Maroon and blue yarn together

This Week: A Foundation Row Time

  • October 23, 2016
  • Life

Have you ever found yourself in foundation row time? This week I don’t feel like I’ve made much progress on anything, but I feel like I’ve almost begun a few things. It feels a bit like a foundation row. Hundreds of stitches and at the end of it, all you have is a beginning, not a finished thing.

I’m just trying to enjoy it, as much as I can, and try to keep in mind that the finished thing will come… eventually. If I just keep working. Another theme of this week is being nice to myself. I’ve tried to do one nice thing every day: get a coffee, or email a friend. That’s helped a lot.

Here’s what’s caught my attention during foundation row time this week.

I’m listening to Hild, by Nicola Griffith. This audiobook has ticked a lot of boxes for me. It’s historical, but clearly very well-researched. It’s by a woman and the protagonist is a woman. And – this is lovely – there’s a lot of yarn in it! Everyone’s always spinning.

Hild a novel

And (this is a silly way to pick audiobooks, but…) it’s more than 20 hours long, so I feel like I’m getting great value!

I’m knitting a Regina hat. This is so exciting as it’s been in my queue since… August 2012! Yikes.

  1. Look at these amazing colours! It’s Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is a superwash merino I bought in Bath.
  2. This won’t go with my winter coat at all. Hmmm.

Maroon and blue yarn together

I’m crocheting with glitter yarn. This is a gift for my niece, and while I wouldn’t usually use novelty yarn, I love this so much. It’s King Cole Glitz Chunky in Plum, Midnight and Atlantic. Can anyone guess what I’m making…?

Crochet with glitter yarn

I’m watching the third series of Transparent. And almost finished it too! I love how dream-like this series is, and its obsession with the past too… although you don’t really get that from the trailer, you can hear a little bit of the beautiful scoring.
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I’m loving scented candles! I have a “fluffy towels” one, it’s very hygge. (Don’t worry – it’s only that near that curtain for the sake of the picture!)

Scented candle for hygee

 

I’m struggling through paperwork and organisation. I’ve mentioned before I’m preparing for an international move. While this is a positive thing without doubt, it’s a lot of work.

holiday yarn and stamps in my passport.

 

I’m getting ready to say goodbye to my beautiful cats. I’ve only been fostering these darlings as their original owners find a new home. We’d originally agreed I’d watch them for six months: well, it’s been a year, the owners haven’t settled anywhere yet, and I’m moving shortly, so… I’m a bit heart-broken, but it is what it is: I can’t keep them, and even if I could, I’d feel guilty about dragging them through the three international moves we have planned in the next few years. (I say planned because who really knows what will happen?)

So that was the week that was. Slow and steady, with more to come, much like a foundation row.

PSthis is a foundation row!

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