Weekend Plans

What do you have planned for this weekend? I’m going to wallow in books, on my new giant sofa, with the woodstove crackling. I’m going to knit on Mountain Peaks, and listen to a Daphne Du Maurier audio book. I’m going to drink wine and laugh with friends. I’m going to snooze gently in the afternoon sunshine. I’m going to look at knitting magazines, and plan future projects. I’m going to enjoy the novelty of a free Sunday evening, and go to the beach and sit round a bonfire, and watch the stars come out.

Whatever you have planned, my sweet friends, have a wonderful weekend. I’ll see you here Monday, refreshed, renewed, ready for the week ahead. Mwah.

Diversions

Yesterday was strictly designated a Work Day. We had our tasks lined up, we had everything prepared, we were set and ready to go. Then we decided to blow the day off instead. Ha! I love doing that, stealing a day out of the clutches of mundane, and doing something fun while everyone else toils. As we kept telling each other, every time a guilt pang struck, if you can’t take a day off whenever you fancy when you run your own business, what’s the point? Might as well be chained to a desk somewhere. And besides, now that I’m getting better (SO much better, just in the last few days) I’m rediscovering my joie de vivre. I can read! I can knit! I can concentrate on an entire movie! Yay!!

So, off we went to the city, popped into Borders, ate crayfish, watched a movie. The sun shone, we drove home into the sunset, we shared a bottle of extremely good red wine and read. I had the first really good night’s sleep I’ve had in weeks. Good times, people, good times. 

Pattern Ideas

Isn’t it splendid how many good knitting patterns there are to choose from nowadays? There are so many talented designers out there, and the Internet creates an environment in which they can flourish independently, which encourages creativity. Here are some of the designs I’ve seen recently which I love; maybe they’ll tempt you to delve into your Posh stash and cast on a new project….

  • Moroccan Days / Arabian Nights – a gorgeous stole (my suggested yarn – Eva 2ply)
  • Twisted Flower Socks – an intricate cable sock (my suggested yarn – Lucia)
  • Decadence Socks – scrumptiously simple socks knitted in Sophia 4ply
  • Aerang Shawl – an easy lace shoulder shawl (my suggested yarn – Laura)
  • Magic Slippers – adorable baby booties (my suggested yarn – Helena)
  • Los Monos Locos Socks – a toe up version of Monkeys (my suggested yarn – Emily)
  • Tidepool Socks – cute little ankle socks (my suggested yarn – Sophia 4ply)
  • Promenade Stole – a pretty lace stole perfect for Spring (my suggested yarn – Eva 4ply)
  • Eagle of Pengwern Shawl – a Faroese style shawl (my suggested yarn – Sophia 2ply)
  • Bousta Beret – a slouchy lace beret (my suggested yarn – Sophia 6ply)
  • Skywalker Socks – a toe up version of Jaywalker socks (my suggested yarn – Lucia)
  • Garden Party Shawl – a stunning lace shawl (my suggested yarn – Cecilia)
  • Wickery Beret – a cable knit beret (my suggested yarn – Sophia 8ply)
  • If you’ve got any more patterns to add to the list, do leave them in a comment!

    Merci Beaucoup, Cheries….

    Who ever had such a wonderful support network as I have? Thank you all so much for your advice and suggestions (and for the ones that came in by email too). There are a few I want to try, but the top one has to be Pilates. I’ve looked into it before, and I think it’s just about perfect for my situation/problems/circumstance/mindset. I did a little googling, and discovered that I have a very experienced Pilates instructor living just down the road, so I’ve booked some sessions with her. I will let you know how that turns out.

    But I’m also thinking that with anxiety/depression, as with most things in life, it’s not so much about finding the one BIG answer, as it is about making lots of little adjustments, that all add up to making you well again. Drinking more water, finding time each day to exercise, eating proper meals throughout the day, setting yourself reachable targets each day and rewarding yourself for meeting them, trying relaxation techniques until you find one that suits you, figuring out what kinks and hiccups you have going on in your thought processes and replacing them with healthier ones. Little by little, nibbling away at the stresses and problems, step by step getting life back on track. Don’t you agree?   

    My software guy has done something to help my stress levels this week, he’s configured the Checkout software settings so it tells me when someone has paid for their purchase without me having to manually check with Paypal. This will save me a good hour or two a week, and will make the whole order/dispatch process much easier. It does mean that when you buy something, you’ll get the automated invoice receipt from us, then your receipt for payment from Paypal, and that’s it. I know that makes it seem a little impersonal, not having the extra email acknowledging your purchase from me personally, but know that I’m still sitting here, seeing your orders come in, thinking of you and what I know about you, speculating a little on what you’re planning to make. I’m just saving a little extra time on admin, which I can better spend doing something else, like, oh I don’t know, knitting?!

    I’m making steady progress on Mountain Peaks now. I’m on the third repeat of the first chart, and it’s swinging along nicely, since the pattern is so familiar to me. The yarn (Eva 2ply) is beautiful to work with, I can see why so many of you love it!

    Right, back to work for me. I’m listening to a new audio book (Death in a White Tie by Ngaio Marsh) and packing up this week’s sales. If you bought from us this Sunday, your pink parcel will be winging its way to you today……  

    Relax…..

    In the past few weeks, it has been brought to my attention how incredibly tense I am. I don’t think I’d ever realised before just how I hold myself, how all my muscles are bunched and tight and rigid. I have been advised to practise relaxation techniques for fifteen minutes, twice a day. But I’ve been tense for so long that my body seems to be set in stone, and the harder I try to relax, the tenser I get.

    I’ve tried listening to a relaxation CD, where you practise tensing then relaxing muscles throughout the body, but I really didn’t find it helped. If anything, I got tenser! Mind you, the narrator had a verrrry annoying accent. I’ve also tried visualisation, where you picture somewhere beautiful, and try to really take yourself there. But my mind is obstinate and won’t cooperate. I love to knit, and I love to read, but I’ve learned (unwittingly) to do both of these activities with my body all scrunched up and tight, so they don’t necessarily relax me. I think I must be the most uptight, tense person on the planet!

    So, help me out. How do you relax? How do you unkink those tense muscles? Any suggestions will be heartily welcome, and gratefully received……