The un-moody blues {handmade}


Part finish, part work in progress, here, in yarn and stitches, is the proof that I’m an eternal optimist.  An un-moody blanket from a glass half full sort of knitter.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Way back when, two whole months ago, in the glorious hustle, bustle and yarn fumes of Yarndale, there was one stand that I just kept gravitating back towards every time I was in the area.  Hopefully she didn’t think I was stalking her, because Jem Weston‘s beautiful, beautiful stand was a haven of some of my most favourite colours, all teals and blues and yellows, with a dash of burnt orange for good measure.

There was not a single thing on that stand that I did not instantly want to start knitting (and her website is full of all the pretties that I worked hard to resist and some that I didn’t), but right at the front sat her Moody Blues blanket, snuggled up in just the perfect spot to be petted and stroked, and longed for.

It was soft and snuggly.  It looked fun to knit but not too taxing on an overworked brain.  It would be the perfect colours for Pip’s room.  It was in one of my favourite yarns (Rooster Almerino – just about the only thing with alpaca in that I can knit and not start scratching).

But I have a blanket underway.  I have Hydrangea, which I adore.  It’s the size of a slightly large scarf right now and I love every row of it.  I didn’t need a new blanket to make, and by the size of the ever bulging Yarndale bag, I wasn’t going to be short of things to knit.

Well we all know how that went.  In my defence I held out until we were almost ready to go home, telling myself that if, despite all the overwhelming yarn fumes, I still really really wanted it, the first five balls and the pattern could come home with me.

It was addictive before I’d finished the first square.  For the last few weeks, every night after I’ve finished work and finished my writing course homework (and yes that’s why there have been very few blog posts around here of late), I sit down and knit a stripe.

Each week runs corner to corner, so Mondays and Sundays are quite tiny and Thursday is a nice big stripe across the centre of the week, and all the colours depend on what sort of day it’s been.

Yellow (custard) is for the very best days, the sort of days that hold memories you’ll treasure, even if they’re only little moments.  There are weekend adventures and a visit home to Devon, visits to us by friends and family, and friends that we hope will become family, the day when John brought the children in to meet me for lunch and the odd day of profesisonal success.


Turquoise (beach) is a happy day; fun but not quite so stellar; those tend to be good work days and the rest of the weekends.

Pale duck-egg (glace) is for middle of the road days; the ones that are just normal, and tend to be a large part of my working week.

Teal (ocean) is for the days that are a bit stressful, an annoying day at work or when everyone at home is just plain out of sorts.

Grey (caviar) is for the really stressful days.  There’s only one of those so far and it was the day when Elma went to hospital in an ambulance, which I think is fair enough (she’s absolutely fine now, it was just a virus that gave her symptoms of asthma).

Five balls, one of each, has produced five squares, and just the start of the fifth, and what is abundantly clear is that my days are middle of the road, or happy, or happiest, and I’m convinced the only reason I haven’t run out of quite so much yellow is because the weekends run out to the corner.

The thing is, that however my day has been, when I sit down to think about the stripe, and my hand hovers near a teal or a duck-egg, I start to think about all the little moments that have been special; the children waiting for me on the doorstep when I come home from a really long day; the glowing endorsement from a client that makes all of the work to get that result completley justified; John bringing me home a box of my favourite bath bombs because he’d taken the children for another round of shoes while I stayed home to work and he wanted me to know how much all four of them love me and appreciate the breadwinning.  There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about the things that make me grateful.

These little knitted squares, I love.  The finished blanket, whether I do the snuggle version or the full on blanket, will be gorgeous any which way, and when I finish it, and wrap it around my tiny son as he pretends to go to sleep each night, he’ll be cuddled up in the memories of happy days and I life for which I am truly thankful.

You Might Also Like

  • Jenny Dukeshire 10/11/2017 at 1:28 pm

    I wondered if it were personal preference or another reason for using a circular needle for the squares? Beautiful blanket and I’m sure little (not so little) Pip will just love it!

    • Megan 13/11/2017 at 1:12 pm

      Not sure why Carie uses circular but I often use circular needles instead of 2 regular needles. I knit in the living room and my husband is in the basement underneath me. He was getting mad when I kept dropping needles and he could hear the clang right over his head. I never drop a circular needle! I have also switched to bamboo which is much quieter if dropped.

      • Carie 14/11/2017 at 9:57 pm

        Oh that’s too funny! I definitely agree that circulars are much easier to hold onto!

    • Carie 14/11/2017 at 10:00 pm

      Purely personal preference – I knit almost exclusively on circulars (the only exception is DPS) and it’s basically because it’s much harder for the children to run off with one of my needles or accidentally snap them if I’m using circus. I also think it’s a bit easier on my wrists and as my real life job is computer based, my non crafty hobbies are writing and blogging and the knitting is an obsession I’m trying to take care of them as best I can.

  • Kate 10/11/2017 at 5:42 pm

    A knitted quilt, excellent, lovely colours, 🙂

  • Jenny Benton 10/11/2017 at 5:53 pm

    Another lovely project and a gorgeous story to go with it. Thanks, Carrie, it’s always a pleasure to read your blog.

    But……..don’t know if anyone else is having problems with your blog like I am? I have you on my blog list – which isn’t now updating for some reason or other. So I’m not aware anymore when you write a new blog. Seems very strange to me. Have you heard of anyone else with this current problem?

    • Carie 14/11/2017 at 10:03 pm

      Hmm, how strange – thanks for letting me know, I’ll have a look into it. I know it’s still working on Bloglovin because that’s the feed reader I use but I’ll see if anything else needs tweaking. You might find that if you put the address into the list as https rather than http that could be the problem as that’s one thing I’ve needed to update of late – let me know if that works C x

  • Megan 10/11/2017 at 7:38 pm

    The sentiment of your writing brought a lump to my throat. I love following along on your crafty projects and your sweet memory keeping.

    • Carie 14/11/2017 at 10:03 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂