Announcing a brief break

I just want to let you all know that I haven’t forgotten about my blog at all! And I definitely plan on continuing blogging. However we are in the process of trying to sell our house and buy a new one which goes with out saying, is very very stressful. I’ve gotten to the point where I am struggling to take in the information that I read, let alone try and analyse it and say something intelligible.

Here are my pretty socks that I am stress knitting at the moment.

Peace and love

Ellie

Vaccinations and blessings

Dear Readers,

Just popping in to say that Husband and I got our firsts vaccination shot for Covid-19 on Tuesday. We are both well and happy.

With the majority of my friends and family still living in South Africa I feel so blessed to be offered this chance to be vaccinated already. I know that there are many people out there who are less fortunate than we are.

Dalmeny Kirk Summer Market

In other news, it is just 2 weeks until the market that I am sharing a table at. I am both incredibly nervous and excited. I am slowly coming up with a list of things that I need to get done and have prepared before I will feel ready. If I manage to produce a good list I might share it here with you.

Keep crafty!
Peace and Love,
Ellie

Meditation Knitting Introduction

Dear Readers,

Today I want to talk a bit about meditation knitting. It seems to be a popular phrase these days, I have seen many articles talk about knitting as mediation but they don’t really go into detail. They just say that knitting is good for you and your mind. So I have decided to write a series of blog posts about mediation knitting.(I would like to note that although I have written this is knitting most of this applies to crochet too! ) Continue reading “Meditation Knitting Introduction”

Another Nothing But Knit 2 Quiz

Dear Readers,

Nothing but Knit posted another Quiz and I did so enjoy the last one that I thought I’d do this one too.

Questions:

  • How are you filling your time at home? Are you cleaning out your closets? Crafting? Maybe trying out new recipes?
  • Have you discovered anything worth watching? My local cable company is offering up free channels, is yours? Have you tried anything you’d like to recommend?
  • Have you found a silver lining to this whole stay at home thing?
  • Have you found a blog post that’s been particularly inspiring to you? Please share. It doesn’t have to be coronavirus related, inspirational is the only requirement.

My answers:

  1. I am hoping that one of these days I will work up the motivation to do some much-needed spring cleaning. But until then I am just being gentle with myself and trying to avoid anxiety overload by knitting lots and doing a little bit of painting each day.
    I have also been thinking of doing some baking but at the moment bread is still available in our shops so I want to keep my flour and yeast supplies handy in case there comes a time where our shops do not have such things. However, if the shop stock situation gets a lot better I will do some baking just for the fun of it
  2. I have actually not been watching anything! Can you believe it? I usually watch a lot of knitting and crochet Youtube videos but I have been enjoying just crafting in a mindful way. However I have really been enjoying this video/audio it is 8 hours of bird song recorded by Johnnie Lawson. While I do live sort of in the countryside our double glazed windows cut out a lot of the outside sound, and it’s a bit cold still to have the windows open… AND we have a LOT of young children in our neighbourhood so sometimes the outdoor sounds are a little less peaceful. haha.
  3. Well, to be honest, I kind of always stay home. However, as my husband is now working from home we get to have lunch together which I think is really great. The whole situation is also giving me a great chance to learn some gratitude. I could be sad because I can’t go to the park or the beach or the forest and knit in nature when the weather is good. I can’t nip to the shops if I discover I don’t have a craft supply that I need. The post and deliveries are taking extra long…. BUT I am so very thankful: I have a whole house to live in, some people only have one room in a flatshare, some people in extreme poverty in my birth country (South Africa) have whole families living in one room! Lots of people don’t have gardens. I might have a small garden but it still means as soon as the sun is out I can go outside as much as I like. On the opposite end to people living in cramped circumstances, there are some people who live on their own who are really suffering severely from loneliness at a time like this. I have both my husband and a lovely friendly cat to keep me company.
    I am also a very creative person who does not find it hard to fill her time with projects and so I am not suffering from boredom like some people are. And for all of these things, I am extremely grateful. I am also thankful that my husband still has work and can work from home so we do not have to worry financially like some people do.
  4. This is a hard one as so many people have been doing some pretty inspirational things. But the post that first comes to mind is this one by Highland Heffalump. She has a very impressive and inspirational list of projects.

I hope that you enjoyed this quiz and that you like the little photos I included. They don’t really have much to do with the quiz but I thought that they brightened up the post. And they’re sort of related because they were all taken in the last week.

Peace and Love
Ellie