Monthly Archives: March 2014

Swatch Out!


Is it me, or has this week just flown by?  It seems like only yesterday that I was gleefully locking up my office and heading off for a week of relaxation at home with The Man … sadly, it wasn’t just yesterday, it was over a week ago, and I’m back to work tomorrow.  Bleurgh!

It would be nice to say thatweI’ve had an absolutely fantastic time, been here, there and everywhere and done this, that and the other, but nothing could be further from the truth!  We’ve been incredibly lazy and barely left the house; though we did manage bits of housework here and there, and even a bit of gardening (when I say gardening, I mean an hour spent looking despairingly at the jungle which sits where my garden used to be; moving big stones off to one side and pondering loudly how much it might cost me to just get someone to come and sort it out on my behalf).  In the main, we’ve been sat at the dining table, The Man playing games on his computer, and me trawling stitch patterns and knitting sites in general, which has been quite productive.  My brain has been teeming with potential new designs, and there’s been lots of swatching going on.  So much so, in fact, that there is a five foot pile of swatches on the mantelpiece.  Oh, alright then.  Three.  That’s three swatches, not three feet …

So, coming soon (once I’ve stopped swatching and committed to one design at a time) will be another one-skein shawlette pattern, in fingering weight yarn; and then possibly another shawlette, which might actually really be a scarf, or maybe even a cowl (it’s been all three this weekend, but it hasn’t made its mind up yet).  Then there might be another pair of socks or two on the horizon, and maybe something manly.

In the meantime, I want to get the train to work tomorrow, so that means bedtime now, otherwise I won’t be able to get up early enough and will end up driving yet again … and after a week sat on my bum playing with needles and yarn, I really need the exercise!

Night, all!


Back To Blog …


Hello, blogland … have you missed me?  No?

I’ve been hiding away for several months, busy in a whirlwind of work and stuff, with not much to say.  Let’s face it, 2013 was not the best year I’ve ever had, on a lot of levels.

Unbelievably, it’s now 10 months since my beloved Dad passed away.  It’s gone so, so quickly … I thought that by now I’d be starting to feel better, but I’m not.  I miss him so much (as do my boys).  The house is filled with pictures of him (I’ve even got what I call ‘Martin corner’ outside my bedroom – a chest of drawers covered in photos of him), so he’s an ever present presence – which is funny in some ways, because I think he only came to this house once – and I’ve been here for 14 years!  I suppose it’s probably easier for me in that respect, because I don’t expect him to be here; but when I’ve been visiting my Mum, I still expect to hear the front door open and him walking down the hall, but I suppose that’s natural.

I wish I could say that losing Dad was the only low point of 2013, but it wasn’t.  The latter half of the year brought with it an extreme amount of stress at work, which was definitely not a good thing.  If I’m honest, the stress is still there to a certain extent, but I’ve learnt to manage it, and I’m far more conscious of my stress level these days.  But at least I can say that work has kept me busy and distracted over the worst times.

On the other hand, despite all the negative things going on, and the sadness and unhappiness associated with losing Dad, I’m lucky that I can say that I’m extremely content overall.  Despite everything, life is good – and I appreciate how fortunate and blessed I am to have such a fantastic man in my life, along with my (sometimes extremely challenging, but incessantly loveable nonetheless) boys …

Things are changing here at Martin towers … after describing myself in a blog post some time back as someone who knits strictly vanilla, following patterns to the letter, I found myself thinking ‘ooh, this pattern would look good with THIS pattern … and so I decided to take the plunge and get those ideas out of my head and down on paper … as a result, I’m delighted to introduce ‘what Kate knits …’ a (very small as yet) collection of original patterns, available from my Ravelry store here – and I am hoping to get links uploaded here on my blog for purchase of individual patterns.

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There’s a fair few ideas clamouring to get out of my head at the moment, so look out for more patterns coming soon …