Well January was one hell of a month & not always in a good way. A kidney infection really knocked me for six over the last few weeks so at times this month has felt a little bit of an up hill struggle. That combined with some pretty arctic weather means that much of last month was spent inside curled up in the warm crafting from the comfort of my sofa. This is not all bad as it has given my body a bit of time to rest & recuperate as it has taken a bit of a battering over the last few months with infections & illnesses. It's really has felt like my body was telling me it was time to slow down & rest so that's what I tried to do.
One side effect of all this 'resting' is that I am now totally addicted to crocheting! I never thought that I would ever say that, but it's true. It's such a welcome change to have a new hobby. I love knitting & it will always be my main & first craft love, but I have found that having a new outlet for my creative ideas has not only been great fun but also really energising! I am a life long knitter so i don't really remember learning the skill properly (I think i was about 4 years old when my Granny first taught me) so I think that learning something new will actually make me a better knitting teacher too as I am experiencing the total confusion that comes with starting to learn a skill from scratch & also the joy that comes when something finally clicks.
I have wanted to make my own granny square blankets for the longest time. They always look so beautiful & colourful in that comforting granny chic way don't they? So I'm loving working on a giant blanket just for me as it's very rare that I make something for myself & it's been something I've yearned to do for the longest time. This is going to be a year long project I suspect as I want it to be huge so that it uses up a lot of my 'left over yarn' stash that is taking over my craft room at home and also I always have several projects on the go!
I've also been baking a lot of cakes (yep January is most certainly not a diet month in my household!) but I'm not sure if cake recipes are a good thing to share or not at this time of year. Is everybody else still healthy eating?! Well whether you make them or not I have been so pleased with some of the results I'll be posting a few recipes this week. I think My Mr's work colleagues think he's trying to sabotage their healthy new years resolutions by plying them with homemade cakes lately, but hey why not share the cake love? Plus valentines day is coming up isn't it & homemade cake is a great cheap but heartfelt gift for your other half or best friend!