Wednesday, December 24, 2014

WIP Wed: My Sweater and the Hat

Happy to be here for yet another Wednesday mostly because it means that I am still knitting. It is such a relief to pick back up the habit of devoting time to creation.

Now on to this weeks showcase.

The swatch for my sweater came out darn near perfect and so I cast on. I am using this pattern from Drops but I will be doing it in stripes because I don't have enough of any one colour. I am really looking forward to wearing this top and I hope that will keep me motivated through the endless rows of stockinette stitch. I've already made the switch to colour number two. :)

Here is the progress I have made on the hat for my godchild's mum. I named the project Neutral Noggin. Thankfully, I did find the white yarn and so I spliced it in, I love how it pairs and will finish up the hat in white.
I will have one ball of tan yarn left as well as plenty of white and I plan to make that into a duplicate hat for workmate who was admiring the colour combination. I will be doing that in Feb for her birthday however, leaving space for me to start and finish some other projects.

In great news the hat and the sock have fit my godchild and so, I will be finishing up the other sock this week, as well as soaking and blocking them. By this time next week I should be finished with this set of items and able to move on. I am happy to be progressing though my queue.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My neck, my ankle, my crockpot

I made pact with myself that December would be a month of reflection and rest. The universe then conspired to help me out with this as I ended up with a neck spasm which caused me to have to slow right down. I am happy to report that it is on the mend.

Lots good things happened in the month as well, and I continue to make a point of looking out for everything in my life that I am grateful for. Giving thanks for my blessing has helped me to stave off being grumpy and down when hurdles come my way.

Being back to regular knitting has added moments of peaceful joy back into my life. I am also still colouring and reading. Stepping away from being ultra connected and slowing down to enjoy the more mundane pursuits has netted me a lot of contentment.

And speaking of contentment I am finding that it is pretty hard to settle into a space where you realise that life is balanced after spending a year implementing so many changes. I am getting the hang of it and doing my best to enjoy it.

Another thing I am grateful for is that I am back to writing regularly. I now post on my other blog three times a week, and I am trying to post here at least twice a week. In addition to that I am writing a thousand words a day in my novel.

My life feels bursting at the seams, but I am not feeling stressed. This is a good thing and I hope that it continues.

My finances are ticking along and I continue to focus on my wealth and not on my worries. I am very happy that I have invested so much time on my budgeting because being adequately prepared for life's ups and downs makes it all the more easier to fall into contentment and stay there.

My barrel from my Granny came and in it there was a crock-pot. It is on right now and I am hoping that it all goes well. I am attempting a beef and broccoli recipe which is supposed to mimic take-out. I'll report back on how it went.
I am still working on my diet and hoping to find a happy nutritional balance.

The barrel also had in my new pair of shiny clogs! However the height of the heel is aggravating my ankle and so that is that. I am still on the hunt for work shoes.

I have organized all of my yarn and I feel much better about it now. I trashed the novelty yarn that I have had since I started knitting back in 2010, and have large set of it to donate/gift to my friends. I have organized my Ravelry queue and the stash as best as I could and I feel ready to be really productive.

It is true that sometimes we need to take a step back, to take a giant leap forward. This sums up my experience this year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Terror Toes

I've moved on this week to knitting for another friend who is destined to head into the cold north and is toting my godchild along with her. This occasion demands woollen knits and so after identifying yarn that had languished too long in my stash, I hunted down some patterns and got to work.

On the list are a hat and socks for the babe and a hat for the Mum. Here is the beginning of the Mum's Hat and a mostly finished sock for the babe.

 The sock project is named a Terror Toes because the babe has discovered how to remove her pamper and is delighting in going wherever she pleases.

I am afraid I may run out of the tan yarn for the Mum's hat and so my plan is to use white in the middle. Now I just need to locate the yarn...

That is all for now. Check back with you on Friday, I have goodies to show. :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec 14th: Sunday Snaps

Here are a few pictures I took on my walk from Bridgetown to Belleville.

It is amazing what you can see when you take the time to stop and look. Wishing you all a blessed Sunday and a wonderful week.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WIP: Demon's Brim 90%

Hello once more, we come together on this auspicious Wednesday, aptly named and set aside for the showing off of how much procrastination we did or did not get up to in the last week.

I am happy to be able to show that my hat has grown quite a bit and indeed I am on the decrease rounds, which will zip along very quickly once you are into the thick of it. Maybe this will feature in an FO Friday soon. We'll see.

I also started up a swatch to *gasp* check the gauge of a sweater I want to make. I am sure that somewhere out there a leprechaun's pot of gold just turned to marbles. I usually avoid doing gauge swatches but I really want this sweater to fit. Fingers crossed that I hit the gauge exactly and don't have to do up another one with different needles.

Well that is all for now, I hope you enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Gratitude: Dec 2014 Wk1

I Am Grateful For

The blue of the sky
The fluffy white clouds hanging
The warm rays of sun

My journal and pen
My markers and doodle book
Endless colour play

Fresh fruit and warm tea
A hot bowl of pumpkin soup
Stir-fried broccoli

Field and Fen, and Friend
New days, fresh starts  and clean air
Standing in Tree Pose

Rainfall, trickling streams
Flowers in blooming majesty
Moon in her glory

Knit one, Purl Seven
Increase one and repeat to end
Bind off, soak and block

Simple organisation
Less is truly More

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 7th: Sunday Snaps

Felling blessed and happy on this beautiful Sunday morning. Here are some shots from one of my walks on the beach. I hope you enjoy a quiet day and a have a wonderful week. Take care friends.


Seagrape Leaves

La Coconut

A wizened Tree

Friday, December 5, 2014

FO Fridays: The Leftovers Scarf

This scarf was started sometime in May I believe and then left aside to hibernate until very recently. I am happy to report that it is finally finished.

It measures up at 46" long and 9" wide and I am sure it will serve to make someone's neck very warm. I still have some leftovers and those will be fashioned into a beanie which will be paired with the hat.

I finished sewing in the ends and soaking it this morning. I lay it out flat and hope it will be finish drying by tomorrow.

 That's all for now. Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WIP Wednesday: Demon's Brim

One of my best and oldest friend's has dubbed himself Daemon as an online alias for as long as I have know him. I last made him a hat years ago.

Well he has kids now, okay so he had them before then too but they are older now. I making a hat for his son who he often calls a little demon which makes sense given that he probably is a chip off the old block.

All of that hopefully explains the name of this project.

Here is pattern:

Farm Beanie by Allison Britt

The yarn:

Birches Superwash DK by Cherry Tree Hill Yarn

And the cast on photo:

I love how this is knitting up so far. It is very soft and squishy.

That's all for now. Have a wonderful week.