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Just Keep Making

April 28, 2015 2 Comments by Heidi

It’s been a busy few weeks of recovering, catching up with things left undone due to illness or spring break. So many tasks that seem damn near impossible while ill (or with toddler in tow) have been completed in mere minutes. Lots of “Ah ha! That’s how it works.” moments happened.

These last few weeks have also been anniversary season. Not the happy sort but the sad in the heart & soul sort. The ones that mark the days when people you have loved left this world. Some years are easier than others but with all the big changes and happy celebrations, this year has been a little harder. I wish they were here to share this exciting time with us.

So I’ve kept busy making things and sort of taking it easy like I would on a holiday. I’ve listened to a lot of audio books while making and writing. My favorites so far have been Roald Dahl’s “My Year” (which I’ve listened to at least 3 times) and Amy Poelher’s “Yes, Please”. I finished reading, “The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden”, which was not as good as “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”. I’ve listened to a bunch of Knit British podcasts and re-listened to some Blasta .

I finished the Pebble vest. My 1st knit garment! Now to weave in those pesky ends and add some happy yellow buttons.

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There is also a KAL/CAL on the go, my 1st. The lovely Louise from the Knit British Podcast has organised a Hap Along. A hap is a traditional Shetland shawl, usually square but there’s also some half versions as well. I chose Kat Goldin’s, Alchemilla Shawl pattern. I’ve not crocheted much since I’ve mostly been on a mission to conquer knitting techniques. Alchemilla Shawl is the perfect project. Also there is lots of time to complete and an easy pattern for the central panel so I can watch tv or stare out the car window . The Hap Along started April 10th and goes on until July so there is plenty of time still to join in.

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As soon as the Pebble vest was cast off,  I cast on my 1st pair of knit socks, Tin Can Knits Rye sock. Every time I say or type the name I remember a band called Rye Coalition, some very fun years working at a gig venue /bar and my awesome friend Chris. Anyway, I’ve turned the heel no bother but have hit a wall with the gusset decreases. That project bag has been relegated to the big project bag for craft night on Friday where I will pick brains (not in the zombie way).


I’ve a second draft of the cowl pattern done and think my next step is to get some people to test it. I think. I’ll have to ask someone who knows about this stuff.

Sure while I was in the pattern zone, I re-wrote the 1st ever pattern I put to paper but was too afraid to share. It’s for a pair of fingerless gloves. I’ll remake them in a lovely skein of Dublin Dye I won while back, Merino DK in Black Cherry then send the pattern out for a coat of looking at by another pair of eyes.


A little birthday present also found it’s way to the post for a special little girl who loves pink, purple and princesses.



  1. al#1
    6 years ago

    Love your colour choices. Yum.especially the mustard and grass…ooooh.
    Love you, too xxxx


  2. Heidi
    6 years ago

    Thanks al#1! That palette has been around for years. It was intended for the baby in my belly. So many friends sent blankets, the yarn was stashed.


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