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I work very long days.  I get up at 5 and am at work by around 6.30-6.45 every day and then usually get home around 6.  By the time the chores are done and dinner is made it’s usually 7.30 or 8 o’clock before I sit down.  Most night’s I am rather weary and over the past few years it’s become a bit of a habit on a week night to blob with a glass of wine (or 3) and the remote.  Not much stitching gets done during week nights.

For the past 3 years I have done “Dry July” which is, for those unaware, when you do not drink alcohol for the entire month of July and raise money for the Cancer Society and Chemo units through sponsorship.  So far, over the 3 years, I have raised around $1000, something I am a little proud of.  This year I really noticed that I get lots of things done when I don’t sit down with a glass of wine before, during or after dinner.

This got me thinking.

Kayla’s 21st present took me around 3 years to stitch (you will see this one soon in an upcoming post). I have approximately 20 BAP’s (Big Ass Projects for those not in the know 😉 ) that I would like to complete before I fall off my perch.  Based on the assumption that I don’t lose my eyesight, wheels or add more ‘need to be done’s’ to my list I currently need to live to approximately 100 in perfect health to achieve them all.  Some one hand me the elixir of life please.

So I decided to minimise some of the drinking.  No I haven’t gone soft or become a born again teetotaller.  We now have a glass of wine or 3 on a Wednesday night and a Friday night.  Sometimes on a Saturday night if I have gone all fancy with the dinner as cooking is also a bit of a passion. And of course socially if it’s not my turn to drive 🙂 And I started stitching at night.

I soon found that sometimes my brain is just too tired to be stitching such tiny little stitches at night after I have been working all day but didn’t want to slip back into old habits. Right about this time I stumbled across a free knitting pattern for a simple blanket on in the lifestyle section.  It was awfully pretty but I can’t knit. I have tried many many times to learn but I just didn’t get it.  About a year ago I found some loopy wool at Kmart and knitted a scarf out of it using YouTube as the teacher.  It was 6 stitches wide until the end of the ball.  It turned out quite well but then loopy wool hides all mistakes.  There would be nowhere to hide if I decided to try this.  Normal wool is much less forgiving.  Could YouTube be my teacher again?

Turns out she/he could 🙂 I am currently knitting a blanket at night when I find I am too tired to stitch 🙂 I can usually get a stripe done a night and I am loving it.  YouTube has made it so easy to learn and I am rather pleased with the way it is looking.  It’s not perfect by any means but it’s not a disaster and I think it’s going to look fantastic. Kind of hope that its done by next winter so it can be my couch cuddly 😉

Progress so far


Till next time, keep safe and knit on xxxx



Cross Stitcher, knitter, home cook, HVAC specialist, avid movie and TV watcher, reader and mum. I work full time and I'm not very good at sitting still so I love to try all sorts of crafting things from scrap-booking to ceramic work, but mostly I stitch. Heaven & Earth designs would be my favourite. I have had some major health scares in the past few years that I would not of expected to experience for at least another 20 odd years (born in 1971 so am currently only 45). Due to this I have a bucket list and its full of things right from books I must read to adventures I must achieve before I croak. I am always at the gym making myself stronger and healthier to fight my challenges and achieve my goals. Before the challenges I thought there would always be enough time and was just drifting along. You know how it is. Work, chores, kids, sleep, get up tomorrow and start again. I didn't really have any clear goals. I knew I wanted to travel but that was pretty much it. I was gaining weight steadily and didn't do anything much outside of the house and work. Since the challenges I have managed to get almost front row for both the Eagles and Elton John (expensive but you can't take it with you right), have had a day tour Kayaking around a lake and hiked the Tongariro Crossing. None of these would I even have considered 3 years ago. This is only the beginning :D Life is a gift and its what you make of it. You want it then you best be prepared to go get it :D

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