Today my space is my bed. There is snow on the ground outside, and a plasterer man downstairs in my living room, so really the obvious choice is bed. I am having a knitting/sketchbook day, with my budgies for company (they are not so keen on plasterer man...) and I think it's a pretty fine way to spend a cold old day.
I am hoping to finish my second pair of Frankensocks today, so that I have something cosy to wear, possibly under Wellington boots, on my walk to the market tomorrow.
My Ta-Da moment this week is my finished pair of fingerless gloves! I started the second glove on Friday evening and worked on it at Stitch and Bitch, then picked it up again on Sunday, messed up the cable completely and had to rip back to the rib...Despite the stress (and wasted hours...) I am absolutely thrilled with them!
And now I'm working on a second pair of Frankensocks, which I may have accidentally started before I finished the gloves...
I am enjoying knitting both socks at once, they seem to grow more quickly and I don't have the "second sock syndrome" issue that I normally have. I also really like the thrifty satisfaction of using up waste yarn too!
I'm joining in with Ta-Da Tuesday over at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping!
I posted a list of some of my favourite crochet books last year, and they are still my 'go to' books for crochet knowledge - I hope it's been useful. The pattern for my blanket (above) is over here if you'd like to have a go, I can highly recommend it! Happy Crochet Week!
It's been ages since I joined in with Thrift-a-long, for the simple reason that I've had so little chance to shop over the last month or two! I did have a couple of lovely finds in the week after Christmas though, which I thought I would share...
These sweet embroidered doilies will be made into something pretty for my gemmipop vintage range, they're ever so pretty!
These little birds are just for me! They are currently keeping watch over my Moomin book collection, and doing rather a good job!
These are my husband's Christmas socks. I finished them two weeks after Christmas, but he still seems pretty happy with them! They are from this lovely pattern "Knitting Pattern for beginner Socks", I just increased the amount of stitches. I think they're rather snazzy!
I've also been practising my cable knitting, using this pattern - I've finished the first glove, I just need to get a wriggle on with the second one, particularly since the weather seems to have taken a turn for the freezing! The yarn I'm using is called Alena, according to my local yarn shop it is Aran weight, it doesn't seem to be that thick, but it certainly is working well for this pattern, and it's a gorgeous colour!
I'm a little bit late with this I know, but my resolutions for this year are pretty straightforward....
Keep reading an average of a book per week/four books per month
Try to finish projects that I start and not start new ones until I've finished one!
Try to use up some of my yarn stash and try not to buy new yarn
And try to shop more conscientiously - I want to try and keep my shopping limited to local independent shops, markets and charity shops, and I want to limit my overall amount of shopping.
I'm hoping that these will be achievable goals for 2013! I must confess that I have found myself hoarding yarn and books over the last couple of years, and I want 2013 to be a year of making use of what I already have, as well as parting with some of the random stuff I've accumulated... I want to only keep what is useful, and be a little bit more organised...I think my ideal for 2013 would be to spend time knitting with good friends over tea and cake, and making things that I will love well into next year!
I thought I'd share my most recent article for my local community magazine I Heart SY, which funnily enough is on the subject of Upcycling...
Happy New Year - I hope that it will be a delightful and productive year for us all!
With certain obvious exceptions (ahem, Fifty Shades, ahem), I've read some really fantastic books this year, and as I had hoped, I have found that setting myself this challenge has benefited me more generally, and I have always found the time to read which suggests that I have been using my time more wisely...So I will be starting my challenge afresh for 2013, and I am already a good way through "The Hobbit"!
Well, December certainly was a very busy month, and I've had a lovely long holiday to recover! Today is my first official day back to work and I've got plenty to catch up on! So first, here are my books for December, only managed two...
"Shakespeare" by Bill Bryson
"The Casual Vacancy" by J.K Rowling
I will be starting my book challenge again for 2013, but more about that soon! I will also be posting my complete list of books from 2012 later too!