Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Learning with Lace.

I have had this shawl on the needles for ages and have had to restart it about four times but the good news is, I am still working on it.
I love the yarn and the pattern and while I know that I will not have enough yarn to make it into a shawl, there will be enough for it to go round my neck and it will feel wonderful.

It will feel wonderful not only because the fibre is silk and yak but also because I spun it and I am having to work very hard to get a finished garment.

I have discovered that lace knitting, though not straightforward, is incredibly rewarding and instructional. At the cast on of this project my extremely talented friend Dawn told me to stop looking exclusively at the pattern and try to understand where I am up to by looking at the knitting - I nodded and agreed to try because I am a polite person but inside I was thinking that I was going to cling to that pattern like a very clingy thing indeed! However, I am here to tell you that looking at the knitting is most definitely the way forward. I have learnt so much whilst knitting and repeatedly undoing this project that I feel that once I can actually wear my beautiful scarfy shawly thing I will have accomplished something fine!

Over the last week I have had Muriel Sparks' The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in my ears, superbly narrated by Miriam Margolyes. I had a rough idea of the story because I have seen the film starring Maggie Smith several times (also brilliant) but I have really enjoyed listening to it and as usual there is so much to be gained by going to the original text. Yes I know I wasn't actually reading the text but the narration was unabridged and presumably as Muriel Sparks intended it. I can thoroughly recommend it if you are wondering what to do with all those Audible credits.

Joining in with Ginny at Small Things today for the Yarn Along.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Work in Progress

This week I am working on a needle felted seascape. It is inspired by Hull beach which is just to the north of Trebarwith Strand on the north Cornish coast. I have wanted to do some needle felted pictures for ages but you know that little voice inside your head that chips away at your self confidence? Well it has been working overtime on me! Emboldened by realisations that are coming thick and fast from my morning pages, I decided that the only way to not only get started on a picture but also to see it through to the bitter end, was to share the process publicly. So each day I am Tweeting and posting a picture of my progress on Facebook so that I can draw strength and stay brave!

Here is today's picture.

To see how this project progresses check out my daily picture on my Facebook page or find me, @MistyCotCrafts on Twitter.

Words of advice or encouragement are very welcome but please don't feel you have to amplify that voice in my head, she's loud enough already!

I'm joining in with the lovely people at Frontier Dreams today

Monday, 27 June 2016

Gratitude Sunday.

This week has not been an easy one for all sorts of reasons ranging from the personal to the political so finding Gratitude is even more important than usual.

I am grateful for my morning pages, they are allowing me to find and deal with various creativity blocking aspects of my life.

I am grateful for turkey poults - it is always lovely to have turkeys around and I have been feeling the need to reconnect with Misty Cottage as a small holding.

I am grateful for dear friends, even and especially those who don't always know who I am.

I am grateful to have teenagers, though I miss their toddler selves, some days are so much more manageable with teens rather than toddlers.

I am grateful for the opportunity to study with thoughtful, supportive and insightful friends.

I am grateful to WoolyMossRoots for hosting Gratitude Sunday and hopefully forgiving a post being a day late.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Gratitude Sunday.

This week I have been grateful for fertile soil and all my husband's hard work in tilling the garden. I love the lushness of June!

Also this week I have been extremely grateful to be the person invigilating not actually sitting the exams.

I am, as always, grateful for the days when I wake up early excited about doing the things that I love with the people I love.

Joining in with WoolyMossRoots today for Gratitude Sunday.