crochet · knitting

A long time coming

I realise it’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve had some (more) devastating family news and I’m not coping with life very well. Hopefully this black cloud will lift shortly but when I’m down I struggle to do almost anything and most days it’s an achievement if I can drag myself out of bed.

I didn’t want this to be a whine fest though.

Yesterday I had to collect bears school report in the morning when I dropped him off. Unfortunately I got stuck behind hypochondriac mum who was talking to the teacher about random crap. I could see the class teacher kept giving me awkward apologetic glances every now and then. I’m glad I popped in though, his report was an absolute joy to read so I am super proud of him!! He also did really well in his swimming lesson this morning. I bought both the boys new goggles and they seem to have given them some sort of new swimming super power. Bear especially, normally in swimming, he’s moving his arms and legs but doesn’t actually go anywhere, today he was like a little fish!!

Last week I finished my mum’s shawl in time for mothers day.

She said she loves it but I’m not 100% sure that was true. It’s really really pretty though and I would consider this to be the best thing I have made.

The yarn was schepjees whirl in colourway melting macaroon. It’s stunning. I have a bit of a love hate relationship though with these whirl yarns. They are lovely and soft and come in the most beautiful colour ways, but an actual night mare to use. Twice I’ve used them and the whirls themselves were full of lumpy joins of yarn and so tangled. I’ve seen pics of others using the same yarn, with perfect un collapsed whirls and I’ve come to the conclusion that this is deceptive photography and “fake news”.

We also celebrated world book day with a last minute fantastic Mr fox costume. Bear was super pleased with the tail and kept his costume on all day!! He won a prize for best costume too which I was chuffed to bits with, a £10 book voucher. Which is good because we need new books to read at bedtime. We love reading stories together, I remember my own parents reading to me when I was a little girl so I hope this will be something he looks back on with pleasure too. I’m glad he won because the moment I started making that tail I instantly regretted it. It involved brushing the yarn out with a pet brush to make it fluffy and it really hurt my fingers. They were bleeding by the end so I won’t be making one any time soon.

I’ve already got a new project on the needles

I found this pattern on ravelry as a freebie and decided to give it a go. I’ve just got to the heel flap part now so wish me luck!! This is only my 2nd pair of socks that I’ve knit so I kept to relatively inexpensive yarn first, this is drops fable in colour way 903 yellow pink (I think that’s what it’s called or I could have totally just made that up!!) And the sock pattern is called impossible girl. If all goes well, socks will be next on the Christmas gift list items ha ha!!!

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