I built up quite a head of steam during December with my daily Christmas Countdown posts, and had lots of plans for January but as you know, 2014 did not get off to a good start for Team Planet Penny…
And annoyingly I’m just generally not very well. Nothing alarming, but two separate things which necessitate visits to different clinics at the hospital the other side of Norwich for tests and consultations and so far I’m averaging two trips a week!
So the energy levels are low, and my get up and go really has got up and gone!
There are only two choices in this situation. I can sit and fume about not being able to do the things I want to do and make myself feel even worse, or step back and let things drift a little while I administer a little TLC to myself.
I’m my own worst enemy when I’m busy anyway. Eating standing up, being too tired to bother to cook for one in the evening when Tim is away, cheese and crackers and a glass of wine (or two!) is SO easy… Saying ‘yes’ too often when asked to do something I don’t actually have time to do…I don’t need to go on, I’m sure you’ve been there too.
So I’m switching off the computer in the evenings, and trying to ignore all but the most urgent emails and texts which arrive via my phone. I’m eating meals at mealtimes, simple stuff but fresh and not filling up on biscuits and tea to keep going. And while I’m waiting for my inspiration to return I’m going to make some little things for my forthcoming grandson, due to arrive of Valentine’s Day.
I’ve had a baby blanket on the hook for ages revisiting my old favourite, the Ripple stitch and made what my Dad would have referred to as a ‘Bobby-Dazzler’!
And I bought a magazine after Christmas which I hoped would inspire me…
Don’t you love the dinosaurs? I thought they would be perfect for the Planet Penny Cotton and planned to make all three. This is the Diplodocus…
He’s very cute, but alas I can’t recommend the pattern to anyone who isn’t a fairly practised crocheter. It was quite tricky to keep track of the stitches because there was no indication at the end of each increase or decrease row as to how many stitches there should actually be. Such a shame, and silly really because there are so many other places to find patterns with picture explanations or even videos. You need a bit more when you’ve paid out £7.99 for a magazine.
I’ll be back soon to tell you all about it, and in the meantime I’ll leave you with the promised photo of my knitted square for the Age UK Campaign from this post. It’ll be on it’s way to Norman Lamb MP this very week!
Have you made yours yet?!
See you soon…x