After the coughs and colds that we all ungratefully received for Christmas I've been easing myself gently into this new year. Happily it's been years since I've been so ill and I count myself lucky on that front, but this bug has definitely knocked the wind right out of my sails and I'm only just starting to feel myself again. Taking things slowly has definitely helped, as has knitting with gorgeous new yarn and drinking hot tea from a lovely new cup. The cup and the yarn were much nicer Christmas presents than the cold!
The cup and saucer are from potter Lars Soendergaard and the yarn is Pigeon Roof studios sock yarn from Loop which comes in sets of graduated mini skeins. I'm using the charcoal colourway to make a pair of long cosy wrist-warmers from this Churchmouse pattern. I had thought of knitting these flat but am now stepping outside my comfort zone and using the magic loop technique to knit them both at the same time. It takes some thinking about when you cast on but once you get going it works well and you don't have to remember which row you changed to the next colour as you're working each hand simultaneously.
So, here we are almost half way through January already. Have you made New Year resolutions? I've decided not to bother anymore - I don't have a very good track record with them. It would be nice to loose a little weight (but since that involves more exercise and less knitting time it's unlikely to happen in earnest - though I have been known to knit while bouncing on Toby's space hopper so perhaps there is some hope for me. Come to think of it that would be a great idea for an exercise class - any fitness instructors out there want to come up with a knit and bounce routine?). I'm also aiming to worry less (hmm, that one will take a lots of work) but that's the extent of my vague and wafty thoughts on things I'd like to do differently this year. I'm not going to dwell on failing to achieve them as peace and simple pleasures are the most essential things for well-being and we should probably all learn to go a little easy on our imperfect selves.
Hope your new year has got off to a good start, see you soon x