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Before I start the main topic of today’s blog. I want to say thanks to my blog mates (and real life ones too) for their replies to my last post. I was in a bit of a rut…well I still am. But at least I now know I’m not the only one who feels this way. Ta sweeties x

So the plan for this weekend is to do four things (or at least start them…) This includes painting the chest of drawers in my bedroom, sorting out a load of yarn that my parents brought back from my Grampy’s, tidying my room and desk (creative area) and starting to read the pile of books next to my bed that keeps growing.

The chest of drawers is just a plain pine one from Argos. At the moment it looks like this:

Booooooring! 
So boring I know. And also out of focus. Doh.

I’m thinking of painting it white to match the rest of my furniture and then maybe embellishing it with some funky handles and stencilling some stars all over it. Cos y’know – I am obsessed with stars. Maybe in the same colour paint as my room, which is a deep mauve’y kinda colour. I’m so precise in my descriptions aren’t I?! Or maybe i’ll just paint it white and leave it at that. I’m not sure. *Or* I could paint it plain white with stripey purple drawers. Votes on postcards now please…hehe.

The next task is to sort out all the yarn that has gradually made its way from Grampy’s attic to our house since Grandma died. This is just a small section of it:

Wool, wool everywhere... 

That’s six overflowing boxes and a rubbish bag full of yarn. And that’s not even all of it. There’s more in one of the cellars, and also in mum’s sewing room upstairs. My plan is to gather it altogether, dump it all on the living room floor and gradually sort my way through it,  throwing out the moth eaten stuff, and finding out what’s good yarn and whats crap. I reckon I’ll ebay some of it, charity shop some of the really cheap and nasty stuff, and store the rest in a better way ready for use in various projects. Actually, if anyone knows a good way of storing yarn that stops the moths getting at it etc, please let me know.

This is the desk in my room:

 My Desk...

I need to tidy it and arrange everything so I have the optimum amount of space to do some arty type work. At the moment its got the majority of my Hello Kitty obsession…I mean collection dotted around it. The big pink bag (which is covered in Hello Kitty itself) on the left is full of all things HK. To say that I’m obsessed would be putting it lightly I think. Anyways, the desk itself would be quite big if I didn’t have so much clutter but there really isn’t anywhere else to put my stuff. I need a studio…or failing that, more storage. I’m actually quite reluctant to do anything painting etc related in my room as I have a gorgeous cream carpet, that knowing me and my messy ways, will end up with a bottle of bright red ink spilt all over it. But the hunt for somewhere else in the house or a studio has not proven to be fruitful just yet. this is another reason that I am feeling stuck creatively. I need a space where I can be messy and arty.

The final task on my list is to make a start on this piile of books:
Pile of Books

The only problem is the pile has grown bigger since I took the photo. I’ve borrowed ‘Northern Lights’ by Philip Pullman. Its the first book in the ‘His Dark Materials’ trilology that I’ve been wanted to read for ages, so when I spotted it on my friend’s shelf, I just had to blag it. I’ve only read the first 3 chapters so far, but I’m already addicted. I’ve actually started to read ‘The Historian’, but that was back in May time and I still haven’t managed to get further than the fourth chapter…grrr…I wish I could just go away somewhere for a week, I wouldn’t mind if the weather was horrible. All I would need would be a comfortable chair to sit in, Classic FM, someone to supply me with drinks and food and my pile of books. I would just read non-stop. Pure bliss. Sense and Sensibility is the only book of Jane Austen’s that I haven’t read. I’ve seen the film adaption with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, which was really good (Alan Rickman was in it…yum…he’s my older man crush). But every film adaption of each book has left out an awful lot of Jane Austen’s original story. Don’t get me wrong – I love the films, but if you’ve ever read Pride & Prejudice, you’ll realise just how much of the storyline is missing in the Keira Knightley version. That’s just one example. I can’t wait for ITV’s 2007 schedule, because they are apparently doing adaptions of each of Jane Austen’s books as serials, which means more time to fit in more delicious details. Yippee!

Right well I think its time for bed for me. Especially as I am going out tomorrow night to stalk my favourite boy. Its a long story, but all you need to know is he’s beautiful and I have wanted him for a long, long time. Hehe…

Night night

– knitagirl.

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1. Sort my life out.

Have you ever reached a point where you are desperately unhappy with how your life appears to be turning out? I’ve finished uni, got a decent grade, and now I’m home. But now what? I’m lucky in that I have a job that pays well and allows me to be pretty flexible with my hours. But it has nothing to do with what I ultimately want to do in life. I guess its letting me save so I can finally do some travelling, but its at the same company as where my mum works, so that when we’ve had an argument or she decides she doesn’t like me for some reason, I can’t escape her. She’s there 3 days of the week, and even when she’s not there, everyone knows her so I can’t let off steam by talking about stuff, because it’ll just get back to her. Plus its definitely not the most inspiring of jobs either. I had all these plans for designing and making stuff to sell, but when i get home at the end of the day, all I want to do is collapse on the sofa and watch tv to switch off. I really need to start knitting again, but I simply have no motivation.

I also don’t have much confidence in myself generally, which means that when I have a down day, what little I do have rapidly disappears down the drain. The problem is that recently my down days have been gathering together and hitting me all at the same time. The result is this. A feeling that follows me around like an ugly little gremlin constantly taunting me saying ‘you’re useless, you’re never going to make it, you have no creative talent, why do you even bother?’ I see all these people who have so much talent. They’re out there, showing and selling their work. They’ve got the guts to go to places like the K&S Show and say ‘here I am, look at my work and buy it’. And I want to be like them, but there’s always something holding me back. I don’t think its really helped that my mum has never been that supportive of me wanting to pursue a career within the creative industry. She has readily admitted that she can’t see a future in it, that I should train to be a secretary or something. And she could never understand why I needed to go to uni. Her point of view was that she had done fine without a degree, so what was the point? There have always been little comments that even though she tries to pass them off as jokes, are obvious that they’re anything but. You would think that by now, I’d have learnt to deal with and ignore her, but obviously I haven’t. I would love to move out and put a nice big distance between the two of us, but I simply can’t afford it. Not while I still want to travel. I guess I’ll just have to put up with everything until I’ve earnt enough to disappear.

I think I’m also feeling lost now the security of education has gone. for the past 17 years I’ve always had something to go back to when September comes. Be it school, college of university, but now I don’t, I don’t really know what to do with myself.

This is just one big moan. I just needed to get it out. So please feel free to ignore it. Or you could read it and then give me a swift hard kick up the backside, because I think I might need it.

Indulgence – In-dul-gence. Pronunciation: [in-duhl-juhns] ; noun, verb

1. the act or practice of indulging; gratification of desire.

2. the state of being indulgent.

3. what i did yesterday….

My wallet is considerably lighter and emptier after yesterday. A trip to the Knitting and Stitching show will always do that to it. Its a smorgasbord of all things knitting related. And I just have to indulge my craving for beautiful yarns, interesting patterns, unusual tools and also fuel my inspiration. There are so many beautiful things there, from hand-dyed/spun yarns, to giant needles and new patterns to tiny buttons. And the money in my wallet just screams ‘SPEND ME NOW!’ So I do. And this is the result of yesterday’s trip. Prepare for an overload of photos…

Pure wool roving Pure wool roving…that still smells slightly sheepish. Yum!

hand dyed pure wool rovingHand-dyed roving…its a mixture of pales creams and coffees.

handspun/dyed pure wool

This photo just doesn’t do the wool justice. Its a gorgeous blend of pale pinks, hot pinks, creams, mint greens and sky blues. Handspun/dyed by Victoria Smedley. I brought this and then saw the next one and had to buy it as well.

Yummy Scrummy Blues

My camera is so poop. Like before, this photo just doesn’t do anything for the wool. Its such a delicious mix of sea colours. I can’t wait to start knitting with this – I’m thinking, maybe a neck warmer or a little purse/bag.

I think the evil fairies that organise the show decided to attempt to tempt me over to the dark side. They cruelly put the Colinette stand right at the entrance of the show. I could’ve spent my entire budget just on that stand. But no, I was a good girl and just looked to begin with. But as you can see by the next two photos, I had money left over at the end and so I fell into its evil clutches…

OOOO AAAAH... ‘Rose Garden’ – Point 5

YUMMY! ‘Ischia’ – One Zero.

The hanks were just hanging there is all their glorious splendour screaming ‘BUY ME! BUY ME!’ Seriously, they were. I was actually getting worried about the fact that all this wool seemed to be talking to me…or at least that I was hearing voices. I could’ve brought so many, but Charlotte became my conscience and stopped me before it was too late. She also stopped me from buying more blue, as she said my obsession with the colour blue was getting a little out of hand. But anyways, back to my purchases hehe…

I just couldn’t resist the next thing. Its a scarf made from recycled sari silk. I brought a hank of this yarn last year and fell in love with it. But its so expensive, that I’ve had to resist using it in all my projects. So when I saw the price of this little beauty, I just had to have it. It’s about 4 foot long and 8 inches wide. So if you imagine that a small hank is about £8-10 and that scarf muct’ve used about 3-4 hanks, I got myself a bargain at £15. Its all good though. The stall where its from is a charity one. The guy goes out to Nepal and India, and employs people to unpick the saris, spin the yarn and knit the scarves. Then he brings the finished garments over here, sells them at shows and gives the profits back to the people he employs.

Sari Silk Scarf

Close-up 

Attack of the crap camera again I’m afraid. Plus I think the second picture is upside down haha. Ah well, at least they give you some idea just how yummy the scarf is.

The Button Company was there again this year, so I was able to indulge by buying some giant buttons. I’m beginning to wish I’d brought more, but it was near the beginning of the day that we found the stall, so I didn’t want to spend too much money. I shall just have to visit their website instead. They’re so fab:

Giant Buttons

They’re about 1.5 inches in diameter. Think I might make a necklace/bracelet with them. Or use them on a neckwarmer…hmmmm…

And last but not least, we got some freebies curtesy of Rowan/Charlotte’s parents. They went to see the Rowan fashion show, and on the way out were given some books free, so they went back in and managed to blag some more for us. Yey!

Rowan Books

The bottom one is Rowan Magazine: Issue 31. Its full of gorgeous knitting patterns and tips. And the top one is an issue of Rowan Living that’s full of sewing patterns for the home as well as some toys and a kimono type dressing gown. So I think I shall be a busy little bee over the coming weeks/months and make a few of the ideas. So all of you who are going to the show at either Harrogate or London should pay a visit top the Rowan fashion show…its apparently a bit crap, but who cares when you get two free books just for sitting and clapping?!

There were a few extra things that I brought, but they are safely wrappe dup in this box ready to be posted tomorrow. Wonder who they’re going to….
OoooOo...postage!OoooOo…a mystery blue box.

Excuse the digusting carpet…its the only one we haven’t replaced in the house yet….A reminder of the bad taste 1970s!

So that is what I did yesterday…spent some of my hard earned money on delicious yarns. My stash is now content…well until I find another yarn that I love…probably from HelloMango (see my linkbar).

Until tomorrow…
-knitagirl

So yeah, I think I have found the answer to my posting problem. Dad had changed the cookies on this computer, so it wasn’t allowing certain things to happen (all very technical). I think it should work now, so lets try (Cue lots of unrepeatable words if it doesn’t…you have been warned!).

What have I been upto? Well working mostly. I am such a boring sod these days. But I guess that comes from spending too much money in my final year at uni, so now I have to re-fill my overdraft before I can start having fun. Work’s ok – like I’ve said before, its not the most exciting job in the world. But it pays well, and the people there are all cool. Its been very quiet recently. I think we’re all hoping that business picks up otherwise we’ll be in trouble. We need more students to ring up and tell us that their LEA’s (Local Education Authority for those of you not in the know…which is probably everyone) have agreed that they can have the equipment that they need.

Besides work, I’ve been sorting out all my uni stuff still. I just have so much art equipment, that I don’t know what to do with it. I need a log cabin in the garden for a studio I think. Except they cost about £3000+ and I don’t have that sort of money. So maybe just a plain old garden shed will have to do. I’ve also been knitting away like a busy little beaver. I have decided that everyone can receive scarves and hats from me for christmas. After all, its free advertising when they wear them out. Well it would be, if they would only wear the flashing neon sign that comes with the item of clothing at should be displayed on their head saying ‘Stash Designs by Mel’. Hehe…

I’ve also been busy designing and sourcing yarn ready to make things to sell in Lucy’s shop. Its all very exciting. I just wish that I could be doing it with her (or by myself…whatever), cos she is basically living out my dream. As you can probably tell, I am extremely jealous. But then again, I am living out another of my dreams by working to save for travelling. My bedroom wall has been adorned with a giant world map that is covered in arrow-shaped post-it notes detailing where I want to go and how much it’ll cost to get there. Plus who I know that lives in that area so I can blag a piece of floor to stay on to make it even cheaper!

Inspired by Wendy’s button post over here, I decided to raid the button box that my Grandma left me and the tin that my Nan gave me. Its all very inspiring, although I have no idea what I’m going to do with so many buttons. I mean, look:

Button Box extradonaire

Close-up

The Button Tin

Its a button party at my house at the moment. I am quite willing to swap some with people, but not for more buttons, cos as you can see, I don’t need any more! What I would love is different yarns, fabrics, etc. Leave me a message if you’re up for a swap.

This weekend I ‘m off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at the N.E.C in Birmingham. I’m hoping its going to be as good as Harrogate. Although even there they don’t have all the best stalls – those seem to be reserved for The London dates which is annoying. Some of us aren’t lucky enough to be able to just catch a train or whatever into London for a day. Anyways, I’m am planning to spend lots of money on lots of yummy things. Hopefully I can find out about handspinning, cos its something that I’ve been interested in for ages. I really need to find a class nearby but so far the only one I’ve found in a good half hour car journey, and its only once a month which is a bit crap really. So yes, I shall track down the Handspinners Guild (or whatever its called) and quiz them. I also plan to visit the Wool ‘n’ boats stall and purchase a giant french knitting stool (yes I do mean stool…they’re fab.), or maybe just another pair of extreme knitting needles. Just ask Lucy or Sophie about my obsession with all things related to extreme knitting (or Macro-Knitting as John Angus calls it). I shall post on Sunday with photos of all my beautiful purchases.

Well that’s me for now. I am off to continue taking advantage of the fact that my parents have gone out for the evening and i have a deaf neighbour, by playing classical music (yes I am a geek…and proud of it too!) at full volume. So until the next time I can be bothered to post….

– knitagirl

…that when i scream at wordpress for not posting my loooooooong post full of beautiful photos, it freakin’ posts? I think its time I moved to Typepad.

-knitagirl

…AND IT DIDN’T FREAKING WORK AGAIN! I GIVE UP! SCREW WORDPRESS!

….and breathe….

screw it – i just spent 30 frickin’ minutes typing out a new post and frickin’ wordpress has just lost it. if i can stop wanting to throw the computer out of the window by tonight, I’ll try and repost. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!