Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Lunar KAL Month 2: Mood Board

I have been having far too much fun playing around with images for my new fangled mood board (and rather less time knitting) than I should have been but inspired by others I decided to try and put together a mood board for this months Lunar KAL. The choices are: Wolf, Ice and Rowan

After much deliberation I went for a Rowan theme - mainly because I had some lush high twist sock yarn from the Knitting Goddess in a deep rich chocolate brown colourway which seemed to go with a woody theme:


So..ta da.. my first ever Mood Board!

In the words of the BBC's 'Miranda' show: "Such fun..."

Friday, 25 January 2013

Happy Thoughts - Week 2

1. DS1 offering me the remains of his Christmas selection box to cheer me up after a bad (read: very bad) day at work.

2. DH's birthday tea with a homemade and hand decorated cake. Think: 2 small boys, handfuls of chocolate decorations and edible glitter. Put it this way - Mary Berry has nothing to worry about, but they were very proud of it. (It made the kitchen clean-up worthwhile)

3. Changing the bed sheets yesterday and after a hard day, sliding into clean, fresh, warm (finally remembered to plug the electric blanket in) sheets - bliss

4. A new sock pattern heading off to my lovely band of testers:


Now, hopefully to head off for a lovely relaxing family weekend (fingers crossed)...

Friday, 18 January 2013

Happy thoughts - late start

As ever, I am a little late to the party with this one, but I have been inspired by several other blogs namely: Notes from the Slow Lane and Little Tin Bird.

It is the 52 weeks of Happy; to blog each week about 4 things which have made you happy. In my attempt to focus on the positive in 2013 (rather than getting hung up about things I should have done) this seemed like the perfect idea. I'm going to try and do this every Friday to remind me of the good things about the week and to remind me that even though it has been a typical week in the Madmum household (sick child, knackered car, too much rushing around) there are lots of Good Things to celebrate too:

So, for this week's installment:

1. A new finished sock pattern (name to be decided) but the pattern is fun and quick to work.

2. A fabulous winter wonderland walk in -8 degrees. Bracing and good for killing germs!


3. An exceedingly tasty chilli which I made, after the previously mentioned walk (to warm us up again)

4. Watching DS1 and DH snuggle on the sofa in front of a fire, DS1 reading to his daddy before bedtime - a rare treat.

Monday, 14 January 2013

A quick hat

Just a quick FO to share today: a beanie hat for a friend using up odds and ends of Patons Diploma dk. I based it on the Oliver's Cap pattern, but cast on 110 stitches (he has quite a large head) and did a 5" ribbed brim as he likes hats that can be pulled right down over the ears.


It needs to be wrapped up now and gifted so I just bribed my DS2 (aged 6) to briefly model it for me. I had to bribe him with chocolate which is why is has a slightly odd expression - his mouth is full of my best Green & Blacks organic white chocolate!

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Inspiration rules

As if I needed any more encouragement on the recent sock enthusiasm, I came across a fabulous KAL idea recently - hosted by the lovely Crafts from the Cwtch. Rather than opt for a traditional pattern-based KAL Sarah had the wonderful idea of a 'next steps' sock KAL - to challenge yourself in your sock knitting journey.

Now I have tried most different methods of sock construction, some more successfully than others but I have never managed to master two at a time. I've bought books, watched DVDs and You-Tube'd until I'm blue in the face but I still end up with an unholy yarn tangle and some very cross words.

But, I'm a grown woman. I can, and will do this.

Wish me luck...I'm going in!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Alive and kicking

I've been taking a little blog break over Christmas and New Year as I normally like to keep things here light and upbeat. Suffice to say that I was feeling a little below par and putting too much expectation on myself to achieve the 'perfect Christmas'. Something which I think we all have a tendancy to at that time of year.

We had a lovely (slightly scruffy) family Christmas and then took ourselves off for a completely spur of the moment holiday in the Lake District for new year which was fabulous and gave our collective batteries a much needed recharge. We did a little walking, but most unlike us, there was a fair amount of lounging around in PJs, watching films and generally just chilling. It was long overdue and did us all the power of good.

My little bloggy break also proved very productive - knitting-wise with several new sock designs fairly leaping off the needles. It must have been all that fresh Lakeland air.

I am taking part in the UK Sock Knitters Lunar KAL - the idea being that for each of the 13 lunar months there are three words which various cultures have attributed to that month. So for December we have - Winter Footsteps (for Winter Moon):


The pattern is being tested as we speak and I hope to be able to publish it early in February. In the meantime I am busy working on the next theme of Rowan. It is great to have a series of words with which to kick start my imagination and I am really enjoying it so far. My stash is also feeling the benefit as I have been rummaging and unearthing some half-forgotten skeins in search of the 'perfect' yarn.