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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…

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Getting my knit together

What gorgeous weather we’re having!!! So knitting these summer bright soft storage baskets and plant pot covers in readiness for my first market of the year. I’m really lovely looking forward to it – I’m not entire prepared but that’s life. Don’t wait until you’re ready!

I’ve not yet managed to knit any easy light weight summer tops… the one I was working on ended up being dragged behind my van and ended up in the bin if you remember!

So anyway, I lovely easy day with the girl and some good friends today so better get on and ready for the day …πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈβ˜€οΈ

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Knitting not swimming

Don’t get me wrong, I love swimming. I find it meditative. But that’s when I’m doing lengths on my own. It’s just me and the water and my mind quietens. Swimming with the girl is entirely different and not at all meditative.

Ok the joy of watching the girl grow in confidence in the water in wonderful, and the socialising with the other mums is great. But some days I just don’t want have to get wet to do it.

Why? Oh you know… There’s the trying to get changed before the girl flings open the door to the communal changing room, then there’s the getting cold and have I mentioned getting cold oh and staying cold for hours. So while I don’t hate it, some days I don’t relish it. Today was one of those days!

Today the Gods were with me … she went swimming with another parent. πŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ. I very gratefully watched her from the comfort of the cafe, in the warm. I drank coffee, I started knitting a tension square, I could be proud and warm at the same time.

I still don’t know what to do with the yarn. It’s ‘too nice’ you know that feeling? Like the dinner service you keep for best. But at least now I know how many stitches and rows it’ll take to knit whatever it is. It feels summery some how. So I’ll wait I guess until the whatever it is comes to me. Ommmm πŸ™πŸΌβ€οΈ

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An inauspicious Day (for knitting)

I’ve been worked on a summer weight top in Aran. I’ve knitted the back and started on the front… so far so good. Except that I’ve been finding it a bit dull as it’s the same pattern and there’s many many of the 4 row repeats.

So I’ve been popping it in my bag so I can pick it up at the drop of a hat. I find it can keep the knitting mojo running rather than it getting stuffed in to corner for me to lie about finishing one day. As such things were progressing nicely.

What happened today I hear no one ask? Well since you asked, a friend and our kids who are also friends were going on a beach trip. As such I packed my old lady trolley with wetsuits, towels and other beach paraphernalia along with my knitting. The loading of the van took a while as some grumpy old bloke parked next to us made it clear we were in his way. Also he had parked way too close so actually we had no choice but to wait at the back of the van. As he drove away we loaded the van and were off!

We arrived at the beach only for me to realise I had not in fact loaded the trolley. Worse still I knew that I had left it at the back of the van so I had probably reversed over it. Yey, oh how I laughed.

Leaving my friend at the beach with the kids I went to retrieve what might be left of the trolley. And there it was! Mangled some mile and a half up the road from where we started, I was strangely impressed… I had been towing my old lady trolley… it had done rather well, perhaps this could be start of a new sport?! Anyway I did a quick u-eeee put the hazard lights on and gathered up my belongings.

Initially I was delighted, I gathered up knitting and realised not a single stitch had been dropped… however tyre marks are never a good look and the knitting had become detached from the ball of yarn which will never be seen again, along with one of the girl’s wellies. Ho hum. That’s the end of that then. When you run over your knitting project it’s time to call it quits!

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Delicious Decisions….

Just look at this lovely yarn….. LOOK AT IT!!!!!!!!!! So good you could almost taste it!!! I can’t decide what to do with it…. it’s just so lovely. It varies in thickness and knits up on 6mm needles….

That red and orange; it’s like a fire right there. I don’t normally go for the hot colours like this, I’m more of a green and blue kinda person but this yarn sang to me…. it shouted YOU NEED ME!!!!! I guess that’s what reds and oranges do huh!?

This is more my style, not so easy to knit with as its got little sequins in but it makes up a luxurious fabric …

Both are from my favourite yarn shop in Bath. It’s an Italian Tailors and they sell Italian yarn, it’s great to find different things…

Anyway I’m thinking lightweight summer wrap for the cool evenings (and let’s face it, days in the UK!) …..

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Yarn horror story πŸ˜³πŸ˜³πŸ˜±πŸ˜±

I’ve got those ‘Not going to have enough yarn to finish this project’ blues…

I weighed it before I started… it should have been enough… having said that I’m having to use my old baking scales ever since I accidentally dropped my super accurate digital ones in the (full) washing up bowl… note to self buy new scales….

If I can’t get some more, I guess I could use a contrasting colour.., hmmm time to get creative – either that or frog the whole thing and knit something else…

Still on the bright side, I’ve enjoyed knitting it… every cloud has a silver lining….

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Sewing vs knitting

Today I thought I’d have a go at making curtains for our camper. Nay, better than that I thought I’d get the girl involved. I had a couple of pillow cases and planned to make some nice kitch curtains.

While I was hatching this plan I had completely forgotten that my sewing machine is completely bleddy temperamental. So fast forward a bit, the needle is way over to the left, there’s no way of getting it back where I want it, the top thread keeps breaking, even though the tension is where it normally is add to that 3 needles broke and the girl lost my needle threader (‘look Mummy it’s got a head on it I’ll put it somewhere ……’)

So, my perfect little curtains turned in to that’ll do let’s just get them done and in the van curtains…..ho hum. The girl quickly escaped leaving me in my own to let out some truly colourful language. I bloomin hate sewing right now. I learnt on an industrial machine, maybe I expect too much of my domestic model. I like hand sewing much better. So now I’m going to soothe my soul with a bit of knitting …..

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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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  The answer is easy, change doesn’t happen over night.Β  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.Β  Β 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.

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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 β€οΈπŸ™πŸΌ

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Great expectations!

This is a wonderful Italian chunky wool/ alpaca/ acrylic yarn on 6.5mm needles. I’ve knitted the tension square to help me with my design for a close fitting hat with detachable ear warmer.

I really love the definition of the stitches and the soft mossy colours. It’s funny, I react strongly to colour. A while ago I was using some brown chunky yarn. On the face of it the yarn was attractive, and I’d knitted other items in differences colours of the same yarn. Once I started with it I was disappointed but I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Eventually I realised, there just wasn’t enough warmth. So anyway I’m really looking forward to working with this yarn.