This week I try my hand at a new cast on and use circular needles for the first time to try and make a hat

A change is as good as a rest

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So I’ve been lacking motivation and inspiration which has led to the last 2 weeks being entirely unproductive. Despite last weeks inspiration post I’ve still not managed to pick up my crochet hooks. Life has just been getting on top of me a little; between work and decorating the house I’ve found myself to exhausted to even think about

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crocheting. Our master bedroom has been a building site for some months now: we’ve torn out all the skirting, fitted spotlights and new plug sockets, added a fake wall to widen the chimney breast and had the lot plastered. Now that we were finally at the fun part I just couldn’t decide on a colour! Many trips to B&Q, sample pot after sample pot (those things are expensive!) and even painting a wall in a dark colour just to paint over it again and we’ve finally settled. It’s nice to see it finally coming together….

 

 

 

 

This weekend I had the awful job of trying to clean the window frames that were covered in years worth of bad glossing. Is it really so hard to masking tape up before you paint?! Most of the frames came up nice with just soap and water but the gloss on the bottom was proving stubborn, heaven knows how long it’s been there. Armed with white spirit, a wallpaper scraper and a little more patience than I knew I had left I managed to just about get it all off! My hands are dry and my nails are ruined but I think I finally deserve to sit down with some yarn and chill.

 

 

 

 




As I said before inspiration is not coming to me at the moment. To be honest I think I really want to make a blanket but the sheer amount of yarn I need to invest in it is putting me off… So I decided, a change is better than a rest: I’ll knit! This didn’t come out of the blue of course; it just so happened that this morning I received a wonderful comment on my Knit, Purl and Hygge post from Stephanie at www.woolythyme.typepad.com/ who was absolutely amazing and took the time to explain some of the mistakes I managed to make in my first attempts at knitting. Armed with this advice I decided to pick up the needles once again and give knitting a bash!

 

I really wanted to crack the ribbing and set about once again on making a swatch of it; this time I made sure I paid attention to my
yarn direction and when I was pulling it through, and kept count of my stitches to ensure I wasn’t adding any. More than once I had to carefully undo a row (frogging knitting is scary….) because I could see where I had added stitches and it all seems to have gone surprisingly well!

 

 

 

 

This week I try my hand at a new cast on and use circular needles for the first time to try and make a hat
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Once my ribbing seemed to be going well I wanted another challenge. I’ve hunted out my mums old circular needles and thought I’d give a simple beanie a go. I did go mildly crazy and try to do a finger cast on before realising I was utterly mad and returning to my usual 2 needle cast on: best not do too many new things at once. Now I know I didn’t connect my round correctly so I am going to have to start again eventually but for the moment I’m just practicing and it seems to be going well! I think I may try a colour that’s less…. black next time…

 

 

Any beginner knitters out there got a new project to share?

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