Blessing # 3 – C is for Challenges

I have a low boredom threshold! To keep doing the same things in the same way drives me nuts! It is why I have accumulated so many hobbies and activities and am having to reluctantly admit I can’t do them all. But still I need new challenges.

Sometimes the challenge is to learn a new skill or extend an old one. A month ago I found a book of knitting patterns in the library – Viking knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold. She describes a whole series of interlocking designs, gives patterns for the motifs and some very elegant garments with the motifs on them. I am a sucker for celtic knots so I borrowed the book. The yarns she suggests are not ones I can source locally and before I could go into the wool shop in Cardigan market and find an equivalent we were all told to stay home. But I was itching to see if I could cope with some new techniques and keep track of a complex sequence of cables so I picked one of the motifs and knitted a cushion cover using yarn I already had. I finished the knitting last night but have not had time yet to stitch it up. I was going to make buttonholes in the back to allow me to take it off for washing – the cats drop hairs all over my cushions so they need regular washing – but dedided to make some loops on the edge instead using a technique I adapted from the hair of the glove puppets I have been working on. read about them here if you missed them

Sometimes it is a bigger or longer one like working for the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design. I have to write up and submit ten designs I have done. In my case these are all about designing my life so that I can live as well as possible into advanced old age. The designing is great fun but the writing it all up with detailed explanations of the choices I made is proving very tedious! Why am I doing it? It has no practical use to me since there is nothing I want to do which requires me to have it. I just wanted to prove to myself that I could, that my designing skills were good enough, my understanding of Permaculture was deep enough. And now I am too stubborn to give up! My amazing, wonderful daughter found this poster to sum it all up for me and it will form the cover of my portfolio.

diploma cover quote

16 thoughts on “Blessing # 3 – C is for Challenges

  1. Jasmine Dale March 28, 2020 / 12:07 pm

    Thanks Sue, I found myself very comforted by the reliability of seeing day 3 ‘C is for challenges’ appear. x


    • Going Batty in Wales March 29, 2020 / 10:03 am

      Happy to be of service Jasmine!


  2. Laurie Graves March 28, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    Brilliant poster! And so true. I am really enjoying this alphabet series. I think challenges are good for all of us, even if we are not easily bored. Lovely, lovely pattern. Onward, ho!


    • Going Batty in Wales March 29, 2020 / 10:04 am

      Thank you Laurie. I am finding writing them is keeping me on my toes!


  3. fifilefou March 28, 2020 / 1:05 pm

    Great challenge….. learning a new knitting technique. Love the interweave of the Celtic knot pattern you show, you do seem to have mastered your latest skill very quickly.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 29, 2020 / 10:06 am

      Thank you. I had done cables before and intricate patterns made with knits and purls but not the weaving of cables. Kuckily she has a picture of a swatch with the pattern as well as a chart and that really helped me see which line went over and which under.

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  4. DawnGillDesigns March 29, 2020 / 9:07 am

    that’s beautiful knitting. I don’t know if you would consider online yarn shopping, but I met them when I took my jewellery to the Wild About Wool event at Poltimore House last year. Their yarn was so soft and beautiful, I bought some, even though I don’t knit or crochet!! here’s a link to their website. if you want to have a nosie. they have a fab IG page too @LilypondYarns


    • Going Batty in Wales March 29, 2020 / 10:13 am

      Thank you for the link Dawn and the suggestion which I will certainly look at. If these restrictions go on much longer I will have to use online sorces. On the whole my first choice is local independent shops and luckily there are three such woolshops not tool far away. If I ca’t use a local independent for something I will go to a local chainstore. Then it is a small independent online source such as the one you suggest and finally somemwhere like Amazon is a last resort. The yarn specified is between 2 standard thicknesses for the UK which is why it could get complicated.

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      • DawnGillDesigns March 29, 2020 / 3:43 pm

        I’m the same with my shopping choices – but you got too technical for my understanding when talking about yarn types!!!

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  5. Helen March 29, 2020 / 12:00 pm

    Great message in the poster your daughter gave you! I’m pleased that I am in the world of my making now, rather than the one ten years ago, when I would have been far less able to cope with the Covid-19 situation….

    Anyway, this comment isn’t supposed to be about me. Thanks for the URL to your live WP blog. Looks like you have been doing some beautiful knitting – very clever knots.


    • Going Batty in Wales March 29, 2020 / 12:04 pm

      Glad the link worked and I hope you enjoy future posts.


      • Helen March 29, 2020 / 3:08 pm

        Thank you 😊


  6. anne54 March 29, 2020 / 9:55 pm

    Maybe your local wool shops are doing online or over the phone orders. Would it be worth tracking that down to see if you can order something from them? Shopping local has always been important, and now even more so.
    I don’t know if you read Dale’s blog….she is also doing a permaculture course, and often writes about her latest learnings. Just in case…..


    • Going Batty in Wales March 30, 2020 / 9:46 am

      The market shop will e completely closed ut I could try the one in Fishguard. At present I am using up the wool I have in stock and making more puppets for Sierra Leone. I have accumulated rather a lot of small alls left over from projects so that is no ad thing. I will certainly follow the link to Dale’s blog – thank you.


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