With lockdown easing we’ve finally been able to have a few date nights without the kids. It’s been so tough not having any time to ourselves as much as it’s been so full of family moments too.
A walk along the beach in the evening was more amazing than I ever remember a beach being. Maybe because of the restrictions that have been in place I appreciated it so much more.
A visit to a garden center another night resulted in me finding the mohair I’d been looking for for a while! In the sale! I only got 200g so I’m thinking of making a hooded baby jacket, I can’t wait to get started with it.
I have been working on this jumper for a while waiting for a rainy cold day just like today for my daughter to wear it!
I used the Drops Design: Candy Bar Jumper which you can find here. I just tweaked it a little.
It went through stages of me doubting whether the colour change row on the front would look good or not but its turned out so well. It’s actually a little short in the sleeves but I think it looks like it’s a 3/4 length style.
The most important thing of all though, Summer absolutely loves it!
Over the last few days I’ve been managing to pull myself out of bed in the mornings, my body clock has reset and I’ve finally been managing to get a good nights sleep. This meant productivity! I have been so much more energised and took the girls out for a walk in a nearby field this morning, where we played music statues, musical bumps and football.
They were both wearing the crochet cardigans I’ve made for them!
We’ve also been baking lots of cakes, who doesn’t love making cakes!?
And after putting on some weight (for the first time in my life) during lockdown, I’ve started watching what I eat. It’s not a diet and it’s not restrictive! I downloaded a picture calendar app, which you can get Here. I just take pictures of whatever I eat and drink so it’s like a visual diary to look back on. Its a great way to challenge myself by wanting to have lovely healthy pictures on my calendar, but I’m not being too hard on myself!
I have realised alot about family during lockdown and I’m so grateful for this. I also think I’ve become a better and more attentive parent, by no means am I sailing through it but I am seeing some positives.
I hopw you’re all coping well and write a comment about how your lockdown is going below!
We’ve been celebrating birthdays this week, we had a wonderful week and all the kids had a great time
It’s left hardly any time for knitting, but this is my project at the minute (been my project for a while!) a stripey jumper for my daughter, I keep having to change it as the patterns not the easiest to follow.
All the days seem to be merging into one now! And trying to find somewhere nice to go for a day with everything closed is getting harder…
I hope you’re all managing to get on with lockdown and remain positive xx
I have a new favourite place and a new favourite crochet piece…
Clent Hills is a beautiful place, with lockdown rules lifted, we have been there a couple of times now and it really does make you appreciate nature.
I haven’t managed to snap a picture of the stunning bluebell fields yet but I will soon with the piece of knitting they have inspired.
As for my latest crochet project, after showing you my daughters cardigan that I made her I started work on one for her big sister, as she has no cardigans here when she stays with us! And this simple lightweight crochet piece is perfect.
I hope you’re all staying safe in lockdown and keeping healthy too, I’ve put on a little bit of weight all in the tummy!? So I’m going to try and get into shape (famous last words). But mentally, its a struggle for us all, I hope you’re finding your outlets and coping strategies ❤️
I crocheted my daughter this lovely cardigan last year, it has kept her warm and looking lovely through all sorts of weathers, its so handy to just throw on and the glitery wool just adds to the childish charm.
It did however, need a button, it would slip off her shoulders and she’d forever be pulling it up. So I finally managed to sew one on, ready for another year of good use before she grows out of it.
I also recieved a lovely parcel this morning from the knitting network. They had a deal on, 5 balls of this Tranquil chunky wool from James C Brett shade TQ05. And the rainbow wool, Kingcole riot DK chameleon shade 3174. I am so excited to create something out of the rainbow wool!
Sometimes things in life don’t go as planned or even as fairly as they should. If there’s anything lockdown has taught me, it’s to let go of the rigid plans you have for yourself and just go with the flow.
Things could fall apart at any moment, things could fall into place at any moment.
Today, the first day of lockdown easing, we drove to a big green area a little further from us. I needed it today especially.
After the weather dipped yesterday I knitted up this headband to keep my ears warm. It only took a couple of hours and looks really good. It was nice to learn this easy new stitch too, I’ll be making a few more to bust my stash, especially for the girls!
I had to get away from it all, I had a huge dip in my emotions as we all fall deep into week 6 of lockdown here in the UK. I have been with my household twenty-four-seven.
I know we all have, but it all just got too much. I noticed that I was slipping back into a very, very dark place. I have worked so hard and made such positive choices in my life to get myself out of that dark place, I was not going to let myself fall back into that.
My local area is not beautiful or peaceful, it’s a stepping stone for where we want to be but it isnt our forever home.
I had to go somewhere beautiful and see lovely views, and not with my family just for one day in six weeks.
I found a lovely lake, I spent most of the day here and I feel so much better for it.
Before my big walk though I did go for a little walk with my daughter and we had a lovely time. And ending on a positive note, her cardigan was bought at a christmas market last year! I fell in love with it and the colour pattern, and was also glad I could support a fellow knitter.
But for everyone feeling this way, I want to let you know its okay. Even when people in your household dont feel the same and dont support it, thats okay, there’s no right or wrong feelings in lockdown. Many of us are going mad and we’re not all going through the same as some people have no garden, no local parks, no household but themselves.
So lets get through this and be kind to everyone around us.
I have been so inspired by summer tops, There are so many beautiful patterns online.
It is my best friends birthday tomorrow and so I made her two crochet tops, I looked up basics for making these types of tops and winged it. The shell stitch on the first top is so sweet and gives it a unique style.
And this is so boho – hippy, I love it!
Along with a painting my daughter made for her last year (that I never got round to giving to her) I wrapped them up ready to give to her!
She recieved it today and couldn’t be happier, I’m so glad she likes them and can’t wait to see her in them!