Ugh. It's grim out there today. Swirling winds and frizz-inducing drizzle. Foul I tell you.
The sky was simply beautiful at about 6:30am this morning but half an hour later it was grey and grey it stayed until the sun went down. I'm feeling a bit grey at the moment. Dull and uninteresting. I'm ok, I'm just lacking witty repartee and va va voom.
I think my least favourite month is January. Hot on its heels is November. I'm not a fan of this time of year at all. I feel like climbing into a clean pair of pyjamas and hibernating under my duvet, emerging only when the spring bulbs do.
That said, I'm not a total defeatist and have honed various coping techniques over the last few years. One of which is to set myself a Winter Project. This year's is learning to knit. Properly. In fact, my aim is to greet Spring wearing at least one thing I've knitted myself.
You might remember that I bought a pair of circular needles while visiting Bath last month. Knit Pro Symfonie Interchangeables to be precise. With hindsight, I'm not terribly sure why they appealed but they just did. Crikey, they're brilliant! Don't get me wrong, I haven't turned in to knitter extraordinaire overnight but they're so much easier to negotiate than the unwieldy sticks I've previously struggled with.
So, here I am. Knitting. Kind of. I'm very slow and careful and concentrate so hard that I'm in danger of biting my own tongue off, but hey ho. Oh, but I'm enjoying it so much. Really and truly. I'm smitten. Smitten with knittin'! :-)
I spent the first few days, practising and practising, row after row of garter stitch. When my tension and rhythm improved a little (my stitches were so tight at first I couldn't physically move them along the needle!), I allowed myself to progress to joining new colours. I've been researching some of the different cast-on methods and now I've rewarded myself with making my very first 'thing'. Keen to try knitting in the round, I found this simple slouch hat pattern …
So far so good. I'll keep you posted.
Other than spending obscene amounts of time browsing far-too-difficult-for-me patterns on Ravelry, I've been loving huddling under the covers and watching knitting podcasts most evenings. I'm pretty sure this explains my renewed desire to be able to knit. Do you watch any? I'd love to hear your recommendations if you do. My favourites are ...
How are you coping with this season, my friends? Are you zooming around in colourful handknits with eyes a sparkle or do you have to make slightly more effort at this time of year?