Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Present Drought, Water Colours and Easy Things Being Very Hard...for me

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and all other good wishes to you all! :)

I have survived another festive season, tree was amazing (ok mainly because I decorated it and there is not such a thing as too many decorations), presents were ace (new boots, books and mittens why yes I will thank you) and new hobbies begun!

The main problem with this time of year (apart from near family disasters, an almost missing Grandma and too many hours in the car) is that me and my boyfriend have our anniversary in November, then its Christmas and then its both our birthdays in January! So not only are we at this point broke we are also fresh out of you think he'd notice if I re-wrapped his anniversary gift?! Or maybe he really would like the stereotypical bottle opening belt calculator in the 'gifts for men' sections on websites....actually maybe he would....internet here I come!

As well as fabalous new boots I also received two 'hobby' items for Christmas.  The first was new brushes and water colour book to improve my painting, so far so different from the ones in the book...not helped by the fact he says I need 25 specific paint colours (including such excitements as new gamboge, burnt umber and french ultramarine) which I don't have all of and so I guess. This sometimes leaves me with a mud brown bush instead of a pale green one and a lemon yellow haze in the sky. But progress is being made slowly but surely, and I'm sure art is meant to have a personal touch :)

However progress in painting makes me look like a wunderkind compared to my Christmas knitting set. Wow. I mean really wow. Five hours in and I had the original loop I had tied to the needle. I mean it's a children's set for starters and everyone seems to be could I not follow the little pictures?! When I finally got about 4 casting ons on they then somehow fell off the needle and left me with that goddamn loop again ahhhh!....Anyway I have persevered and with a mere input of about 9 hours I now have two lines of ten bobbly, baggy stitches and I've never been so proud! Knitters on Etsy you truly have nothing to fear!

Right off to continue my water colour painting and I have set the afternoon aside for the next five stitches :) Happy New Year and I would love to hear from you in the comments! 
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  1. Awwww I feel your pain Emma about the knitting - I can't seem to get the hang of it at all either! Hope you get on a bit better soon (and beer always works as a good pressie for my husband - whatever the occasion!) Simmi x

  2. This made me LOL.. "Or maybe he really would like the stereotypical bottle opening belt calculator in the 'gifts for men' sections on websites".

    Ahh knitting! My friend was telling me about a place that does lessons near where I live so I might be going in for that... your post doesn't fill me with confidence though, haha! Good luck!

    Sophie |