Oh yes indeed I am!
First off, I've just joined up for Crochet Club 2013 with Jane Crowfoot. I am so excited about this even though it doesn't start until the middle of February next year. I loved the things they did in 2011 and 2012 and the teaser for 2013 looks beautiful. It was Jane who taught me how to hold my yarn for Fair Isle when I first tried it several years ago. I'd signed up for a Fair Isle class at Kangaroo.com (which used to be in West Sussex but is now based in France) but there weren't enough people interested so I joined the Intarsia class and took the Fair Isle glove I was knitting along for some advice. Jane explained the 2 handed technique really well and my tension has always been perfect since then.
I needed something to stretch me in my crochet as I'm a bit stuck in a rut. I've crocheted since I was a small child and I've made countless shawls, cardigans, coats, skirts, granny square/hexagon/ripple/flower afghans, we have enough vintage doilies (mum and I made many years ago) to stock a shop together with tablecloths/tea cloths/table mats with crocheted edges.
I've dabbled in free-form which I enjoyed and I loved making the flower cushion a few months ago but I wanted something different and the Crochet Club fits the bill nicely.
Of course now I can't wait to get started!
I've signed up for a series of 10 ceramics evening classes in a village nearby. I dabbled in pottery in 2005 after mum died but those courses were not repeated and I've been searching for another ever since.
The first session was last week and I am buzzing with ideas which is brilliant. I'm starting out as a beginner again as I've forgotten a lot since I did it before. Back then I made several pots, vases, candle holders, wall plaques and 2 lasagne dishes (that we use a lot). I also made this birdbath which, so far (touch wood etc etc) has survived in one piece and has had lots of use as you can see -
We were given a notebook to record ideas and sketches and I've already drawn lots of things and pasted in some inspirational images. I know Pinterest is great but I love having a scrapbook that I can doodle in.
My long run at the weekend went well and I ran at a decent pace without mishap. Today I did an interval session on the treddy and my breathing wasn't too bad. I didn't push the pace too much but I was pleased with how I felt. As it's only 3 weeks until Beachy Head marathon I really need to get my confidence levels up.
Crochet and knitting WIPs
My mandala is blocked and awaiting it's backing.
The woven blanket is getting a couple of rows woven whilst I have a coffee in the morning. It is starting to look lovely but the process of weaving is a bit tedious, especially as you have to weave each row twice.
The jumper is coming on slowly as I've been spending a lot of the daylight hours outside getting some planting done inbetween showers.
I know it's really naughty to be thinking about another project when these are still unfinished but I've just got Rowan Parisian Nights and I want to make several things straight away: Burgundy and Chablis have my name on them (and I have enough Kidsilk Haze in my stash to make them so it's not really naughty!) but the one that's calling to me is Chenin as I have the right amount of yarn in the most beautiful blue, shade 593, now discontinued I think, and it would make a lovely cardigan for evening wear.
I shall try to resist but I can't promise I won't succomb............