Day 36

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10% of the way to finished….. with this many pieces, it’s counting the small milestones that will get us through.

Spent this afternoon at a family ‘do. It was for a member of ‘the other side of the family’ so we knew about 10 people of the 60 or so people in attendance. Still, there was good music (live, South American guitar!) and food, which is always a reason to spend time with the family 😉

This song was spinning through my head throughout the afternoon for somewhat obvious reasons…

Of course, the afternoon was a complete win when we found a wool shop not 5 minutes from our destination. And yes, of course some came home with me. It’s shiny! No really, there’s a strand of gold coloured thread throughout. How was I supposed to walk past it?!

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The yarn is King Cole’s ‘Shine’ and yes, these 2 balls are the same colourway, the same dye lot. They’ve just been wound into the ball from different points. I’m thinking ‘shawl’…

Today’s piece is one of the upside down trapezoid’s, the one with the incline on the left hand side from Day 26 (shown on Day 27).

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Day 35

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Didn’t know quite what to do with myself today after cramming a terms worth of coursework into a handful of days…. so I knitted 😉

20140531_012305-1I worked almost exclusively on attempt #2 of my friend J’s Driftwood sweater. We’re using colour plan #3 which is blues, greens, grey, white and purple. It’s well under way now. There is less than 15 cm left to knit for the body. then it’s just the sleeves and considering they have less than half the stitches of the body each, I might have this sweater done by this time next week. Very exciting.

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Colour plan #3

The colours that have been taken out of this sweater will now be used in others. One will be brown and orange, another will be black, pink, red and yellow. I’m pretty sure there will be enough leftover between them all to make at least 1 more brightly coloured, stripy sweater. I think that one might be for me though.

I still love this yarn, and this pattern. It’s been a straightforward knit and there’ll be no putting it together at the end! I love seamless knitting. I still have ends to sew in because of all the different colours but that’s much less stressful than sewing on a sleeve.

day35The blanket gained a red rectangle today! I’m working on a page for the blog that will have all of the basic patterns I’ve used so far. I need it as much as you might. I can’t always remember what I did, then I can’t find it…. there’s been many posts and there are more still to come. I’ve gathered all of the patterns together but am in the middle of formatting. Might have it finished by Monday.

This song has been buzzing around in my head for the last 24 hours so I’m exorcising it by sharing it with you all. We’ve seen the brilliance of The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain once already. this time they prove their musical awesomeness by performing ‘pinball wizard’ a cappella – no accompaniment except their own voices and it’s fabulous!

Day 34

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A little ‘competitive’ and utterly brilliant music tonight to celebrate completing my final assignment. Only a week ago I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough finished to submit an assignment that would get a passing grade. Instead I submitted a completed document with 90 minutes to spare.

The music is fairly common but the performance is fantastic! And so clever. I have enough trouble playing a familiar and well-practiced tune without worrying about choreography too.

I got today’s square done but I am shattered. It’s been a long and busy day… I keep dozing off mid word so I shall post the pic of today’s square then call it a night I think.

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Day 33

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Not much to say, not much time to say it in. Yes, I’m still trying to finish that assignment, so I will just say that today I added another small square to the blanket.

 

 

Also, I adore Einstein but not for his science. His was an incredible mind and to have someone speaking of music in this way is marvellous and shows that the arts are not so isolated from the sciences as some would have us believe.

When I reposted the quote above on Facebook, my brother-in-law shared a link in response that I shall now share with you. Yehudi Menuhin is one of the greatest and Bach is one of my favourites.

Day 32

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It’s not so much a piece of music today – though the video is accompanied by music – but real-time art. This is Kseniya Simonova, the 2009 winner of ‘Ukraine’s Got Talent’, and deservedly so. In this piece of art she is telling a story of the Ukraine from the days of the Tsars, through revolutions and World War. Her talent is astonishing and remarkable and beautiful.

No great revelations to share today except a couple of things I already knew about myself. 1 – I have never been able to complete an assignment without a deadline less than a week in front of me. 2 – my self-confidence is such a fragile thing as to be essentially non-existent. This second one can feed the first and I am in that situation now.

A weak belief in self means that if someone in a position of authority or whom I respect questions a choice I found difficult to make, it wipes out the foundation of that choice. You may say that that means I probably made the wrong decision in the first place but that’s not always so. I am specifically speaking of a decision to return to education to study Engineering. I know that improving myself through education is good and important. It is important to my self-esteem and the way I see my value in society, among other things.

Six months ago I began a preliminary course to get ready for a Bachelors degree. I was doing really well for the first 3 months or so, which is of course when this decision was questioned. I was already worried that I couldn’t do this, that my emotional and family situation would interfere, and this swept away my confidence. I have struggled to keep up since. The course ends on Thursday. I started the final assignment 2 days ago.

I don’t know why I do this to myself and I know how it goes so I don’t know why I keep trying to be more. (Yeah, today hasn’t been so great.)

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Anyway, it was kind of a relief to be knitting just a small square for the blanket today. In the last week there have been 4 trapezoids, and 2 rectangles. And we remember that 2 of those trapezoids needed patterns which were problematic.

 

Day 31

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Today’s music is by Voltaire – not the philosopher – and was unintentionally chosen by My friend J unintentionally chose today’s music when she sent me the link to this piece on YouTube. It’s by Voltaire – no, not the philosopher – and it feels a bit like ‘Danse Macabre’ by Saint-Saens, a slightly sinister, uptempo violin and tambourine dance. So, I hope you enjoy ‘The Headless Waltz’.

It’s hayfever season here and though it’s been raining the last day or so, we had a couple of weeks of gorgeous weather (aka, the English Summer) which set my sinuses to ‘clogged’ and my nose to ‘sneeze’. I try to be philosophical about it – a sneeze is a good abdominal workout after all especially if your sneeze is actually several consecutively. Unfortunately, this style of sneezing has proven to be more likely to throw my back out. I can’t seem to get comfortable today and it’s impacted my knitting which is nigh unforgivable…. ok, maybe not but it’s very irritating. I would like to use the knitting as a distraction from the hurt which stretches from halfway down my back and into my pelvic region and feels swollen and throbs with my pulse. Time to make an osteopath appointment I guess. I am consoling myself with custard cream biscuits. It’s working 😉

I’m not entirely sure I’m happy with how I’ve finished today’s new blanket piece. It’s the mirror image of the upside down trapezoid that gave me so much difficulty last week so it’s not really a surprise. But it works so we’re going with it. Yes, there are short rows in this one too.

Pick up 15sts along the incline of day 29’s trapezoid, 1st in the corner, 15sts along the edge of the rectangle then cast on 16sts.

Row 1 – k14, (sl2, k1, psso), k16

Row 2 – sl1, knit to end

Row 3 – k13, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 4 – sl1, knit to end

Row 5 – k12, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 6 – sl1, knit to end

Row 7 – k11, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 8 – sl1, knit to end

Row 9 – k10, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 10 – sl1, knit to end

Row 11 – k9, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 12 – sl1, knit to end

Row 13 – k8, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 14 – sl1, knit to end

Row 15 – k7, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 16 – sl1, knit to end

Row 17 – k6, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 18 – sl1, knit to end

Row 19 – k5, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 20 – sl1, knit to end

Row 21 – k4, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 22 – sl1, knit to end

Row 23 – k3, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 24 – sl1, knit to end

Row 25 – k2, (sl2, k1, psso), k16, turn

Row 26 – sl1, knit to end

Row 27 – k1, (sl2, k1, psso), k to end

Cast off until 2sts remain on the left hand needle, (sl1, k1 psso), finish casting off.

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Audience participation – would you like a pdf of all the patterns I’ve used so far? Answers in the comments please 🙂

 

I Knit So I Don’t Kill People

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Yes. This! Though I am a stay at home mum, in spirit, yes to all of this!

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I knit. I knit in the car between appointments. I knit in bed, on the couch, at the park, pretty much anywhere that I can spare a minute, I knit. I used to get grief about this from my friends and family because it’s something that only “old people” do. But, truth be told, they have no idea what they are talking about. Knitting can be a mindless hobby, and at times, requires all my concentration. It’s a series of steps and rules, that when followed, you will get the same result every time. It’s consistent. It’s predictable. And, that’s what I love about it.

In my job, nothing is predictable. I can follow the same series of steps and rules everyday, and get a different result each and every time. I crave the calculable, and the mundane redundancy of the ordinary stay at home mother. Although we…

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