This week has been about finding time for crafting. It’s been a bit frantic in my part of the world: I’ve been wrapping up at my job (just over a week to go!), planning a wedding, and an international move. Still, knitting and crochet help keep me sane, so I’ve made finding time for crafting a real priority. I think it’s even more important when you’re busy to set time aside for creativity.
Like I wrote here, I’ve been knitting or crocheting for at least an hour a day and it’s really helped to keep me level. Here’s what else I’ve been doing this week.
I’ve been wearing my lopi sweater. It’s definitely sweater weather here in London, and my lopi is so comfy and snug. It’s the best garment I’ve ever knitted! I’ve really been itching to make another one. You can read more about the sweater here.
I’ve been sorting out closets and cupboards. I’ve mentioned an international move: I’m shifting from London to Switzerland. The movers are packing everything up, but I’m determined not to take anything we don’t want or need. Every unneeded object will increase packing and unpacking time, and I’ll have to find a space for it in what is probably going to be quite a small apartment! I’ve been wonderfully brutal so far, with a big bin page of clothes donated.
I’m knitting colour work for a birthday gift. No pattern – I just fudged it together – and the yarn’s from stash. I’m hoping to get this present sorted this weekend, so I can move on to the next.
I’ve been crocheting glitter yarn for more Christmas presents. It might be tight, but I’m determined to get them done. I’ve been working on them on and off all weekend – an hour of crochet, an hour of cleaning out cupboards.
I’ve been listening to Wolf 359. This is a podcast in the style of a radio drama. It tells the story of the crew of the USS Hephaestus which is orbiting the star Wolf 359. The crew includes a mad scientist and an artificial intelligence. They’re on a scientific fact-finding mission, but it all goes a bit wrong… The series starts off unevenly, but I’m now completely hooked. And yes, I’ve been listening as I’ve been cleaning!
Gansey, guernsey, jersey. What on earth am I talking about? A sweater, of course. You know the sort I’m talking about. A deliciously cabled, blue sweater, perfect for cold days. You might call it an aran sweater, or a jumper. You almost certainly do not call it a ‘knit frock’ like old books do. Whatever […]
I’m so excited to share a new free knitting pattern – multimodal split bike mitts. This split mittens pattern is designed with biking in mind. I’ll tell you all about it, but first: Download the free split mittens pattern or view on Ravelry. I got a new bike for my birthday, aren’t I the luckiest […]
It shouldn’t be hard to find gifts for knitters and crocheters, right? After all, you can always buy them yarn, right? Wrong. Knitters and crocheters love yarn by definition, but they’re also fussy about it. Not just colour, but merino vs alpaca vs silk and worsted weight or worsted spun, and don’t get me started […]
Why bother lining a hat? After all, any knitted hat is probably plenty warm, right? Usually, but not always. Jesse requested a new winter beanie, one which was really warm, please. I thought I’d make him a colourwork hat, as the yarn which floats behind the pattern effectively adds another layer of warmth. (Looking for […]
For the longest time, I’ve wanted a chunky cable knit beanie topped with a big faux fur pompom. I stared at other women’s densely cabled heads. Cosy! Autumnal! Hygge! Last year, determined to make my cosy-head dreams come true, I bought a pompom and yarn and knit a hat… that was far too small. I […]
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