More Than You Can Shake A Stick At !!!!

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The sewing has taken a back seat (bad girl) as the crochet bug has bitten BIG STYLIE!

I have a crochet, coffee and chats morning coming up with some lovely ladies who attended my Absolute Beginners sewing workshop last summer, so in the interest of being sure my proposed beginners crochet project is suitable I have trialled many yarns and as a result I have had several projects on the go at once! In fact we have here photographic evidence that I crochet anywhere …. DD2 had a hospital appointment and I expected a bit of a wait so I sat there crocheting. Some of the looks I got did make us chuckle as some of the faces had the look of ‘ oh gosh, it’s witchcraft’ 😉 image

imageWell I had better make the most of it as the time is rapidly approaching when I will have to rejoin the workforce and time will not be so readily available to me (Boooooooo!)

I have however after all this trialling settled on a fantastic acrylic yarn by James Brett called Marble Chunky and the great thing is it comes in a 200g ball so this will be sufficient for the task in hand, no yarn changes to break the spirit of my new learners 🙂

Additionally I have continued with my exposure therapy and have been out LOADS, even on my own. It really is beginning to work as I feel less and less unwell when I am out now. To the point that DD2 and I are gadding off to France on the Eurostar next week for a day trip. We did intend to go to Amsterdam on a budget airline but for some reason the flights are pretty costly at the moment so we’ve decided to drive to Folkestone and do the 35 minutes on the train under the English Channel. Trying not to think on that, a bit scary 😦  

Part of my ‘getting my act together’ has been reverting to a good old-fashioned hand written diary  that I am keeping copious notes and lists in. Although I don’t tend to get everything done, I do find I get a lot more done and my head doesn’t seem to have the never ending chatter that just increases my anxiety. All in all going quite well

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1 ball of 200g down, 1  more to go

1 ball of 200g down, 1 more to go

almost finished, just one more edge to shell stitch and done. I LOVE the colours in this James Brett

almost finished, just one more edge to shell stitch and done. I LOVE the colours in this James Brett

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Got Me Thinking

Just had a little scan through reader to see what everyone else is up to and it dawned on me that we really are in a new year at last. Yep, I’m strong on observation!

2013 was not the best on the whole with a few special and positive exceptions, so really I should have been on the ball a bit more as of course a new year is a perfect marker for closing one door and kicking another open.

As well as continuing my journey on the creative path, there are the more mundane facts, such as getting a job. A slight hurdle there is I am agoraphobic at this point in time BUT it’s high time I stretched myself. So interspersed with my creative list for the coming months I have set myself a the goal of going out on Monday with Rachel, that feels do-able.  Ask me again on Monday and I may have a very different view 😉

As I was thinking about list making, targets and the likes I was meandering around my bedroom (probably talking to myself again) and I caught sight of several possessions in there that make me feel happy. None of them are expensive and to another person possibly a bit boring but to me they are so precious. Maybe a memory attached or maybe just as simple as I love the colour or form.

This tripped a further thought process on how as a person I am really quite easy to please. I am not a greedy type, so long as the bills can be paid and even more importantly my loved ones are happy and healthy then I am content. So why the craziness of the past year?

No answer yet but a thought process that is welcome and overdue. How powerful is blogging? Just by reading a few blog friends misiffs, exploits, adventures and thoughts has got my brain moving in a new direction in this new year of 2014. Pretty powerful stuff huh!?

So here’s to an Owards & Upwards 2014 full of new and positive adventures for me and thee.

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