Sat 30 Oct 2010
I really haven’t been in a blogging mood recently, whatever that may be. I think I got overwhelmed by the massive amounts that fellow bloggers seem to get done and then find the time to write in an interesting and entertaining way about bringing up children, working full time, travelling, making stuff, selling stuff, managing websites, cooking and on top of all that taking wonderful photos to share with the world! Where do they find the time?
I blame the weather for my inertia. Not getting outside for more than a couple of days and I begin to go a bit mad. But yesterday the sun shone for a few hours and I managed to get out for a walk down to the nearest strand where I met two new friends and watched the great sea and sky, getting home as the first drops of another downpour fell. And things felt better.
The sounds of winter surprised me as it’s still warm and lots of leaves, although turning, are still firmly attached despite the dreadful winds we’ve been getting. The noise of water followed me – gushing streams unseen beneath overgrown ditches, waterfalls tumbling from the hills, trickling streams running across the lanes, me splashing through giant puddles, crashing waves as the tide rolled in. And along with dusk came the sharp cries of blackbirds.
But I haven’t been completely idle. Having mastered knitting with 4 double pointed needles (now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write!) I’ve made myself some wristwarmers. They were quick and easy and are brilliant. I found the pattern ( 1 Day Wristwarmers) on that knitting-heaven website Ravelry . I used my all time favourite Aran weight wool, Aran Tweed by Donegal Yarns. I’ve lost count of the jumpers, jackets, waistcoats, scarves and hats that I’ve made using this beautiful wool. It knits up wonderfully and the colours are glorious.
And I’ve finally got myself a rotary cutter and cutting mat. I’m not completely relaxed using it but I haven’t lost any fingers yet and I’m already convinced by the benefits. Cutting narrow strips of fabric for Wrist Key Fobs was always a tedious job with scissors but with the rotary cutter it’s quicker and more accurate. And I don’t have the scissors-thumb-blister-scab anymore!
So now there are lots of new Key Fobs on the website that will be in the new Christmas Present Category which will be going live after this weekend.
Because this weekend sees winter really beginning as our clocks go back and darkness takes over from daylight; and Hallowe’en follows tomorrow.