WIP Wednesday 11.01.23

Current WIP count: 7

Harry Potter and the Whirl blanket

Wouldn’t you know it, I hit a snag almost as soon as I started. For the last three days I’ve been trying to work out how a repeat of 10 stitches is supposed to leave me with 88 total stitches for the round. The chart seemed to show the same thing so I just couldn’t figure it out.

Thankfully the pattern designer is on Ravelry and responds to comments. It turns out I was doing M2 (make 2) the wrong way, which knocked the repeat off by one stitch, and those one stitches added up through the round to give me a whole extra repeat that shouldn’t have been there. I’m going to fix it when I get home tonight and hopefully the rest of the pattern will go a bit smoother.

Jumper

I’m on to the mindless stockinette of the body so this is my new choir rehearsal project. We sing in lots of different languages so I need my brain free to focus on the words rather than counting stitches or rows. It’s fun getting to the end of a rehearsal and seeing how much I’ve done without really noticing.

Hedgehog 2

Part of the issue with hedgehog 1 was attaching the head to the body. I struggle connecting two 3D pieces together neatly and it ended up with no neck in a very not-cute way. This time I’m going to try making head and body as one piece, decreasing for the neck and increasing again for the shoulders so I don’t have to sew them at all. I’m far more confident with crochet than knitting so I’m not afraid to shoogle this pattern around and make it do what I want.

This time I’ve started with all the little fiddly bits so when I’ve finished the main part I can sew them all together before I lose momentum.

In non-crafty news, I already have an update on some of my new year goals.

Enter a powerlifting competition

There’s a competition specifically for ‘first timers’ in December this year, about 90 minutes drive from me. We’re still checking qualification weights and what equipment I’d be allowed, but my trainer thinks it would be great for me. I could be booked in by the end of this month (pending Scottish Powerlifting membership), which gives me at least 10 months to learn the proper commands and get as strong as possible. I’m already excited!

Run every week

I hit a snag last week, as my new running shoes didn’t arrive when I thought they would. But instead of giving up and writing the week off as a fail, I set up my bike on the indoor trainer and did 30 minutes of cycling instead. The real point of the goal is to work on my cardio fitness so I still count that as a win.

I’m very glad my running shoes arrived at the weekend though; it astounds me that bikes have been around for so long and nobody has figured out a way to make the seat even a little bit comfortable.

Hannah

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Happy Hogmanay!

I can’t remember if I bothered with new year resolutions this year. It probably seemed pointless back then, when it still felt like ‘normal’ could never happen again.  Next year I want to do something a bit different, but still resolution-ish. 

There are some habits I want to create (or revive) and I plan to do that by working on one habit for three months before introducing the next. In the past I have tended to attack everything I want to change all at once, which obviously fails every time because it’s exhausting. This way will hopefully get the habits to really stick before I try adding in anything else:

  1. Get back to running every week – the plan was to start this up again last month, but then I broke my toe and that was that out the window for 4-6 weeks. It feels okay now so this is the first habit I’m going to work on.
  1. Get enough sleep – I am so tired of being tired. But I’m also an expert revenge bedtime procrastinator. I know full well that I’m only scrolling Tiktok because if I go to sleep that will make tomorrow (and work) come quicker, and I still can’t make myself stop til silly o’clock in the morning.  Getting a job that doesn’t cause massive anxiety would help with this, but job-hunting has to be pushed down the list of priorities for now so I’m planning other ways to help myself turn off social media and step away from the phone.  
  1. Eat more fruits and veggies – With not getting enough sleep I’m usually starving by the time I get home from work, and I do tend to grab crisps or breakfast biscuits as a snack. I’m going to work on having some more nutritious snacks readily available (think carrot sticks) so it takes as little effort to grab them as a packet of crisps.

My theory is that these will all feed into each other, making it easier to cement them into my life as permanent changes. Running should tire me out so I can sleep better, if I sleep better I might be able to grab an apple instead of craving cookie dough, and then eating and sleeping better should give me more energy for running. Win-win-win!

 There are also some fixed goals that I’ll probably be working on all year: to finally get a mortgage and buy our own place, to set a date for our wedding (maybe even start some planning!), and to enter my first powerlifting competition.  

Of the three, I feel closest to achieving the competition at the moment. But that might just be because I’m still 17 years old in my head and owning a house and being married seem like terribly Grown Up things.

As for crafting goals, I’m keeping it short. Learn how to knit socks two at a time, make a Fair Isle jumper, and keep track of how much stash I use. Simple.

I hope you all have a happy new year, and that 2023 brings all the lovely things you deserve!

 Hannah

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Advent socks day 19+20

Please excuse today’s particularly poor photo quality; I had the gym straight after work so by the time I got home, ate, showered, and knitted a stripe it was pitch black outside.

But hey, I got my deadlift up to 130kg and my bench to 65kg so it was worth it!

Also only two more stripes per sock to go – the end is in sight.

Hannah

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Self-care for a Monday

Karen shared another quiz, this time a wee quick one about self-care. It was actually quite interesting to think about so maybe give it a go yourself.

  • Do you practice self-care? Is it a term you use or is it a foreign concept?

I don’t think I’ve ever used the term specifically, I usually call it introvert time, but the idea is very important to me. I can get easily overwhelmed by too much ‘input’ or spending too long around people, so my main self care is staying aware of my energy/overwhelm levels, getting out of situations when they become too much, and having non-negotiable alone time throughout the week to recharge.

At the moment I’m working on the more difficult self-care of doing hard things to make life better, i.e. sorting and decluttering my entire flat. It’s hard work (and a bit stressful), but I know when it’s done my mind will be clearer and it will lift some weight off my shoulders.

 

  • How do you practice self-care in a physical way? Do you put make up on or get your hair done? Maybe get a massage? Go for a run?

Mainly powerlifting at the gym (although that’s been a bit overwhelming itself recently, what with being chock full of newbies), and running is also good when I need to get out of my own head.

They help me stay as healthy as I can, with the added bonus that everything feels and tastes AMAZING afterwards. Having a shower and putting on my big, cosy jumper straight after the gym feels like being hugged by my 10 favourite people all at once.

 

  • How do you practice self-care in a mental way? Do you meditate? Do you pray? Do you sit quietly and empty your mind?

Running kind of covers this as well – if I get stuck in an over-thinking loop I go out for a run and focus on timing my breath with my footsteps, and everything else goes quiet.

Journalling can also help, as I deal better with written words than the noise in my mind, and everyone knows how good crochet and knitting are for your health.

 

  • Do you consider time alone to be self-care? Or time with family? Or time with friends?

All of the above, in some ways. I miss my friends and family when I don’t see them, and visiting them makes me happy so that’s a kind of care. But alone time is definitely the number one priority for me.

I work in an open-plan office for 40 hours a week, and I have a lot of hobbies that involve other people; I NEED my alone time to recharge so I can be a decent human being. I can get really snappy when I’m burnt out.

 

What do you think?

Hannah

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A brief non-crafty interjection

You might know that one of my many hobbies is powerlifting. I usually don’t share much about that here, because it’s nothing to do with crafting, but just this once I’m so proud of myself that telling only my IRL friends isn’t enough!

Having been deadlifting for only 7 months, this is me pulling 100kg for 5 reps:

Lookit me go! I don’t even care about the stupid faces I pull 😉

Hannah

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40 things about me

More fun from Kathy and I’m joining in!

1. Do you like mustard? Only in a honey-mustard combination.
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? Doctor Pepper
3. Ever traveled to another country? China, Morocco, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, ‘Murica, Wales.
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? Vodka if I must
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food? Thai
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Nope
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Black coffee
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Nope
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Summer
11. Favorite hobby? Powerlifting
12. Tattoos? No, but I do want some
13. Do you wear glasses? No
14. Phobia? Balloons
15. Nickname? Hannah spanner fish cake (don’t ask)
16. Three drinks you drink? Chai, coffee, water
17. Biggest Downfall? Over-thinking
18. Rain or Snow? Rain
19. Piercings? 2 in each ear
20. Age? 31
21. Taken or Single? Well I have a boyfriend.
22. How long taken or single? 4 months
23. Kids? Never
24. Favorite color? Green
25. Employed? Yup
26. Can you whistle? A bit
27. Where were you born? Englandshire
28. Brothers or Sisters? 1 of each
29. Ninjas or Pirates? Ninjas
30. Surgeries? None yet
31. Religious? Not really
32. Shower or Bath? Shower
33. Like gambling? Not that bothered
34. Are You Loyal? Yes
35. Broken bones? Little finger
36. How many TVs in your house? 1
37. Worst pain ever? Spraining my knee
38. Do you like to dance? Yep!
39. Are your parents still alive? Yes, thankfully.
40. Do you like camping? No.

 

Feel free to comment or do a post with your own answers, I love learning about my bloggy friends!

Hannah

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Quiz Time!

I’ve been quiet for a while so now I have a spare few minutes here’s a quiz from Karen at nothingbutknit.

1. What was the last food you ate?

Graze protein peanut butter dipper. Yum.

2. Do you sleep with socks on?

I can’t sleep with socks on, my feet hate them.

3. Worst physical pain you’ve had?

Spraining my knee.

4. Favourite place you have ever been?

Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae.

5. How late did you stay up last night?

I went to bed about 10:30, but couldn’t get to sleep for ages.

6. If you could move somewhere else, where would it be?

Probably New Zealand.

7. What is your favourite sport?

Powerlifting! Or rugby if I’m just watching.

8. When was the last time you cried?

A few days ago.

9. Who took your profile pic?

Me.

10. Two of your favourite movies?

Moulin Rouge and Mulan.

11. What’s your favourite season? 

Summer.

12. If you could have any career what would it be?

Novelist.

13. What was the last book you read?

Happy Fat by Sofie Hagen

14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be?

My Gramps.

15. Are you a good influence on other people?

I don’t really know!I wouldn’t say I’m a particularly bad influence.

16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza?

As long as I don’t have to eat it, sure.

17. You have the remote, what show is on?

Sherlock or Doctor Who.

18. Last text message:

Can you call them again?

19. What’s the last concert you’ve been to?

Hmmm…. I honestly can’t remember.

20. Favorite food:

Chicken flavour instant ramen. Don’t judge.

21. Favorite album all-time? 

I don’t have an all-time favourite, it changes regularly.

22. Favorite day of the week?

Saturday.

23. Have you ever drunk alcohol?

Yes, occasionally.

24. Did you go to college?

Yep – college, two physical universities, and one Open University course.

25. Have you ever experienced depression? 

Yes. It was set off in 2013 and I’ll likely be dealing with it on and off for the rest of my life.

 

I don’t want to end with that so I’m adding in another question:

26. What made you smile today?

My boyfriend called me unexpectedly and made me laugh 🙂

 

Hannah

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