18 months before I’m 30 (20/11/17 – 20/05/19)

So I’m approaching 30 and, since having Artemis, I’ve realised that I don’t feel that I’ve done a huge amount to be really really proud of, or that I can tell her about when she’s older. I give up on things very easily and don’t challenge myself. There are probably psychological reasons for that stemming back to my childhood, who knows, but I need to change it.

So I started thinking of things that I wanted to accomplish before I’m 30, it’s not so far away that it seems like it’ll never come but it’s not too soon either. The big ones are getting 3 A Levels so that I’m in a better position to study in the future if I want to, and to speak comfortably in Spanish when I next go away. But then I thought that I could make something of it, challenge myself to actually doing some things that I’ve wanted to do but haven’t got around to, and throw in some silliness for the easy wins.

So I decided to give myself 18 months to accomplish those things, which equals:
546 days or 78 weeks. In the spirit of 1001 things in 101 days I’ve given myself roughly one thing every 10-ish days to do.

Here’s my list:

Learning:
Learn Spanish
Complete my A levels
Be able to identify 20 constellations
Learn kitchen knife skills
Learn to eat with chopsticks

Challenging:
Spend a whole week without using the computer
Learn how to write with my left hand

Physical:
Complete a big walking challenge
Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
Get average steps up to 10,000 a day
Get to swimming 3 times a week again
Complete a 30 Day Yoga Challenge
Reach my step target every day for a year
Take a martial arts class
Learn to paddle board

Personal:
Get the rats out daily
Blog at least once a week for a year
Build a capsule wardrobe
Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for 6 months
Keep journal of positivity
Make a list of the simple things that make me happy
Complete 18 challenges from LTLYM
Visit 10 National Trust places
Meditate daily for 30 days

Adulting:
Learn to play poker
Learn how to play backgammon
Learn how to change a tire
Get out of debt
Learn how to use all the functions of my camera
Create and maintain a budget

One Offs:
Watch a meteor shower
Throw away all my underwear and start again
Build a massive lego tower
Build a teepee
Visit a butterfly sanctuary
Do some guerrilla gardening
Go puddle jumping in the rain
Make a robot

Creative:
Install (and photograph) nine yarn bombing projects
Complete a colouring book
Complete a 365 day photo challenge
Learn to sew
Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
Learn origami
Make christmas ornaments
Post an FO every other week on Yet Another Crafter

Kitchen:
Make 18 recipes that I’ve pinned on Pinterest
Make a dish from a different country every month for a year
Grow a mini herb garden
Try a different fruit or vegetable each month

Books and Films:
See 10 classic movies I’ve never seen
Choose 18 countries and read a book by an author from each
Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
Watch the original Star Trek movies
Watch all the Star Wars movies

 

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WIP Wednesday 01/02/17

Going by my stash on Rav rather than my original calculations, I have 4095g of Debbie Bliss Rialto left, and 15080g of Stylecraft Special DK left. I think that the Stylecraft includes a mas of waterfall, but still, that’s more than I originally had! Darn.

However, progress is being made, the Carousel CAL now looks like this:

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And I’m really just focusing on getting it finished now. I’m most of the way through the red bits of the current section (7/8 done) and will try finish that section this week [if Artemis lets me]

Totals from before the 1st of February:
Rialto: 4,095/4095g left (0g before this week)
SSDK: 15,017/15,080g left (63g before this week)

 

WIP Wednesday – 30/11/16

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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!) 

Finished Object: Baby Kimono

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This is technically one I finished a while ago, I just hadn’t bothered to sew it up, then it got packed when we moved in June and only surfaced again a few weeks ago. I started it after my birthday so it does count in my 28 before 28 Challenge, it was supposed to be my first completed project! Whoops.

As you can see I messed up the shoulder of it, but it was only something I noticed after finishing the knitting and so I decided to leave it as a design feature 😉

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It’s knit in Stylecraft Special DK (as is everything I work on apparently!), in the Bluebell colourway, which is a beautiful colour! I love it, it’s definitely one of my favourite SSDK colours.

Ravelry Pattern Page: Baby Kimono
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Baby Kimono

Project 8 out of 28 complete 🙂

Finished Object: Noah Sweater

So I finished my little jumper, I love it! I decided against adding the pocket as I like it the way it is, though I reserve the right to change my mind at a later date 😉

This pattern came from What To Knit When Your Expecting, a lovely little book with lots of lovely little patterns, but one that is riddled with errors, so if you get it, do check the errata before casting on!

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Knitting with the Debbie Bliss Rialto DK was wonderful, I’m looking forward to working with it more to be honest and I’ll be treating myself to nicer yarns in future, acrylic works well enough but I never realised just how indulgent knitting with nice yarns is. There’s the satisfaction of the project being complete and then there’s the additional joy of knitting itself, and that is massively amplified by what I call ‘naice’ yarns, yarns that are nicer than bog standard!

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Ravelry Pattern Page: Noah Sweater
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Noah Sweater (for 0-3 months)
Errata:
Found here

Project 7 out of 28 complete 🙂

WIP Wednesday – 26/10/16

 

I’m slightly embarrassed by this, once again a WIP Wednesday on a Thursday! I actually had the entire post written out and ready to go yesterday as well! I just needed a photo, which I was going to take on my nice proper camera after I had cleaned out the boys and before my younger sister arrived for dinner, then all hell broke loose! Our two younger boys decided to cause mischief, as rats do. They tend to free-range whilst we clean them out. D’Argo got behind the cage and decided to see the girls, he usually likes to wind them up by sitting where they can see him, but he decided to full on just cling to the back of the cage. So there was me reaching in trying to bat four girls away from the back of their cage and from nipping his hands and feet whilst also trying to stop Oreo from escaping out of the front and poking D’Argo’s fingers in an effort to get him to let go of the cage and jump down, my husband crouching down to try grab him from the back by the rump and Ben running around our crouched positions trying to work out WTF was going on. Having finally managed to dislodge D’Argo, he then decided that he was going to stay underneath the fecking cage whilst his young companion decided to hide. Cue me having to pull everything out from behind the sofa (our dumping ground) to see if he was there. He wasn’t, he was down the side of the sofa instead and only decided to let this be known after I’d emptied the space. Both boys then had a run around through the stuff that was all over our living space because it’s really funny to annoy the rat-parents after already annoying them. My sister turned up during all of this and the photos did not get taken.

The joys of pet rats! Cheeky little sods.

So, I digress, back to WIP Wednesday:

I have a new project on the needles! The jumper is finished and I shall post about that on Friday, and my new project is for me, not baby (though was chosen because of baby really!)

Back in May I asked a yarnie FB group that I’m a member of what pretty yarn I should buy myself as I received some money for my birthday, they suggested that instead of just buying pretty yarn, I should find a project first, and that with a baby on the way, nice cardigans and shawls are great. And so I found three projects that I thought would suit, two cardigans and a shawl. What I’m working on now is the shawl, which is lovely.

It is the Stitch Sampler Shawl, and I’m knitting it in Drops Big Delight, it’s a lovely wool, though I’m concerned about the slight scratchiness of it, which I know is normal but I’m a bit funny about things like that! But I figure that over a cardigan I won’t really feel it on my skin so much so I should be okay.

I also messed it up last night and had to slowly unpick almost an entire row *sobs* I was too busy chatting and not concentrating!

As you can see, I now have instagram as well! Just checking it out for the time being but I may stick with it.

This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,304g/4382g left (54g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (0g This week)

FO Friday – Sherbet Blanket & Hat for Baby

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It’s finished! Whoop! Baby has a blanket to come home from the hospital in. It’s actually smaller than I originally intended, but it’s the perfect size for the pram and car seat, so I’m really happy with it. I am hoping to whip up a big granny square or something over the next couple of weeks, but given that I literally have two weeks until my due date I think I’m pushing it slightly.

The colours are Stylecraft Special DK: Pomegranate, Spice, Citron, Spring Green, Cloud Blue, Lavender and Grape.

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There was some standing on small coffee tables involved here…

Project 5 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Neat Ripple
Ravelry Project Page:
Nikki’s Sherbet Blanket
Direct link to pattern: Attic24 Neat Ripple Pattern

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I’ve also made a hat in the same colour scheme as the blanket, it’s just knit stripes rather than chevrons but it’s still cute, I’d like to attempt a matching cardigan too!

Project 6 out of 28 complete 🙂

Ravelry Pattern Page: Easy Hat (knitted in the round)
Ravelry Project Page: Nikki’s Sherbet Rainbow Hat