Thursday, 29 January 2015

All around me is a sea of cardboard

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It's been quieter than I'd like it to be over on this here blog recently - that is because I am up to my eyeballs in cardboard boxes and there is literally stuff EVERYWHERE. Since I last moved house I have accumulated at least 4x the amount of possessions and I honestly have no idea what to do with them. I guess it's true that you accumulate to fill the space you have…

This time next week I'll be all moved in in Sussex - with a whole host of unpacking and organising ahead of me, which is the bit I like - I love having a new space to play with and decorate how I please. I'm looking forward to getting out of this weird Limbo place I've been in for the last month or so and finally feel at home again. And who knows, maybe I'll find my mysteriously absent knitting mojo tucked away in one of the cardboard boxes!

In the meantime, I'm stalking the home decor boards on Pinterest to get ideas on how best to maximise small spaces and idealising pretty closets.

So, I'm off back to decide what I can't absolutely live without for the next 6 days and whatever's left will be packed away in cardboard prison. Please bear with me for the next week or so, I have lots of posts planned but I just need to get everything around me straightened out first!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

How do I own this much stuff?

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In exactly three weeks I'll be moving out of my falling down flat in South London, to the Sussex coast. So I'm currently surrounded by a tonne of half packed boxes  wondering how on earth I've managed to acquire quite this many possessions in two and a half years.

I feel like I'm in limbo - my flat not really feeling like home anymore and there still being three weeks until I move in with my family. Going home (although I've never actually lived in the bit of England that my parents currently reside) should feel like a step backwards, but it doesn't. It feels like a tactical retreat. I'm not going to miss London life. I'll miss my friends, I'll miss my job, but I won't miss much else. Over the last six months my anxiety and depression and all the things that don't have a name or a formal diagnosis have become such a big part of my life, that I've forgotten what being well is like. So that's why I'm going home, to remember, or relearn, and to remould myself into someone I like and understand.

I might come back to London and to my unfinished Illustration degree. But I might not. For now, I'm going to have good old fashioned spring clean of everything in my life I don't like and don't need. Starting with the contents of my flat.

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

The Brussel Sprout Hat

Stranded Knitting Amy Edwards Green Stranded Blog I finished three projects over the five days I was at my parents' for Christmas. Three. I haven't finished or really knit anything since then, but that doesn't matter - I'm waiting for my Next Big Project to find me. But I finally got around to taking some photographs of the hat I knit in a couple of evenings, whilst sitting in front of the fire and watching Christmas movies. I'd forgotten how quick hats knit up! Stranded Blog Amy Edwards Green Knitting
This is the Bray Cap by Jared Flood, knit out of Cascade 220. The pattern was a dream to knit - with enough happening to keep my interest, but not too much that I couldn't watch Christmas tv at the same time ;)

Talking of hats - I signed up to the Mystery Hat Swap hosted by Liesl over at the Buckalooview Blog I think sign ups are open until the 14th January if you're interested in taking part. Must finish filling in my questionnaire…

I hope you're having a lovely Tuesday, I've had a very productive day so far, considering I'm still plagued with germs ;)

Monday, 5 January 2015

Hello 2015

Stranded Blog Amy Edwards Green trees 2015 is for fresh starts and bracing walks in sea air. It's for riding my bike more (after I've got the brakes fixed - luckily I have a mechanic for a Dad so I'm pretty sure bicycle brakes won't be much of a challenge for him). It's for eating better and getting healthy. It's for small steps and big achievements. It's for scented candles and (non-scented!) fairylights. It's for decluttering and building a new home (not literally - I can't even put a shelf up…). It's for knitting sweaters and filling my sock drawer with cozy wool socks. It's for sending packages to people I love. It's for taking more photos and making videos. It's for getting more involved with the wonderful knitting community both online and in person. It's for slowing down and remembering to breathe.

  I put off this post because I wanted to take fun photos to accompany it, but I was working so daylight hours were in short supply and today I am sick (a cold, nothing to write home about) so not at my most inspired or photogenic, so you get a photo of the park on a very cold morning last week, instead. Haha.