Hello my lovelies. I hope you're well.
Apparently last Monday was 'Blue Monday', the most depressing day of the year. What a load of old rubbish. Marketing ploys like that really irritate me and serve only to further deflate those of us who find the whole month a battle.
I've come to the conclusion that January isn't, in fact, the best month to implement changes. No, January should be a hunker down and be gentle on yourself month. Resolutions are best saved until February. I'm sure the success rate would be far greater. So that's what I've decided to do.
I'm glad this week is over. On the likeability meter, it rates pretty low. No particular reason, I suppose my heart's just not really been in it. I started the year with so much positive-thinking and gusto that I think, three weeks in, I've gotten a little flat, like a deflated balloon. But, it's Friday! Hurrah! Next week might be awesome, right?
I have a random selection of photographs to share with you today.
A little knitting. I made a Handbrake Cowl using the now-free pattern by Kay Jones, of the Bakery Bears podcast. I'm so proud of it and am wearing it right this minute. If you're a newbie knitter and fancy tackling your first grown-up pattern, I can't recommend it highly enough. It's a real confidence booster. The pattern also includes links to a number of YouTube how-to clips which are excellent. I used exactly one skein of Madelinetosh Vintage in 'Posy' which I bought from Loop on my birthday.
I'm also working on a simple garter stitch scarf using Madelinetosh Vintage in the 'Sugarplum' colourway. Its uncomplicatedness is helping my tension hugely. I'm particularly pleased with the neatness of the edge too. Do you see that lovely chain effect? After the penultimate stitch of each row, you bring the yarn forward and slip the last stitch purlwise. Clever, huh?
A little stash enhancement. Ahem. What can I say? I'm experiencing a Madelinetosh yarn crush. I've bought two skeins of Merino DK in 'Pretty In Pink' and I'm planning to knit a simple shawl. It's gloriously soft. I know it's not cheap but I subscribe to the theory that using good quality yarn when learning to knit or crochet actually makes the process so much more enjoyable.
My daughter's best friend bought her The Little Book of Positivity for Christmas. Oh, it's the dearest little thing. In fact, I had another flick through it this morning. It's full of handy tips to boost your happiness and includes some wonderfully uplifting quotes. ..
"If you love life, life will love you back."
"Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."
"Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror."
It includes advice on how to deal with negative thoughts and helps you to be positively assertive and stresses the importance of a good diet, me-time and quality sleep, etc. All things we may know but can overlook sometimes.
Hyacinth bulbs in latte cups. Just because. I'm missing my anemones though.
Snowy trees from last Saturday. Useful for when D and I have the "when did it last snow?" conversation!
Have a wonderful weekend. Crochet chat next time, honest.