Tuesday, 1 May 2012

 BBBrrrrr isn't it so cold here in the uk today? We had a teensy tiny bit of sunshine goodness yesterday, which made me feel all happy and glad and uplifted after all this miserable rain and cold and then BOOM, here comes the rain again.  It just makes the day sooooo dark and miserable and bleugh.  So to cheer myself up I've started to work on something very un-spring-ish, more snuggly, wintery, curl up in your favourite chair with a good book kind of project. I may have mentioned this in my last post....but as this is an impulsive blog I didn't bother to check. tut.
So, if you check out the pic at the top, you will kind of catch what I'm bumbling on about.  I saw that big chunky cabled loveliness and decided I needed some of that in my life right away.  So armed with some of this ::

some big needles (10mm babies) and my trusty book of stitch patterns, I decided to have ago at making my own.  Having read a few people's posts about how easy and quick that chunky wool was to work with I thought that this little project was going to be a bit of a breeze.  Wrong!
Firstly, I think I would have fared better if I had invested in some circular needles to cope with the bulkiness and stitches more effectively, but I admit, I didn't want to wait so used the red sparkly plastic ones that came free with a knitting magazine I bought an age ago.  Secondly, I should not knit when I am tired, especially cabled pattterns, or any other pattern other than garter stitch that might require counting and concerntration........it was bound to go wrong........I was bound to get frustrated.........this weeks silent witness was NOT a good programme to watch whilst knitting.
Well, after several frogged attempts I managed to get a little headway today, boy, they where right when they said that this wool knits up fast! zoooooooom I've used 1 whole ball in the space of an afternoon :) .  As for the yarn, its called serenity by wendy and its a bit lush, it past the squishy test in the shop, I was actually quite suprised at how soft and nice it felt because it was relatively 'cheap' yarn, being around the £3.50 mark.  I only bought 2 balls because I have never knitted with anything so bulky before, in fact I don't think I've used above 6mm needles.  I don't know the exact shade, its like a beigey colour.......not very adventurous but its intended as a throw to go over my much abused living room sofa, so I preferred something neutral in case I decide to decorate, y'know just in case!!!  It tends to flake away a bit whilst you're working with it, I am wearing dark clothing today and it looks like I may have been attacked by some king of wooly dog, not really a good look and possibly something to consider when the throw is finished.
Knitting on big needles also makes my hands hurt a bit after a while......
I think I will probably need quite a few balls of wool to make the finished blanket/throw I may even make a second one and then seam them both together to make a super chunky super throw, but all in all I think super chunky/bulky wool is definately a wool I like to work with, and it gives you a lovely knitterly texture.

It's not been all knitting this week though, I still have my little crochet project to finish up and photograph....I've also made a ton of new jewellery pieces to go in my etsy shop.  I was going to take pictures today but I don't think its been light enough to do the pieces justice. Annoying.

The boys have both still got chicken pox, my youngest has suffered really badly and has needed lots of cuddles and attention, I've been a bit naughty and let him sleep in my bed on a night time but I haven't had a proper nights sleep for the best part of a month now, possibly longer, its been so long I don't even know.  For my sanity and the sake of others though, he's slept in the big bed......I'm not the nicest person when I haven't had a lot of sleep and its starting to show.  Not good when your dealing with poorly kids and your patience has already been stretched to its limits....sometimes I have to remind myself to take deep breaths!

On that note, I had better pootle off to the kitchen and prepare dinner before the little people notice they are hungry.
Have a happy week kids xxxxxxxxxx

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