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.

Knit

Small things

Yes I wanted to try out this new yarn , yes I wanted to see what working with Hiya Hiya sharps was like .Yes the fabric is lovely , yes it’s soft .But man ,what was I thinking when I started this project?! The needles are so sharp that I have to be very careful not to hurt my fingers with those needles . Not just that, the size of the needles and the yarn are too small for my old eyes. Not to mention , the yarn also splits .

I’m happy to see this project grow. I only wish it would grow a little faster and I could get away with not needing my reading glasses.

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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 .

Crochet · Knit · Sew

Riding out the storm

This is a mindless Seed Stitch blanket I started recently to just help me ride out the little storm I ‘m passing.

I had a little accident as a result of which I couldn’t do much with my hands. So I started this blanket as it did not require much hand movement while also using up my stash of wool yarn.

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I love how it is coming along. I do like seed stitch. I’m not following any pattern. Just cast on an odd number stitches as long as the cable of the circular needles I’m using. The needles don’t have the size on it and so I don’t know what size it is.

The needles are slightly big for the yarn but that gives a nice drape to the fabric while being easy on my hands. I’m not able to knit on it for long periods of time but it’s ok as I think slow progress is better than no progress at all.

Edited to add : I have since frogged this blanket because I lost interest in it.

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More Sewing

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.

The previous quilt blocks I made  as part of the quilt along are still not complete. I will get to it sooon. Only the last set of blocks remain but I have as usual got distracted with new shiny stuff.

A local fabric store is offering a beginners quilting class . The hours and distance were convenient so I decided to go for it. Laid back  and friendly , it was a good first class.

The shopaholic in me was secretly delighted to have a store full of assorted fabrics to choose from .

I decided to go with this purple and aqua combination for my first block which is the simple Nine patch.

Each block teaches a new skill .One done, eleven more to go.

Favourites · small things · Winter

Friday Favourites

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been feeling under the weather lately . So I thought it would lift up my spirits to make note of the lovely little things in my life on this day. Things that may seem so insignificant to others but makes a whole world of difference to me.

Yarn

It is no secret that I love Yarn. All my resolve to keep check on my budget, usually gets thrown out the window when I see new hand dyed yarn  online.Specially after coming here to NZ, there are so many natural fibres that I’m spoilt for choice really!

Can we just take a moment and admire how gorgeous this yarn looks?And is oh so soft . Go read about this hand dyed yarn  at Nunnaba Artisan Yarngum

Sunrises

Ever since we moved into this home, we have been treated to some gorgeous sunrises .Somedays I miss it in the busyness of the early morning rush. Isn’t it amazing how regardless of  who stops and stares, the sunrise continues to remain magnificent in its glory? On this particular day, the sky looked like it had been set fire on.

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Once you have tasted the taste of the sky, you will forever look up-Leonardo Da Vinci

Gifts.

From friends and from nature.

The pillow like I said earlier is a handmade gift from a friend here.I’m a big fan of handmade creations .Not only does the handmade item  carry the unique imprint of its creator .It also offers the  privilege , to  have a peek into the beauty of the creator’s heart, their dream,and creativity  through the making and giving of the said gift. And that little piece of the giver remains with you to hold and cherish. Isn’t that a wonderful thing?!

Same goes with the bounties of nature. The Creator created all these amazing charming creations with such precision and attention to detail , just for us to find and admire. To be able to look around and take in the beauty that surrounds us is a wonderful gift I believe.

These  pinecones ,are ones we gathered from our very first family camping trip in Kaiteriteri, near Nelson.

Both of these gifts make my heart swell with happiness for the very reason I mentioned.

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So tell me what makes your heart swell with happiness?