. I like it. I need to improve the decrease but apart from that I like it… what do you think?

Creativity · Designing · Life

FLASH! …aaaahhhhh!

I’ve just finished the second of the fairy tale cosy collar – still working out the fastening when my husband comes in the room….

“Oh look” he chuckles “Ming The Merciless” …. Oh. I guess he might have a point if it was red and black…. which of course I am going to have to try now, I’ve got some red, I’ll get some black next time I’m in town.

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Always learning

We bought this beauty after Christmas. I’ve had a few plays with it but that’s about it. To avoid arguments it’s put away while the girl is around …. (I’ve just deleted hundreds of pictures of Mia and Me on the tv, chins, noses, random carpet shots… etc etc for my phone, and wiped the weetabix off the screen)

So anyway, after making a clothes drying rack which I’ve been meaning to do for ages I’ve made a nice cup of earl grey and got the camera out. I’ve already failed on two counts, the book says have the manual alongside the book and the battery is really low. Still undeterred I’ve had a bit of a read in the peace and quiet of the wood and played around with the settings to see the difference it makes.

I’ve watched some YouTube tutorials and info on the camera and I think I’m getting to grips with the different terms, what they mean and what they do… mostly in theory! And now I’m reading about white balance….

All of this might seem a bit off subject but since I take most of the photos of my stuff myself I want them to be the best photos I can achieve. And anyway I love learning, even when I don’t get it, even when the words swim around the page, even when it feels like a foreign language I keep going because slowly but surely things fall into place.

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If at first you don’t succeed…. redesign!

Hmph! This is the 3rd time I’ve frogged the cosy collar because the button holes frankly look rubbish!

So, back to the drawing board; the problem seems to be that because I’m using two strands of yarn there’s all sorts of weirdy gaps and lumps and bumps. Now that might be because I’m not terribly good a knitting double sided yet or maybe because I’m missing some particular technique. Maybe it’s because I’m using super chunky yarn… although the Erika Knight yarn looked ok so maybe it’s the type of super chunky ….who knows! I’ve searched on YouTube and I haven’t found anything…. hmmmmmmm…..

Thing is, I need it to be easily achievable with nice looking results if it’s going to be a pattern in my book. I’m sure we’ve all tried a pattern which has given far from desired results and blamed ourselves when actually the pattern was off. That’s not what I want. I want people to enjoy the knitting process like I scenic journey and to be delighted with their results, regardless of the yarn they use.

If you have any ideas of how to do button holes I’d love to hear about it. I the mean time I’m going to reconsider the closure…,

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Making as meditation

This two sided knitting lark really is a meditation! It really is terribly simple, you just have to keep your mind in the moment, on the task.

You know when you’re meditating and you wander off thinking about this and that…. and then you catch yourself and bring yourself back to the breath or a sound …. Only with the two sided knitting my little wanderings are all too evident as the wrong coloured stitch waving at me!

I’m getting really good at undoing stitches vertically and reworking the them the right way. Well I thought I’d give it a go after undoing several whole rows which had me in a real pickle!

And the work is giving me so many ideas, how I could use this fabric, and has set me wondering how I can develop it. Of course there’s colour work, textures etc etc. Of course I’ll be looking to the YouTube community for help and ideas but also the ‘making it up as I go and seeing if it works’ method that serves me well (even if it doesn’t work).

I’d love to hear what other people are working on 🙏🏼❤️

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These boots were made for walking!!!

Last week I was planning… this week I’m catching up with all the stuff that didn’t get done over the busy pre Christmas period.

It’s killing me, returning a big pile of overdue library books, getting my hair cut, taking the cardboard mountain to the recycle centre, dropping off several bags of stuff at the charity shop… blah blah blah…. I just want to be DOING, MAKING…. 😱😱

The saving grace of this ‘admin day’ as I’m calling it is putting my much loved boots in for repair, and the cobbler says they can be fixed AND I get to pick them up on Saturday. YEY!

I know though that all of this is necessary, clearing the decks ready for the work to come. Later today I will be able to look through the quotes for my projects without all those ‘things to do’ distracting me. So however much it feels like I’m ‘not getting anything done’ or that I’m ‘standing still’ which are my 2 main frustrations, I know that I am. I know that progress does not always look like progress and doing doesn’t necessarily mean progress. And above all if there is one thing I need to learn it is patience!!

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Daisies!!!

Picked by lovely little A… spring is on the way!!! YEY!!!!

Once the chaos of getting A ready for school was done I started the day with another great yoga class from Nikki. Uncomfortable, challenging and at the same time calming and restorative. Having a teacher takes you places that you wouldn’t get to on your own. I’ve missed it.

I’m feeling like that with knitting. I’m a mostly self taught and solitary knitter. I’m not even sure what I would like to learn next. Any suggestions for techniques or methods?