Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week: Day 3 - Infographic

Being a mathematician, when I saw this I was really quite excited and had every intention to spend yesterday evening sorting through all of the projects I've knitted over the past year (none of which are on Ravelry otherwise it would have been soooo much easier!!) and plot them on a chart to see what I tend to knit most.

Unfortunately as I arrived yesterday afternoon at my eldest's school to read with the class, as I do every week, I was met by a grey faced deputy headteacher. We had just had THE phonecall. Ofsted had phoned just an hour before to announce that they were coming today.

As a school governor this meant that my Tuesday night was now filled with re-reading of policies, School Improvement Plans and Self Evaluation reports instead of making pretty graphs about my knitting.


So very quickly here is my infographic for today's blog post:

Hopefully I'll be back on form by tomorrow's post!!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2013: Day 2 - A Mascot Project

As soon as I saw the title for today's post I knew that there was only one project for it. The Beekeeper's Quilt

It is an ideal project for a Bee like me. I can puff away between projects with each little puff not taking too long for me to feel like I'm being negligent to my other ongoing things. It can fit into my handbag and be worked on whilst the boys are at one of their many activities. I can use different yarns and colours to stop me getting bored. I can even embrace my inner Monkey with different types of cast on and techniques, my inner Peacock with embellishments, and my inner Manatee because they're just so cuddly and therapeutic to knit.

Unfortunately, like many almost all of my projects this has fallen by the wayside due to my terrible distractability. I started MY Beekeeper's Quilt in February 2012 and I have the grand total of about 20 hexipuffs completed. Absolutely pathetic! I daren't even attempt to count up how many projects I've cast on and completed in the time since then. My intention was to knit a few hexipuffs a week whilst my husband was in Afghanistan for 7 months last year but that didn't happen, he's been back seven months now and I know I haven't touched it since he returned! I will dig the little basket of puffs out of the cupboard that its been hibernating in and see if putting in view will spur me on.... I'm not holding out much hope though!!

What project would best represent you and your style of knitting?

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Monday, 22 April 2013

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2013

Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2013 is here and I'm going to use it as an attempt to get back into my blogging. Next week I'll try to update on my Summer Fun List and Year of Projects but for now I'll stick to this.

As before we have been given a list of topics for each day and today's is the House Cup (very Harry Potter-esque) where we need to decide which house best represents us. This will also set the tone for the posts for the rest of the week.


The House of Bee: Bees are busy and industrious but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

The House of Manatee: Manatees are gentle, calm and cuddly. Relaxed and unflashy they represent the comfort and soft side of knitting and crochet.

The House of Monkey: Intelligent and with a fun loving side, Monkeys like to be challenged with every project presenting them with something new and interesting.

The House of Peacock: Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details - like a Peacock's Tail.

Now there is no denying that I am a Bee. I am slightly Monkey-like in that I like to be challenged and am always trying new techniques but the fact that I am totally incapable of casting on a project and then just seeing it through to completion without straying onto something else is what dominates my Knitting.

I am currently knitting Levenwick in some scrummy purple Rowan Creative Focus Worsted, along with Eryn in Rico Alpaca DK, plus Florentine in some pale blue Rowan Drift, a Shale Baby Blanket and some Leave These To Me fingerless mitts in Scrumptious 4ply. I'm already eyeing up Thyone in some Scrumptious DK from my LYS or possibly Etty in Felted Tweed..... although the new Kim Hargreaves book should be out this week...... See!! I just can't stop myself!!

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