A few weeks ago I was sent an email from Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots requesting my skills as a test knitter for a new cardigan pattern. Well who was I to refuse, I just love Andi's patterns so I jumped at the chance to help out. This pattern is called Hortencia "(a) sophisticated and simple...easy to knit seamless cardigan" (Satterlund: 2013) My version is knit in Winter Berry Cascade 220. I still need to finish the left arm and block the garment, but this is the cardi so far.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I have had a wonderful weekend, one of the best in a long time. Think it was because someone upset me on Friday with their incompetence and I took the decision to sort out the problem myself, and felt satisfied and more relaxed that I did so, that's the perfectionist in me talking, oops! So to allow me to get over my little upset I watched the Tim Burton Animation called 'Frankenweenie' (I'm a big fan of his animations with 'A Corpse Bride' being one of my favourites) whilst knitting some mittens. Mittens that had been sitting in my queue forever; Suzi's Gloves, and today I decided to put my needles to work and knit them. I think I’m on a mitten knitting mission as I have just finished one mitten pattern Veyla, and now I've jumped straight onto another pattern. I've always liked this pattern but just never got round to making them, so when I came up with the perfect yarn; Rowan 4ply fine I knew it was about time I made them. However, I didn't read the pattern through before starting them and as soon as I cast on amount required I noticed the pattern was knit in the flat. I didn't like this one bit so I didn’t go with it, I decided to knit them in the round only because I thought it would give a better finish and because I'm lazy, I really didn't fancy seaming them. I did, however, knit the thumb flat and then seamed it. I have found sometimes knitting thumbs in the round causes some gaping, between the thumb and index finger, but knitting it flat and picking up the stitches at the base to continue in the round has somehow given the area a wonderful finish. I also decided to use pearl beads in the centre as I did not have any flower buttons to hand.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Saturday, June 15, 2013
|Large card with individual artwork pockets|
The beautiful card message
The gifts consisted of perfume, chocolates and a gorgeous piggy lunch bag. One of my assessments whilst in attendance was to compile a story sack from a traditional story, I chose 'The Three Little Pigs'. (I will post pictures in my next post).
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
In 2011 when I announced to my G.P. and Psychotherapist that I wanted to go to college they both looked at me as though I was mad. I was in the middle of receiving treatment for (PTSD) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and not in a very good place, I lost my job and became a recluse, I locked myself away as I didn't know how to face my illness, let alone the world. They told me that I wasn't ready for the pressure that a course would put on my body and brain and dismissed my wish as stupid. I didn't listen to them, and today at 9.50am I received the news and confirmation that my two years of hard-work, no social life and my head jammed in books had finally paid off because today I qualified as an:
Early Years Practitioner
And to top it off, just like my course last year I have come out with an "A" for my Graded Unit. A unit that caused me lots of anxiety "why?" because I was terrified of it. I had never carried out any kind of research let alone put questionnaires, surveys and interviews together, but I tried my best and studied what I needed to know, and it worked.
I can't even remember being handed the piece of paper with my grade on it. My lecturer just sat and stared at me as I tried to take in what she had handed me. She then burst out laughing at my reaction, which I have to admit took about 2 minutes to come, I sat with wide eyes then a huge grin came over my lips and the words 'Really, are you sure? I've passed.' Then she winked and said 'Most definitely, well done.'
So here I am at 16.30 telling the world and to be honest I'm still kind of gob-smacked and dazed but you know what?
I did it!