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!
Living far from family means missing things. We’ve missed weddings, births, birthdays, hospital stays, a funeral. That’s part of the deal: we choose to live far away, we choose to miss out. But oh it hurts sometimes. At least we can Skype. And there’s always the option of knitting gifts as well. My mother in […]
I’m so excited to share my first published pattern: Might Be Macrame Crochet Plant Hangers in Crochet Now Magazine Issue 28. The team at Crochet Now were so lovely to work with, and I feel honoured to be included in such a fantastic mag. After all, Crochet Now is the UK’s number magazine for crochet […]
When my niece was little (well, littler), my sister dressed her in a sweet baby Aran sweater. It was densely cabled and handknit by some “local knitting ladies” for the charity shop. At village fetes they had a stall, piled sky-high with sweaters and booties in pastel acrylic. “Those local knitting ladies are my rivals,” […]
I last updated you on my granny hexagon crochet blanket (AKA The Big Ugly) almost two years ago. Since then, I’ve been chipping away at it… slowly. It sits on the end of our bed, and adds a lot of warmth, despite being unfinished. (I’m never going to iron our duvet cover – you’ll just […]
I knit a pair of Evil Eye Gloves for the March for our Lives, because how inspiring are these young people? Like the Pussy Hat, Evil Eye Gloves are a form of protest. And, they’re from the creator of the Pussy Hat too. As Krista Suh says on her website: The evil eye symbology goes way back. […]
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