Knitting woes

In Sylvia Plath’s ‘The Bell Jar’ Esther goes to see her doctor, who asks what seems to be the matter. She replies “I can’t sleep. I can’t read.” Well I know I’m in a bad episode of depression because I can’t knit.


The lovely bright turquoise yarn that I was yearning for all summer was finally bought to make a scarf. I started with a lacey leaf pattern and on the third attempt at casting the correct number of stitches I knitted an inch or so before getting totally distracted and lost. I ripped it all out and tried a simpler chevron pattern. I misread the ridiculously simple instructions and redid the first three rows twice before knitting away. I hadn’t even got to the first 10 rows before I realised I had miscounted and had some wobbly bits instead of pointy zigzags. It is currently unravelled (for the sixth or seventh time) and is awaiting a day when I have more brain power.


What’s on my needles.


Here is a sneaky peek of my current knitting project. I started it before I moved when my sewing machine was packed away and have been working on it since.  Lots of progress has been happening at knitting night (Thursdays at the Village Haberdashery) and it is starting to look like a cardigan!

For the first time in what feels like ages I don’t have Saturday night plans so am looking forward to doing some serious knitting in front of the tv.

What are your weekend plans?

Knitting in the sunshine

The weather has been nice and I have been escaping to my outdoor area* for my lunch breaks amongst some lovely flowers, so here are some pictures (can you tell I am loving discovering picmonkey?!)

This is the start of a Miette cardigan, using some turquoise cotton blend yarn I got at the weekend.

I’m not much of a gardener and never know what to do the flower beds in the garden during winter, as I know all these lovely flowers are hiding away and waiting for summer.

All the pictures were taken on my htc desire, using regular the camera or the Lomo Camera app (using the dream effect to get some random shades of colours)

I spent ages exploring picmonkey using loads of settings and tools, so I can’t really tell you how I edited these images – I kept clicking until I liked what I could see!

*I teach Reception (4-5yr olds) and we have to have outdoor provision available, so as well as the playground where everyone runs around I also have an outdoor classroom. In winter it is a pain, but on days like today there is nothing better than being paid to sit in the sunshine, splashing in a water tray full of lovely cold water 🙂

A word of warning…

If you are on the tube and it says it is terminating at this stop, don’t try and finish your row of knitting, even if it only 6 stitches. I’ve just spent 5 minutes sat in the depot waiting for the tube to turn around!

Next time I’ll ignore my grandma’s voice in my head, saying “never stop in the middle of a row!”

Happy Monday morning!