September 24th, 2007

Come Monday mornings, I often think of those of you who are working in offices and other workplaces. I’m always very busy on a Monday (particularly after a sale as big as last night’s…..phew!), but it’s a very different kind of busy. I can, and usually do, stay in my pj’s all day. I can do a lot of my tasks – invoicing, updating the website, sorting out address labels – propped up in bed, thanks to a laptop. I can stop for coffee and cake whenever I fancy. And if I want to have an afternoon nap and catch up later in the evening, that’s ok too (not that I’d do that, oh no…..). This is the beauty of working from home, of being your own boss.

So I always feel sorry for those of you struggling back to work after the weekend. Stressful meetings, an overflowing inbox, too many calls to return. Poor you. Don’t you think it’s about time you took a coffee break? I think so too. Make yourself a drink, think about knitting, and chill……..

For the especially stressed, try some soothing herbal tea. Breathe in that aroma, warm your hands around the cup, and let nature calm your body down.

September 21st, 2007

I know, I know, I’m running really late today. But when you see how much yarn there is in this week’s update, I think you’ll understand why! So, no time to chat, since I have still have an outrageous amount of work left to do to get the preview ready (which will be sometime Saturday afternoon), instead feast your eyes on some of my favourites:

Eva 2ply in Charm

Eva 2ply in Fizgig

Eva 4ply in Damozel

Sophia 4ply in Tartan

Sophia 4ply in Devoted

Sophia 4ply in Glen

Lei in Speedwell

Lei in Ferns

September 20th, 2007

Thank you all for your comments and suggestions yesterday, every one of them was much appreciated. And there were some really good ideas for me to try. I’ll keep you posted on how they work out for me.

But onto more serious matters. As you know, we live in a very rural area. Recently, I’ve been taking my sketchbook out and about in the local area, and sadly, I’m discovering that there’s a darker side to country life. Behind those honeysuckle hedges, a storm is brewing. There’s rebellion in the farmyard.

One sheep gave me his opinion on the matter in the frankest of terms. “It’s a matter of respect,” he told me. “For too long now we’ve been viewed as cute little animals, with nothing going on beneath our fluffy heads. But we have feelings too, we have ambitions, hopes and dreams, and we’re getting tired of having our lives decided for us by humans. We want freedom of choice, the right to decide our own destiny. What if I don’t want to be a pair of socks? What if I want to grow my fleece long instead of being forcibly sheared?”

A nearby cow agreed. “There’s a total lack of dignity about our lives,” she said, “and many animals are getting tired of it. Shouldn’t we have a say in our own productiveness? Personally, I don’t even like icecream, yet here I am, day after day, producing pints of it against my will. And what would happen if I spoke up publicly? I’d end up covering a fireside chair or something. It’s a lose/lose situation.”

Her comments really sum up the climate of fear that I noticed while talking with these animals. Many of them wouldn’t comment on the situation at all, preferring to keep a safe distance from any possible repercussions. The pigs, in particular, felt that their position was far too dangerous for public complaint. “Life’s hard enough as it is,” one of them said gloomily. “No one wants to be bacon.”

But for all their anxiety about possible consequences, these animals seem determined to do something about their situation, to take their destiny into their own hands. What will this mean for us? How much of an impact will this have on our own society, and on the rural community in particular? Only time will tell.

(PS. I’m working against the clock to get this week’s update ready, but there will be lots of preview photos on tomorrow’s blog.)

September 19th, 2007

I’m all jumbled today. I want to tell you about the fair isle sweater progress, and show you a gorgeous scarf pattern that has been designed in Eva 2ply, and ask you what you think of the latest Knitty and which patterns you fancy, and describe some of the new season’s yarns that arrived this week…… but my head aches, and I can’t think very straight. I’ve been getting so many headaches recently, and sometimes they just hover, and sometimes they turn into full blown migraines, but either way I’m getting rather tired of it, especially since even the strongest painkillers don’t make any difference. Do any of you suffer this problem, and if so, do you have any suggestions for me, to either prevent the headaches or to treat them when they start? I feel a bit guilty using the blog for this, but I know you’re a wise bunch.   

September 18th, 2007

Oh boy, I have been having so much fun. I think I laughed more in the last five days than I have in the whole of this year. I know you can’t choose your family, but if I could, I’d still want these guys for mine. They’re sweet and kind hearted and thoughtful, and So Much Fun!!! It was just what I needed, a break from life, routine, and work, and instead, a few days of wandering around Pembrokeshire, doing very little except talk, laugh, eat, and drink.   

But despite all that, I’m feeling navy blue today. We only get to see them every couple of years, and that sucks with a capital S, because we have such a fabulous time when we’re together. So, cheer me up. Tell me what you’ve been up to while we’ve been playing hookey. And tell me how much you missed me…….