It’s Blue Monday, I’m slowly adapting to this so called ‘new normal’ in 2014 in my natural habitat, I’ve decluttered my cubby-hole over the weekend and it has cluttered again surrounded by the usual assortment of mess; tangled cables and electronic devices, letters, deliveries, and samples waiting to be returned…not exactly the ‘new normal’, it’s the same ‘old normal.’ Finally dumped my decaying Christmas foliages in the compost pit, let the nature do its thing, ready for fresh new fill for the vegetable garden in the coming summer…praying in hope for another great summer for the second time round. You may have noticed from my Instagram feed that I took up a knitting project with the lovely Wool and the Gang peeps, great another new scarf to add to my winter scarves collection. Challenged by other styles and complicated knit stitches that would hinder progress, I prefer speed knitting and resolutely favoured the garter knit stitch, the same knitting technique that my mum taught me as a kid, so for convenience and size matter for future emergencies (if the deep freeze ever to happen soon or after) I selected the long and chunky Foxy Roxy style in tweed grey. The speed knitting fits the hourly productivity without hindrance, there were a few opps along the way, tension control and when the yarn split on few occasions, I managed to join the yarn by splitting plies and re-twisting it back together…thanks to my B grade in GCSE Textiles. Many groundhog days and five balls of yarn later, pretty much lost count on how many tea breaks I’ve had, this cute slab of knitted yarn morphed in to maturity, row upon row it grew a good 2 metre or so, heavy. Behold my new pet a boa constrictor, Foxy Roxy lovingly wrapped around my head and shoulder, my brother Ken is pestering me to make him a snood, the drop in temperature and snowfall in GwangJu, South Korea sounds concerning, as a dutiful elder sister maybe I should knit him a snood, Chinese New Year is just around the corner.
Listen up knitters and yarn lovers, the Wool and the Gang have just launched a competition where a winner win a year’s supply of their yarns worth $2014, click HERE to enter.
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