STASH-BUSTING IN 2022 #3

what’s on my needles…

Back in March I had Covid and, confined to barracks, I started a cable knit in a very dark navy. Sadly I have no progress to share on this because I have given up😏 the colour was just so tough on my eyes.

However, I am working on a summer cotton knit.

It’s a combo of stocking stitch and moss stitch and I am using a cotton aran by Paintbox yarns on 4.5 needles.

What’s on your needles?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

DEFYING GRAVITY!

extreme cat…

Our little cat is a year old next week. He has calmed down with regard to my knitting needles and yarn but does like to help out in the garden.

Here he is on part of his favourite game

He likes to run up the balcony post, across the balcony through the lounge, down the stairs, through the kitchen and back out through the cat flap. And then do it all over again… Quite a work out for a little cat! Sadly the balcony doors are sometimes closed whereby he sits and nags until someone opens them 🐱

And extreme close up

I think he’s stalking a pesky critter πŸœπŸžπŸ•·

Anyway back to the knitting.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

MY BLOGIVERSARY HAS GONE BYπŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‚ πŸŽ‚

but…

The hottest day of the year so far and I have been in the garden, early but still rather foolish😎

My credit card statement tells me I have paid for another year with WordPress so I really ought to start using it. I have been very lazy over the last few months when it comes to my little blog. I have reduced my responsibilities at work which is helping my general well-being, trying to get in as much yoga as I can and have made loads of string market bags! I find them very therapeutic but need to find something to do with them all πŸ€”

As I’ve said very hot today but a couple of weeks ago I took my market make to Jubilee Gardens and sat by the pool listening to the soft ripples and buzzing bugs and did some hooking 🐝 🐝 🐝

Peaceful Pool
Another string thing in progress using Lily n’ sugar yarn and a size 5 hook

So off for a cool shower to wash away dirt and stickiness, will probably be out again when the sun has gone down 🌞

Thank you for still taking an interest in me😊

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

And April showers β˜”

April has arrived but it is bitterly cold and we had snow yesterday, perhaps that is the April Fools Day prank – January weather! I have managed to avoid the pranksters so far this year!

Years ago I worked in France where le poisson d’avril was celebrated and much fun was had by children sticking paper fish on each others backs 🐑🐠🐑

How do you celebrate the 1st of April?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP 2022 NO.1

Fingers crossed that this is the first of many ..

As I have already said friends and family gifted me some very mindful gifts for Christmas πŸŽ„

And as I have already said I received a sampler from Aldi

So so far I have done : quite a few French knots; satin stitch; stem stitch; back stitch and blanket stitch.

This takes me back forty years and I have to say I am enjoying the memories of working on printed linen.

Mindfully yours and woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

BACK ON TRACK!!!

January 2022 is almost over…

A belated Happy New Year. It has been a while, my WordPress subscription paid and I’ve done nothing with it! That’s what I usually do with gym subscriptions πŸ˜‰

I got a bit overwhelmed towards the end of last year. Too many hours at work, the pile of WIPs became very daunting and everything seemed to be going backwards regarding the pandemic. But I’ve taken steps to sort myself out! I’m in the process of reducing my hours and responsibilities, I’ve taken up Yin Yoga which is helping me to focus and I have taken a look at the WIP s. πŸ€”

I also had some crafty gifts for Christmas to help me be more mindful

This came from Aldi from their make and mend range. It’s a printed little sampler but many of the stitches can be used to mend clothing – very clever! I am a huge fan of make-do and mend. So I have started on this, takes me back over forty years when my sister and I used attempt embroidering place mats and napkins πŸ˜‰

So I hope to report progress soon and start whittling down my WIPs.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

WINDING UP SEPTEMBER!

At the end of October….

No knitting or other woolly pursuits to report on.

Maro the menace is the reason why. He can hear a pair of needles from miles away πŸ˜₯ No wool therapy for me!!!

He’s had all of his injections now so is allowed in the garden under supervision. Now our garden has been left to its own devices this summer, the bees have loved it. Maro enoys chasing bugs but has been known to get carried away. Currently I have had to rescue him from a tree and the shed roof πŸ˜‰ And this morning he gave his hind quarters a dip in the frog pool, the toad who lives there was not happy 🐸

I’m hoping to lock myself away with my needles for a day or two as I finally have some time off work. With any luck I will have something to show and tell soon😊

Have missed you all ❀

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

BLANKET BULLETIN

now the heatwave’s overβ˜”β˜”β˜”

The torrid temperatures of a couple of weeks ago have moved on and now we have lots of showers which have cooled everything down. AND more to the point I can get my knitting needles out!!!

It is fair to say that the baby blanket has progressed a lot more than the camper blanket! Baby is due in November, camper is still at the garage having work done! But look at all those ends that are going to need weaving inπŸ˜” Why did I go for a stripey chevron? πŸ€”

On the bright side I managed to get a load of washing dried on the line in between showers today πŸ˜‰

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘