Monday, 9 February 2009

Snow snow snow

OK it was pretty to start but a day off work was not as much fun as I thought it might be - missed teaching exam classes that I am worried about, felt guilty about not getting as much done as I might have done.

And it is definitely not running outside weather.

But there is always knitting.

I've been knitting a few projects that are to be surprises for people who may or may not lurk on here, so no details yet.

You'll notice a new widget on here. This is a fund raiser for Médecins sans Frontières.

A nice idea from Ravelry knitting forum, where there are many free patterns and much generous advice. Essentially the message is - if you receive a kindness pass it on. So after downloading and knitting a pattern make a donation to MsF. Or any other justification you can think of come to that!

So that'll be quite a bit from me then.

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Work-Life balance

At the moment my work-life balance is all wrong.
Well it must be if I have no time/energy to run in the week, mustn't it?

I have been intending to go swimming on a Wednesday but it just is not going to happen. I am working long days, and I know I get long holidays but that doesn't help the balance. Eery holiday I am starting from scratch again with the running and not making any progress.

So in the short term I am just going to do what I can and see how it goes without beating myself up about it. I did go for a plod yesterday - just a couple of miles but felt much better for it.

Maybe I have just transferred my addiction to knitting. I have discovered that knitted dishcloths do not have to be made from that string we learned to knit with at primary school.

Last weekend I visited Create and Knit a (fairly) local yarn shop run by a knitter I met on Ravelry. She has a lovely stock of yarns, including cotton yarns in an amazing range of colours.
As a result this week I have knitted two dishcloths.

The only trouble is they are so pretty it seems a shame to use them!