Just Because I’m a Woman

Today is International Women’s Day. A good day to celebrate not only the famous women we admire, but also the real life women in our daily lives. The ones who inspire us, impress us, love us and live with us. The theme for International Women’s Day this year is “Break the Bias!” – the link takes you straight to their website where you can find out more about the work they are doing. Go and read it – I’ll still be here when you’re done.

Today’s post title is a great song by Dolly Parton, a woman who knows what it is to be strong, so of course I HAD to use the photo of when Sue and I had a Meet & Greet with the great lady in June 2014 – it would have been rude not to!

When I was born, and my mum realised I was a girl, (her first thought on seeing my long back was that I must be a boy), the first thing she said was, “Poor little thing, she’s got to go through all this.” While my “all this” hasn’t involved childbirth, there have been many things in my life I wouldn’t have had to deal with had her first guess been correct. Then again, I’m sure I’ve had a very different experience in many ways from the one my mum had – although there have been many similarities too. My mum is certainly one of the women I think of today and I have been spending some time working on the embroidery of her. You can just about begin to see the outline appearing now.

A piece of cream linen with patches of tiny black, dark green and dark brown stitches. The fabric is marked off in squares with fine black thread and pale blue thread marks the centre lines. The image of a laughing woman can just be made out in the emerging picture.

I’ve completed two colours (I think I’ve completed them anyway!) and have just started the third – of forty-five…!

I see so many amazing, creative, strong, funny and resilient women sharing their work, brilliance and selves online everyday, even though I don’t see many people in ‘real life’ on a daily basis and it’s hard not to be inspired by them.

The one woman I see more than any others is, of course, my wife. She is astonishing. I am in awe of what she does in her day job, and that she then manages to write such great poetry and be an all round fabulous human too? It’s mind-blowing really. She’s reading some of her poetry tonight actually, at an event with Gloucestershire Poetry Society. It’s online from 7pm-10pm GMT (UTC) and it’s free!

A screenshot from the Gloucestershire Poetry Society's Facebook Page Event listing. The International Women's Day logo is on the left in purple. On the right is a cartoon drawing of three diverse women in the "Break the Bias!" pose of arms crossed with hands upwards and the text "Break the Bias!" above. Under this are the details for the poetry event "'Raised Voices' online in Celebration of International Women's Day" Today from 19:00-22:00. The image is clickable.

And as for me? I have been true to my word this week and started recording again for my Introduction to Lace Knitting course. I’m all set up to record the next section tomorrow as well, all being well.

And what about the knitting, I hear you ask? That has been very busy too! I have:

  • swatched a shawl that I can’t show you
  • worked on a sweater design that I can’t show you
  • started some socks
  • recorded a short video for one section of the Calon Cariad Knitalong &
  • finalised the fancy bits of a pattern that is being released next Monday! Newsletter subscribers, you already have your discount code for this one.

Do you want some photos of the things I can show you? Go on, then.

The front page of a sock pattern lies on a pale gold carpet. On the right side is a photo of the finished socks. On top of the left side of the page lies a toe-up sock in progress on dpns. The yarn is maroon and silver held together at the toe and changing to two colour brioche after the ball of the foot. There’s only about an inch of brioche before the needles.

The socks are Good Riddance socks by Lauroftheblings Designs and I’m using up sock yarn and also other 4-ply leftovers from previous projects and designs.

A hand knitted shawl in progress in neon pink lies on a wooden desk. The bottom part of the knitting has rows of lace hearts, above which is a stocking stitch section. The tips of the needles are in the middle of the shawl (mid-row)by the two central contrasting stitch markers made from bright yellow Lego heads. At the top of the image closed captions in white text read; 'The instructions say "Work to two stitches before'.

The video was to explain and show how the two central stitch markers need to be moved before the final heart motif is worked. I’ll be working on the heart motif later on. This is a screen shot from it.

The front page of Nos Da Pattern. Text top left says "Nos Da A baby blanket" with my logo top right. Underneath is a photograph showing a hand knitted rectangular baby blanket in buttercup yellow laid on a grey weighted blanket. A small stuffed hedgehog toy sits on the bottom right corner of the blanket. The blanket has a wide moss stitch border and features four columns of diamonds outlines worked in moss stitch. Under that is the text: "Meaning ‘Goodnight’ in Welsh, Nos Da is a textured baby blanket that will keep a little one cosy and safe all night. Worked in one piece with an integral moss stitch border, the central columns of diamonds add interest for the knitter, and tactile interest for the recipient! The pattern includes both fully written and charted instructions." At the bottom is my copyright statement.

The new pattern is Nos Da and is out on March 14th. It will be available on Payhip, Lovecrafts and Ravelry AND… if you click on the buttons on my website now (on a computer at least, not yet sure if it works on mobiles) – you NOW GET A PAYHIP POP-UP WINDOW!!! This means you can buy a pattern or kit directly without having to leave my website first. So, yes, I upgraded to the ‘Business’ level plan here on my website and there are lots of new things I get to try out! Look:

A screenshot of my Nevern Throw pattern page on the website, with a Payhip pop-up window superimposed.

The world is still a complicated and confusing place and I’m not running any fund-raising efforts or giving a percentage of sales for Ukraine. Why not? Well, simply because my sales aren’t big enough to make it come to anything worthwhile. Instead, I’ve just made a simple donation to the British Red Cross who can get the money to where it needs to go and support those people who need it.

Take care and keep knitting. I’ll see you next week. K x

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