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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.

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#2 getting my knit together

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…

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 .

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Happy Mother’s Day!

It’s Mother’s Day. The shelves have been full of weird cuddly toys and sloganed tat for weeks now. I’ve said it before, no mother wants that, of course they’ll appreciate the thought, especially if the little angel has chosen it themselves (one time my little one bought me a paw patrol figure and vehicle – don’t ask me which one – I have no idea). I feel so lucky, the school helped the little one make a lovely card and she went to the trouble of hiding it until today. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

I love working in greens, it’s my favourite colour… the colour of the heart chakra, it resonates with me. And look – not only some glorious tulips but some sumptuous yarn to play with. I’ve already started a boho hat in the light green. Mine. Not for sale. I might even get some leg warmer mojo on the go. Also not for sale.

Anyway, best crack on … stitches to knit, work to admire!

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Unravelling Recovery.

Ooh look, it’s me! Enjoying a coffee with my husband, in the sun. I’m only wearing 2 layers; a far cry from last week!

I know I look like I’m scowling but I’m not; I’m concentrating. A bunch of stitches had fallen off the needle when I shoved the knitting in my bag; I’d just got them all back on! Yey for me!

Thing is stitches don’t really want to unravel. If you’re careful and deft you can recover them. If you go all crazy like “Oh my f***ing god, look!!!” While yanking on the work to get a better look then chances are you’ll ladder back loads of rows.

Even this is recoverable, but chances are by the time this has happened you’ll probably be spitting blood and losing the plot all over the place. If this happens PUT THE KNITTING DOWN CAREFULLY. Walk away. Have a cup of tea. Come back to it later, you know, when you’re calm.

So, I’d gently picked the stitches up, one by one. I didn’t worry if they were on the needle the right way – you can sort that out later… ommmmmmmmmmmm

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Knitting for Nikki

I’ve knitted a hat for my friend and yoga teacher. It’s a lovely soft hat in a vintage heathery Aran. I hope she likes it. I certainly do which is a relief after the run on ‘Bad idea knits’ I’ve ended up with of late…

Today is about writing up the pattern so I can knit it again. I didn’t keep any notes while knitting except the bare minimum eg number of stitches cast on, when the pattern repeat started etc so it’s best I write it up quickly so I don’t forget.

I’ve got to be honest, it’s a flaming ball ache… it involves counting – lots. Have I mentioned before that I hate counting. I lose track all the time and so have created all sorts of weird and wonderful methods of annotating the work prior to writing it up in more traditional knitting terms.

Then in the middle of it all, just when I wanted to print off what I’d got so far (I’m not very good at reading from a screen) the internet went down and the printer is one of these wireless affairs. I get so cross which is I know is counterproductive and anyway it’s not like it’s a surprise; technology breaks down all the time. Why do I expect it to be faultless?!?!

Anyway I’ve done it now. Time to do some knitting and relax I think!!!

Ommmmmmmm!!!!!!

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Hang out the flags for Love! – FREE PATTERN

img_5070.jpgAs promised, here is my lovely pattern for Hearts ‘n’ Flags.  It’s super simple and is great for using up oddments of yarn, or a rather good excuse for getting some more! Its a chunky weight yarn knitted on 5mm needles for a lovely dense texture and they knit up in no time.  click on the link below to download the FREE PATTERN and check out the accompanying YouTube tutorials that will help you along the way…. you’re welcome!

Hearts n Flags

 

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Anyone who had a heart

It’s been a funny old day. I’d planned to go busking. In fact I turned up in town, in the rain, with a shop being demolished very noisily right by where I was planning to play.

Sometimes you need to take the hint and change your plans, I mean it’s not like I don’t have anything to do. So I packed up and came home, via the shops for a new loo seat and also some supplies for the little ones party bags for the weekend.

And these little beauties? My Valentines Baby Bunting and hearts. I’m typing up the pattern and will put it on here it ASAP. Don’t worry they’re lonely quick knits, you’ve got plenty of time ❤️❤️❤️