It’s not so easy

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I was really looking forward to blogging and started with some ideas but, you know what? It’s not that easy to keep it going regularly. Maybe, if you don’t work, or your work is linked to your blog…?  Maybe if I has less knitting to do, I’d have more time for writing about it but what is life without knitting?  I’m also feeling a bit ‘under the weather’ at the moment so even if I have time to blog, I don’t always feel like doing it.

I know you’ve all been through this and struggled to get going at times, so I’m not alone.

Where do these cliches come from?

Under the weather?

Which weather? Sun, rain, cloud, snow..?

Under the rain, wet and miserable – yes, we all know that one! Under a cloud, has other connotations attached already but I can see it as being a bit cold and not too bright.  Under sun would seem to be enjoyable however,  unless (I suppose) it was the unbearably hot, beating down on you, with no shade, kind of sun… Hmmm.

Well, whichever weather it is, you are now reading the ramblings of a character with a currently ‘not so sunny’ disposition.

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Sorrrrrry, I shall come back out from under the clouds very soon.  See you then, if you decide to hang around and not jet off to sunnier climes!

Discworld knits!

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I’m a big fan of Terry Pratchett’s books, especially the discworld ones. I love the way he can take something we accept as normal and twist it just enough to make me laugh at the concept. Now there’s a man who can use language well. Maybe that’s why my friend who wishes we would use our language better is also a TP fan (see “Word perfect, Knit perfect” blog).

Well, I may not be able to write as well as him but I can knit…

Meet Rincewind (and his luggage):

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I know, I know… his hat should say “Wizzard” in darker red (where the sequins have come off). My apologies to the purists out there but I couldn’t get the writing to stand out enough using red. Getting detail is not always so easy in knitting so there have to be a few compromises occasionally.

Hope you like him anyway.

Word Perfect, Knit Perfect

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I have a friend who says that we under-use the English language; we resort to “really”, “very”, and trend words such as “awesome”, “amazing” for everything.  I think she might be right….

When I was at school (a long time ago!), we had a headmaster who made you write lines if he heard you swearing.  You had to write “Swearing shows a distinct lack of vocabulary” out 100 times.  I liked that guy (I didn’t swear) – I thought it was ‘classy’, so much better than “I must not swear, I must not swear”.

I’m sometimes saddened when I see words that were once so meaningful now taken up and used in a slightly different way that often undermines their true original impact.  Take “awesome” – it used to mean that a person would be full of awe at something – such a powerful word originally. Yet now it means “that’s really great!” or similar.   I love this photo, although sometimes I think we are too lazy to really speak what is in our hearts properly and with the right words.

But when I think about it, isn’t that a bit like knitting?  Avid knitters also knit what is in their hearts often, or to put it another way, their knitting reflects how they think.

The English language is changing continually and words are developing into different meanings for different generations of people.  So too does knitting develop, as many of you will know already.

When I started knitting as a child, it was very basic. Oh, there were patterns and fancy stitches but I don’t remember, for example, loop stitch.  Maybe, I just hadn’t heard of it but I think it was a new stitch somewhere along the way.  I suppose, like most things in life, for knitting to stay alive, it must change and new things must happen.

And quite rightly. Isn’t it more exciting now?  There are so many possibilities.  I am often taking a pattern and amending it slightly to something that is more me or that fits the occasion better.

So lets treat knitting and English in the same way – learn more about both, learn to use them well and adapt them as we go to keep them both alive and well.

Do you have a Knitatar?

We have Avatars, Gravatars, Blavatars….  Meet the Knitatar!DSCN9080

It’s a little doll about 6 inches high that looks like you.  I love them. I’m only just getting around to knitting my own.  I’ve been too busy knitting them for other people; most of my friends at work have them now and so do some of my family.

Usually, people love them – it’s like you’re saying “I see who you are and I still love you!”  I pick out things about them that make them different such as a hobby, or something they always wear.  The hair and clothes are as close as I can get to the real thing with a few bits of wool!

Here are a few examples:

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I guess it’s because I have a strange quirk, maybe you have it too?  When I knit a gift for someone, I like it to have meaning…

I think that’s partly my character type – everything neat and tidy in my mind – so even my knitting has to match up to the occasion.  It’s also sometimes about dealing with my thoughts and feelings. I may not be so good at talking about them but I’m sure am great at knitting about them.

I heard that knitting is therapeutic –I always assumed it was the action and concentration that helped but maybe I’ve found a new side to it.

So get knitting those feelings out… Let me know how it goes.  And let’s see some Knitatars out there please 🙂