Posted by: ceirdwyn | July 2, 2013

Long few days.

This weekend has been good and bad. I think on the whole, the good outweighed the bad, so I’ll take it. Saturday was a quiet day at home. I don’t think I went outside all day. My pain levels were really high, so I did a few more rows on the rainbow blanket, messed about on Ravelry and just took it easy. Eldest was doing homework and Youngest was recovering from her trip away. There was rugby on TV all day; The Lion’s second Test, Super Rugby and Rugby 7’s world cup! Lots to keep S happy and that was the day gone. We did make a  slow roast pork shoulder, with nice crisp crackling, roast potatoes and carrots for dinner though, which was lovely, and there was plenty enough of the pork leftover for lunch on Sunday.

Sunday I decided to make up for such a dull day, and after our lunch of cold pork, chips and salad, we went off to the cinema to see Despicable Me 2. We all really enjoyed it, it was lovely to see Eldest, who is 14 now, laughing and having fun along with everyone else. I thought she might be “too cool” for that, but I was happy to be proved wrong. Pancakes for supper/tea made a special end to the day. Not much time for crafting, but I did another couple of rows on the blanket.

Monday was back to school, which means a 6am alarm so Eldest can get to the bus station for 7.30am. I find it hard to get going in the mornings, as much as I love them, it takes awhile for the medication I take at night to work out of my system and let me wake up, so I always struggle with the early start. For most of the day S was practising for his Grade 8 acoustic guitar exam that is on Sunday, so I left him be and took myself up to my art desk and tried a few different things, I did an impressionist style painting (at least that’s what I was aiming for) a pyrography piece, and I looked through my photography archive to find some more ideas for paintings. The art works aren’t quite finished yet, (when they are, I put some pics up) because I tried to move position and my back muscles spasmed. It happens fairly frequently, and more often than not, the muscles will relax on their own within an hour. Not so last night. I had to get S to help me get ready for bed and then took enough meds to knock me out for the night in the hope that the spasm would relax as I slept.

It took me hours to properly wake up this morning, long after the girls had gone to school. I do remember waking up enough to say goodbye, but then I was asleep again. The spasm had relaxed, but my pain levels were (are) still really high, so it’s been another dull day of laying on the sofa. I did dig out the jumper I’m knitting and do a few rows on that, but it takes more concentration than I can muster right now, so I’m writing this blog instead. I hope it makes sense, it’s hard to be coherent with this amount of painkiller in me.

Here’s the jumper I’m knitting;

It’s a pattern called St Brigid from Alice Starmore’s Aran knitting. I fell in love with the pattern and looked at the book every time we went to Waterstones. S got me the book for Christmas and I used the main knot in the huge afghan I knit (If you’re on Rav you can see that here) When the afghan was finally finished I started on the jumper, but it got put down in April in favor of a simple project to do while visiting my Grandmother in hospital. She’s been home for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve been meaning to get back to it, but I’ve only just around to picking it back up. IT’s still got a long way to go.

Posted by: ceirdwyn | June 28, 2013

Colour in a grey world

Well today has been a strange day. Damp and grey, it’s felt more like October than nearly July! Last night S and I were at  Skipton Girls High School where our youngest starts in September. It was an info evening and there was a lot to take in. The hardest was the fact that she’s old enough for High School! How ever did that happen, surely it’s not that long ago that we were taking her to playgroup. Eldest only has two more weeks before she finishes for summer and then she’ll be in Year 10! Where do the years go?

Youngest has been away at Eskdale, up in the lake district for the past two nights, she left Wednesday morning and came home just now. She’s tired out, but had lots of fun. A chippy tea and an early night is in order I think.

I’ve been working on a Rainbow Ripple Blanket for the past few days, the pattern is here It’s a fantastic blog called Attic24 written by Lucy. She lives in Skipton and posts the most amazing photos, I spend ages trying to work out just where in town she is. I think I’ll get to know Skipton much better over the next seven years as Youngest goes through the school. I’d love to live there, but at the moment we’re stuck in Colne as Eldest goes to Blackburn and Youngest goes to Skipton, Colne puts us nicely in the middle of both.

It’s reading Lucy’s blog that has inspired me to start one of my own. Her ability to find joy in the small things is a great reminder to me, it’s something I need to do too; enjoy what you have, don’t miss it while you pine for what you want.

That’s how the blankets coming on. Not bad to say it’s only the second thing I’ve ever crocheted (the first being a cushion sized trial of the same pattern). Lucy writes such clear instructions and has really helpful photos for every step, it makes it very easy to just go for it. It makes me feel better to see all that colour, I really need it today when everything outside is just miserable. I love looking down and seeing the bag full of colourful yarn waiting to be used. It’s the cheapest of cheap acrylic, seriously £1 a ball and on 3 for 2 at hobbycraft, plus some tiny balls that came free with a magazine. I can’t afford enough of the good stuff to do a full sized blanket, but not to worry, I love the fact that I can make something so big and colourful for so little.

I’ve had lots of ideas in my head, but can’t actually settle to anything, I’ve got tattoo designs to work on, and few acrylic pictures I want to paint, curtains to sew, an art installation to do for the Cousera course I’m doing, a jumper I’m knitting, and the blanket to crochet. There is homebrew to bottle, and some new ones to start, tidying and laundry to do….The list goes on and on and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed, but hopefully with help from S and the girls, we’ll get a lot done this weekend.

Posted by: ceirdwyn | June 27, 2013

Pyrography Cross

Pyrography Cross

I think this photo sums up a lot about me. I designed the cross, I did the pyrography, and, of course, it has to be something celtic as my first post. If you recognise the picture, you probably know me on Ravelry, scoliosis support or another forum where I use it as my avatar.