Friday, September 30, 2011

One Down One to go; HITC and Outdoors VI

I've finished my very first sock out of sock weight yarn and I am happy. I think I can do better and I know I will but I'm pleased and so is the giftee. The second one tried to foil me but I've casted on and gotten nine rows in and there is no looking back.

I love making things for people, and I love interacting. Here are some flowers for you Inky dear and clouds for Boud. All of you, are always in my thoughts.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I've been thinking

I have been thinking about my life and then this morning it hit me:

This is the life I wanted , laid out before me on my desk. And what is missing? A coaster, a bookshelf and a panoramic view... maybe one of these days I'll get the last but I'll work on the other two.

It felt, exhilarating really, to realize that although I convince myself I need all these other things the gateway to my dreams lay out before me.

 I didn't do it all alone, but with the help of friends I've made it this far.

And that, plus a good few more of these will surely carry me the rest of the way. I am blessed to have many who join me on my journey. Thank you for being near me, even across the web, worlds away.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Head in the Clouds I

I have been knitting, I have.Somewhere between life and work and a time warp that seems to have swallowed me in a pit so deep and spacious that I'm still trying to figure out when I went under and how I got out...

I have also been taking photographs and they have made me happy. So here we go:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

WIP: Sock II; Outdoors

To answer a previous question it is Mr. Toad's Mellow Ride from GrantCreek Yarns.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Unexpected SunShowers

I have been bestowed The Versatile Blogger award from two ladies who are both kind and inspirational: Inkydear of Urban Mouse to a Country House and Viviannelovely of Kismet's Companion.

I am touched and a bit flustered but I'd like to thank all my readers especially Spinster Beth and Nicky, who are always present to give advice and encouragement. Blogging - both the reading of and the writing of my own have filled my life near to bursting with inspiration, love, kindness, consideration and laughter.

Now to the legal bits:

The conditions are that I thank whomever I received the award from, and link back to them; I must share 7 things about myself; I must pass the award along to 15 blogs that are newly discovered by me. 

I'll start with the blogs that I recently discovered because just like my friend Inky, I like to stir things up a bit!

1) Peppermint Mocha Mama - An active blogger with wonderful photographs and pleasing writing.

2) Field and Fen - A witty, honest insight into the life of a wonderful lady. Lovely nature shots.

3){a 1/4 to} - A crafting blog, very enjoyable and informative.

4)Erika Made It - A sewing blog with a very charming host inviting us into her life with lovely photographs.

5)The Winnebago Diaries - Could be classed a commercial blog but it is really a glimpse into a couples' less than conventional but more than ordinary lifestyle. The writing is top notch.

6)Faithfully Geeky - A crafting blog, I really enjoy reading this blog, engaging and inspiring.

7)2 Girls. 2Cats. 1 Big Apple. - A crafting blog but so much more. A good experience every-time.

8) Cloudberry - Lovely photography and a very inspirational blog.

Now on to the things about me that I will share:

1) I am an air traffic controller. Its a great job but I have a wish to own a book store/yarn store one of these days.

2) I'm hopelessly addicted to variegated yarn. I have to fight myself to buy plain yarn. It is usually a losing battle.

3) I am in love with mushroom, hummus, black olives, french bread, soda water, Cesar salad and tasty natural food in general. I love to eat.

4) I want to devote myself to designing neck-wear. 

5) It has been just about a year since I started Knitting, I am proud of progress and eager to get a whole lot better!

6) I'm a writer and a dreamer with alternative interests. Trying to embrace myself without shocking others is not  always easy!

7) I want to simplify, purify and renew my life. It is my driving force even though I get side-tracked by dreaming.

8) I love photography and I want to explore it as a passion and not a hobby.

9) I love making lists, it helps me stay organized and focused and puts a timeline and perspective to my dreams. This is why 7 things about me can easily turn into 17 but I'll stop at 9 because it is a cute number.

There you have it! Once again I thank Vivi and Inky and all my readers. Let's continue to grow together in the sunlight!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Crossing over to the Hook Side: Vol 2

It feels like almost two or more months since I picked up a crochet hook and decided to give it a go. At first I was happy, and slowly gaining confidence but that did not last. Somewhere between chain 10 and double crochet I had started to feel boxed in and wholly inadequate.

It is partly to do with the fiasco of the gift, which in hindsight I should have tried knitting one to avoid this kind of sick feeling that I get whenever I think about it. Despite everything, including some very sound advice, I still feel like I have failed.

It's a process  - like everything is, and I hope to be able to look back on it one day with wisdom and see what I was unable to garner now.

The truth is that I like crochet, there is something about it that makes it feel more like using Lego Building blocks than weaving or sewing. That intrigues me because it allows you to play with 3-dimensional shaping and structure while knitting feels flat.

I want to be good at it. I just have a hunch that it'll help me along to where I need to be. For now though I'm stuck trying to master the magic loop, feeling inept because I can't do a Granny Square and trying to figure out exactly where my budget got away from me.

It's heartbreaking that my skills aren't catching up to my albeit vague dreams.