You’ve got to start somewhere

Let me introduce myself. My name is Liz, and I am a mum, wife, knitter and product manager (in that order).

I feel it’s very important to get this introduction right, so that you understand what you’re going to get out of this blog. It could be another Mommy Blog – you know, the kind where you are dazzled with my parenting skills, amazed by the home baking that I do on a daily basis, inspired to take up knitting (well, we’ll come back to that) and are left thinking that immortal line – “I don’t know how she does it”. I’ve got to say though, I don’t really think I’m aiming for that. I’m aiming to show you a little bit of the reality of being me.

The reality I’m talking about is the one where it’s not always easy to make sure the kids have clean uniform every school day, or packed lunches that are ready in time to walk out of the door, or bedrooms that can be entered without breaking an ankle, and that the bedroom floors (all of them) are free of pants. In this reality I live in, both parents work full time, but still feel it’s important to have a family life, with fun, laughter, walks in the park, fun-for-free days and all the other stuff that makes for “quality time”. I know there’s lots of families out there with exactly the same challenges, but it doesn’t prevent me from wanting to share them. So there.

That’s the family side. But what else is there? Well, remember that bit above where I mentioned knitting? That’s the bit that keeps me sane, and I want to use this space to talk about it. So what you’ll get, if you keep reading, is a smattering of family stuff (which is probably only interesting if you know us) and an insight into the ways in which I enjoy my knitting. Patterns, yarns, projects, interactions with other knitters, all that stuff – that’s what you’re gonna get.

Oh yes……and you’ll probably hear about Sparky the stunt dog too. More about him soon :).

For now, I’d like to share with you my first knitting milestone. I’ve been knitting since November 2011, and have learned masses in that time. I’ve still got a long way to go, but I have just got around to dipping my toe in the water of pattern designing. There are many talented designers on my favourite knitting website (Ravelry.com), and I am not really expecting to compete with the likes of Jared Flood, Kate Davies, Stephen West and the like. But…..I did finally write my own sock pattern, and will be activating it as a free download on Ravelry as soon as my faithful test knitter has finished working through it. For now, though, I am content to have finished one of the pair of socks myself. Here it is, in all it’s green glory, and although it’s very childish to say so, I’m very proud of it. No doubt I will regret saying that in the future, and cringe when I look back at this post. But for now, it’s the best I can offer, and who can ask for more than that?

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