Beauty and the beasties

After a sad beginning, the end of this week has been brightened up by several things.

First, all the lovely words you have written here; I was particularly cheered by the comments on my very gloomy post on Tuesday. So many people took the time to write and to send positive thoughts. Thank you one and all.

Then, I set about creating something beautiful…

Lovely colours, lovely pattern

Lovely colours, lovely pattern

Despite finding the pattern a little challenging, my Spatterdash wrist warmers are progressing well… or at least the first one is. I have the edging and the thumb to complete before finishing them off with some antique black glass buttons from my button stash. I have decided that the world simply cannot contain too many beautiful objects.

And yesterday, in the post, I received something that made me smile and even laugh out loud: a 2016 Beastie calendar.

Hello Explorer Beastie!

Hello Explorer Beastie!

Have you met Crawcrafts Beasties? If not, do pop over to their blog to see what they have been up to recently and I’ll guarantee that you will smile too. I’ve been following their exploits and the birth of new beasties for a while now, and was delighted to discover that a calendar featuring some of their adventures was available for next year. I just had to order one.

Happiness is...

Happiness is…

So, what has been make you smile this week?

P.S. Please excuse the poor pictures – I may not be gloomy, but the light certainly is!

Putting things right

Sometimes you know that things are wrong. You know it, but you don’t do anything about it. And the longer you don’t do anything about it, the more difficult it is to motivate yourself to put it right.

And so it is with one of this month’s projects. All the individual elements are lovely:

The yarn is delightful.

Hand spun Portland wool

Hand spun Portland wool

The pattern is beautiful.

Detail of neck warmer

Details

The buttons are perfect.

Mother of pearl buttons

Mother of pearl buttons

But the whole thing just doesn’t work for me. It’s bulky, it’s uncomfortable, it’s stiff, the edging isn’t right and I just don’t like it. I know that if make the matching hat, that too won’t be quite right. The issue is a mismatch between yarn and pattern – both are great… just not together… it happens.

Just not right

Just not right

It has been sitting on the table in my work room for days – not photographed, not blogged about and not entirely finished. Why? Because I know it’s not right.

So, I will bite the bullet and frog it. Then, taking on board what I have learned, I will work the yarn up using a much simpler stitch pattern and make a hat to match. I will put the pattern to one side and, one day, some yarn will come along that will be perfect for it.

In contrast, there are some things that are just made for each other:

Spatterdash wrist warmers in yarn from Burrow and Soar

Spatterdash wrist warmers in yarn from Burrow and Soar

It’s a case of learning to identify what works and what doesn’t, and just getting on with it when something needs putting right.

Yarn craft… a metaphor for life.

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