Sunday, November 19, 2017

Amidst the Moving


I'm surrounded by a chaotic house filled with boxes - some packed and some only half packed. There are things everywhere as the furniture we don't want to move has sold before we've had a chance to pack up the contents. Despite the chaos, we are making headway.
I've been hoping to get on here and write a blog post all week, but it's been a little bit crazy around here. The fact that I've managed to sit down right now, and write these words, seems something to celebrate.
I want to thank you all for your kind wishes about my move - your emails and comments have been lovely to receive, and I have read them all, even if I'm a tad slower at responding to them than I usually like to be.
My shop closes for 6 weeks after tomorrow. Initially, I was struggling to let go of my business for that long, to actually step back and take a break. But now I am looking forward to being able to not have to run it during this very busy week, and then have a break after actually moving. I wouldn't be closing it for so long if we weren't moving at this time of year, but in a few weeks, we're colliding with the festive season so I couldn't see the sense in reopening the shop only to close it back up again. It already has me excited for next year, anyway, and the things I'll be able to plan for it with a clear head whilst taking a break. I can't wait.
Despite the obvious signs that we are moving, I still can't quite get into my head that we actually are. I think because the days are so full of a massive list of tasks, it's all about getting things done rather than being able to think about what's going on.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Here & Now | November 2017 Link-Up

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Vintage Cardigan | Starting Again


Well, here it is. A cardigan being undone. Hours of knitting reduced to a ball of slightly wiggly yarn.
Despite how it looks, this was a decision made with joy. I'm not enjoying knitting this cardigan. I'm finding the pattern slightly confusing and I don't like feeling unsure about how a garment that's going to take so many hours of work will turn out in the end. There's a lot of knitting to end up getting to the end and thinking, "Aha! I knew it wasn't going to turn out right". Of course, it may have turned out beautifully. The pattern notes of other knitters on Ravelry all had good things to say about the cardigan, and everyone's looked lovely. But once I start doubting how a project will turn out, I just can't enjoy working on it anymore.
My trouble was with the construction of the cardigan. I was enjoying knitting the intarsia pattern very much, but I wasn't sure about the arm and shoulder shaping. I also didn't realise until after I cast on that the button band was knitted separately and sewn on afterwards. I'm the last person to protest at seams in knitting (they don't worry me at all), but it did seem like there was room for error and a fair bit of extra work involved by knitting it separately.
So I decided that since I haven't even finished the first right front of the cardigan, I might as well undo it and make something else.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

The Blogging Drought



I wanted so much to get one more blog post written and published in the month of October, but before I knew it the days had gone by and here we are. Into November, and into a first for this blog where it has been a whole fortnight since I published my last blog post.
It's been crazy busy here, with disruptions coming in many forms, including the weather with big afternoon storms rolling in with lots of thunder and lightning. I love afternoon storms though, and it's lovely to see the grass turning green and the dam full once again.
In between the busy (a word I am getting tired of quickly and hope I can stop using so much by the end of this year!), there has still been knitting. I've been knitting gifts though, and ornaments for the swap, so I can't really blog about any of it. I've reached the end of my "must knit" list for the first time since early this year, and with the freedom of no deadline, I didn't know what to cast on next.
So I decided to leave it until inspiration struck, and have instead pulled out my spinning wheel.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rainy Day Crafting



This morning began with the loudest clap of thunder waking me from the deepest sleep. I'd been woken like that countless times throughout the night, to thunder accompanied by very bright lightning, the sound of rain and wind and the occasional shake of the house when it was really loud. By early this morning I'd had enough, and decided it would be better to get up and have a cup of tea rather than trying to salvage the night any longer.
The day was very grey and quite cold. With the storm well and truly going on until late mid-morning, I ended up having an unplanned half-day off. When the thunder and lightning are so close by, we leave the computers and internet connection unplugged, to protect them from power surges. It turned out to be just what I needed. I wouldn't have given myself a day off today if I hadn't been forced too, but I was forced to and so, wearing winter clothes and feeling very out of place for an October day, I sat at the table and crafted with wool.
© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall