Goodness Me! Yep That’s It

It’s now June and the last time I wrote was back in April. I’d got all these plans how I was going to blog about how Rex is doing and what Jaxon is up to and of course, life gets in the way. So here I am back and blogging about things. I could be here lots, I could be here hardly ever but lets see what happens and go from there.

So what’s been happening. Well like the rest of the country, Jaxon went back to school in March for a few weeks then broke up for Easter within a blink of the eye! We’re now in Term 6 (Summer Term Part 2 basically) And we’re counting down weeks to the Summer Break. I even had an email from the Head with various pieces of information with regards to going back in September and how things like wearing masks will still apply for now as we don’t know what will happen after the 19th July now that restrictions have been extended. 

Rex has just turned 10 months so we’re counting down to his birthday (And Jaxon’s, mustn’t forget Jaxon’s birthday as it comes first before Rex’s!). 

Chris came back for a few weeks in May. That might need a post of it’s own given all that happened during that time. Poor Jaxon was a lot shellshocked and a little nervous especially when Chris arrived wearing his mask – he didn’t quite know what to do and tried to climb into my leg for protection. Rex was really off with Chris for a few days as he just didn’t really know who he was. He warmed to Chris while Chris was here but was still really nervous about me leaving (And even now has been a little upset when I leave – sometimes even leaving the room somedays!)

And now it’s June and we’re looking towards the summer and our adventures – well maybe. Come along and see if we make it to our adventures or have to come up with a plan B!

April 3rd

I have this great idea that I will start writing properly again and I will write for me rather than for the internet like I might have done when I started my first blog back in 2007-ish. Then I get caught up in the figures and the numbers. Will someone read if I write?

So I’m here again. Trying to write for me. Rather than the Internet. So hello there friend. If you reading I’d love to hear how you got here? Did you stumble upon a social media post or did I just get thrown up by a search engine that pointed you this way?

I have some blog posts that create lots of traffic without me doing anything like this about duvets and this about a travellers notebook. Who knows why? I have zero clue!

So it’s now April and I decided I needed some goals. I have ideas I needed goals with quantifiable results (yes I like the big words!)

1. Write. Write for me. Send it out there into the world and see what sticks. (Quantifiable she said. So erm… pop by once a week and try to write. If I can knock more out then go for it!)

2. Read. I have a long list of books that I “adopted” from NetGalley and then never really read or read and didn’t review. So there could be more of those. (Let’s aim for finishing and reviewing two in April. It could be more but there’s a number to aim for).

3. Finish a knitting/crochet project. I have too many floating around that I’ve not finished and I keep starting new ones.

4. Finish my Knitting Diploma course with Centre for Excellence. I’m not sure how long I have left to finish it and how much I have to do so need to come up with a plan for that too.

Right, off to go read before I sleep.

Night night.

Knit and Nattering – Episode 2: A Shawl, A Sock and A Blanket

I’m back for a second episode – who is this person? I start with a recap of the projects that I’ve been working on over the last two weeks. With the boys often needing my help, I had to try and fit the recording in where possible, so there’s often random background noise including Jaxon’s random singing/squeaking.

Finished Items

Two Barbie Blankets – Lucy‘s daughter bought a Barbie bunkbed with her pocket money but the Barbie’s didn’t have any bedding so I knitted a blanket, while I was part way through blanket 1, my Mum offered to do blanket 2. Blanket 1 is a simple stocking stitch rectangle and blanket 2 is a corner to corner crocheted blanket

In Progress

Stormy Open Back Sweater by Handknits and Hygge – pattern can be found here.
“Judit’s Shawl” actually called – Free and Easy Pie Wedged Shawl: Ravelry (I’ve only ever seen it on Ravelry… Sorry!)

Malt by Tin Can Knits: https://tincanknits.com/pattern/malt​

KALs or Similar

Lockdown Sockdown KAL info here.

Project Bags

Tea Cake + Make: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TeaCakeMake

Podcasts/Vlogs:

Trent and Allie (travel/tiny living) – https://www.youtube.com/trentallie

Kara and Nate (travel/tiny living) – https://www.youtube.com/karaandnate

Hannah, The Corner of Craft: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecorne…

Megan, Dynamo Simply Living: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xl…

Stashless 2020/2021 Anushka – The Crimson Stitchery: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCrimsonS…​ You can find more information about Stashless 2020 (the inspiration for Stashless 2020) here: (Start of 2020) and (End of 2020) There is also further information in her Ravelry group here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-cr…

Finding a Pattern

Well this was interesting. I saw the video from A Crimson Stitchery about going Stashless in 2020. It doesn’t quite mean that they got rid of their stash completely. What it means is that they worked through their stash and outstanding projects to try and get a better handle on what they had in their stash. (Part 1 and Part 2)

I decided this was going to be a good idea for me. After commenting in my own video that from where I was sat I could see 3 boxes of yarn and then thinking that I didn’t really know what was in those boxes, it was time to sort it out properly. That’s when the plan started to formulate. I know for sure that apart from the projects I already have on the go, I definitely have a Janie Crow blanket and a Handknits and Hygge jumper in progress. Both should be relatively easy to finish but might need some tweaking to get there. Not impossible right?

Time for Some Detective Skills

So I sat about finding the pattern for my Stormy Open Back Jumper by Handknits and Hygge. I knew it was a test knit at the time, I also knew that “storm” appeared somewhere in the title. Having tried various combinations on my email, I headed off to Google Photos, after all, if I’d taken one photo of my project (and still had it) that was where it was going to be. Thanks to some clever programming at Google searching “knitting” was enough to cut through all the other photos and narrow it down so photos that had crochet or knitting in them – as well as some others that I’m not sure how they fell in there but it was fine. I ended up finding 3 or 4 photos but they were all artistic “here’s my knitting with the pattern blurred in the background” so again close but not close enough. Having now got the date range, I headed to my Instagram.

If I had these photos in my Google Photos account, maybe I shared them on social media. I went back through my Instagram feed, and no I hadn’t actually shared any photos of it in progress (why had I taken the pictures then or maybe I’d taken them and intended to share them only to not?). So then I went to my blog posts, maybe if I hadn’t posted about it on social media, I had at least blogged about it. The first few posts were useless as I’d written about it but in vague terms with no titles or designer. Then I found it – Monthly Review: August 2018. There was the name of the pattern and the designer.

Okay but now what?

So I have the name of the pattern, and I have the name of the designer. But do I have the actual pattern? I’m sure I must do somewhere in the depths of my email account or somewhere else online. I headed to Google to see if she was still designing. Yes, she was – okay so if needed I could buy the pattern from her again. I went to my email to see if I had it saved in there or a clue to where I might be able to download it. As it happened when I searched for Handknits and Hygge I actually had 4 emails pop up. They didn’t have the pattern but they gave me the next step in the search and I was able to find the pattern. As it happened, it was there and I was able to download it pretty quickly.

So back to my other challenge, which repeat in the pattern was I up to? Well after a little bit of studying I think I know where I am. Also because I’ve now learnt how to do to the magic loop, I should hopefully be able to knit through the rest of the sleeves that bit easier.

So now it’s time to put down the blog post and go and knit.

Chat later!

Knit and Nattering: Episode 1: A Shawl, A Sock and A Blanket

Hello there! I’m Hannah and this is my vlog well no this is my blog but over on YouTube, I uploaded a vlog – which you can watch here:

I’ve been knitting and crocheting for many years. I am terrible for having multiple projects on the go as you will see from the video. I tend to stick to knit flat pieces but as I’ve now learnt the magic loop technique I’m hoping I can apply it to other things and get more creative in 2021.

Links from this post:

~Patterns~

  • Free and Easy Pie Wedged Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-and-easy-pie-wedge-shawl (I’ve only ever seen it on Ravelry… Sorry!)
  • Malt by Tin Can Knits: https://tincanknits.com/pattern/malt

~KALS or Similar~

Lockdown Sockdown KAL info: YouTube

~Project Bags~
JibbyRoo Sews: Etsy Shop
Knitting Needle Lane: Website

~Podcasts/Vlogs~