My first anniversary of being a wordpress blogger, as opposed to a blogspot blogger, came and went on 1 January 2011 and I promised a contest. If I tell you that the reason I missed my own deadline for acknowledging the day and putting up an announcement, I think you’ll understand.
It’s because I’ve been on holiday. I’ve been at home, drifting through slow, summery days where I couldn’t even tell you what day it was without stopping first to think. Time slowed down and we filled in the hours with relaxation interspersed with productivity, although for me sometimes productivity and relaxation have a large area of cross-over. I might be out in the garden digging through weeds and planning what to grow and yet it still feels relaxing because it’s an activity of my own choosing.
One day away from returning to work and we’re feeling pretty good about all we’ve achieved. Neat rows of vegetable seedlings in a bed that had been taken over by weeds. We claimed it back.
I can’t tell you how good that feels – to get a bit of control back in a bed we’d once worked so hard to set up. We both vowed not to let nature take over again like that.
We hung out with the chickens (who give us three eggs a day now like clockwork!), perched on the deck, entertained a little but not too much and of course, there was knitting. That’s been interesting. A mixed bag of success and struggle. The Shetland Tea Shawl has basically taken over every spare minute I’ve got (and there have been lots of spare minutes) so it’s grown amazingly. The chart I’m on right now is proving challenging. I try not to lose concentration.
At 500+ stitches, and no rest rows to rely on, this is slowing down now and will be on the needles for a little while yet.
Along with a bunch of other friends, far and near, I began work on 1 January on the first of six planned sock patterns. With my head stuck firmly in the Shetland Tea Shawl, the first sock pattern suffered. It’s safe to say I hated it. Several attempts to come to terms with the not altogether intuitive pattern left me cursing and I nearly gave up.
I hate to be beaten when all around me people are loving a pattern, so I persisted and look! It works!
So that was a good lesson to learn. Persevere. Stick it out. Sometimes, it’s worth it.
Now, to the contest. I’m going to put together a lovely bunch of stuff, including yarn from my stash and other treats, for whoever wins. The package will be put together based on who wins. So leave a comment and I’ll draw a winner on Sunday 16 January as a way of saying thank you for reading, commenting and being part of my blogging life. I love it so much and it means a lot to me that you come back again and again.