Friday, March 07, 2014

Fleeting passions

This week my heart is beating faster for \\ bold brash daffodils \\ clementine cake \\ cutting fabric hearts \\ the smell of freshly washed clothes \\ singing in a choir \\ lunches with friends \\ magnolia trees on the cusp of blooming \\ quilts \\ Grimm \\ stripey pink skies \\ boxes of thread rainbows \\ Geneen Roth \\ roasted marrow \\ a new whistle in someone's purr \\ sunshine \\ coming to the end of my current journal \\ the delicate points of beech leaves in bud \\ being bad at meditating \\ busy birds

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Undoing

Photos of some fleeting sunshine  from this morning as I resist posting photos of WIPs to try and show what I have been 'doing' to justify my being. Have been tangling with feelings of not doing enough the past few weeks combined with not enough energy to do more. A tricky spot to tie myself in knots in. Knots I am slowly undoing as I unlearn the need to do something or make something, leave some tangible mark to give the day meaning and not feel guilty about all that is not done. Instead of that hamster wheel of glum I am choosing breathing deep, going slow, saying thank you for all the blessings around me. Especially when there is sunshine.

Friday, February 28, 2014

When life gives you lemons make granola

Today is not my favourite. I should be down in Cornwall making happy papier mess with my Ma. A sick cat and boyfriend has postponed our trip and so I find myself unexpectedly here, trying not to be too noisy or disruptive, trying to be a patient carer. So rather than moulder around, staring at the rain, feeling sorry for myself I cleaned the kitchen, went food shopping for tempting treats and made some awesome gingerbread granola.

Homemade granola strangely fills me with pride. It always seemed to me to be something that only came from the shops in posh packaging or that might be tricky to make and in fact it's so easy and yet... Homemade granola. Take yourself 100 bonus domestic goddess points! Having polished up my pedestal of domestic glory I took beautiful pictures of said granola and yet the observant ones among you will notice that the photo looks quite a lot like a picture of two snoozing cats. That's because it is. It's a photo from a few days ago though switch the pose just slightly and the same photo could be taken again today. If my blessed camera card was working.

Just one of those days my friends. When life gives you one of those days stop trying this that and the other - just get to the sofa with the snoozers and knit. Au revoir.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Oh to live in a tree of wool

My most beloved felt creation has been safely received so I can post some pictures here for posterity. Loved everything about this creation. I started out with a fairly clear idea of what I wanted and was able to realise it within the realms of my incipient skills! A magical tree house inspired by many a fairy story and some of the delightful illustrations of mouse houses from Brambly Hedge.

I found it so hard to call this finished and release it! I kept playing with the bark, adding extra little touches to the  greenery around it and playing in the branches. Eventually though I had to let it go and it couldn't have gone to a better home

Past felting endeavours aside, currently I seem to be on a moon kick. Number four crescent moon is on the felting block at the moment. It all started with the idea a of a moon necklace inspired by Gretel's wonderful whales. Now I keep thinking of a bowl full of moons. Mine is not to reason why.

Friday, February 21, 2014

So much before

the knitting even began on my latest cardigan. My heart finally plumped for Little Wave's saddle shoulders and elbow patches. Am still to be found just staring adoringly at the pattern pictures. Perhaps because I am avoiding doing the maths. Oh the maths.

I swatched people, two swatches! When I read the pattern I thought I might have to do four and my resolve to do this PROPERLY and make this FIT wavered... then thank heavens for Rav groups permission from Gudrun to only do two. Resolve back on track I then found had to buy more 5mm tips as I realised mine are with a Honey Cowl knitting Mama. I then knit a swatch in the pattern stitch and a swatch in the round for the stocking stitch, washed and blocked them and felt that enough sacrifices must surely now have been made to the knitting goddess to make me bang on gauge. Nope. Not even close! It turns out merely behaving yourself as a knitter does not entitle you to pass straight to go.

I liked the fabric and didn't want it any tighter so I didn't want to change needles and rather than buy more yarn or try and un-love the shoulders and elbows (come on - IMPOSSIBLE!) I decided I'd do the maths, it is not beyond me. Big girl pants time. I got a new notebook for luck!

In the picture above I've done the hem and am just doing the set up row for the body with the pocket stitches going on hold. I've adjusted for both row and stitch gauge differences and I'm juggling to make sure I keep in line with pattern repeat requirements. I'd knit the hem before I twigged that I hadn't factored that element that in to my stitches cast on but the garter stitch side panels gave me some leeway, as hopefully does the fact that this is an aran weight cardigan rather than something designed to hug the form. Getting me some GAAK here alright and that feels pretty good even if all I really want is to be wearing my lovely new cardigan!

Wish me luck as this cardi and I bob out amongst some rather big waves!