Believe it or not I have other interests apart from knitting.
Baking is one of them. I love to bake, unfortunately my oven doesn’t share the same passion for baking. The plan is to retire it soon (we’ve been saying that since we moved in about 6 years ago) and replace it with something pretty spectacular (ok, bigger and newer and working properly). I’m looking forward to that day, I’m looking forward to being able to make sponge cakes and macarons and all sorts of other deliciousness that I currently avoid because my oven refuses to work properly.
I also sew and dabble in quilting. I’m not sure if I could say that I love it but I can do it and I do enjoy it. Last year I thought it would be a great idea to sign up to a Block of the Month quilt – It’s a Dollies Life by Rosalie Quinlan Designs. I was so sure I could do a block a month, between 4 kids and everything else. I started with a passion on the first one, I had so much fun choosing my material, cutting out the pieces and ironing them on. It was great fun, until I started the blanket stitch. That got deadly boring very quickly. And then the next block pattern arrived and I wasn’t even half way through the first one. In the end I packed it away and conveniently forgot about it, until I fell pregnant. I’m not sure why, but knitting whilst feeling morning sick only made the morning sickness worse. So, when my husband made me stay in bed all day to rest, I picked up the block and went back to blanket stitching my way through the quilt. There was something very therapeutic about it and I finished the first block and started on the second. I worked steadily on the second until I realised that I was almost finished and I hadn’t bought material for the 3rd block, then it all came to a screeching halt (even though I had gone out and bought the material for the next block). Recently I’ve been feeling rather convicted about this poor neglected quilt so I pulled it out the other day and started blanket stitching again. I’ve decided to just do bits here and there so I stay interested and it gets finished. I’m already looking forward to sewing up the next room simply because I love the material I’ve chosen for it :p.
On to knitting. Well, I’ve been working exclusively on the Jaywalker socks, poor old Artichaut is sitting in the bottom of my project bag being seriously neglected. As of sometime today (I hope) the gusset stitches will all be picked up and I will be onto the foot. Once I have the first Jaywalker done I’m hoping to finish off a Citron shawl I started at the beginning of May then I’ll be back to Artichaut (I hope). I started the Citron simply because I had a skein of Malabrigo that needed to be used (and I just happened to have a case of Cast-On-itis) and I’m still not sure why I put it away. I know that I’m about half way through. I think I put it away so I could start on the Manolo socks but I’ve just never come back to the Citron. Anyway, I’m happy that I haven’t finished it as I have found a home for it and am now keen to finish it off so I can gift it to a very deserving person.
I’ve added to my stash. After seeing a few vodcasts (Snappy Stitches and KnitPsychoKnits to be exact – both can be found on iTunes) mentioning Lollipop Yarns, I went looking. Unfortunately the shop was empty. I bided my time for the update, making sure I was in front of the pc and refreshing every minute or so. Somehow, despite that, I still missed out – my goodness, that shop sells out in minutes. Thankfully Joan was very understanding (I thought that she may not sell internationally and had blocked international buyers from seeing her store content) and put up a custom order for me. Self striping yarn in Pretty Pretty Princess and my it sure is pretty! Can’t wait to knit with it.
Well, better run, children to pick up and ballet lessons to get said children to.