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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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Let it snow

Ok, my friends in Canada and Eastern Europe will be slightly bewildered… the schools are closed yet there is barely enough snow on the ground for s snowball… the little one however has never seen snow so she’s easily impressed,

So far a cosy day by the fire knitting and arguing with the little one about her world book day costume (Matilda-and apparently we have the wrong sort of dresses not that it matters because school is closed).

I’ve started a lovely Aran leg warmer.., I’m 2/3 of the way through. Let’s hope I can keep my mojo going long enough to knit the second! I will make sure I start the second as right after casting off the first… see how that goes!

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We’ve turned the corner’

My wonderful little angel shrieked with joy when she opened the front door this morning. “Take a picture!” She insisted.

Just look at that sun on the bare winter trees! Moments later it was gone but how welcome! We have officially turned the corner towards longer days. Also I’ve finished work now for Christmas 🎄😃😃.

Last market✔️

Last busking ✔️

Last project✔️

All done.

And now is time to kick back and enjoy the Christmas preparations with Alice. The shopping is mostly done, the woods is just about ready so it’s mainly wrapping and finishing touches. Jerri, my husband will be back Christmas Eve and then it’s properly the holidays! Family time. Time for friends.

And then it’ll be time to reflect on the year. The progress made, there’s plenty to be proud of. But also what’s important for the coming year, what I want to do more of, what I want to change.

If I don’t get around to blogging before Christmas Day, which I might not have a wonderful time. 🎄❤️🙏🏼

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Baby it’s cold outside!

Definitely a two hat day today, that and the other 8 layers! But what a beautiful morning. Jack Frost had visited and left his mark. Glorious!

So I’m in Wells again today, the sun is shining. I’ve got myself a card reader so can finally take card payments. Already I have had some lovely chats with fellow knitters. My hands are a bit cold for knitting the cape-u-chino I’m working on but they’ll soon warm up once I start.

Here’s the thing, back along in what feels like another lifetime ago I was considering training to be a PE teacher. One of the deciding factors against was that I couldn’t bear the thought of being out in the cold all winter. Ho! And here I am, standing in the cold and not minding. I guess when you want to do something you do it whatever!

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A family affair ❤️❤️

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!

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Phew!

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.

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Measuring-The Many M’s of Makery

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…

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