Monday, 1 March 2010

Happy St David's Day

I'm not Welsh, but I did grow up in the NW of England, well in sight of the Welsh mountains, and I've always had a fondness for the place (not least because of a minor obsession with little steam trains which made up a big part of our family holidays as a child!). Despite the miserable sleet that's just started, spring is definitely starting to come up a little bit - or is it cheating to have a hyacinth on the windowledge?!

So for all my Welsh friends and followers, and for anyone just wanting a bright new addition to the still-required winter coat, don't forget there's a free crochet daffodil pattern to download here:

Download PDF here


It's a great size to be made into a brooch, or to go on a child's hat like this one.

Enjoy!

In other news...well, there isn't any. Taking a holiday is not something we're able to do at the moment, much as I could do with a break, so I've been having my regular "I'm too stressed to think" stop a bit early this year. I do this by mostly abandoning everything I can get away with and plunging into the realms of fantasy. This is a habit I picked up at about the age of 18 when I first discovered fantasy sagas stopped me worrying about revising, and it's something I've done pretty much every year in late spring to deal with exam stress (given that I didn't stop studying until 2000, it's been quite an ingrained habit and I automatically reach for the books now!). This year, I'm getting to play D&D biweekly, I have a nice collection of swords & sorcery novels, and for the last three weeks I've been submerged in the incredible Dragon Age (trailer here, game rating 18 or M, not suitable for young children). So I've been married to the XBox for at least 100+ hours over the last few weeks, and not picked up a hook or needle in all that time. Oddly, I haven't missed it - my brains really are shot to pieces at the moment. The mind-vacation will no doubt run its course eventually and I'll be back to finishing the last few orders off and making a start on some projects for Little Bump (now 24wks), as well as hopefully putting a few new bits and pieces in the shop.

Until then, you'll find me squirrelled away with dice, pencils, heaps of books and gamer's thumb...

4 comments:

Gemma said...

There's no point crafting if you're not in the mood. Stuff goes wrong. And crochetting when you're stressed- bad idea cos it messes up your tension in my experience! Enjoy your fantasy escape :o)

Suzanne Vaughan said...

What has happened to the owl cross-stitch??! I have been looking for the next installment!

Laura (LittleStuff) said...

Weirdness. I disappear into a game of Halo to de-stress when I need to stop the brain thinking, and I have just started revisiting my entire David Eddings collection - which I tend to escape to when I'm feeling glum and need a head break.
I thought I was alone in my odd habits...

Caroline said...

*grin* And I thought I was the only loopy one, Laura! I can't do Halo, 1st-person shooters tend to give me motion-sickness...but I am well aware of it as it's DH's game of choice (ad infinitum). You should check out Dragon Age if you like RPGs, though, it's completely amazing. Eagerly awaiting the new expansion pack as we speak and on my third play-through - well over 150hrs total so far and still haven't worked through every quest, character origin and permutation of relationships...

Suzanne> sorry :( I'm really uninspired with most everything at the moment but I am getting a bit better...maybe I'll haul it out again next week.