Knit all the things!

Wow. Is there anything like fall to ignite a serious case of start-itis in knitters?

With the cooler temperatures here in the UK (although it's been grey-ish low 20s with peekaboo sunshine the last week or so) it's been getting harder and harder to spend time in my office with my stash whispering seductively from the sidelines. 

This gorgeous beauty has been telling me that I need a new hat for my new winter coat.

This gorgeous beauty has been telling me that I need a new hat for my new winter coat.

It didn't help that Kate from the A Playful Day podcast has been hosting a craft-a-long this month in her Ravelry group. They're harvesting - reaping all those WIPs and other things that might be languishing in stash and project bags... And those lovely folks at L'Oisive Thé are starting a Color Affection knit-a-long. This is a proejct that somehow I never managed to knit when I bought the yarn for it when it was popular the first time around... Finally, Soak has been hosting a daily photo challenge on Instagram (search for the hashtag #soakphotochallenge) which has been getting me reaquainted with old projects, my tools, my stash, and my plans for said stash!

Madelinetosh, patiently waiting to be turned into a Color Affection shawl.

Madelinetosh, patiently waiting to be turned into a Color Affection shawl.

Then someone mentioned the C-word (Christmas!) on Ravelry and that got me all in a tizzy as my brother and his wife are coming to visit and they are definitely knitworthy! And I still haven't finished Mr. H's Harry Potter sweater which was also destined for this Christmas. Or at least it better be, as I bought the yarn in last year's post-Crimbo sale at John Lewis! And then of course there's the spinning that I've been doing with the loan of Rachel's e-spinner and the Mind the Gap socks that I've been working on for this year's GLYC (which aren't going to be done so have been shockingly abandoned!).

Progress has been made on Mr. H's Christmas sweater. On now to the sleeves!

Progress has been made on Mr. H's Christmas sweater. On now to the sleeves!

Which is all to say that I basically want to cast on EVERYTHING and KNIT. ALL. THE. THINGS.

I've been managing to hold on to a modicum of control though, thanks to another wee distraction in the form of gearing up with Rachel for the second annual Great London Yarn Crawl. It's been a lot of fun putting it together this year as we have more shops, more routes, more sponsors and more participants! It means we'll raise more money for Refuge, and really - that's fantastic!

I'll still be knitting these Mind the Gap socks at the Great London Yarn Crawl - at least this project is portable!

I'll still be knitting these Mind the Gap socks at the Great London Yarn Crawl - at least this project is portable!

There's less than a week to go, thank goodness, as I feel that the thin thread of my control is close to snapping at this point. In the meantime, I'm determined to carry on as best I can until the end of the month. But October 1st, all bets are off with regards to starting something new!

How is your autumn knitting coming along?

More of the same, please

It's been a very full two weeks here at C&Q. For reasons that seemed logical at the time, my boys have been in Canada for Mr. H's Easter break visiting with Jordan's parents and I stayed behind.

After a quick weekend in Paris with my folks (they were en route back to Canada from another holiday) I felt like my batteries were super-charged. Since then there have been meetings and visits and work (although sadly, not as much blogging as I would have hoped - sorry!) - all things that I can do when the boys are here, but without having to drop everything at a certain point in the afternoon and tear off for the school run.

Coming home from another whirlwind day yesterday I was filled with a happy, punchy, exhausted feeling. Do you know that feeling? For me it's usually the buzz I have after attending an awesome workshop, listening to a cool speaker, or being at a creative retreat. My brain is overflowing with ideas and inspiration and the goodwill and love that I have for amazing and creative women that I'm fortunate to call friends.

There's been a theme emerging from all of the get-togethers and meetings and follow up emails and phone calls and furious note-taking. It is one of quiet strength and confidence, blue sky thinking and unrestrained creativity, and a passion for collaboration that has been gentle, thoughtful and supportive. To be honest, I'm a little bit in awe.

The boys will be back in a few days. I can't wait to scoop up my Mr. H and smother him with kisses and cuddles (he's six - I feel like my days are numbered when it come to how much longer he'll let me get away it) and have that quiet time with my honey in the evening where we catch up on each other's day over a glass of wine. That feeling that of having forgotten my mobile or my keys while I've been missing the two most important people in my life will fade.

But that other charged-up-and-ready-to-go feeling? I'm hanging onto it as tight as I can. Watch this space.