Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Knitting in the car at night by the light of the glovebox. I'm not driving(!) I've got the shingles. I'm sure I didn't feel that stressed, but when I sat down and looked at all I was trying to fit in my days, clearly, I was stressed. I am the person who puts their hand up, every time. I need to remember that I have four young kids, who came along In a relatively short space of time and being their mother is enough for now.
So I'm on enforced relaxation. My lovely doctor recommended a week minimum of complete rest. Her philosophy is, for a family to be healthy the mother must be healthy. "If this were 50 years ago, you would be sent of on convalescence". When did that go out of fashion I wonder. This seems out of the question to me. We have four kids! If I don't help that means he has to do it all. And there is nothing more stressful than watching your beloved do all the domestic and child related duties, while you lie on the couch and knit. Which is what I've been doing. Knitting is allowed, surely! I will be finishing this Tiny Tea Leaves tonight. I will be wrangling with Multnomah for several days after that. Last night we finished The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. What a great book. I've just ordered the next three in the series .
Today, somewhere between putting a load of laundry on and scraping some of the kids dinner from last night of my sock, I realised rest at home was actually an impossible feat for me. So we're off to stay with grandparents. Who will hopefully mollycoddle me(us) back to a healthy state before next week. Oh and shingles, well, it sort of feels like your skin is being pricked with razors and the codeine makes you constipated. Not pleasant! Happy knitting. X
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
I'm in a very happy knitting place right now with three projects on the pins all at the stage of pick up and knit any time. This is my absolute favourite place to be, maybe because I'm at home with small kids and anything (other than them!) that requires my full attention usually results tears. Sometimes theirs, sometimes mine!
First up my handspun Milo which I'll be binding off tonight. This was an adventure and I'm not sure about how it looks right now. I chose to do a cable, but the handspun doesn't really lend itself to cables too well. It will keep her warm anyway and thats the main thing - right?
Second in line is a Tiny Tea Leaves, for Tadhg, for school in blue. I've knit this pattern so many times now, its knitting itself. Last but not least I wrangled my way through the heel turns of both my socks. I attempted this toe up two at a time, but I had to resort to separating them out for the turn, it just didn't work for this pattern (which is not meant to be two at a time I think). Sock knitters out there - how does this work? And have can you recommend a good toe up two at a time pattern for kids? They are both back on the same needle again and I'm off on the cuffs.
We're nearly finished The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I've also been finishing off How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran - and I bought I Quit Sugar yesterday. I need to get in on this IQS bandwagon everyone's raving about!
Monday, 3 June 2013
Class four cross stitch. I've dabbled in a wee bit of cross stitch here and there. Those little packs where you get a 10cm square of cross stitch fabric a little bundle of embroidery floss and a cross stitch chart to follow. If I'm honest I found it a bit tedious and boring, but I was pleased with the results which I think ended up as Christmas decorations or gifts.
It was a daunting to start this cross stitch project with a blank piece of fabric that didn't even have visible squares to count your stitches let alone a nice chart to follow! We started with a row of crosses along one edge. Once that was there it seemed a little easier. We worked on a pattern with symmetry and took it from there. We talked about all the ways you can make a cross and how each way makes a different pattern on the back of the fabric. We talked about the nine year old crossing and and how the repeating of the cross over and over supports the child at this stage. We talked about how important handwork is for children these days - even more so than it was in the past. And we got to use green wool for the first time all year!
Tuesday, 21 May 2013
Its a good excuse to practice some more spinning. I just hope I don't miraculously manage to nail it and get a beautifully even yarn this time!
Tadhg brought her school cardi (Sweet Peasy in Malabrigo Sock) home in a state of disrepair on Friday. Its been sitting like this ever since. I don't know where or how to start mending. I think I'll just cast on a tea leaves for her instead. Dubhessa wore this cardi for 18 months and never so much as pulled a thread. Tadhg in 3 months has trashed it. She lives hard and plays hard that girl! Beautiful sisters so very different. Reading The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. My girls don't know what Turkish Delight is! We are thinking of trying to make some. Anyone out there ever tried or got a favourite recipe?
Monday, 20 May 2013
My class two/ three temperament gnome finished this week. Yes, he has a blue face. Real life face colours were not allowed here. Yes, that was a challenge for me! By class three the child's most dominant temperament will be noticeable and shows itself most between the ages of 7 and 14. More reading here if you are interested. This knitted doll should represent in a way the temperament of the child who makes it mainly through the choice of colours. By the time you reach adulthood your dominant temperament has mellowed, although I've chosen blues and purples, melancholic I 'aint!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Monday, 13 May 2013
I think I've pin pointed my weak spot as of yesterday and its the draughting. The gentle process of getting just enough fleece between your fingers before you let the twist take it. I really struggle to get an even draught - and I over twist every time. When I spun on a drop spindle I'd pre-druaght out the fleece before I spun it - It took forever, but it worked and that process was OK for the smaller quantities that I spun on the spindle. I can't see myself doing it for jumper quantities! For now I'll slog on and put my faith in practice and repetition. Any spinners out there - your words of guidance would be appreciated.
Yesterday I spun two bobbins worth of this pre-dyed Australian Merino. I'm plying it today with my home made lazy kate - a shoebox with some dowel. I'm hoping that will prevent it from pilling so much when I knit it. I'll be casting on a Milo for Sadhbh tomorrow, who has all of a sudden grown out out all her winter woolies. Why I'm surprised by this I have no idea - they keep growing until they are 21 or something like that . . . .