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Things that make me smile

This line always makes me smile. Especially on days like today which has been particularly s****y 💩.

So anyway lots of really annoying stuff happened all day and I kept moving forward. I feel like a champion!

Anyway, I’ve promised the little one I’ll knit her a top the same as the one I’m knitting now. Apparently I NEVER KNIT HER ANYTHING!!! That not true, she just loses the stuff I knit so it probably feels like that. She wanted to know what the top will look like … I drew this. She likes it. Fingers crossed I’ve got enough yarn as I only have 400g and they’ve sold out. I’ll work. Something out I’m sure!

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#3 BS ideas about mental health

Today is mental health awareness day. Tomorrow is just another day where mental health can go unnoticed. I hope these awareness days do raise awareness for longer than a day; I suffer with mental ill health at times, I have to work hard sometimes to stay well. Most people are cool about it, others are not. Here are 3 of the best (least helpful) BS ideas about mental health I’ve come across…

#1 Taking medication is an easy option. Say that again out loud, nice and slow while thinking about a diabetic or someone with epilepsy… if medication works and helps you feel better then take it.

#2 There are plenty of people worse off than you. Yes, we know. That doesn’t make my pain or your pain any less debilitating.

#3 Have you tried…. [insert here any unsolicited advice] chances are if I’m telling you about something I don’t want advice, I want you to listen. I know that’s super uncomfortable seeing someone you care about unhappy and feeling like you’re not doing anything but you are .. the time to give advice is when the person asks for it.

On that note, I’m not going to give any advice on getting better, I’ll tell you what works for me, in no particular order

#1 exercise any sort really depending on how much energy I have

#2 creating something, anything. Cooking, drawing, knitting, playing music, even if it only works while I’m doing it.

#3 medication – prescription

#4 meditation

#5 naming – identifying out loud to myself the feeling(s) that are swamping me.

#6 quality sleep

What do you find helpful? ❤️🙏🏼

Creativity · Designing · Knitting

Worse problems to have

Just going through my sadly dwindling supply of Erika Knight Maxi Yarn…

I’m planning an open side easy tank top in the Artisan; I have a little of the Mallard left and will use that lovingly to edge the garment… something like this. that’s IT! No more adding to the collection until I’ve collated and checked all my patterns… honest guv’nor.

I’m pretty sure that will take most of the Artisan I have… then there’s what to do with the 400g of Pretty I forget what the grey and the purple are called… hmmm choices, choices….

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Extreme Knitting

Today we wound up a family weekend away with a trip to Taunton to see my in laws. And very lovely it was too!

And here’s me, knitting cable in a moving van while playing eye spy – how’s that for extreme knitting! I also worked back stitches through several rows where it became evident I got the stitch wrong. Knitting like a Boss, that’s how I feel (I’d strongly recommend Fearless knitting from Craftsy). It’s rare I feel accomplished at anything. I usually I dismiss it as being easy or meaningless when ever I could feel accomplished so I’m super glad to be able to acknowledge not only the personality trait but also revise it.

Anyway, I finished this gorgeous extra wide ear warmer… I love this yarn. Gutted it’s no longer available; I’ve traveled through all the knitting sights and ebay to no avail. I’m not sure this one will be for sale.., always a good sign when I get possessive…

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Seven happy days

#100happydays

This place gives me peace and the space to think. We are so lucky. Today I started writing the introduction to my knitting book. I feel like I’ve been treading water for most of the year and unable to write anything but today I felt a shift. A

I think spending a bit of time getting the Makery sorted has helped a great deal. The more observant among you might notice that’s it’s a big ole van that’s been converted. My husband is so supportive and he put the fire in and laid the floor and so on. He is a wonderful man.

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Day 3

Here we are, day 3 of #100happydays. Yesterday’s is on my Facebook page. It’s harder this time as previously many (most) pictures were of my family.

My little one is 6 and I don’t feel it’s appropriate to share images of her Willy-Nilly, especially in such a public forum. Take it as a given my family are the root, the foundation of my happiness, even on days when they are really p***ing me off!

Today I’m weighing the things I’ve knitted. If these colours don’t scream AUTUMN 🍂, I don’t know what does! I’m weighing them as they’re new patterns and I’m seeing how consistent I am … pretty much. I accidentally tossed the last set of digital weighing scales in the sink after some baking (note to self, do not use these for baking, you have other scales -use them)

I have a market at the weekend which I’m getting ready for…. must crack on.

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#100happydays

Apparently it’s 100 days until Christmas – I’ve been reminded by several emails all promoting a wide array of bargains.I think I supposed to be panicked into starting shopping or something! 100 days is actually quite a long time.

About 4 years ago I took a challenge of posting a picture for 100 happy days. Sometimes it was easy and obvious while others I really had to work hard at finding something positive. It taught me a lot.

So it’s 100 days until Christmas; I’m going to enjoy each one, after all, I enjoy the build up as much, maybe more. There’s the knitting for a start. Yes, I’ll be knitting gifts for friends and family; some have put in requests which makes things easy. Then there’s the cooking, I love making mince pies and my husband and I both like making the cake so let’s see who gets it together this year; last year neither of us did!😂😂. Then there’s letters to Father Christmas, knitting more stuff for the stall as I have a few markets coming up. But first we have several family birthdays Halloween, Bonfire night and a whole host of other stuff. And ticking along the whole time is the daily stuff, housework, shopping, homework, Netflix binges.

Let’s fill those 100 days with love and meaning. Let our best gifts to those we love be ourselves. Let whatever we can do be enough. To come from a place a love and integrity is all we can of ourselves and each other. Let the better days fill our cup so we can weather the harder ones when we have to look for the chunk of sunlight.

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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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Here again!

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.

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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 🦇😁.

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.