Sunday 29 January 2023

A Year of Projects Update - week 32

 Blimey,  it's nearly the end of January!  On one hand it feels as though January has been never ending,  but in other ways I can't believe it is nearly February. 

We went away last weekend and had a great time, but very little crafting was had!

I have made a start on my Reduplicate shorts.

This is using some repurposed tarn from a frogged sweater, so I feel quite virtuous!

I have made a bit of progress on my two pairs of socks   but not really enough for a photo.

I didn't cook much from the cookbook this last week  but I have been keeping up my photo a day. 

I also caved and purchased yet another mug fro. Mary Wright ceramics last week. 

We went to Manchester this last week to visit the Man City football stadium - it was surprisingly good and Thomas really enjoyed it, which was, of course, the point!

We also went for a walk to the local lake again today - it was beautiful as always.

And that is it for this week - I hope you all have a great week.

Sunday 15 January 2023

A Year of Projects Update - week 30

 It has been a bit of a dismal week weather wise!  A bit windy and a bit rainy - still, some parts of the country have flooded and we haven't really had that, so can't complain.  We also had our shower fixed this week (broken since start of December) which has just been lovely. 

In knitting news,  I finished the garter marler sweater and am busy wearing it right now!

I absolutely love it  - it used lots of stash and is cosy and perfect for getting home from work and putting on whilst it is getting chilly.

Now that is finished I was a bit at a loss as to what to cast on next.  I hadn't got a sweater in mind for a moment so had a bit of a look through my Pompom magazines to see what caught my eye. 

I have settled on the following for a moment:

Reduplicate - shorts - Just fancied these as something a bit different!

Some socks to wear with walking boots - I wanted to knit these years ago, and have seen several along these lines in my magazines  so have cast them on.

Both projects will use stash yarn, so that is good!

On the fifty things side - I have continued with my photo a day and gratitude journal.  I have also been making my way through the Ainsley Harriott cookbook and have made some lovely bits this week including a mac and cheese (that I have never made before) and a carrot and orange loaf.

And I think that is that - I may not post next week as we are in Manchester for Thomas's birthday - so have a good couple of weeks.

Sunday 8 January 2023

A Year of Projects Update - week 29

 I feel like it has been a bit of a week!  The weather hasn't been great and work has been trying to say the least!

Anyhow  being cosy at home is fine - we have put away all of the decorations and today is the last day I will be using my Christmas mug for another year.

The only knitting I have done this week is on my garter marler sweater, and am now powering down the sleeves.  I am doing the concurrently so I do the same on each.

This is the garter marler sweater by Stephen West and I am using lots of stash yarn and leftovers, which is great.  I hope to have it finished by next week 🤞
Otherwise I have been doing a few things for my 50 things in my 50th year!  Mostly ones that I want to keep up all year such as my photo a day and my gratitude journal.  Both of which,  I can report, I have done every day!  Other things include, more yoga (I've done a bit every day) and cooking every recipe from a recipe book.  The book I  have chosen is this one.

Every thing I have done so far have been lovely,  today I will be cooking up 

And that is it for this week, I hope everyone has a safe and cosy week 😊 

Sunday 1 January 2023

A Year of Projects Update - week 28

 Happy New Year!!

I can't believe it is that time again!  We have a couple of days before we return to school, so a couple of days of relaxing before returning to the fire.

I have been making steady progress on my garter marler sweater.

I am loving this so much - it is a very easy  cosy knit.  So much so I decided to cast on a Christmas Eve knit in the same style - some fingerless mitts.

There is no pattern for these, I just followed the stitch  counts in Knit Mitts by Kate Atherley.   The mitts only took a couple of days knitting at my mum and dad's  (we visited for a few days from Boxing Day).  And once I had knitted the mitts I felt inspired to do a hat - so the Musselburgh it was.  I have already made good use of both on a walk to our local library yesterday.  All of these projects are fabulous stash busters  I don't actually know how much stash I have/will use in these  but it is a lot so that also makes me very happy.  It's been a good start to the year!

It is my 50th year this year - so I have challenged myself to do 50 things for me.  I will report here on some of those.  So far, I have returned to the library and intend to do more reading, and I have made a couple of recipes from a cookbook that I  have had for a while  but I will share more about that later.

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and Happy New year.  I will see you in a week!