That’s me wishing you best wishes for the new year. Usually I would be expected to do a lap of the office kissing my colleagues giving them my best wishes, but as I now work from home, consider this my virtual smooch.
2014 is already off to a great start. I look out the window and it is glorious. The sun is shining and the temperatures haven’t properly dropped yet, so I’ve never been in such a good mood for the middle of winter, ever!
I’m not usually one for resolutions, as I never keep them, but I decided to have a crack at a few this year. But instead of starting them on the first of January, I kicked off early. I started running before Christmas. Actually, I’ve been going to the gym with a group twice a week and we were on holidays over the Christmas period, so I had to do something to keep active. Not ever being a runner, I surprised myself by getting out there and doing it. My husband has been coming with me and although he’s a natural athlete and is nearly walking beside me, he’s amazing.
I’ve also decided to look for more things to be grateful in my life. I’m a pessimist by nature, so it’s easy for me to find negatives everywhere, especially during the colder months, but that’s not the person I want to be any more so I’m making a change! Each day I’m going to share something with the world (via FB, Twitter or Instagram) that I’m grateful for. Perhaps I’ll do a weekly round up here, but we’ll have to see how my motivation and time goes!
In the Crochet world, it’s as busy as ever! I have orders in the queue for Owl hats, a lion doggie sweater, a pippi longstocking doll, plus slippers that I’ve designed:
I used Sheepjeswol Roma big, and they’re lovely and snuggly. Not only that, because they’re so chunky, the stitches act like a masseur. So massaged, warm feet. What more could a girl ask for?!
Aside from the orders, I’ve picked up a project for myself this year, it’s the #crochetmoodblanket2014 crochet along that I discovered on New Year’s Eve on Instagram. There are more than 1000 people taking part, it’s amazing. I’ve been looking for a community to join that is filled with like-minded souls, and I’ve found it!
This is my mood palette:
And here is my progress for the first couple of days:
Day one #crochetmoodblanket2014. Joining as I go and added today to my test hexagons from yesterday. Today's colour: tired. Sick child makes for a sleepless night. The hexagons are an homage to my gran, who makes beautiful hexagon quilts, and instead of planning, I'm just going to let it grow like a Settlers of Catan board and see where it takes me. #crochet
And day two:
I’m making a hexagon blanket inspired by my grandmother who makes the most beautiful hexagon quilts. Here’s one she made for my daughter, it’s one of her favourite things:
I found the pattern via Baby Love Brand, it’s a paid pattern, but well worth the (very small) investment. I’m using Drops Cotton Light to make it, and the colours are a mix of my favourites.
What’s inspiring you on these first few days of 2014? If you’re looking for a wonderful project, the crochet a mood blanket group is open to all comers, experts and newbies alike!