Lockdown

I have been isolating since 19th March and it has had it’s ups and downs. There was a week near the start when I was very snappish and an emotional rollercoaster and now for the most part I am settled in my routine. I am lucky, that through out my isolation I have been able to work from home. I still get up and at the same time and do some chores before I start work. I think this has helped, although the one thing to suffer is my sleep pattern. I go to bed at the same time and spend most of the night tossing and turning. I have tried all the usual tricks, reading, knitting, warm milk, deep breathing, nytol, nothing works.

One good thing about the isolation is that I have managed to get on and properly tidy and sort the rooms I’ve been procrastinating about for months. Normally I would start sorting, then think of a reason to leave the house and not finish it. Now of course, I haven’t been able to leave the house so it is finally done. I have also sorted out the old craft/junk shed and it has been sorted and filled with boxes ready for when the charity shops open . I donated two large bags of fabric to my local scrub hub which made me feel like I was helping the cause, as there was enough fabric for hundreds of scrub caps and a few scrub sets. if I wasn’t up to sewing them at least I could provide the materials.

Craft wise I am still knitting the Afternoon tea blanket which is coming along nicely. Five strips have been knitted and sewn together and am midway on the sixth. I have also been sewing, mainly masks for the family and extended family. When my daughter asked me for masks I obviously said yes and just got on and did it, I didn’t dislike it but it wasn’t a joyful process. When I chose a different style- the full faced masks- I found the process of sewing the masks very therapeutic and want to sew some more. I am lucky as I did not need to buy anything to sew any of the masks, everything came from stash, well apart from one fat quarter of Star Wars fabric my grandson requested for his masks. One WIP I did manage to sew was The Raglan Dress by The Avid Seamstress. I absolutely love this dress. The fabric makes me smile and the pattern is a dream to sew. The instructions are clear and raglan sleeves are for me the easiest to sew. There will be many more of these in my wardrobe. I think I may need to do a post on this at a later date.

Talking of WIPs, I am the worst for having a day where I will cut out a few projects ready to sew at a later date. Some of these projects have been untouched for a few years so I decided to be ruthless and have decided to bag up those that didn’t inspire me any more and donate as a kit – fabric, pattern, pins- to the charity shops when they reopen . This actually made me relieved, as if a pressure had been lifted as now I only have two projects cut out ready to sew.

I really need to start a simple knit project, something I can pick up and knit mindlessly when I need some mindless knitting. Just to be contrary and play devils advocate, I also want to knit something intricate and lacy. when sorting out I discovered the Year of Lace 2009 patterns, only one of which I got around to knitting . Now if I can just find the yarn these came with …….

This Thing of Paper Goals

I have been listening to a lot of audio books lately, when I walk, can’t sleep and for crafting too. After watching A Discovery of Witches on Sky I wanted to read the books, I decided to go for the unabridged version of the audio books. it became something of an obsession, every waking moment where possible. The books are slightly different to the show, which is  as to be expected, and I found them  more compelling then the show. Having always been a bookworm, if I get into a book whether audio or print that’s it I am in the zone. It drives my husband mad as I will be so into the book that I literally do not hear him talking to me. He doesn’t understand how I can’t hear him, I have explained that I am so immersed in the book that I am in another world. Book fan Karina Westerman  is also a fabulous knitwear designer. Late 2017 her book This Thing of Paper  was released. I have decided that 2019 will be the year I  knit through the book. so far I have knitted Letterpress Cowl , Majuscule hat picture below and the Minuscule fingerless mitts all from stash. I have cast on Incunabula in alpaca dk from stash in a green, this will probably be a year long knit alongside other things.

Too Much Choice

I have finally finished Santorini from Rowan magazine 53. I cheated slightly and didn’t knit the flower on the front as I intend to make fabric corsages from Rowan fabric and wear these with it.
Time to choose a new project and I am so torn , there are so many patterns I want to knit and 4 I have organised the yarn for. The problem is I keep changing my mind on which one to knit first.
The first of the four options is Eldorado from rowan magazine 55. You can follow my progress here. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/flickchickknits/eldora/photos like Santorini this is the cover knit. I will still be using Rowan Cotton Glace but these colours.

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My second choice is Kiki from Kim Hargreaves amazing new book Honey. In my opinion this is her best book for a while and there’s a few in this I want to knit. Again Stash will be used and slightly different colours. The yarn the pattern calls for is the dreaded Kidsilk Haze which I have a love hate Relationship with. My progress can be found here. http://www.ravelry.com/projects/flickchickknits/kiki

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The third of the four comes from this months Knit Today in which there are a few patterns I want to knit. I was very nearly tempted to subscribe as they have a great subscription offer but thought to myself I can’t cope with the amount of patterns I have so NO. As soon as I saw Clementine by Sarah Hatton I knew I had to knit it, in red. This one hasn’t made it to my project page yet.

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The fourth is from Marie Wallins Windswept, which needs its own post, so more on that next time.