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A Ripping Yarn!

Every night before I go to bed, I’m writing down everything I’ve done in bullet-points. I want to look back and not wonder what I did for the whole of June.

The thing is, I’ve been a bit under the weather for about a week now, so most of what’s up there is:

  • Poirot.
  • Crocheted a snowflake.
  • Made brownies.
It’s not quite as productive as I’d hoped! I also have a code. If I had a singing lesson: (Y) If I did singing practice: (X) and if I went for a 30 minute run ( ✔). I’m also trying to do a plank every day and build up my time. I have practically no core strength! I hit 60 seconds this week and was SO HAPPY!

Considering I can’t do a lot of running around at the moment, I’ve been doing a lot of knitting and learning to crochet!  Here are a few of the things I’ve been making!

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I love this headband! I made it in a really nice earthy green aran yarn (which was on sale!!)

Such is my amazing talent at crochet that I can follow the same pattern and come up with two completely different snowflakes. That’s talent, right? Oh… you mean that’s NOT mean to happen?!

Again, I followed the same crochet pattern and came up with different sizes of jumpers. The teaspoon is for scale. Aren’t they sweet? They’re a present for a local bar/restaurant in Cork. 🙂

This was to show the difference between using usual acrylic yarn and using proper cotton thread. The yarn looks nicer with this pattern, I think. 

I’ve been making this quilt for about four years. I’m nowhere near done! Maybe this will be the year that it finally gets done? It seems that a patchwork quilt is a massive undertaking. I wish I’d known this four years earlier… It’s pretty, though. And I’ve learned to follow patterns and to make new stitches through making this. Following a varying pattern is way more fun that plain garter stitch.

Hopefully I’ll recover in the next few days, and I can post all about my adventured with avocado chocolate mousse… 😀 x

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International Yarn Bombing Day

 This morning my knitting group engaged in a spot of ‘Yarn Bombing’ in Electric. We subtly knitted bits and stuck them to things. I am responsible for the hideous tea cosy you see pictured. Liz from Reckless Knitting made the cake-stand cosy! 
The staff at Electric must have liked them, though, as they gave my my latte for free! And later they tweeted that if my knitting group knits them a jumper, we’ll get a free lunch each! There are plans in motion…

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Crochet, flowers and summer time!

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Huge weights have been lifted off my chest. Tonight I feel lighter and less restricted than I have in months. As of today I’m down to teaching one day per week until the end of June, though I’m still studying and going to lessons for various music exams and auditions coming up.

The decision to fill this summer with as few travel plans as possible came quite naturally after an intensely busy travel year last year. Since Christmas I’ve sorely felt the need of a nice quiet sit down on my own. There will, of course be adventures with friends in the UK, but for my health and sanity, I need a few weeks of calm, baking and crafting.

My fabulous Cork KnitUp group has begun again after a slow start to the year and I am enjoying it so much! About two weeks ago, the lovely Hilary taught me to crochet and it’s really pulled me though these tough final weeks of work.
On Saturday we had our biggest turn out yet with around eight crafters coming! I’m really looking forward to the group every Saturday and it’s motivating me to finish projects!

For my birthday I was given a Cath Kidston crochet cusion kit by my friend Orla so that’s what I’ve mostly been working on for the last fortnight. I can’t wait for it to be finished and on my bed. :)Tonight after walking my dog, the neglected packets of seeds that I bought weeks ago called to me. I planted at least 48 sunflower seeds, lettuce, love-in-a-mist, cornflowers and nasturtiums as the sun went down (and the midges came out.) I’m loving the garden right now. The dozens of bulbs I planted in the spring are finally coming into bloom and it’s so satisfying!! My herbs are doing really well too and all of the fruit bushes are heavy with unripe berries!

Singing-wise, things seem to be going well. I had a lesson today,though I was quite worried about it beforehand because I didn’t feel I’d done enough practice. I hate the feeling that I could have put more work in. This week was CRAZY with teaching and exams, though, so I really didn’t have more time. This week I intend to put in consistent work every day. I’ll need to do an hour every day of actual singing.
I find that when I’m out running, most of what I think about is singing. Posture, breathing, mouth shape, facial muscles, placement of breath, meanings of songs and ideas for compositions and concerts are all on my mind for the 50 minutes that I spend out of the house. I think that must be the reason why I’m improving despite not having enough time for long practices.

Having this week’s lesson over with is contributing to my feeling of lightness. 🙂 I am so content right now. It’s late, but I don’t have to be up for any particular reason in the morning, other than to run. 🙂 Leisure!

How are your summers coming together, blog friends? Will they be chilled out, or jam-packed? (Mm…jam..)

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Knitmas

MY KNITMAS PRESENT CAME!! Look at it! Isn’t it beautiful?! The postman came at EARLY o’clock this morning – I swear I was transported back to being eight years old on Christmas morning. It was so exciting!!
Here is the artily arranged window photo.
A breakdown of the delights.
LOOK AT THESE HARRY POTTER-INSPIRED CHARMS! LOOK AT THE OWL!! They’re Gryffindor colours!! In real life they look soooo pretty. I’ve been informed that they’re stitch markers for circular knitting. (*n00b*) They came with a ‘coffee candy.’
I’m saving these for the Christmas holidays and I’m not sharing. x
LOOK AT THIS COWL. LOOK AT IT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE SEA WAS KNITTED INTO A WARM NECK ACCESSORY. I love this. I’m wearing it right now.
In the dark (it was early) I thought this was blue but it’s actually a gorgeous shade of teal-blue. It’s kind of sheeny like a peacock feather – I LOVE IT! I would never buy yarn this nice for myself! It’s made of silk and merino. I’m going to have to do some serious research and thinking before I decide what to do with this!!
THANK YOU, KNITMAS SANTA! x