In between knitting for my latest pattern release – Hessian Shawl, I’ve been reading reading reading. Audiobooks are a knitter’s best friend and I’ve really enjoyed broadening my reading horizons, whilst being able to thoroughly ‘crack on’ with my various knitting projects.
I’m halfway through my journey to read at least 40 books this year, with the help of a little reading challenge by Popsugar. You can check out my progress on my shawl and reading list below!
What have you been reading lately? How do you balance reading and knitting in your spare time?
When I first started knitting I focused on one project, and one project alone until it was cast off, ends woven in, blocked, finished. It was methodical, serene, focused – productive.
Since then and over the years I’ve developed a habit of half-starting several projects, to a point where I can now have five WIPs on the go! Developed from wanting to knit for myself, friends, family, work… It’s certainly a more frantic approach to knitting, and one I’m definitely not wanting to encourage. It’s led to a nasty habit of indecision and procrastination. Not a great combination.
It’s been over a year since the release of my first knitting pattern. And in that time so many wonderful knitters have picked up this woven baby blanket pattern and made it their very own. I’m so unbelievably happy with the feedback that I’ve had from knitters, and was genuinely amazed (and still am) that it’s been as popular as it has been! I just had to share a few of the finished Hessian Baby Blankets right here! You can see all of these in more detail over on the Hessian Baby Blanket Ravelry project page.
Fancy knitting a Hessian Blanket for yourself? You can pick up the pattern over on Ravelry and Loveknitting.com
It’s been a few weeks since I last posted. And there’s an explanation for why. I’ve been busy doing nothing – that is to say knitting away the hours and head down (or earbuds) deep in a book! It’s been incredibly refreshing to take a bit of a break, and get back to the things that truly relax me. I set myself a bit of a challenge to broaden my literary horizons and I’m making really good progress with the help of my trusty Kindle and Audible subscription. So here’s a bit of an update on where I am entering the four month of my POPSUGAR Reading Challenge 2017.
Personal highlights so far have been The Perks of Being a Wallflower – an amazing account of friendship and struggles navigating teenage years, and Ready Player One – I devoured this book, and enjoyed listening to it in audiobook format – I cannot, cannot wait for the film now. I may even read it again before its release.
I’ve shuffled a few things around, and introduced a couple of new titles into my list. This is a shifting, moving and ever-changing list, but I’m loving introducing new genres and authors.
I could go on all year about the amazing British hand dyers, spinners and fibre farmers available to us now. It was difficult to narrow this down to just two blog posts! But the follow up post to this blog contains six more of my pick of the crop. I already have a stash of The Wool Kitchen and Eden Cottage Yarns in my possession, ready to cast on. And I’ll certainly be buying from each of these beautiful indie knitters this year.
In the run up to me hosting two beginner knitting workshops next weekend, I’ve been reflecting on the basic techniques and starting from the very beginning. So I thought I’d share a little round up of great patterns and a few quick knits perfect for knitting newbies, or crafters wanting to push their skills to the next level!
Flax and Twine – Simple knit basket pattern
If you read my recent post on Knitting Goals, you’ll know I’m planning on buying only British where possible for the rest of this year. It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years, and there are some beautiful British hand spinners and hand dyers out there just waiting to be discovered. Continue reading
Why am I doing this blog post at the start of February, rather than the beginning of January 2017 like most? Because, I hate resolutions. And these six things are decidedly not resolutions.
I’m so pleased to be able to tell you all that I’ll be hosting two beginner knitting workshops on Sunday 26th February. Both classes will be held at my favourite shop in Nottingham – Debbie Bryan. Debbie’s charming gift and craft shop won Nottingham’s best independent retailer in 2016 – and deservedly so!
I had so much success with my own little 2016 reading challenge, I wanted to keep up the momentum. Continue reading