Knitting Progress

I’ve just check and it turns out I haven’t done a knitting update since the end of last year. Probably because progress is feeling rather sluggish. In reality, I think it’s just that knitting a large project that makes it feel that way.

So far this year, I’ve knitted the back of my Pineapple cardigan – apart from the moss stitch edge that happened last year…

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…and almost finished the sleeves. I though I had finished on Sunday, but then  decided they needed another 6 rows. I’m getting a little jaded with these – they need to be soooo long for my orangutan arms, plus knitting them two at a time, makes it seem as if I’ve been knitting them forever.

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I’ve done very little other knitting. I have worked on a new kit and, although I was pleased with my first attempt,  each time I refine it, I’ve made it worse not better. Currently on my fourth version.

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I’ve did a very few rows knitted on my reversible scarf – which I already mention in my January UFO update.

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Other than that, it’s been my handbag knitting. I’ve finished the leg of this sock…

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There’s a few wrinkles in it, because the socks that fit my feet are too big for an average sock blocker. But who wants to be average?

And started the other one…

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So although progress feels slow, reviewing what I’ve done tells me I’ve done a fair amount in the last six weeks 🙂

Reading back through my review I’m also thinking I should rename my blog The Knitting Giantess. 

Progress on my goals for 2018

Bet I’m not the only one saying ‘Wow! That month went quick!’ And since January’s come to an end, it’s time for me to review my progress on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

I made two gifts last month, one a two dog crochet hook/pencil case..

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Continue reading “Progress on my goals for 2018”

Reviewing my goals for 2016- what isn’t going so well

Tuesday’s post celebrated my successes towards achieving the creative goals I set at the beginning of 2016. Today I’m going to fess up to what’s not going in the intended direction, or at least not going as quickly as I’d like it to. Here goes: Continue reading “Reviewing my goals for 2016- what isn’t going so well”

Reviewing my goals for 2016 – what I’ve achieved so far

I’m sorry to say, I’m still fighting a fever. However, before I succumbed last week, I did three month review of the creative goals I set at the beginning of the year and wrote a couple of posts about them. Here’s the first about the goals I’m happy with my progress on so far: Continue reading “Reviewing my goals for 2016 – what I’ve achieved so far”

A new dawn

Silence has fallen on the house. The girls have gone up country – eldest to visit friends before returning to the Netherlands, youngest to party before returning for the weekend. Lovely husband has gone to work. In this no man’s land between Christmas and New Year, I clear away the debris from the happy mayhem of the last few days and think about 2016.

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But before I make plans, I take stock of what I achieved and what I didn’t…

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No longer the new girl – Ten things I learned in 6 months of blogging

Bekki Hill SmilingWhen I started blogging, it felt rather like being a little kid entering the playground of their new big school. I’d done several pre-school visits – looking around other people’s blogs. I’d put on my uniform – Penscratch theme – but I was by no means comfortable in it. I was nervous. I was excited. I knew some of the ‘older’ kids, from my life outside the blog-sphere, but I knew there were bullies here too.

I started blogging because I wanted to talk about creativity – but not so much writing. I love to share my writing and reading other’s work, and I love to talk to writers, but I know many writers already. What I wanted to find was a space where I met people who were creative – writers included – but also those who talked about those creative areas I rarely discussed with others.

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After three months of exploring the playground and making some lovely new friends, as well as connecting with people I already knew, I blogged a ten point list about what I’d learned. Reading that back now, it feels like the practical ‘I now know where the girl’s toilets are’ sort of learning. It’s a very different sort of learning to that of the last three months.

The last three months learning is not a 10 point list that others might say, ‘oh yes, I agree with all of that’, but far more personal. I’ve learned:

  1. I often hurry when I don’t need to.
  2. I don’t spend enough time ‘playing’ with my creativity.
  3.  A better perspective on myself and my challenges.
  4. That I can take things far too seriously.
  5. To share my failures learnings more happily.
  6. Not to worry if people aren’t interested in my posts, because the people that are interested are the ones I want to connect to.
  7. To rein back my tendency to leap before I look.
  8. Not to be so hard on myself.
  9. To take a more experimental approach to my work.
  10. What I’m really enjoying and what I’m not.

I’ve learned all these things because of the wonderful people who take time to read and comment on my blog and to share their lives, work and experiences on their blogs. So a BIG THANK YOU to you all for your support, encouragement, advice and friendship over the last few months.

If you’ve got a minute, I’d love to know what your blog’s taught you about yourself?

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