Monday, 22 April 2013

On Being A Monkey//Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

In all honesty I found it difficult to choose which "house" I fell into; so I quizzed my wife and MIL - and they chose Monkey. Why I asked myself?

I love to be challenged by my knitting; infact regular readers of this little blog might remember that my OWL (one little word) for this year is LEARN - I want to learn as much as possible. So what does mean? It means that I challenged myself to knit my first sweater:
 And I thoroughly enjoyed the knit, it had some complicated instructions - I had never done short rows before and splitting for the sleeves was a little tricky - BUT I did it, I finished my first sweater and I love it. So on to the next challenge - socks!!!

I've wanted to knit socks for a while, infact I got a sock book almost 2 years ago but I was super nervous; I'd heard alot of negative things about socks. I think knitters fall into 2 sock categories - those who do and those who hate!!! I decided to just give it a go; afterall if I failed no-one needed to know and I could always frog them and use the yarn for something else. In actual fact my socks were a resounding success, not only did I enjoy the knit but I love the results:
Don't get me wrong they have their little issues, but I had so much fun I've already cast on my 2nd pair, and bought DPN's for 4-ply socks. I've also bought the lovely Socktopus book - and I cannot wait to get stuck into some beautiful socks for the spring.

My motto in life; especially as a person with a long-term illness; is to always learn, to try my hardest to succeed AND (most importantly) enjoy myself. 2013 is definitely a year of learning for me - what will you learn this year?

Are you playing along with KCBW this year? What "house" do you fall into?
V xo

PS: today's code is: 4KCBWDAY1; make sure you use this code if you're playing along.

9 comments:

  1. Yip - you sound like a Monkey to me :)

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  2. Monkey - hmm, I must agree :)
    Look forward to the rest of the week with you.
    x
    Natalie
    www.marigoldsloft.blogspot.com

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  3. Yip agree too. From another Monkey!

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  4. Hello fellow monkey :-) Love your owls jumper! Looking forward to the rest of the week :-)

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  5. You are a monkey for sure! Learning is key to keeping life and crafting interesting.

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  6. Oh no ! Not socks ! You know how obsessive they are, right ?! LOL

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  7. Good job on the sweater, it's just lovely and welcome to the world of sock knitting, there's no looking back now :)

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  8. Judging from this post I agree with your wife and MIL, you do belong in house Monkey! Owls was my first sweater as well, though I turned it into a cardigan (one of the reason's I choose house monkey as well)

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