Saturday, April 21, 2018

Autumn Changes

The weather has changed, and this time I think the cold isn't a "snap", but here to stay. The days are getting shorter and cooler, with the evening chill creeping in earlier and earlier, and taking longer to leave in the morning. And the light is getting more golden.
I've started warming up my mug in the morning before pouring the tea so that it holds the heat for longer. A mug cosy helps, too.
These pretty teacups came from a little shop in town, and they are just perfect. I love having a cup and saucer, but I find traditional teacups so small. These cups hold a nice sized cup of tea, and you still get the "teacup" experience. It's odd how a pretty cup can make your meal feel so much more special.

I've been training myself to get better at "switching off". Not just from my business, but from everything. Switching off the to-do list on all topics at the end of the day, not letting my mind start straight on it of a morning, and trying to keep it turned off for a weekend. Listening to my body and just having a rest if that's what I need, rather than doing lots of other things, be it housework, business work or sometimes even just crafting.
I'm reminded of that feeling you get as a child, where you know you're tired but you feel like you're missing out, so you keep going anyway. As adults, we really aren't any different, except now our mum isn't there to tell us to have a quieter day, or go to bed on time!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Knitting Sheep

Miss Damson the Sheep is a little creature I created last year, who missed out on being on the blog due to the flurry of moving house. I knitted her to gift to my lovely friend Kellie, and have been intending to blog about her ever since.
She was such a fun little project, involving a few new techniques and also a method of toy construction that was new to me. You stuff this sheep while you are still knitting it, something I didn't like the idea of at first, but now I see that there is a time and a place for such a method and for this pattern it works.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Tea Mouse Knit-Along | Come Join!

I mentioned that I might run another Knit-Along before Knitfest, and before I knew it a Tea Mouse one was underway! With a couple of lovely knitters asking if I would do one, I got thinking and decided there was heaps of time to do another KAL! The first one was so much fun, and it was lovely seeing all of those beautiful mug cosies at the end - imagine the little army of Tea Mice that will be created in this Knit-Along?
So, let's get into the details, shall we?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Here & Now | April 2018 Link-Up

Monday, April 09, 2018

My Bellingen Knitting Workshop

My shawl knitting workshop was on Saturday afternoon, and what a great afternoon it turned out to be. It was lovely walking into Cedar and seeing the beautiful room set up ready for the workshop. I got busy unpacking everyone's kits, and putting out the selection of yarn I brought with me along with many knitted things to use as samples. Megan (of Dolly Henry) came along to help me, and to take photos, and she was a wonderful assistant. Not only did she take heaps of lovely photos (which I've tried to go sparingly on in this post, but might have failed!), she did everything from help to keep the workshop running smoothly to arranging the flowers.

This is the first workshop I have taught and I couldn't be happier with the results. Everyone left with big smiles on their faces at the end of the day, so I'll take that as a sign that everyone had a good time! There was lots to learn for many, and they did a wonderful job with persisting through the trickier parts to eventually get the hang of it and have their shawl growing beneath their hands.

© Say Little Hen
Maira Gall