I struggle with this, do you? Our family spent Christmas in a remote rural location, far from distractions – so it’s a good job I took my knitting, because otherwise I might have gone crazy within 30 minutes of arrival. Why is it so difficult to switch off and do nothing?
I spent a lot of the break knitting the Mustardseed Scarf from Jane Brocket’s The Gentle Art of Knitting. I knitted mine using Artesano Aran in Mahogany and it’s a really great alpaca wool. I discovered this wool via the yarn recommendations on Ravelry. Wow, that place is good for checking out the various pros and cons of different yarns.
Once I needed to rest from knitting induced RSI, I forced my sister to drive me to Birmingham so that I could hit up the rag market. Thanks to a Sewist outing, I am now familiar with the best stall holders in Birmingham and snapped up eight metres of fabric.
On Christmas Day, I snuck upstairs to watch 40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know on Craftsy. I love this class! There’s no project to follow along, so you just dip in and out. Lolling in bed, optional. I learnt so much. I’d never even heard of fusible thread, now crave a Dritz Mark B Gone and finally discovered the secrets to decent top stitching and a well turned curve on a patch pocket.
So, the gentle art of doing nothing gave me a scarf, some learning and enough fabric for four dresses. I must do less more often. What do you think, Ella?