Moody Blanket Plan

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Thank you to everyone who has bought their Starter Pack for the Moody Blanket Knit-along! I’m really looking forward to getting started.

As I mentioned in my blog last weekend – 2016 has been somewhat draining due to a lack of ‘me-time’. One of the reasons I’m really looking forward to 2017 is that I know working on my Moody Blanket throughout the year will give me a reason to stop, think and look after myself each day. However… I’m sure there will be days where I simply don’t have time to do the knitting – so I thought I would get prepared in advance for those days!

I have made a ‘Moody Blanket Plan’ which I will keep next to my bed so that I can decide on my mood for the day and colour it in accordingly. This way – even if I don’t have time for the knitting, I can take a little time to think about my mood and keep track of it on the plan. Then I can catch up on knitting my square the next night… or at the weekend if it’s a particularly busy week!

If you have ordered a starter pack you will receive a printed copy of the plan with your pattern and yarn soon! As well as a good way of keeping track when you’re busy, The plan will also help you to see patterns starting to emerge and how your finished blanket will look.

If you haven’t ordered your Moody Blanket starter pack yet you can find out more here. Happy Knitting!

Mental Health Awareness Day

Monday the 10th October was Mental Health Awareness Day. It was great to see a lot of social media on the subject and I enjoyed reading some interesting blogs. But after a busy week at the Knitting and Stitching show – I didn’t join in… because I was taking a ‘health day’!2016-09-15-18.54.12.jpg.jpg

We are all human and we need down-time and rest in order to function well both mentally and physically. This can be problematic for self-employed people who often feel they don’t have time or can’t afford to take a day off.

When I became self-employed in 2014 I introduced ‘health days’ into my diary in the hope that I could avoid ‘sick days’! Sometimes this would mean looking ahead in my diary and blanking out a day to do nothing (apart from knit!). Sometimes it would be the result of feeling stressed/under the weather and I would make the decision to have a health day because I knew that I would be more productive for the rest of the week if I took some down-time.

Looking after our mental health is just as important as looking after our physical health. Regardless of whether or not we suffer from a physical illness, we exercise and eat healthily (or try to!) in order to look after our bodies. I sometimes forget that I need to do the same for my mind. We don’t wait until we get ill to look after our physical health – so why not look after our mental health in the same way? How you do this will be individual to you – but for me, I often need to take some quiet time on my own -go for a walk, do some knitting, have a nap, process things and re-charge.

Now that I am both employed and self-employed, my health days are just as important but a little more difficult to fit in! And time is the key element here. To look after our minds and bodies takes time…and that’s not always easy to find.

So my health day on Monday didn’t mean a day off – but I made sure I only did work I enjoy (knitting badgers), whilst wearing pyjamas and watching Falling Skies (Noah Wyle from ER chasing aliens whilst looking lovely but a little awkward with a rifle). What better way to spend Mental Health Awareness Day than being mindful of my own mental health and having a rest?!

I’ve been thinking a lot about happiness and mental health recently as I’ve been talking to a lot of people about the Moody Blanket Knit-along. I started reading a bit about Hygge and I think I might put together a little suggested reading list for Moody Blanket knitters! Danish people are the happiest people in the world so I’d love to know more about why this is and the effect of hygge.

I’m really looking forward to knitting my Moody Blanket next year and giving myself that bit of time each day to ask ‘how am I?’. If you want to join in you can find out more here x

Moody Blanket Knit-Along

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I’m very excited to be announcing the details of my new KAL for 2017!

The Moody Blanket will be a super cosy blanket and at the same time – a unique visual diary of your moods. Each square will represent a week and you will choose your colour for each day based on your mood. So some squares might be stripey and some plain – depending on how consistent your mood is throughout the week!

There are two lovely colourways to choose from – Moody Blues or Purple Haze. Each of the five colours has a little list of moods allocated to it and you can add to the lists if you’re in a mood that doesn’t fit. We will be using the beautiful Almerino DK by Rooster yarns which is a super soft and warm blend of Alpaca and Merino.

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Starter packs are now available for pre-order over on my shop for £30. These will include the Moody Blanket pattern and one ball of each of the yummy shades to get you started. How much of each shade you use will depend on your moods so you will be able to purchase ‘top up’ packs with the shades you need throughout the year.

Starter packs will be posted out in December and the knit-along will begin on Monday 2nd January

You can choose to knit-along for six months and make a small Moody Blanket (approx 80cm x 120cm, using approx 22 x 50g balls), which would make a lovely sofa blanket. Or you can knit for a full year to make the large Moody Blanket (approx 120cm x 160cm, using approx 44 x 50g balls) which would sit nicely across a double bed to keep your toes toasty!

I will be knitting along with you throughout the year and you can chat with other Moody Blanket knitters and ask me questions over on my Ravelry group. I will also talk you through how to block, position and sew up your squares to create the finished blanket.

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I can’t wait to see how everyone’s blankets look! Whatever mood we’re in – knitting is always comforting. I hope our Moody Blankets will help us spend more time thinking about how we feel and making sure we look after ourselves.

If you sign up for a Moody Blanket starter pack at Yarndale, you will receive free postage to the UK!