It felt good this week to cast the first dishcloth off my needles and master the leaf lace pattern. There were a couple of hiccups along the way, like when I was reading the wrong row at one stage and that time that I zoned out and just kept purling the entire way across the row, but I got there and you know what, this pattern wasn't hard at all.
Sometimes I feel like I am positively going to burst open with creative project ideas in my head. There are just so many patterns to try, pretty products to play with, new craft ideas that catch my interest and then there's the little chore of staying on track with those big creative projects that I've already started.
Gosh I've been tired this last week and a half. I'm not sure why exactly, but I think it was a combination of two overseas trips in 2 months, plus Christmas thrown into the mix and then suddenly coming to a complete full stop at the end of January. I haven't been able to get enough sleep this last week and today is the first time I feel like I'm awake properly, which also makes me wonder if I picked up a little bug on our trip back home.
We're home and settling back in to a some what chilly environment here, warming ourselves with jumpers, socks and dare I say that we had to turn the heater on as we walked through the door. We've spent the afternoon hanging out and talking about the best parts of our holiday and wondering how quickly we can save for our next trip.
Oh goodness, two new projects to begin the new year. There's nothing quite like getting stuck into something brand new and this year I have a huge list of projects that I want to tick off my list, so I thought why not get started. I cast this on my needles once January hit and have been doing a bit every day.
When going to Dubai, knit a camel. It makes sense, right? Okay, probably not - but I couldn't resist! I found the pattern for this little guy a few nights ago, purchased it immediately and cast on the stitches. I think he probably took me two nights to do, in-between catching up with season four of The Walking Dead - who knew that zombies and knitting would go so well together?
It's always a good feeling to finish a project and I sure let out a big fat sigh of relief when this knitted baby blanket was all done. The last couple of colour bands I struggled with - mostly because I was itching to start new projects - but as soon as I cast off the last row I felt pretty happy with myself for knitting such a big blanket. When I say big, it's actually only 80cm X 75cm, but it sure felt big while I was knitting it!
I finally stitched the buttons onto the short sleeved baby cardigan that I knitted. I don't know why I always leave the button-sewing-on until the last possible minute, but it's never a job I enjoy. I used the puerperium cardigan pattern again for this little knit and it turned out really nicely, super happy with the garment and could definitely see myself making this design over and over again.
As I mentioned a few weeks ago, in August I signed up for the Jellywares Yarn Club again and my first package arrived early in September. Incase you don't know, the yarn club runs for a 3 month period (I joined the spring one) and each month you receive a fantastic box of yarn related goodies in the mail box. This is the second time I've signed up and it's a really nice way to try new yarns and guys, it's so fun to receive something nice in the mail that's craft related, a complete surprise and not a bill that needs paying.
School holidays start here today and we're all looking forward to it. This time of year is definitely my favourite - the weather is warming up, the days are getting longer and we'll have two weeks with the kids at home. They'll be sleep ins, board games, a road trip, some creating and probably messy kid bedrooms and lots of in-house movie nights.
I'll also be madly trying to get my September craft check-list all ticked off too, although I'm not completely sure I'm going to make it. We'll see though!
I live with my husband and 2 children in Tasmania, Australia. I love to make nice things, spend time with my family, travel, bake yummy treats, read pretty craft books, give handmade gifts, toast marshmallows in our wood fired oven & live a lovely life.