I would like to say that I’ve been busy recently, but I haven’t really been that busy. I’ve been doing bits to get ready for work (I start next week after an 18 month maternity leave!) and the past few days I have felt a bit rough, not properly ill or anything but not right either, very fatigued by 2pm which has been frustrating, but it has meant some lovely snuggles on the sofa with my girl watching Room on the Broom and The Gruffalo and reading lots of books. Paired with the nerves of going back to work and the constant worry that I may cock this up, this has led to me questioning whether my mental health is in top form at the moment; which, as I’m sure those who have experienced depression know, even when you’re feeling good generally, as soon as you hit a slight bump it can make you start to overthink things again. So I’m going to take good care of myself and take it easy and address everything that usually contributes to things starting to build up on me.
Today I felt rubbish when I woke, so I cancelled our plans so that we could have a quiet morning (thankfully as Temi is now napping, she’s been flitting between one and two naps at the moment and I suspect it would have been a disaster later had she napped in the car on the way to and from our playdate at the zoo!). I’m getting on top of the washing pile, tidying up, having coffee en mass, spending some bits of quality time with Artemis and generally making sure that this weekend we can have some quality core-family time instead of catching up on washing, cleaning, doing chores and DIY, seeing extended family, etc, as that is what we’ve spent most of our weekends doing for the past couple of months.
So I haven’t exactly finished anything big recently. Last night and this morning I was beating myself up a bit for not finishing anything, for failing yet another thing on my List of Things to do before I’m 30 (which isn’t going badly but neither is it going well). But then I realised that I did finish something. It’s not a big thing at all but it’s something I’ve wanted to play with for a while and see if I’ll do more.
As I said, it’s not a big thing, but it’s crafty project that I’ve finished this week. I wanted to do this before Artemis was even born, and I didn’t. Finally got around to it now as she’s still chewing everything and I have a mug tree for her to play with which she likes to put rings onto (because why not?!)
So wooden curtain rings + yarn = teether. Works quite nicely actually! Though I’ll get unpainted ones next time as she’s managed to chew some of the paintwork off through the yarn.
I haven’t been working on the Carousel CAL the past couple of weeks as I’ve wanted to get this bloody cardigan finished.Currently I’ve finished the back and half of the front, I’m working on the other half at the moment. I’ve used 1 ball of Rialto in total.
I’m going to reweigh all of my yarn in the coming month or two in order to have a better idea of what I have given that my SSDK numbers were so horribly above what I thought they were! So I’m sure that more SSDK will crawl out of the woodwork!
Rialto: 4,084/4095g left (11g this week)
SSDK: 14,937/15,080g left (0g this week)
Happy March! Okay, so not a special month really but hopefully one for getting back on track.
This is the current progress on the Carousel CAL that I’m working on. I’ve not managed much since last time but my 3mo darling daughter seems to believe that naps are for the weak, and that bedtime routine is a game, so I’m not really getting any opportunity to do anything, let alone craft! I’ve managed some crafting time though.
I’m also working on a little cardigan for Temi, I’m not really sure that I like it so much but she needs cardis. I’m using some of the Rialto, though I haven’t managed to weigh that, I’ve used 39g of the Rialto. The cardigan is a knit pattern found in one of the Peter Pan books, called the Bubble Cardigan. I’ve only done the back so far so I’ll wait until I’ve completed a little more of it before posting photos, I like the effect of the stitch but I find it isn’t as effective on white yarn.
Rialto: 4,095/4095g left (39g this week)
SSDK: 14,937/15,080g left (80g this week)
I haven’t really been that active on the crafting side of things the past couple of weeks, however I have been chipping away at a little cardigan when I can!
I have also decided, in my quest to rid myself of all of this yarn, that I will attempt the Carousel CAL, I had all but two balls, so for the greater good I went and purchased Aspen and Clematis on Monday from my local yarn shop (The Wool Cabin in Clacton-on-sea, it’s a lovely little shop and the staff are always helpful and friendly!) and I hope to start this blanket as soon as I’ve finished this cardigan.
The cardigan has the body complete, so I just need to do the sleeves now, which I’ll do in the next few days hopefully. I intend to do the sleeves on DPNs because of my massive hatred of stitching up, so we shall see how that goes.
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to: Rialto: 4,254g/4382g left (50g this week) SSDK: 12,217/12,255g left (+200g this week!)
Not your usual WIP today. My WIP for today has been sorting out my Stylecraft Special DK collection. I think that I managed to find all of it (though knowing me there are a few balls lurking in other places!)
It’s all been organised into under bed storage boxes by rough colour margins (reds, pinks and purples; blues and greens; naturals and white/grey/black; and yellows and oranges), unless it’s being used for a current project. I have 72 balls with the band intact, and 5055g of part-balls. So, in total, I have around 12.25kg of Stylecraft Special DK! I’m actually going to keep a running tally of how much I’m using in order to spur me on I think!
I’ve also tallied up the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and I have 87 balls + 32g. So that makes 4382g of that too.
I really can’t store any more yarn at the moment, which means using up a lot of this stash. I knew that I had a lot but I’m somewhat surprised with the figures! Obviously I’ve challenged myself to make 28 things by my 28th birthday (May the 20th next year) but I have a feeling that a few of those projects will have to be big yarn-eaters! This isn’t even including the yarn that isn’t SSDK or Rialto, of which there is a bit of that too!
So this weeks totals on the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and Stylecraft Special DK (which I will update each week from now on!) are:
So, this week I am working on a new project and a project I started a week or two ago. I’ve finally finished my tension squares for the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, my gauge is well off the standard as it usually is! But it has meant that I can now get started on some simple patterns! Very exciting!
My two current projects are a pram/car seat blanket for baby, it’s another ripple blanket though this one will be around 70cm by 90cm, and it’s made in Stylecraft Special DK, in the same colours as the blanket for my youngest charge, the Sherbet Blanket (as mentioned in this post). I’m using up the ball in each colour that didn’t get used for SC’s blanket.
My second WIP is a jumper for baby, this is being made from Debbie Bliss Rialto DK, which is a gorgeous merino wool. I managed to raid Tangled Yarns for a significant amount of it back in February/March time when they were selling it all off half price, my personal bank account still hasn’t fully recovered from that one! I’ve managed to offload 4 balls of it to my Mother-In-Law to make a jumper for baby but apart from that I haven’t had a chance to touch it since then, so I’m enjoying using some!
This jumper is the Noah Sweater from What To Knit When You’re Expecting (Ravelry pattern page link), it’s a nice book but apparently it has a lot of errors, so always check the errata! I have also been told that the patterns knit up small, so I may frog it and recast on the next size up, just in case! I haven’t decided yet. If the weather carries on like this baby may not need a jumper for a while!
I really wanted to do a craft project of some sort, so I decided that I would do something to coincide with my birthday. I really wasn’t sure what to do, I did briefly consider doing 27 different types of crafting, which would be awesome, but with limited space already which will be further limited come September when we relocate I didn’t want to worry about where to put everything, so that’s on the back burner until we buy a place of our own!
So I’ve just decided to start and finish 28 projects between my birthday this year (which was a few days ago) until my 28th birthday next year (on the 20th of May). They can be big/small/tiny/etc, but they just need to be done by that point. I’m going to try doing a good variety of techniques and things too of course, but I just need a nudge to get back into crafting!
I’m actually still finishing up a couple of projects that needed finishing, though I have one little project on the needles that is a new project 🙂