Hello February 2017
Seems that this new year is rolling on just as fast as last year ended – I feel like my days are jam packed with projects and plans and the calendar is full of exciting dates and events.
If you follow me over on Instagram you will have spotted our little announcement at the end of 2016 To say that we are excited is a bit of an understatement!
I’m wildly happy to report that both this Little & me are in excellent health and are doing well, and are (when not too distracted with all things new baby!) are business as usual!
Right now I have been focusing hard on a huge knitting deadline, again that wont come to much of a surprise to friends from Instagram…but as these things go, it pretty tricky to talk about them too so most of the projects on the needles are on the down low for the time being.
Of course, when your on a deadline the very first thing you have to do is cast on a personal project, am I right?! There is nothing like spending that all too precious deadline knitting time working on something for your self! But, this does give me a finished make that I can actually share with you folks!
Baby’s first hand knit cardigan…
This is the ultra sweet, super cute Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly van Niekerk – you can get the pattern as a free download on Ravelry – I can tell you now that this adorable mini garment is so quick, easy and fun to make that you can be sure that I’ll be making a few of the Beyond Puerperium cardigan ready for when this Little gets a little bigger!
Well, there really is something special about baby knits isn’t there?! I’m also on the look out for more baby & toddler knitting patterns – so if you have a favourite be sure to leave a comment and let me know!
Things that made January awesome…
Loads of folks struggle at the start of the year, Christmas is over, the festivities are done and dusted, we are all carrying a little more weight (or, is that just me?!) and the weather can be a real downer. Well, now is the best time to celebrate some of the things that really brighten our days – here are my January Faves…
I’m crazy for a good gadget and despite years of knitting, both as a hobby and professionally I have never invested in a ball winder and yarn swift. As I’m currently working on a huge knitting deadline I thought now was just the time to invest in some extra knitting kit.
What? What? How did I ever think I could survive without these in my life? I dread to think how many hours I have wasted trying to ball up skeins of yarn held on my feet.
Waffle appears to be less than impressed by this yarn set-up – but I can assure you that the Peachy household let out a collective sigh of relief when the first skein was whizzed up into a ready-to-knit yarn cake in no time…and with zero knots or swearing!
Knitters, I may well be late to this party but if there are any of you out there that are still considering wither you need a winder and swift…I say GO FOR IT!!
I can’t tell you how much I love this delicious new scent from Accessorize! Lovelilly, £19, is sweet like vanilla with a delicious floral fragrance that – even on the moodiest dull January day makes me think of sunshine & beaches – bliss! Plus, that scent bottle looks amazing in my bathroom!
Sweet and vibrant, our Lovelily fragrance features notes of raspberry, orange, jasmine and sweet vanilla for a delicious concoction that’s sure to become your signature scent – and in a striking bottle with flower cap, it’ll take pride of place on your dressing table
This year, as usual, I’m talking part in the GoodReads Reading Challenge and have set myself the goal of reading 40 books this year, so here are this months reads…
1 Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan
Thrillers are my go-to read and this was a quick and satisfying read. Not quite the heart-racing read I was expecting but clever plot with interesting characters.
Super quick read – I don’t know what else I was expecting from a free Kindle book, fun and entertaining!
3 The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
Is there anything better than getting caught up in a book series? I think not! I enjoy the pace and style of these books, but I’m starting to get so familiar with the author that plot twists aren’t the shock they once were!
4 The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
This is the lifestyle philosophy that everyone has been talking about lately. This is a beautiful that clearly explains the principles and inspires you to go forth and add more Hygge to your life!
5 The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Gaiman is one of the most wonderful storytellers of all times, this book is no exception – shorts, sweet, magical, scary and delightful!
Like many folks I’m guilty of always reaching for the same style of books zombie/horror/thriller, so I’m always on the look out for new and interesting reads – give me a shout out here or over on GoodReads if there is a book that you can recommend! Im also expecting a number of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting books to be popping up in my Read List, so if you have any solid Must Reads, be sure to share them too!
What’s up in February?
For me the next few weeks will be filled with knitting ready for a big upcoming deadline, and when I’m not frantically at the needles, I will be working on a few mini renovation projects which I can’t wait to get stuck into!
I will be heading to the trade show CHSI Stitches – where you will be able to find me as a Product Ambassador demonstrating on the Vlieseline stand – pssst! Have you checked out the news Vlieseline Facebook page – be sure to give it a Like to keep up with news, inspiration and trends!
I have been starting to work on my Etsy store and hope to be able to dedicate some more time and energy to this in the coming weeks – so watch this space!
I will also be starting to accept commissions so if you are looking for something special and want to request a custom order – be sure to contact me!