Self-help #6

The Cherry Fair

I have had quite a stressful week at work, on practicing yoga this morning I realise that I have hardly been breathing all week. No wonder I have been so stressed!! For some reason my breathing has become very shallow? A joyous practice, Sun Salutations A and B and some triangular shapes, I feel that I have got air to all the parts of my body that have been missing out this week!

This afternoon I have had a walk into Bewdley to see what is going on at the Cherry Fair. Morris dancing by the river, vintage cars, loads of people dressed in 1940s gear. My main reason for going was to have a rummage around the craft stalls as this is probably how I am going to shift the results of my stash! I don’t think I know enough people to gift the scarves to and my theory is if I make any money I can buy some more yarn 😊

I would however be a little more controlled and use it before I bought the next lot – PROMISE. ..

A lovely sunny day. The Morris dancing was fun, the cars were beautiful, the craft stalls were wanting – cards and jamπŸ˜•

Never mind enjoyed the sunshine and had a lovely cup of tea while listening to a man singing 40s hits 🎢🎡🎢

Self-help #4

Happy Blog day! πŸŽ‚

My little blog is a month old today. This has quite a satisfying feel. I am learning new things and moving out of my comfort zone by sharing my crafting. Like many women of a certain age I find it very difficult celebrating my own achievements, especially the small ones.

I am incorporating a little bit of yoga in my day. Sun salutations in the garden are glorious at the moment, feeling the warmth of the morning sun on my skin. I am also trying to walk more. This is very easy when the weather is good, I don’t know if I will be so dedicated when the weather changes…

With regards to working through my clutter I have completed a couple of unfinished projects and have started another scarf, not that there is a discernible dent in the stash yet but early days. This is a long term / life long project.

While I am talking about decluttering I have also started bagging stuff for the charity shop. Although I have had difficulty parting with several woollies that I made myself, not because I wear them a lot but because I remember the hours of work I have put into them.

So one month in and slowly building my blog but learning so much β™‘β™‘β™‘

Self-help #3

A sunny day!

The sun is out today, it feels like the first time this year. A little sunshine really gives me a lift.

Managed to get a handful of strawberries out of my garden for my breakfast. They taste so much nicer straight off the plant. I have not enjoyed this treat often this year due to the rain. Strawberries and kitchen herbs are the only foods I grow in my garden.

Yoga this morning. A few sun salutations, I hope they work and the good weather continues. I always feel ready to take on the world after practice. Head clear and body tingling.

I am also feeling uplifted from giving. I have woven in the ends of the baby blanket and packed it up with the booties and mitts and passed it on to a friend who has just had a beautiful little girl. There is a lot to be said about the power of gifting.

So back to my stash to work my way through my clutter.

Self-help #2

Any one for crochet?

It is Sunday afternoon and here I sit with a mug of darjeeling and a quiet sense of achievement. No I haven’t started working through the heap of woolly animal kits yet but they are safely stashed!!

I have been to yoga and had an hour focusing on my breathing and emptying my mind. My head is decluttered for the time being and what about my house? Well there lies a story…

I am afraid I still have wool and craft kits and other useful bits and pieces stashed everywhere. However, I have used up some of my odds and ends of baby wool on a blanket.

The yarn used is King Cole baby double knitting in primrose, princess and turquoise and I have used a 3.5mm crochet hook.

Crochet does not come naturally to me, I keep getting the wool tangled around my fingers but I have enjoyed doing something different. I started teaching myself how to do a granny square and just continued until it was big enough to be called a baby blanket but in reality it is just a giant granny square. The stitches used are trebles and then doubles to edge it.

Sadly I have all of those ends to weave in and then I have only to press it.

I do have a confession to make…

I didn’t have enough of the turquoise so I popped into my local Co Op only to find there were only six balls of wool on the shelf (2 turquoise, 2 silver, 1 purple and 1 rather grubby white). I was distraught thinking that this was discontinued. I panic-buyer, grabbing the turquoise and silver yarn I really dislike the colour purple (not the book or film, the Alice Walker novel is one of my favourites) and the white had seen better days. On paying for them I learned that the lady who oversaw the wool department had left and no one had taken responsibility for it but a new order had gone in so the shelves should be full again soon. PHEW, PANIC OVER…