Finished Objects and Other News

I will start with the other new (as of the title), mainly because it is far more boring and if I don’t write about it first I will forget that I meant to write about it at all. Due to my fibromyalgia and the shoulder/neck problem I have which may be related to my fibro, I left my previous job nearly a month before my wedding (boring). I am in the process of trying to find a new job at the moment (less knitting time for me then), so happy news is I have three job interviews coming up. It seems I sell well on paper, however I am terrible at interviews, so fingers crossed they don’t mind that.

Now on to less boring things, like finished projects, Three knitted things, wooo, and one crocheted thing, equally woo.

A little while after my wedding I decided it was high time I knit myself the stranded rabbit jumper I had been promising myself, and a couple of weeks ago, I finished it, and I have concluded that stranded knitting isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Who’d have thought, I can knit with yarn held in both hands, that was a slightly scary idea before I tried it, now, I am super pleased with myself.

So here is William of mine the pattern is William by Ann Kingstone, and it is wonderful, I love her Stranded Knits book, it really has made me want to try more stranded knits.

And on to my other finished objects, the next two are shawls I designed as I was knitting. I wanted to use up some of my stash and see if I could create something pretty, and these are the result.

The Stashbusting Shawlette is knitted from Mirasol Hasa in two shades and I think looks quite pretty. And the Shades of Lila Shawl is knitted from various different yarns, I think if I knitted it again I would stick to one type of yarn, but in different shades.

I am not yet sure what to do with these little creations, I am debating whether they should be gifts, or if I should attempt to sell them. If I make any more random creations I’m unsure about I might end up trying to sell them, at least then they will be used.

Finally, the crochet project I finished recently is My little Lenny, the pattern is Lenny the Bunny by Rico Design and can be found in Rico Häkelidee 024, Patchworkfamily. My husband got it the book and made up a kit for me a couple of Christmas’s ago, I just never got round to finishing this super bunny until now because I got distracted by other projects (yes I’m terrible).

I still can’t believe I made this myself, I’m not the best crocheter ever, I’m actually just a beginner, so I’m really pleased that I managed to make this toy without too much trouble.

And to finish with here are my own beautiful hoppy bunnies, Freya and Echo.

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Focusing on Knitting

As I mentioned in my previous post regarding my honeymoon, I have recently finished two projects. One being my very first pair of socks. But I am going to start with the project I started on my honeymoon.

I am a bit of a geek, make that quite a lot of a geek, although unless you know me really well I just come across as a fairly normalish person who is very introverted, make of that what you will. Anyhow, while we were having a quite sit in the hotel, hubby was browsing through PS4 offers, I decided that it was time to start the shawl I’ve been meaning to knit for over a year now. I had found the pattern for it on Ravelry, it is called “Like a Leaf on the Wind“, this is a reference to Firefly, well more specifically it is the phrase that is basically Wash’s last words in the film Serenity. And me being me at the time I ended up making up my own pattern for the yarn I was trying to find a pattern for, but I really wanted to knit this shawl, partly because of the film reference, but also because it looked fun to knit, I just needed to find the right yarn for it, and the right moment to knit it. Now my favourite colour as you may or may not have noticed is purple, so despite the fact it was a leaf themed shawl, I knew that it needed to be purple. and I found the perfect yarn for it, it is Shilasdair Luxury 4 ply and the colourway is Autumn moors. And this is how it turned out.

I have to say I am super happy with this shawl, yes I have yarn left over, but hey, I can knit something else with that.

And now for my second finished object of the week, my first knitted pair of socks. The pattern I chose to knit them from was Simple Toe-Up Socks in Four Sizes. It was very easy to follow and I am very happy with the finished socks. I knitted them in Cascade Yarns Cherub DK the colour is kind of a purply-pink, and here they are.

I am waiting for them to dry now so that I can wear them. I’m looking forward to knowing I’m wearing hand knitted socks.

I have a few more sock projects in mind, I’ve been meaning to try out socks for a while now, after all nearly every pattern book or magazine I have has sock patterns in.

Honeymoon & Calm

Well that’s the wedding natter nearly over with, there might be little added into my honeymoon and finished object chatter, but I will try to keep it to a minimum.

First things first, I need to back track to two days before my wedding. Not only was it the day I saw my favourite band (The Cruxshadows) with my best friend. But it was the day I could say that I had finally finished my Ariene jumper, the pattern for this is in Rowan Tweed Collection, and is lovely. it is a shame however that it is knitted flat, this is something I dislike, but when I started it I didn’t have the correct needles or the energy to engineer knitting it in the round, plus I am not entirely sure it would have worked out terribly well if I had knitted it in the round. However long story short, knitting a jumper, admittedly a slightly shorter jumper than the pattern recommends, flat is no mean feat, in fact I would go so far as to say it is a little tedious. I would say that it was made even more tedious by the fact that it was knitted on 2.75 mm & 3.25 mm needles (not my favourite needle size). But I have to say that it was worth all the effort, because damned, even if I do say so myself, it looks good. I love the yarn I chose to knit this jumper with, it is absolutely lovely. The yarn I used is Eden Cottage Yarns Milburn 4ply, I chose Damson and Grey, and I think they look lovely together. the pattern is for three colours, but I subbed the second colour with Damson.

I would have liked some better pictures of this jumper, but I had already waited over a week before getting photos of it so, these will have to do.

Now on to my honeymoon natter, so after a brief reception at our house, both me and my husband left to go to London on the train. I have to say I really love the journey down to London, it is slightly therapeutic. As with every other journey I made sure to take a knitting project, as you never know when you will get the opportunity to knit, and although I love buying yarn and looking and knitting patterns I wanted our honeymoon to be about us and not just me. I had already made a lot of our honeymoon about me and things that I love, for example my best friend had bought us tickets to go and see my favourite band (The Cruxshadows) at the Garage in Highbury on the Sunday.

I have to say that the hotel we stayed at was wonderful, I was astonished to find fruit in our room when we arrived, plus I hadn’t expected for there to be a bath in the bathroom, every hotel I’ve ever stayed in has only had a shower in the bathroom, so me being me, I had to make the most of a nice bath every morning (like you do).

On the Sunday (the day after our wedding), before seeing my favourite band live, we decided to go and have a wander around The British Museum, I’ve been wanting to do that for ages. I have to say it is well worth visiting. Admittedly the only reason I wanted to go there was to see all the Egyptian artifacts, especially the mummies, having had a thing for mummies and Egyptian history since I was about 8 it was kind of a big deal to me. I really enjoyed looking around the museum. I could have spent a lot longer looking at the mummies, but they did freak out my husband a bit so I thought it only fair that we spend a while looking around parts of the museum he wanted to see as well.

As for the concert on Sunday night, it was absolutely fantastic. I would happily see all of the support bands again. One of the supports, Bad Pollyanna, also supported The Cruxshadows at their Manchester gig, so I knew they would be amazing (and I wasn’t disappointed), but I didn’t know what to expect from Bella Morte and Among the Echoes. I have to say I was nicely surprised by both of them, I really enjoyed seeing them live. My husband like Among the Echoes so much that he bought their album, he had expected to not really like much of them music as we both have slightly different tastes. One thing that I really didn’t expect during the Cruxshadows performance was for Rogue to congratulate me and my husband on our recent marriage, my best friend had been very sneaky and asked him if he would do that, so surprised and very happy. I am again reminded of how awesome and lovely the Cruxshadows and Rogue are.

On Monday we tried to have a slow relaxing day, we went to Camden down the tow path, it was peaceful and made me love London more. I did get frustrated in Cyberdog and Saisai though, I couldn’t decided on weather or not to buy various things, so decided to wait till after food, but ended up not going back as we were getting tired by then. I did however get to try an amazing Cookie sandwich from Cookies and Scream (there is a reason I would love to live closer to Camden), it was so tasty.

Although we only spent two days pottering around London, I had an amazing time, I love our trips down there. and I love spending quality time with my husband (I also love being able to call him my husband).

I am happy to say that over a week on we are still happy to have got married :D.

More finished projects to appear in my next post, I have now finished the project I started on my honeymoon plus I knitted my first pair of socks, But I will post about these separately.

Winding down.

I spent a lot of time figuring out where to pick up this post, and decided the best idea is to write two separate posts. Basically in this one I am going to chatter on about my wedding, my wedding dress etc. my next post will be about my honeymoon and latest finished jumper :).

Right on to wedding chatter. So my husband and me got married last Saturday. I was so very nervous, I find it hard to be in front of lots of people, so was dreading the actual ceremony. Somehow I managed to make it through the ceremony without tripping up over my words. I basically kept telling myself, breath, stand up straight and focus on Sam (my husband). He managed to trip up over my middle name, apparently My middle name is no longer Lucy, it is now Juicy, super funny. Anyhow both my family and his family really loved the ceramony, it was only a simple affair, we decided that our local registry office was the perfect place for our wedding, not too expensive plus easy enough to arrange (though still terrifying). The main thing is that we got through that without any hitches, it is such a relief for that part to be out of the way.

I am so glad I opted for knitting my wedding dress and decided on wearing long sleeves with a knitted shrug over the top, because I have to say I spent a lot of time being freezing cold. I think the only time I wasn’t cold was afterwards when we tottered up to the cathedral for extra photos. I do have to say that despite being incredibly nervous, stressed and cold I really enjoyed my day. I am so happy that I can now call Sam, my Husband.

Now it is time for the photos, we haven’t sorted through all of them, baring in mind we opted to have a member of the family take the photos instead of having a professional wedding photographer. I’ve tried to pick out photos which show of my dress and shrug the best, I’ve not found many good ones of my wedding clutch unfortunately.

I knitted my wedding dress from Fashion Martina’s Knit wedding gown Dream pattern, this can be found on Ravelry, I added in a couple of modifications when making mine. I used Bergère de France Angel yarn instead of the recommended yarn for the pattern. The pattern for shrug I wore with my wedding dress can be found in Vampire Knits, it is called Sidhe Shrug. I knitted it in Eden Cottage Yarns Titus 4ply, the colour way I used was Coal (this yarn is delicious by the way). The pattern for my clutch is called Leafy Knot Clutch, it can be found in Knitting 24/7: 30 Projects to Knit, Wear, and Enjoy, On the Go and Around the Clock by Veronik Avery. I found the pattern for my Lavender flowers in Lesley Stanfield’s 100 Flowers to Knit & Crochet: A Collection of Beautiful Blooms for Embellishing Garments, Accessories, and More. You might also notice my lovely boots, they are Doc Martens, and they are super, why, because not only are they Doc Martens, they are floral Doc Martens.

I’ve been wanting to post up finished pictures of my wedding dress and shrug for ages, but knew it was best to wait till after the wedding. I am very happy to be able to show my creations finally. And chatter on about my wedding.

What no heating!?

As of Saturday we have had no heating, the funny thing is we have plenty of hot water. It’s no the first time this has happened either, so currently waiting to hear from our letting agent, the sooner the better. Considering that we live in an old terraced house, there is no insulation because apparently that would be too much trouble to fit, it is freezing. Yes it is the start of spring, but this house gets so cold. I mean the dining room is chilly even on a hot summers day. So really hoping our heating gets fixed soon.

On a lighter and much happier note, I have finished another knitting project. I modified the pattern I worked from a little, the pattern is called Belle and can be found in Rowan Homestead Classics. The original pattern is for a cropped cardigan in a single colour. I used two colours and changed it so that it is now a cropped jumper.

Stress and things to look forward to

As I have mentioned before I am getting married this year. To be precise, I am getting married at the end of the month.

Remembering how near to my wedding it is now really takes me back a little each time I think of it. Its amazing how time flies. Admittedly there isn’t much left to do, most importantly of all its only a small wedding. Basically close friends, and family are invited. I do wish though that it could be made smaller, mainly because I feel like it would be easier and less stressful if there were less people turning up. Keeping in mind that my best friend is vegan and I have a milk-free pescetarian diet (basically I will eat fish occasionally, so not vegetarian), and I have asked my mum (who is catering my reception) to accommodate this, which thankfully she is doing. But I find it awkward that she is going on about various meats and large quantities of food, I think I find it awkward partly because of my dislike of meat and because there will only be around 40 guests coming and the reception will be around lunch time, so I don’t see why she is intent on making so much food and so much of a fuss about food. The intention was for it to be a small reception which ends relatively early. So its making me quite stressed when I get a barrage of food talk.

On the upside I am looking forward to the actually wedding. But also looking forward to various event surrounding the wedding. I am especially excited because my favourite band, The Cruxshadows, will be playing in the UK around the same time as my wedding. I think this is amazing, I get to see them with my best friend before my wedding and after my wedding with my new hubby. I am super happy, its like the icing on the caking, knowing that I get three happy things at the of the month.

Reducing shoulder pain

For a while now I have been experiencing terrible pain in my left shoulder and the left side of my neck, which seems to be causing my left arm to feel very peculiar and occasionally numb. This pain was definately not characteristic of my fibromyalgia, so I decided to go to the doctors a few weeks ago. Surprisingly I wasn’t told that my fibro was all in my head, amazingly, but also was told that the cause of the pain in my shoulder and neck was likely was not muscle spasms, interesting. My doctor signed my off work for two week at that time, I was also given diazepam and naproxen, plus I was referred on to a physiotherapist.

Well I had my first physio appointment last week, it was basically an assessment session to see what needed doing with my shoulder and neck. I was given a few exercises to do, told to rest, basically avoid lifting, advised to take more time off work is possible.

I had my second session yesterday, I feel the pain in my neck is easing a little, but my shoulder is still not great. However, after my session yesterday which involved deep massage around my shoulder and neck, the pain in both eased temporarily. I have to ice my shoulder and neck for the next few days. I really hope that it starts to feel noticeably better before my wedding.

Also the sooner it feels better, the sooner I can get back to knitting a little more. As it makes it a little awkward currently. I’m pretty sure that my knitting hasn’t contributed to my shoulder pain, as I knit right handed, so find it a little odd that the arm I move the least while knitting would be painful.

Fingers crossed it gets better soon :).