Today for me is about learning to acknowledge progress where it's being made, and accepting defeat where progress isn't possible. As you can see, my Rise of the Jellyfish sock has seen some work over the weekend. With the heel turned and the gusset decreases worked, I'm now enjoying the saunter down towards the toe… Continue reading Progress and defeat
It turns out that this is exactly the sock that I need right now. The riot of colours in the "Rise of the Jellyfish" sock wool from Noodle Soup Yarns is just delicious to work with; it's true potato-chip knitting - forget about what colour the next row is going to be, here you rarely… Continue reading Two doors open
I'm at that stage in my knitting where one door is pretty much closed and I'm waiting for the new door to open. Or, in my case, two new doors. My Helsinki Jumper is finally complete and lying on the floor having a well-deserved rest after its post-completion wash. I was really pleased with it… Continue reading One door closes
Above all else, I know myself to be a creature of habit. I don't deal at all well with changes to routine; forget the advice that you have to do something new for 21 days (or 28, or 31 or however many days your particular guru recommends), it takes months, if not years, for me… Continue reading A creature of habit
Today in the UK we are celebrating our mums, awe-inspiring, inspirational women who have made us the people we are today and shown us how to raise the next awe-inspiring, inspirational generation.
I have had piercings in my ears since 1976 and through all the intervening years I have flip-flopped between wearing ear-rings regularly and not wearing them for months or years. When I don’t wear ear-rings at all, everything is fine. When I wear ear-rings regularly everything is also fine: I take them out at night,… Continue reading The pain, the gain
No, I haven’t been to the horse racing at Cheltenham, but I have been knitting. As you can see from my photo, it’s not exactly stellar progress, but it is progress. I worked a few rows of the aran pattern one evening mid-week and I couldn’t wrap my head around it, even though it is… Continue reading And she’s off!
It’s time to admit to myself that my knitting is stalled. There isn’t any good reason for this; I know I’m tired out a lot of the time from my workdays, and I’ve lost the momentum on my Helsinki sweater since I failed to finish it for Helsinki. I did start the final sleeve, but… Continue reading It’s knitting, Jim…
The decision has been made and I have discarded the creative writing sub-section of my planner in favour of a separate creative writing notebook. When I had it as an area within the planner there were only two pages of creative writing and I just don't think they need a dedicated area. That decision being… Continue reading Inside my planner / 3
Your comfort zone gets a lot of bad press, but then so does mine. The media (you know the media - all those people who know nothing about you, but claim to know exactly how you should live your life) have decided that your comfort zone is a bad place and you need to leave… Continue reading Comfort zones