Progress on my goals for 2018 – two months in.

Yes, I know, another month has whizzed by and is already becoming a fading memory. So, since February’s been and gone, it’s high time I did my monthly review on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

This month I sent Lovely Eldest one of my sheep coasters

To give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year

The coaster was a random gift – but I’m not sure gifts to daughters count, since random gifts to daughters are are part of mummy code in my book.

Felted Sheep Coaster

Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business

Grrr. I have made two very minor steps in this direction: I added the Sheep Coasters to the shop, which are completely biodegradable, and selling wool on cones reduces packaging. But it’s really not good enough on my part. I do have two other plans. One I just need to get on the website and change the way I offer things – no excuses, need to get on with that. The other is more about recycling and I haven’t had time to sort that out, so will make a priority goal for March.

Become and remain UFO free all year.

I have made some cushions from the NYS fabric that I was counting as a UFO, because it had been hanging around so long. But I need to make more to count as a whole FO completed.

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I’ve also added a few squares to my mitred square cushion.

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Experiment/play/learn once a week

I’ve been working on my new kit – but it’s frustrating me, so I haven’t got on as fast as I should. Although several prototypes have been knitted.

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I’ve also been learn/experimenting in the spinning direction during February, so all good with this goal.

Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion.

This is where I really notice that time has flown. I felt as if I had this goal properly in my sights, but all I’ve done is publish the Sheep Sock pattern and the Paw Prints Sock pattern. Both of which were already written up before the end of Jan.

Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible

Opps! Spinning hasn’t been quite so frequent, but as I said above, I have done some…

Always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles

Opps! This one isn’t happening. Yes, my UFO scarf is stash yarn, but I haven’t done more than a dozen rows this month. At this rate it’s going to take me 18 months to finish it.

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Finish the quilt I started in 2017

Not yet touched, but I want to get the other quicker unfinished sewing projects out of the way first. Problem is I could end up making that excuse all year.

All in all, I think I’ll award myself a C+ could do better. However, the point of reviewing is:

  1. To remind myself of what I haven’t done.
  2. Check in with myself about the reasons I haven’t done  what I said I wanted to do.
  3. Give myself a kick up the bum to do things I need to do.
  4. Recognise things I don’t really want to do and let them go.

So off to have a think about those things.

How’s your crafting fared in February, whether you set goals or not?

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

Bekki

Sunday Sevens – The Snow Edition

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

The week began bright and sunny, but with a bitter cold wind. I’d agreed to ride the nine miles to the station on Sunday morning with Lovely Husband. But I when got out of bed, I took one look at the trees swaying violently and volunteered to drive while he cycled. I met him at the station cafe and, while he had a massive breakfast, I had a pot of tea, followed by a three mile walk, while he cycled home.

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Too cold to do the weeding on Sunday, but determined to do some gardening, I cleared up the wind-blow debris from paths in our small copse of trees.

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Despite the cold, I managed to put my washing out for the first time this year, three times in all. Even the jeans dried in the sunshine and strong east wind.

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While we had clear sunny skies at the start of the week, the weather forecasters were following ‘The Beast from the East’ – a Siberian snow storm that was heading for the UK and causing the strong winds we were experiencing. They were also tracking storm Emma, rising from the south, and predicting they would collide over the South West on Wednesday.

Wednesday came and went with only a flurry of snow,  but it was so bitterly cold (minus 13  with the wind chill) we drove to the pub for the quiz. Only six other brave souls turned up, so we split into two teams – boys vs girls, with LH being and honorary girl. Of course, with girls being so much smarter than boys, the girls won – despite the men gaining an extra team member half way through and getting help from the bar staff.

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Our winnings

Thursday night we woke up to only a little snow, but were informed we were going onto a red weather alert at 3pm – in plain English that meant blizzard conditions, don’t go out, danger to life.

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However, the wind was already so strong, our small log shed blew over well before 3pm…

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Now held up only by the trees.

At almost three o’clock exactly, the wind upped several gears and, although the snow that was falling was only very fine – and the camera couldn’t really pick it up in photos – there was so much of it. I got soaked just leaving the house for a minute to change to birds’ frozen water.

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There was nothing to be done, but stay in, knit and watch the snow build up. Okay I work from home, but it was still a snow day.

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The bars are on the window are there because it’s the pantry, not the room I keep lovely husband in.

After a very very cold night, we woke up to a sight that at first didn’t look too bad, because the wind had blown the snow almost completely off some of the lawn. On investigation most of the garden was 5/6 inches deep in snow. There was also alot of drifting.  Here’s what met me at the back door…

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This drift on our drive was three foot high.

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Reports flowed from the news of people stuck in cars, lorries and trains over night, snow drifts blocking roads all around us and the army being called out to help.

With another snow day, there was nothing to do but head out for a lunchtime rendezvous with our next door neighbours in the pub. On the walk down we spotted a huge bough that had broken off a tree at the hotel four houses down from us…

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…. and chest high snow drifts on the cycle route…

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At the pub everyone else had burger and chips…

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While I had salad and fish cake.

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Having completed an almost dry January and a completely dry February,  after lunch I treated myself to a glass of wine – that went immediately to my head.

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The snow was already beginning to melt on Friday afternoon and it was raining on Saturday morning, but there was still plenty of snow about when we went for a walk after lunch.

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With so much snow still around, it was definitely time for an impromptu get together in the evening with our next door neighbours to share provisions.

Hope you’ve had a great week and the weather has treated you kindly.

 

FO: Zebra Socks

Okay, so it’s only my handbag knitting and they weren’t exactly complex, but I finished my Zebra socks 🙂 and amazingly they are my first knitting finish of the year!

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Toasty warm in real wool – just what’s needed in this weather.

Wicked Witch of the East

Just one question: Should I buy myself a pair of red shoes and rename them Wicked Witch of the East?

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday Sevens – 25th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

On Sunday last week the weather forecasters were telling us it was going to get colder as the week went on. Quite frankly it was already cold enough – a good day for staying in and sorting out my button collection…

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It actually got warmer on Monday, but the fog rolled in…

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The bright cold weather returned Tuesday…

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My roots also returned to being blonder. Here’s the before and after.

More bright walks as the week went on, including a lovely walk with the terrible trio. No posing in puddles for these guys…

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On one walk we spotted this bird box. It was huge. Anyone know what sort of bird lives in a house like this?

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Apologies it’s a bit blurred.

As the winter Olympics has progressed, I’ve got more and more hooked on curling. Shame we didn’t quite manage a medal…

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When the Dartmoor Otter Trail finished last year, the otters were auctioned off. This week I found this one, I hadn’t see first time round, in Tavistock…

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As for lovely hubby, this week he built us another log store from recycled palettes…

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Hope you’ve had a great week.

Thanks for dropping by.

 

Cones of Ryeland and Jacob Wool for Sale

A couple of weeks ago I put a picture on my Sunday Sevens of some balls of wool I’d been winding. In the comments section, the lovely Judith from A Wee Story Book asked if I sold wool by the cone. I told her ‘no’, but if she’d like it by the cone, I could do it for her.

Shortly after I’d replied, a little voice in my head asked, So why don’t you sell cones of wool? 

Jacob Wool on the Cone

Another Doh! moment. Of course I should put them up for sale in the shop, so people don’t have to ask or go away without asking thinking I don’t. Sometimes the simplest things evade me.

Anyway, I just thought I’d tell you in case anyone fancies wool by the cone, there is DK and 4ply white Ryeland and 4ply brown and white Jacob by the cone here.

Puppy Paws Dog Walkers Sock Pattern, Giveaway Confession and LoveKnitting.com

If you’ve been reading this blog a while, you may recall that back in July, I made my first vlog post and set a give away competition for a paw print sock pattern PDF. I promised to announce a winner on my next vlog post. But then life took a bit of nose dive, I never made my next vlog post and, to my shame, forgot about the give away.

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Or at least I forgot until a couple of weeks ago, when I published my Dartmoor Sheep Sock pattern and remembered I’d never put the puppy paws pattern up for sale or  found a winner of  the giveaway. So here I am finally making amends.

First off, a HUGE apology to all those who entered for not running the draw.  Second I’ve now made the drawn using my random name picker, aka Lovely Husband and  a Tupperware box with screwed up pieces of paper in it. And the winner is…

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Mary from Mary’s Yarn Creations! Mary, I haven’t contacted you yet, since I think it’s a nicer surprise to read a post and find out you’ve won something. Please contact me through my contact form to let me know your email and I’ll send the pattern over. Of course I’ll contact Mary if she misses this post.

For anyone who does fancy the Paw Prints Dog Walker’s sock pattern and isn’t Mary, it’s now for sale as a PDF download on Ravelry or as a paper pattern, with free postage and 30% launch celebration discount, in my shop.

I also wanted to let you know that my 27 Knitted Santa Sacks and Dartmoor Sheep Socks patterns are now also for sale on Love Knitting as well as Ravelry and in my shop.

The Paw Prints Dog Walkers sock pattern should be on Love Knitting shortly, but it takes 5 days for them to approve patterns.

And one final word especially for Lynn who blogs at Tialys, Yes Heartfelt is next on the list, but the paws socks pattern was already knitted up and edited and tested.

Thanks for dropping by!

Bekki

 

 

 

Sunday Sevens – 18th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

These days I seem to be starting each Sunday Sevens with a weather report. Not wanting to buck the trend, I can tell you it’s been a lot less wet this week, but still very cold. Lots of nice sunny walking weather…

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… but definitely not feeling like spring. Although the crocuses have just started to make an appearance…

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I’ve had to be very strong this week to resist watching the Winter Olympics all day long. Wonderful to see Lizzie Yarnold retain her Olympic title yesterday, but heartbreaking to see Elise Christie crashing out of her races…

20180213_111558On the subject of being strong, I’m also still on course for a dry February – even resisting wine at Thursday night’s Knit and Sip evening…

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As for my main addiction, Mother in Law has been helping feed that by passing on a small bag of left over yarn for scrap projects.

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I also finally finished the sleeves on my Pineapple Cardigan…

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Yesterday I went to Craft 4 Crafters with a group of friends. I was mostly very good about not buying things I didn’t know what I was going to do with.

On the well behaved front, I brought some boxes for all the tiny bits and bobs I have…

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and some findings for projects I have lined up…

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Purchases I didn’t have a purpose for, but I’m sure will find one…

Some shell rainbow buttons…

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Two beautiful big buttons…

And two flip flop buttons…

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And finally a picture from the show just for Lynn at Tialys

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Hope you’ve all had a great week.