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.
So I didn’t write the post for last week as promised, but I did finish that dress. Almost. She wore it on her birthday at the zoo after I finished it in the car on the way to said zoo!
I haven’t done the neckline for it yet as I hadn’t decided whether I wanted to do it, I like Artemis to wear things that I can get on and off easily, and I’m worried that the neckline would make it more difficult. I’ll likely end up doing it anyway just to make it look a bit more complete.
The pattern was a nice and simple one, I took out the yo row for the belt as I didn’t want a belt and I had to compensate for the lost increases there, but it worked nicely and looks lovely!
You can probably see where the dress narrows at the hips, that isn’t intentional shaping, the dress design has it flat until it starts to flare, but where I changed to a yarn where the tension was different and couldn’t up my needle size to compensate until I was working primarily on the coloured yarn it has tightened the tension overall on the colour change section, but that isn’t an issue.
I botched in a colourwork pattern from a different pattern as this dress called for a straight colour change, and I wanted to try something special! I’ve been eyeing up the Pixelated Pullover for a long long time, and decided to bite the bullet and buy the pattern so that I could use the colour chart for this dress.
Yarns are stylecraft special in silver and Sirdar Colourwheel in Follow The Rainbow (beautiful colour way! Really fun to knit with and a nice weight. Slightly thinner than your standard DK but it works well. I have a few more of the colourwheels in different colours to use up too!)
My wonderful daughter is now coming up to 8 months, she’s fun and has a brilliant little personality developing. She also is starting to look more like her Dad which is interesting. Until the past week I’ve barely had time to knit or crochet (she’s a clingy one). We’re 6 weeks into weaning Artemis, who seems to have a reaction to milk products, which along with my gluten intolerance has made things difficult, but we’re slowly working it out.
We moved into our first house at the end of May (It’s stunning, absolutely wonderful!). My paid maternity leave ended and for the first time in a very long time I am officially unemployed. I am starting to study for four A Levels whilst still learning Spanish. I am preparing my house to become a childminder setting, slightly scary!
We’re now down to 5 rats, Ben was put to sleep in early March, and we had Zhaan put to sleep yesterday, both were well over three and had great lives so we were happy to have had the pleasure of caring for them even though it was so brief in the grand scheme of things.
I still have masses of Debbie Bliss and Stylecraft Special, the only yarn I’ve bought in the past 18 months has been stuff with my birthday or Christmas money and a couple of balls to do the Carousel CAL (which is still getting there).
Well I feel the need to post an update as I haven’t had a chance to get onto my computer in a good couple of weeks for more than five minutes. On the 13th of November our daughter was born, she’s a little beauty and is utterly wonderful, but a handful! We were in hospital until the Wednesday afternoon and have just spent the last week and a half adjusting to life with a baby!
Her name is Artemis, she was 8lb 13.5oz and born at 00:50 on the 13th of November.