Knitting for One #10

Well I finally finished Cherish, just need to sew in the loose wool. It looks beautiful and I am very pleased with the colours. It was 3rd time lucky with this one as I kept getting the decrease wrong argh, I just couldn’t understand the pattern but I got there in the end.

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I have also started my muckleberry hat, using the jamieson & smith wool that comes with the kit, it is beautiful, and I’ve only had to take it out once so far due to a daft mistake, I have knitted fair isle before but had never done it in the round so you have to allow for some mistakes, I’m sure it won’t be my only one, I usually have many. I’m back to work now and don’t have as much time to knit as I would like but I must stop day dreaming about knitting and wool when I’m at work, I need my job 🙂

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Knitting for One #9

It has been a lovely weekend but with being back to work now it just isn’t long enough, I am glad to be back to normal though. Made some homemade marshmallows today and its like eating sweet fluffy clouds, I will never be able to enjoy shop bought marshmallows again.

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Marshmallow and strawberry skewers for pudding tonight.

I have been making Sarah Hatton’s Cherish for my niece this week and it is a lovely pattern but the instructions are not very clear, got some help from a fellow Raveller so it’s looking more promising, you will see from the picture that there is a lifeline as I have already had to take out some of it.

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Hopefully this is it this time, fingers crossed. The wool I am using for Cherish is Debbie Bliss cashmerino and it is such a treat to work with, what to make next with it?

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Knitting for One #8

Well can’t believe it’s 2013, my resolution is the same as last year, which shows that I never did it in 2012, but I am determined to succeed this year. I want to start a knitting group here in lovely Fraserburgh. I find it sad that I have no one to share my passion for knitting, my love for all things wooly, someone that appreciates the work that can be put into a pair of gloves, when people are used to buying their nice clothing items they just don’t see the time, effort and love that goes into producing something made by you. I think that is one of the reasons that I am the selfish knitter, when you realise that the love you put into making a beautiful item just isn’t appreciated by the receiver. It’s not that they aren’t happy with the gift, I just have the suspicion that they have no idea the work and hours that went into the gift. Maybe this is my excuse for only knitting for myself, this is very possible.

I had better get into gear for this group, What day? Where? Time? Oh the questions, what to do, I do worry that I’m not outgoing enough to start this group, I do struggle when I meet new people but we all have to step out of our comfort zone and go for things. This is probably why I never did it last year, well I know that it’s the reason. I need a kick in the backside here and I really have to go for it!

Aside from worrying about the knitting group I am putting aside my own projects to knit a layette for my niece, she is having a baby so I thought I would give her a hand made gift, I do hope she appreciates it.

Knitting for One #7

Happy New Year folks, can’t believe 2012 is over and done with, they say each year gets faster the older you get but I really hope not because by the time I’m 40, a year will be like a month. It was a very fast year for me, too fast at times, one minute you had plenty time to prepare for a member of the families birthday, next minute it was here and I had no present or card, sometimes no cake,which did happen for my youngest daughter in 2012. I was thinking of getting a diary to note down things I should be doing on specific dates, not sure though, do I really want every day mapped out for me or do I add to the fun and leave everything to the last minute? I may end up with some annoyed family members but surely they are used to me by now 🙂

The presents I received under the tree were the best, my Knitpro set enlarged greatly,and I got a beautiful case to store them all in.
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I also received a lovely kit from my mum and dad, a Jamieson & Smith hat and gloves designed by Mary Jane Mucklestone, it has many techniques that I have shied away from in the past but I now have to face my fears and do ‘fingers’.Jamieson_and_Smith_Muckleberry_hat_and_gloves_Mary_Jane_Mucklestone_m
The reason I am so scared of ‘fingers’ is this – when I was at school, primary 4 or 5 I think, the girls all had to knit a pair of gloves and the boys got to make something that boys make, not sure what it was, I just know that they went in one direction and the girls went in the other direction Now bear in mind I only learned to knit about 9 years ago, so when we were all sitting in the group knitting away I was just pretending to knit away and the teacher would take my knitting and fix the mistakes and thrust it back saying “hurry up Carol, these must be finished someday”. With panic setting in and knowing that I couldn’t do it, I waited until the teacher wasn’t looking and I put them into my schoolbag to take them home and my mum very kindly finished my pair of gloves. Knitting did not come to me till I was a lot older, my mum and both my granny’s tried very hard to teach me how to knit but it always ended up with many holes and the wool was so tight onto the needles that it was impossible to knit by about the 4th row. I always blamed the fact that I was left handed but now that I can do it, I’m not so sure that was the reason, it maybe just wasn’t meant to be at that time, maybe I wouldn’t love it so much now if it was something I could always do. So this beautiful gloves will be finished by me and not my mum, I will persevere with them and they will have 4 fingers and a thumb on each glove and I will have a left and a right glove. I can guarantee one thing though, I probably wont be wearing them until at least December.

The house is back to normal now, tree gone and any sign of Christmas is all but a memory, sad really, it’s these days that are the worst to get back to normal life, I think it’s because we make it such a magical, family orientated time, when it’s time to go back to work and school, and routines are the norm again, we all get a little depressed and want the time spent with family and not watching the clock to be the norm. That is why I dream of winning the lottery, its not to have plenty money, it’s to spend time with the people I love without having to worry about getting up for work the next day or trying to figure out when to do the weekly shop and fit in some housework, I guess it isn’t to be as I haven’t won anything yet…. but until then I will take what family time I can get and knit as much as possible, and worry less about dates and times and just hope i don’t offend any one along the way, I’ll just stock up on belated birthday cards now.