On My Knitting Needles

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I thought I would start a new wee series on the blog trying to document my learning to knit. I’m also going to do one on sewing. Personally I find that documenting your journey when learning can be really helpful when you start out on something as it helps show how far you have come along. Sometimes we get so focused on our failures that we don’t remember that we are learning a new skill, that takes time!
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This month I am busy knitting up a storm, I am back on track with my Julia jumper after managing to get confused over my stitches and forgetting I was doing moss stitch. I am still on the first body piece of my jumper, it is roughly 108 rows until I get to start casting off. I am at row 65 and counting. I am focusing on the process of learning the stitch, when you look at people who are able to knit without concentrating on their needles they had to start somewhere! One day I will get there.

The Julia jumper doesn’t have any shaping in it really and is literally just two rectangles for the body then smaller rectangles for the sleeves although the sleeves do have increases in them which is something I have yet to tackle. I am toying with the idea of trying out one of Andi Satterlund’s patterns for her and Lladybird‘s Outfit Along which is running from the 1st of June to the 31st of July but I’m not sure what level they sit at so I am a little intimidated, I don’t want to get disheartened with my knitting at this stage. It is tricky to know what would be a good next step for my knitting, in the meantime I have another hat request from Mr IHR and I need to knit myself another one as I have managed to lose mine already (along with my beloved FitBit, honestly I feel bereft without my little flashing lights).

 

Knit One, Purl One, Chase Puppy Around to Get Your Yarn Back

Two posts in one month – aren’t you all very lucky. I did one of those things that all bloggers recommend, I actually looked at what people seemed to like reading on this little corner of the internet. Unsurprisingly reviews came out pretty high and it made me think that there are actually quite a few things I have made, bought or done in the last few months that might be useful to others. I also have plans for a slight revamp on the blog but more on that in March. Today’s post is about a knitting kit and some free knitting tutorials.

I had high hopes for last Christmas, I would spend some time practising crafts and baking – then come December time I would lovingly make gifts for friends and family while listening to Christmas music. That really didn’t happen, but I did manage to make way more presents than ever before and even made some I was proud of. I did end up briefly stressed as I realised I had dropped stitches on some knitting and had to rip it up and start again but on the whole I enjoyed what I did make and I aim for more this year although I am going to plan more thoroughly. Continue reading “Knit One, Purl One, Chase Puppy Around to Get Your Yarn Back”

My Vintage Sewing Pledge 2016

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that for my birthday I received a sewing machine! I decided to get a Janome CXL301, which is a computerised one – part of me still hankers after an old fashioned basic one, in fact a treadle one would be brilliant but let’s be realistic something that helps me sew button holes is always going to be helpful. It is also the machine I used at my dressmaking class I took B.C. (you know, before Chop 🙂 ), I loved the fact that it has an adjustable speed for the foot pedal and the set up of it was a breeze. Of course the fact I had the lovely Rachel to advise probably helped there. Continue reading “My Vintage Sewing Pledge 2016”

Rollercoasting on Horseback – the Nerves Go Through the Wringer

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For some reason June feels like April outside at the moment, but the light nights are lovely which is kind of making up for the fact that I think I have only been outside in short sleeves once so far this year. I am only sort of joking there although to be fair it has meant I have a longer lead in time to make the tshirt and vest top that are next on the sewing list.

Saturday on the other hand was a lovely warm day and there was even sunshine – in fact both days at the weekend were warm meaning the beach I ride on had more people and dogs than we have seen for a long time. The horses are not scared of dogs but lets be honest if you have a dog and you see horses please keep the dog under control – the horse I am on may not be scared of it but it will have no qualms about kicking it should they deem it necessary. Also it is worth noting there are horses that are scared of dogs and dogs that are running around horses legs have a severe chance of being injured and nobody wants that, Continue reading “Rollercoasting on Horseback – the Nerves Go Through the Wringer”

Grinding to a Temporary Halt – on G Marker

The last couple of riding lessons have felt a little stale. Don’t get me wrong, I still love riding and Seamus is a total sweetheart but I have been mainly trotting and haven’t had much of the instructor’s focus – maybe ten minutes in total over two 45 minute lessons. That is just the way of things at time but it does frustrate me sometimes – such as today. I got a bit nervous during the exercise as I felt Seamus running with me and ignoring my aids. I stopped at the end of the ride rather than continuing round past them, after a minute or less of my instructor telling me I needed to relax rather than tense up I had changed my mind and wanted another shot but…well no time and others had to have a go. My chance was gone and I didn’t get to trot again let alone canter. 😦

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Jog On

So what did I do at the weekend? Oh yeah – I became an official Jog Scotland leader! I am really excited about this, it has been on my mind to do this for a while but it came about really quickly in the end.

I have been running on and off for around nine years now and a major part of that has been thanks to the Jog Scotland group at my work. I have made great friends from this group (all the Team Bambi members were Jog Scotland members initially) and it helps me get motivated to get my arse outside for a run on those days where the weather is miserable or I feel like my head is going to explode at work.

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