Lockdown Flashback #10

These are very difficult and strange times for many of us, and in times like these we recognise the importance of being resilient.  Thinking about resilience and knitting brought to mind a post I wrote in September 2017 titled Failure, resilience, and knitting.  I think you might like it and so bring it to you today as a Lockdown Flashback.


That post had no photo associated with it.  Since the Lockdown Flashback posts include a photo from the original post, I had to improvise.  But, hey, I’m resilient that way.  The above photo, of me sitting and knitting on a secluded stretch of beach in British Columbia, seems appropriate to this topic (it was included in the post called Holiday from May of 2019).

I also apologise for not posting yesterday.  I tried to, but my internet was acting up and Doug made me a nice dinner, and I decided that being resilient also means posting when I want to.

Lockdown Flashback #9

For this Lockdown Flashback, let’s travel back to a post I wrote in April of 2013.  This post shows a lovely pullover I knit for myself – the design is called Livvy and the yarn is Lush Worsted, thus the post was titled Lush Livvy.  (I promise it’s not lascivious.)  I particularly like this project because I made quite a few modifications to the pattern to make it a much more suitable sweater for me – both in terms of fit and style.


In the post, I talk about how I identified the features I liked about the pattern, and also those that wouldn’t work on me, and the mods I made to make just the perfect sweater for me.  If you ever wish that you could modify a pattern and worry about whether you are up to the task, this is a good post for you.

It’s hard to believe that I wrote the post seven years ago this week.  Things were different back then, but thankfully many things are still the same.  For one thing, I am still knitting.  And still writing this blog.

It looks as if our lockdown here in the UK will be extended for another three weeks.  Doug and I started isolating on the 11th of March – we are both able to work remotely during this crisis – so its been more than 5 weeks now.  We are still talking to each other, which I guess is a good sign.

Keep well, everyone!

Lockdown Flashback #8

I started this blog in October of 2011.  That’s a long time to be blogging, and an awful lot of posts.  For today’s Lockdown Flashback, I take you back to the last day of 2011 when I wrote the post Capping off the Year.  This post shows off the just-finished Peerie Flooers hat by Kate Davies, my first foray into knitting fair isle.  I love this photo of all of the threads waiting to be woven in:


Please note that I am now a better fair isle knitter and the reverse side of my recent fair isle hats look way neater than this.  🙂  That is one of the things that I like about having this blog – it is a record, and I can see how I’ve grown and learned new things.  I look back at these early posts with some fondness.  I was still trying to figure out this blogging thing (with a lot of help from Emma) and having a lot of fun.

If you are interested in the pullover I am wearing in the post, I wrote a nice Wearability Wednesday post about it in October of 2012 called Fuzzy and Blue.

Keep well, my friends!

Lockdown Flashback #7

I’m in the mood for some armchair travelling (since the real thing is not on the agenda).  Perhaps you are, too?  This Lockdown Flashback takes us back to June of 2016, when I reported on a lovely Sojourn in Sicily.


From hiking up Mt Etna, to wandering the streets of Noto for the Flower Festival, this was a grand adventure.  Add in great food, lovely wine, and hanging out with friends; what more could one ask for.  “Knitting?” you say.  Well, yes, there was knitting as well.

Where are you going for your armchair travels?  Somewhere great, I hope.  Don’t forget to pack your knitting.

Lockdown Flashback #6

This lockdown is starting to get to me.  I am feeling anxious.  I miss the girls.  I wonder when we will all be together again.  Emma moved into a new place (yesterday) and we weren’t there to help.  (Imagine trying to move apartments during a lockdown!)  Leah is posting photos of her gardening, and canning and preserving, and we are not there to sample the goodies.  Thus, I am anxious, thinking of the girls, thinking of being in Vancouver, thinking of the trip we had planned there in May (not happening now), and imagining being out in the world, walking around in the sun, care-free.  So what better post to link to in this Lockdown Flashback than Cowl-a-bunga, which I posted on the last day of December 2016?


This post has lots of photos of us wandering around Stanley Park, Vancouver, on a beautiful, sunny, winter afternoon.  Doug, Emma, and Leah are each wearing cowls which I knitted for Christmas presents that year.  It was a good day.

Today it is sunny here, and quiet, and I have new yarn!  So maybe today will be a good day, too.  Here’s wishing you all a good day.  Keep safe, everyone!

Lockdown Flashback #5

There is a reason we knitters refer to “sleeve island”.  Knitting sleeves is tedious at best and agonizing at worse.  Especially when knitted in the round.  And when knitting a sweater for one’s husband, the sleeves can seem interminable.  For this Lockdown Flashback, I direct you to a post from February of 2012 with the endearing title “Do you love your husband enough to knit the sleeves?”  If you have ever done this, you know what I mean.

When I wrote this post, I was not convinced I would ever finish knitting these sleeves.  I was not sure that even my devotion for Doug was sufficient….


It was, of course, and the finished sweater turned out pretty damn good, even if I do say so myself.  (You can see the finished sweater here or here.)

Keep safe, everyone!

Lockdown Flashback #4

Today, let’s hark back to a post from February of 2014.  Green, glorious green was one of my early Wearability Wednesday posts, and showcases a cabled mohair shawl which I cast on in 2008 and finished in 2010.  I love this shawl.

I also really love this post.  It contains photos of me wearing the shawl over a period of years, in many different ways, and with many different outfits.  I think it shows off the versatility of this piece and also the joyfulness of a bright, lovely, hand-knitted accessory.

Some of these photos were taken at home in England, and some in the desert near Tucson, and when I read this post it brings back lots of memories. I hope you like it.


I later knitted another of these shawls, by the way, which I wrote about here.

If you are in lockdown or self-isolating, I hope that you are well and managing to keep your spirits up.  I’ll be back with another Lockdown Flashback on Wednesday.  Stay safe!