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.
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.
I have finished the Sherbet Blanket! I will post all about that on Friday though. Currently I am just trying to finish this jumper before starting on something else, though I’m not sure what to work on next! I have a few projects that I have bought the yarn for but haven’t started yet but I will wait and see what I’m feeling after this jumper is finished. I now have a sleeve for it and am just starting on the second sleeve. The problem with knitting is that it doesn’t use up much yarn compared to crochet!
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,358g/4382g left (16g this week)
SSDK: 12,017/12,255g left (59g this week)
So this week I have my usual two projects on the go still. I’m making some nice progress on the blanket, as you can see! I’m aiming for 5 repeats, which should make it around 90cm long, though I may stop at 4 repeats if it feels big enough, I want this one for the pram and in the car mostly, but it may be slightly too big for the car seat!
And here is the jumper, which has both a front and a back now and part of a sleeve (well, a start on it!) I’m concentrating on the blanket at the moment as I realised that I haven’t actually made one for baby yet and so I’d prefer to have at least one finished by the time that they come along!
This weeks Rialto and SSDK totals come to:
Rialto: 4,374g left (4,382)
SSDK: 12,076g left (12,255)
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:
I do love this pattern, it’s really simple, easy to knit up, very quick and very adaptable. This is the same pattern that I used for the Minion Hat in this post and it comes in a variety of sizes, not just newborn. Which makes it perfect really! I’m going to use it to make a few hats for my baby too next week as I’ve been told to take some in my baby bag, which I haven’t even started yet!
I was going to add a little flower to this but I’ve discovered that half of my books are still at the MILs, including all of my flower books (of which I have many!) so we need to get to Ikea, buy our bookshelves and install them ASAP so that I can have my books back!
Mum says that her colleague loved it and commented on how tiny it was, I don’t think she quite realises how small they come out!