At the beginning of the year I set myself the challenge of knitting at least two jumpers this year so once I finished the first one, I started my next one. I think my progress is a little better and faster with this one! It was helped largely because I started it just before heading off to a festival in Blackpool (Rebellion, it's good fun if you like a bit of punk music) in total each way I had a good 5 hours of knitting so I've already completed the back and started the front. Rather excitingly I'm off to a wedding in St Ives this weekend so I've got another car journey* so I'm hoping I'll finish the front and get on to sleeves! I really love the colours of the yarn and the pattern for this one, it's from Rowan's Nordic Tweed book which I really recommend all the patterns inside it are gorgeous!
*Just incase you were thinking I drive and knit, don't worry I don't, I'm a passenger!
Exciting news! I'm finally moving out of my parents house, yes I know I'm old enough to have done this already (and have at various points not lived with them during my teens and twenties) but hurray! that's on my 30 things, phew at ticking that off next week! Anyway above is an installation created at my parents, mostly mothers, request. She's been saying for years that they should put some of my work up around the house so I created them a little installation of the pieces I have left on the wall in my soon to be former bedroom! I really enjoyed getting them out again and putting it together, it feels like this particular hang marks the start of something new!
Well, schools out for summer (woo!) so I've been busy getting on with all the fun things, including finally finishing and sewing up my jumper! Ah it has been a while coming, I think I finally got over the knit fear I mentioned before and I'm not pretty confident about going for it with another jumper! So much so I think I'm actually gonna cast on again tonight! I think I'm a little bit in love with my jumper! Which is thankful as I've knitted things in the past and really disliked them when completed which is just about one of the most disappointing feelings in the world! The only downside to my current love for it is that it's absolutely melt worthy summer weather so I won't be rocking it anytime soon, roll on winter!
In other news I've landed myself a new job for September, which is all very exciting - it's exciting because I will be teaching 100% textiles! I can't quite believe my luck! For those of you who don't know over the last 3 years I've taught all manner of things, Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics, BTEC Art, Applied Art even *gasp* Photography. Whilst I've enjoyed that, especially Graphics, I had limited opportunities to teach textiles, I'm really looking forward to it. I'm also looking forward to this summer, I've got a big to do list and a bunch of stuff I've not managed to get round to documenting on here, it's gonna be busy, but fun!
Well, I'm pretty bad at one of my new years resolutions so far, the one where I stated I would update on here once a month. I have however, made better progress with some of the others! I've been out walking more, read more, covered myself in tattoos a little more, got a gym routine going and I'm (finally) almost done knitting a jumper! Perhaps it's cheating a little to call this a jumper I knitted this year, but I will have knitted most of it this year and certainly sewed it up (my absolute least favourite part about knitting), hurray! Last time I posted about it was in August! I had just finished the back. I think I sometimes get into 'knit fear'. I've made 'knit fear' up as an expression but it's the feeling I get when I think about picking up my knitting but then freak out and think it's too hard. Recently with this particularly item I've gotten over it, in fact I'm now like 'easy knit' when I pick it up. Does anyone else create their own knitting terms? I started the final sleeve this week so I'm optimistic that I shall probably finish this just in time for some kind of summer heat wave just to ensure that I can't wear it for ages of something terrible like that. I've got a cape and a jumper lined up ready to start once I'm finished... I can't decide which to go with but the cape is in the round so it'll probably induce severe 'knit fear'.
Have you been to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition? I went last week - it was brilliant! So much colour and pattern and knit! I adored it. You can read some more about it and see some photos over at I Heart Teaching Art.
I always feel optimistic in January. There's a whole year ahead that has the potential to be filled with exciting new stuff, which I think is the reason I like setting new years resolutions. That said I don't think I'm particularly brilliant at keeping them. Last year I set myself a whole host of vague to specific ones, including my blog once a week which I randomly stopped doing at week forty-four. I'm not disheartened though I've set out to complete some more this year! I think it's always good to set yourself goals, even if somewhere along the way you realise those goals might need to be adjusted a bit. I've pinned this years ones above my bed...
So I've started well. (from left to right) hand knitted jumper number one in progress, hand knitted jumper number two disassembled and my knitting machine put together! At the very top is my typography sketchbook/scrapbook. I've started sticking down the beautiful type I've found in magazines and I'm blogging! Small steps. Happy new year all!
It was half term this week and it was lovely. It meant I had some free time to do some baking and so I made my first ever attempt at apple pie! I was pretty surprised/impressed that it actually worked I've never tried pastry before, it's made me feel confident about my baking plans for the upcoming festive season!