Monday, 14 October 2013

This Week

This week I have...

:: Celebrated ~ my 32nd birthday! 
I had a lovely quiet day knitting and nattering with friends in the morning and then enjoying crispy kale pizza with family in the evening.  My first ever birthday without a cake as I'd already packed most of the baking stuff.  It gives me an excuse to bake a cake as soon as we move though (not that cake requires an excuse...). I was spoilt rotten by my friends and family - thank you!

birthday snippets

:: Packed ~ over 50 boxes.  Packing, packing, packing... it's become my daily routine but I have to say that so far I'm quite enjoying it.  We definitely benefit from having only been here three years.  I think de-cluttering is very therapeutic and I've been quite brutal with myself as I have a tendency to hoard things (that beautiful/useful/sentimental rule doesn't work with me, I can find a potential use for just about anything!).

:: Cooked ~ with my first fresh pumpkin of the season.  I'm all about the soups and stews this week as the weather has suddenly turned cold, wet and windy.  The slow cooker is getting lots of use as I can throw ingredients in there in the morning and then we have something tasty and nourishing to eat later on when I'm too exhausted to think about cooking.

:: Learnt ~ a new knitting skill!  I was intrigued by the variety of cast on methods in my Yarndale workshop and found that the majority of people are using a long tail or thumb cast on.  I usually use a knitted or cable method so there was a little bit of confusion about explanations of where tails should be. Now I'm proficient (she says, cockily) at the long tail cast on which will come in handy in a number of ways.

Yarndale purchase


I purchased only one thing at Yarndale; this gorgeous sock yarn from A Stash Addict which has a subtle sparkle running through it that the camera didn't quite pick up. The yarn is indescribably fun to work with.
I'm knitting escalator socks - the first is a cuff down and the second is a toe-up.  I have never knit toe up before so I thought it might be a fun way to try, however I'm not really excited about the toe method on the pattern so I'm going to attempt Judy Becker's Magic cast on for my next pair.

escalator socks wip

:: Cleaned and packed ~ a teenage boy's bedroom. That's all I have to say about that.

:: Relaxed ~ I've got this.  It's under control. Worrying wont make the move go any smoother, will it? And I feel pretty organised (Or, I've underestimated how much there is to do...  Either way, I'm enjoying trusting myself and the universe and not tying myself up in knots, so far!).

How was your week?

22 comments:

  1. It's great to see you in good mood. I knew you could do it. We renters learn on the job don't we?
    Last week I baked some of your last year recipes with pumpkin and nuttela and it was huge hit. Thanks for that.
    Enjoy your week.

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    1. Thanks, Dita. I'm glad you're enjoying the recipes :o)

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  2. You have come so far, my Zen-like friend! Enjoy the move and the new area sounds just lovely. I am very happy for you. x

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    1. Thanks, Jules. Zen-like might be taking it a bit far but you're right - I've definitely come a long way!

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  3. Belated happy birthday and wishing you a great year ahead x

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  4. Happy birthday lovely lady. I am glad that you are managing with all the goings on.

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  5. happy birthday!!! I would dread to pack up this house....Glad you are making great progress :)

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  6. Happy birthday Hannah! May all your birthday wishes come true.
    And what a beautiful yarn!

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  7. Happy birthday, kale pizza I will have to try that one! and I could definitely do with somebody like yourself to help me move, you seem calm and collected about the whole thing! but what you said about hoarding is making me look at things with a different eye. I am the same, I find it hard to part with things but at the moment I feel like things are taking over (getting OCD in mid life) and as we are hoping to move in the future when we ever sell this house I do not want an experience like last time, bet you can't wait for your new house?

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    1. Thanks! I blogged briefly about how I make the pizza here: http://www.homebakedonline.com/2013/01/honestly-healthy-crispy-kale-pizza.html

      Oh - I definitely recommend decluttering now before the pressure of a deadline comes along!

      I really am looking forward to the new house and getting it all cosy for Winter :o)

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  8. Happy Birthday, sounds like you had a lovely day. A clear out is good for the soul. Sometimes I wonder why I've kept things. We still have boxes in our attic from when we moved 18 years ago, tut tut. I hope the packing continues to go well. Like you say worrying doesn't make it any easier.
    Take care.
    Ali x

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    1. Thanks, Ali. I was the same - still had some boxes packed from the last time we moved (which has mostly been chucked since...).

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  9. many happy, belated, returns!

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  10. Happy belated birthday Hannah, hope the packing is still going well. I only ever learnt the long tail or thumb cast on as my mam taught me and that's what she knew. Recently I had to cast on over 200 stitches so did a knitted cast on for the first time, I found it quite loose, but perhaps I just need to use it and practice it more. It's good to have other techniques available.

    Hugs
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you, Brenda. I suppose the method we learn with is always the easiest one. The knitted cast on should be less stretchy than long tail so perhaps a bit more practise. I agree that it's great to have lots of techniques to choose from!

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