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In the Making…# 2

Hi my lovely friends,

Now that Ive finished a couple of things, I have cast on more . One is a Charity Baby blanket , which I’m really excited about knitting.

There are two baby quilts in the making,

a pair of socks

a crochet shawl and a baby jacket.

The baby jacket tested my patience a bit with me having to swatch a few times and still not getting gauge.

On top of it all ,my Felt shop is open and I’m planning to make more sock bags to put it in there.

I hope you all have a great week ahead

lots of love

Pearlin

Crafts · Knitting · Slow Craft · Slow living · Works in Progress

In the Making…#1

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.

Sending you all my love

Pearlin

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September Recap

With the pitter patter of raindrops on the roof, the hum of the lawn mowers around the block, competing with the black bird’s songs , cherry blossoms and daffodils, tulips blooming every where , its very Springy in this part of world.

It was a very busy end of month , with family visiting, We did go out to see the Cherry blossoms in Hagley Park.My attempt to take every one for a picnic at the Botanical garden failed miserably. In spite of living here in Christchurch for five years now , I still can’t get my directions right!

I did manage to salvage the situation a little bit ,by finding a little bench near the duck pond . My little nephew all of five, full of wonder , was very excited to chase the sea gulls and watch the duck swim by. Still, the cold southerlies forced us out of our spot quickly enough.

We also went to the centre of city and took a tram ride . It was a really lovely trip, I sat with my little nephew who was full of questions about everything he saw. Nothing really missed his eye which was a pleasure for me as it took me back to the time, when my boys were that little and asked questions all the time. I really enjoyed seeing the world from their perspective

Making wise, I have been making a lot but not really completing anything! I have frogged as much as I have knitted. Mostly because of not having a proper plan and not being able to focus on one project for long.

I was half way into making this asymmetrical shawl

Then I had the chance of attending Steven Be classes and decided to use the Mohair novelty yarn I purchased from him.

This class was a wonderful opportunity to meet Steven Be and learn so much from him about making and about life. Not only was he a fantastic teacher but also such a wonderful person to know.

I have been making the same pattern in an Indie dyed Yarn as well, I thought I was well into finishing, when I ran out of yarn. I got another skein to add up but now have decided to frog it and alternate skeins. I may also add a strand of sparkly mohair I got from Steven Be to this project as well.

This sock has been in the making for a long time, but I have slowly reached the heel now.

In other news, both my nephews took a fancy to these bunny hold and cherish bags . Even though it surprised me a lot, it was the ultimate seal of approval for me . Especially because my younger nephew is very clear and out spoken of his opinions and thoughts which I adore.

I was very happy to let them have one of each. I would have let them have as many as they wanted, had not my brother their dad ,instructed them strictly , they could each have one and no more.

I’m in awe of how we are nearly at the end of the year.

Keeping fingers crossed that the coming month will be a month of finished objects

here’s to another month of happy happenings and making.

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Washcloth

My chance of debuting at the Summer Woolfeast with my project bags is looking rather grim at this point with the shoulder injury seeming like forever to heal. It is getting better but not as fast I would like

I’m making the spa facecloth to give away for Christmas ,because I wanted to test out my new acquisitions.

The yarn is Debbi bliss Eco baby cotton and the needles 3.5 mm 60 cm Hiya Hiya sharps from Deramores.

what’s wonderful was the free shipping to NZ regardless of the amount purchased.

I ‘m impressed with how soft the yarn is . The resultant fabric is super soft with the lovely stitch definition although the needles are too small and a tad painful for my hands. Hence progress is slow. The pattern is an easy one to remember .I hope to make one of each colour .

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Dolores Park Cowl

The idea of something  loose that covers the neck and the ears in the cold has always fascinated me  .Although hats look pretty, I am not much of a hat person. I like to wrap my shawl around my head and neck in the cold. I always need to cover my head and neck so as not to end up with a ear and throat infection.

I had this one skein of extremely soft squishy yarn Shanna gave me and I wanted to use it all up in one project. I checked out some of the patterns on Ravelry, this pattern seemed simple enough and I decided to give it  a go.IMG_2117 GJ

Like I said  before, it took only an afternoon from start to finish , but I was looking for something to go on like a hoodie. I still had a lot of yarn left.So I frogged it all and thought I will cast it on in the car_ on the way to watch the fireworks _and finish it up while waiting there.

I had the wrong needles, but it worked fine for me the first time.It was probably that I was distracted that I could not get the casting on right.

I tried five times_ each time my frustration level going up a little higher and then finally decided to throw the thing into the dashboard . The thing kept crying out to me from the dashboard , saying this time it would behave and I had to give it one last chance. So I took it out, and true to its word, it all came out right! 🙂 .Happy , I left it and went on to enjoy the fireworks, which started just as soon as I finished casting on .

I followed the pattern all through but kept knitting round and round till whole ball of yarn was  over.

No idea about the name of the  yarn or needle I used.

I learnt to make M1* from the Video here

I like this cowl  so much that I  have already cast on for one more in another pattern.