The past couple of weeks I must confess have been hectic. Things that took a lot of my mental energy and didn’t leave me energy to do much else.
I had a few projects going , but however hard I tried, I just could not make myself to pick them up my needles or my hook.
So instead of just pushing myself to keep going with my projects, I decided to take some time away from it all. Until I really felt the desire to pick up my needles or hook back.
I downloaded an e book on Libby ( which is an app from the Christchurch Library that my friend Louise introduced me to) and read it. Did a little bit of journaling , tried a few new recipes and kind of went with the flow until I got the making spark again.
The break did me good and now I am back to making .
I have been working on my colour affection shawl and really enjoying it. The garter stitch fabric that the Little Bandit Yarn from Outlaw Yarn creates feels so squishy and soft. I love it.
In the first section, I ran out of the first colour , a few stitches before finishing that section. I ploughed through that with my second colour. And then I ran out of the second colour as well!
So, I decided to put it aside until I could go back into the store to get more yarn.
In the meantime, I was working on a few rows here and there on my Skyping beanie. In spite of the few mistakes I made on it, I’m thrilled , it is now technically finished. I still need to weave in the ends though for it to be officially finished .
After I completed the Beanie, I did manage to go into the store and get the little bandit Scallywag yarn I had run out on. I have started working back on my Colour Affection Shawl. However, I was getting a tad restless as I wanted to get done with this shawl and move on the other two projects I have in mind already.
As I was reflecting on my making journey , I realised that it is good for me to embrace the moments of not making, just as much the moments of making , to truly enjoy the bliss of making things with my hands and to come back with renewed enthusiasm to my projects. I even have a progress keeper to remind of finding joy in the process of making just as much as holding a finished project in my hand.
Instead of just churning out finished objects one after another for the sake of numbers (of projects finished ) I want to experience the joy of making ,with every single one of the items I make. Not just that, I also want to make time to read, walk outside with Amber , try a new recipe or skill or technique, enjoy the simple beauty of nature around me.
I feel truly grateful for having the choice to choose what I want to do with my time and my resources. I do hope this post inspires you to do the same if you are able to.
I missed a big chunk of Winter , but coming back from really hot weather, it has been hard. We have had cold, gloomy rainy days. However I try not to let it get to me.There are so many things to be grateful for .
Sewing my hold and cherish bag over and over again has made me so comfortable with my sewing machine that Sewing has become my craft of choice lately.There is not one thing that I don’t like now. Not even ripping out seams!
The pattern is a bit addictive in its simplicity and the variety of results that can be achieved with the change of prints and colour in fabric.
I like Quilt -alongs/sew alongs because they often break down the big tasks into little do-able bits . Not just that, it is a great opportunity to learn from other people, being able to see the different versions of a block, in the comfort of my home.
These are the blocks I’ve made so far.
I’ve learnt to draw colours from an inspiration picture and work on it. Its hard but I’m trying .Choosing fabric has been the hardest part for me so far.
Knitting and crochet have definitely taken a back seat. That does not mean I’m not doing them at all.
I’m testing the waters at the moment and trying to find out what sock knitting is all about. I want to know if it is for me, if yes, I want to see if I like cuff -down or toe up better. I want to give it a go once and see what the hype is about, That ,and sock yarn is so pretty .
Having to drive two very sleepy boys bundled in their winter uniform, breaths misting in front of their pale pink noses on misty cold mornings ,with brooding grey clouds threatening to burst into prickly cold showers any minute in the background , to school is no easy task . They have rallied quite well though considering J’s unusual work hours. Plus we did have sunshiney middays so I’m not complaining.
One more week into July ,school will close for Winter break and J ‘s hours will be back to routine I hope.
June was a productive month for me
I finished the Test Knit Baby blanket I did for The Woven.I’m so pleased with how it turned out. I love the Organic Merino .Its going to be my go to yarn for baby knits in future. Babies deserve nothing but the best.
The Keffiyah Cowl is another Organic Merino yarn as well. It was a well received pattern and it makes me very happy.
Did you notice how both my June Finished objects are the same colourway? It was completely unintentional. The yarn for the baby knit was sent to me and the yarn for the cowl I had purchased even before from here, I entered into the test knit.
This poncho might have been off the needles by now . The rolling over edges had me trying different crochet borders .It didnot work as well as I thought they would and so I’ve settled for a knit one purl one rib border. I can’t wait to cast it off .
The yarn is Nunnaba artisan yarn in the luxuriously soft Gum Wool base. The single gradient and the semi solid of the Tiramisu from the Something Sweet Collection were not enough for the length I wanted and I used Ranunculus from the Heirloom Collection. I would have liked one gradient and semi solid of Tiramisu more for this poncho.
With this, I ‘ve been mulling over the idea of planning before I buy yarn – the base , the colours and the items I make with them so that they will all go well with my wardrobe. I’m thinking sophisticated neutrals in beautiful merino/ silk base but I also often get sidetracked by my inner gypsy with her love for colour as well .Honestly I can’t make up my mind and so I’ve decided to embrace both the dignified and subdued as well as the wild and free ?
The thing is , as I’m working on this Japanese Flower shawl ,
I find myself working out what colours , neutral and otherwise from my stash, would work for this shawl .I love how soft and silky this Merino/possum/silk blend yarn feels but I’m not entirely loving how this colourway works up in the pattern. The yarn is a souvenir I picked up in Arrowtown when we went there last Autumn and this colourway is a reminder of those gorgeous fall colours.So I’m holding on to it.
You might have seen this yarn on my Instagram feed , if you follow me there. It’s hand spun fingering and that is why progress is slow.
spinning and hand spun yarn have fascinated me a lot lately.
The story how I got this yarn is interesting.
I was at Tannery one Saturday hoping to get my hands on some hand spun yarn when I saw this yarn hanging on the rack . I wanted to get it, but before that ,I decided to take a walk around the store as there were some beautiful handmade creations too.
As my back was turned, another lady walked in and reached out for this yarn! I was hoping she would put it down , she didn’t . So I decided to look at other yarns .Nothing spoke out to me as this one did.
Just as I decided to leave ,this lady put it down and asked the lady at the till if she could help her pick out larger quantity of yarn .
I gathered up the courage to ask her if she wanted this yarn she’d put down.She replied in the negative and said I could have it if I wanted.
When I wasn’t sure about getting something she ‘d wanted .she insisted I have it and said she’d changed her mind!
So the yarn came home with me.
It’s 50% halfbred and 50%silk. It has beautiful shades of lavender, teal, yellow, pink and greyish blue.
This is also the first time I’m working with
fingering weight yarn. The fabric is light. The pattern is the Atwood shawl and I’m excited it’s nearing Finish.
Big B saw me working on the blankets and gently asked “who is it for” , when I replied that it was for Lil B, all I got was a soft “oh ok”. Which just melted my heart and I decided to make another one for him.
So now I ‘m making three blankets in the same pattern but different colours ,all from my stash.
Starting on the third blanket might seem like I’m on the verge of crossing the crazy line, but the colour changes and different stitch patterns have kept me from getting bored.
Plus the pattern being a CAL ,gives me enough time to work on the pattern and wait eagerly for the next batch keeping up the suspense element. Not just that , it is also helping me use up all the acrylic yarn from my stash, so that I can turn into a complete yarn snob in future 😛
Now that the part four of the CAL is out, I’m slightly behind with the third blanket entering the picture. Will keep you updated with the progress .