Writing and knitting mojo are back, and preparing to get hitched

Well hello there, it’s been a while. Instead of apologising for not blogging, how about I go ahead and just dive into the good stuff?

I might have mentioned in passing that I got engaged last year (or maybe not; I’m not very good at these announcement things). Better Half proposed, I said yes, and that was that – no plans for anything else for a while.
Well, two weeks ago we finally made it official, and registered our intention to get married! Starting at the end of August, we have one year to book a date and make it happen.

Look at our goofy faces after the deed. It was part pure joy, part nervousness at the (friendly) grilling we got at the registrar’s: Are you sure you’re both single? You’ve never been married before? Bigamy is a crime, you know. Okay, you look cute together, congratulations, off you go on your merry way. Hah.

Happy together

Speaking of other things that were put on the back burner and then picked up, my knitting mojo is back! Finally.
I don’t like forcing myself to do hobbies because, well, they’re hobbies (even if they’re good for my sanity). I had started a lace shawl last October, knitΒ about 30% and then carefully placed it in a project bag and pretended it wasn’t there. Don’t ask why, I just didn’t feel like picking up the needles and facing the lace challenge.

Note to future self: when you’re knitting lace and you put it down, remember to write down exactly where you left off, otherwise you’ll give yourself a meltdown trying to understand which one is the next row. Yes, I had a row counter, and stitch markers, and even a lifeline – but I must have made a mistake somewhere because I just couldn’t find the right place in the pattern. The solution? Frog it all and start again!

I don’t have photos of the previous version of the shawl, but below is version 2.0. I do have to say this yarn is amazing, considering the amount of knitting-frogging-knitting-again it’s endured. It’s a very sturdy Drops alpaca/something else blend in a light grey.

Knitted lace shawl

Do you recognise the pattern? It’s the same as the other shawl I knit a while back, but with a couple of variations: it’s lace weight instead of sock weight, and the first section is simple stocking stitch. I’m also making this one smaller, with fewer repeats.
I’m not planning to give up knitting it, especially considering I’m now on the final section of the pattern, but fingers crossed my mojo remains intact.

Now, a felting moment. I got asked by a friend, a couple of months ago, to make a teddy bear for someone else. The inspiration was a cartoon where a viking child is asking his father to read him the “happy ending” story of the fall of the Roman Empire. You can see the child is in bed with a teddy bear with has an axe to hisΒ head. Funny stuff

My brief was only to make the bear with the axe, and the rest was up to me. I decided to use a little creative licence and gave him uneven ears, large feet and a first aid kit. I was aiming for the “Aw” factor (and I think I succeeded).
needle felted bear

The bear then travelled abroad and was given as a present to the unsuspecting recipient, who was very happy to give him a home! I love a happy ending.

felted bear and the happy customer

So here’s what I’ve been up to these last few weeks. Care to share your crafty/happy stuff in the comments section?

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16 responses to “Writing and knitting mojo are back, and preparing to get hitched

  1. Congratulations on your registration! Big step. I’m sure you’ll tell us when you decide in the date.

    The shawl is lovely and the bear is cute.

    I just had a felting session with my grandsons. It’s the only thing I’ve done for a while except for s class I’m taking.

    • Thanks, Marilyn! It is a big step indeed, especially for someone who never, ever thought she’d get married.

      I’m so looking forward to finishing the shawl, but all my time has been eaten up by this huge big project I’m working on (my own proper website!) In a few days I should be done πŸ™‚

      I hope the felting session was fun for all! When the mojo is gone, it’s gone, huh?
      I’ll be emailing you very soon, I’ll want to hear all about that class!

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚ I did have fun with that bear, and I’ll admit the best part for me was burying that axe (literally!) into his head…

  2. Great news πŸ™‚ Are you going to be knitting up your own wedding shawl soon? Completely agree with you about needing a knitting notebook for lace where the stitches can be hard to identify… It has made picking up and putting down projects so much easier. The bear is great fun and I love the cube he’s holding too.

    • Hah, I’m not a traditional person by any means, so there will probably be no wedding shawl (we’re lucky if I don’t show up in jeans for the ceremony πŸ˜‚)
      Forgetting where I was, and not being able to read the stitches properly has really proven to be my nemesis… *sigh*
      Thanks, I had a little trouble letting go of the bear… 😊

  3. I love good news and this is excellent. Your grins are priceless! Congratulations! I also never thought I would get married, nor did I really want to, but he asked and I said yes. 15 years later it’s definitely still an adventure!

    • Thanks! I do love that photo πŸ˜€
      Yep, my story is the same, he asked and I said yes. I’m looking forward to it, though. Let the adventure begin!

  4. Congrats on getting hitched!

    And also on getting your knitting mojo back – I know exactly the feeling and have also restarted my own blog after the same thing happened to me. Your shawl is a beauty.

    • Thanks! πŸ™‚

      My knitting mojo is intermittent again, I’ve started a new shawl (same pattern, different yarn) but have left it after making a small mistake I can’t pinpoint (I have to TINK, which I hate)… But hey, it’s a hobby, it’s not supposed to stress me out!

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