Ep 52: Knitvent Week 3 and Non-Guilty Indulgences

Helen —  November 28, 2014 — 24 Comments

Curious Handmade Podcast ep 52

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What’s in the WIP?

Still working on secret design knitting.

Paper snowflakes – fab tutorial that kids can do – How to make paper snowflakes tutorial


Week 3 Knitvent pattern – Crisp and Even Cowl

Leave a comment on the pattern page above and let me know who you would make this for to go in the draw for a ball of Rowan Creative Focus Worsted (by Sunday 30 Nov)

Milla Mia

Knitting cables WITH a cable needle (front cross)

Knitting Cables WITHOUT a cable needle

Join in the Knitvent KAL over here on Curious Handmade board on Ravelry.

There is going to be an Eden Cottage Yarn shop update this weekend which will include some BFL sock.

And Eden Cottage Yarn is going to sponsor the Knitvent Jingle Bells Grand Prize!!

Non-Guilty Pleasures

Did you see that A Playful Day SSSalong has been renamed #MEalong?

It made me think about the book I’m reading at the moment The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
by Brene Brown and how being a little bit selfish isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, gratitude, #MEalong and #zengifting I chat about some little things that I’m planning on “indulging” in.

  1. Drink more water – its really nice with a squeeze of fresh lemon
  2. Do 5 minutes of breathing in a quiet space (or in a queue at the post office)
  3. Declutter a space in your house – even just one space or surface
  4. Delete those sale emails and don’t even click on them!
  5. Do one little annoying job that you’ve been putting off.
  6. Pee when you need to
  7. Call a friend – remember how we used to pick up the phone and talk to people? Reclaim the phone!
  8. Take some things off your plate and say “no” to more things.
  9. Maybe start or revive a a gratitude practice such as a journal or a visual one e.g. 100 happy days
  10. AND enjoy and savour your knitting regardless of whether you are knitting gifts or something for yourself.

I’m curious about what are your non-guilty pleasures and tips?

Leave a comment below on the blog by Wednesday 3 December and let me know and I will give away a gorgeous skein of yarn to a commenter.

24 responses to Ep 52: Knitvent Week 3 and Non-Guilty Indulgences

  1. I heartily agree with all your tips. I am starting an Advent scarf on Monday so looking forward to some quiet knitting and time for reflection, probably add your breathing in as well. I have also bagged up some projects to dive into when all the Christmas bits are sorted. Thank you. C x

  2. Thank you, Helen, for mentioning gratitude and making time to stop and think about what makes us happy and to be grateful for what we have. My (possibly useful?) tip that I use when stressed out and the house is a mess and nothing seems to be going right is to go on pinterest and look at pictures of well-organized closets and shelves (this also works for organized craft and knitting spaces). There’s something about the visual restfulness of well organized spaces that helps me relax and I also get great ideas for de-cluttering and re-organizing my own space.

  3. I’m trying really hard to read a little bit of a good book on my commute each day, rather than the infinitely depressing newspapers or anything work-related. Much better for the soul!

  4. It may sound silly but my guilty pleasure is making a cup of tea. The kids ask me to play or I’m busy with things around the house…everyone knows when I say I’m making a cup of tea it is my time alone for a few short minutes. I may not actually drink the tea but that would be total bliss. While I’m waiting for the water to boil (and I’ve been known to turn it down a few notches to take longer) I look out the window take a few deep relaxing breaths and watch the birds in the feeder. It is just a few short minutes to myself that I enjoy.

  5. Hi Helen, I love your list, especially remembering to pee! Very funny and apt because finally I can pee in peace because my son is now 7 and not quite so needy. When I’m at work in the office in Newcastle I ALWAYS make sure I take an hour for my lunch and I leave my desk and go to the beautiful Literary and Philosophical library across the road and knit. It’s one of my favourite places in the world and never fails to calm me as soon as I walk through the door and smell the musty smell of history and text.

  6. Great list, I really need to start drinking more water. My non guilty self indulgence is to read a “real” book rather than my Kindle in my cosy conservatory wrapped in one of my many crochet blankets. I love the feel and smell of the paper, I also love to knit in there too, it feels like my own space. πŸ™‚

  7. Using the time after Sunday lunch to sit down on the sofa (or the garden chair in summer) with my knitting and a podcast.

    Or going to a Pilates lesson.

  8. It is time to be thankful. Sometimes, I think we get so caught up i our day to day lives that we forget to take a minute to be grateful for all that we have. I am so thankful for some new Karbonz DPN needles. I am an avid sock knitter and I have wanted some of these needles for such a long time. I am trying to show my gratitude by knitting everyone on my gift list a pair of lovely socks for Christmas.

  9. Great list, especially the one about taking time to go to the loo. I thought I was the only one who was “too busy to pee”.

    I also love the idea of dropping something from my to do list.

    My guilty pleasure has to be a soothing garter stitch project with gorgeous yarn, some Green & Blacks chocolate and some trashy TV on Netflix – Diagnosis Murder is perfect πŸ™‚

  10. Georgina (starmakerknits) November 30, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I find your podcast a lovely non guilty pleasure – I always listen to it in my lovely bedroom with no children to ask me for stuff!
    Things that I’d like to do more of is going out alone and reading. I’ve only read I think 2 books this year. One change I’ve made this year is leaving Facebook. That was a great move for me!

  11. I agree with you totally about drinking a lot of water…..and then of course, one does need to use the loo! One of the most pleasurable experiences I have on a daily basis is taking my dogs for a 3-mile walk very early in the morning. I try to catch the sun rising, which is pretty easy to do these days as it rises so much later! I love feeling the cool air against my cheeks, enjoy watching my dogs romp together, and find nature so fascinating. Exercise is always important to me, but it is especially important as a stress reliever (and weight controller) during the holiday months.
    Thanks for another wonderful book recommendation. I believe you mentioned 10,000 hours in one of your podcasts, and I found it very interesting. I’ve just purchased “The Gifts of Imperfection” from Audible and will begin listening to it in a few minutes!
    As always, I love your patterns, and will embark upon my first in just a few days! WooHoo!


  12. One of my favorite indulgences, and I’m not really sure if it really fits into that category, are walks with my DH and dog. We try to walk almost every day. I love to feel the sun on my face (when it is out), watch the seasons change and the effect it has on the landscape.

  13. I love the idea of self-care and compassion, especially during the holiday season. Making and drinking a cup of hot tea to drink while reading a poem brings minutes of peace and pleasure to my day.


  14. Love the podcast this week and had to laugh at your tip to pee. How many women can relate to this?
    I must say my guilty pleasure is knitting. Although I don’t call it guilty. When the day is done I knit. It’s my “me” time.

  15. I’m the queen of guilty pleasures!
    My favourite is stopping for 10 minutes after breakfast to knit before going to work. Most of the times 10 minutes become 15 (or 20) and I’m late to work πŸ™‚

  16. Jenn (jfnyland) December 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Helen,
    Thanks for another fun podcast- I am quickly becoming addicted! For a while now I have been practicing “self-care” which I think is what you were getting at with the concept that being selfish allows you the ability to be generous with others. Taking care of myself, whether it is by exercising or knitting or reading a book, puts me in the perfect place to be kind and patient with family and annoying co-workers. So one guilty pleasure I will admit to is knitting at my office desk (not cables or anything too challenging!) while I am on conference calls; it actually allows me to focus on the conversation and not be distracted by emails or other office things. And it has the benefit of moving me along on my wips.

  17. As much as I love knitting, I love baking, it relaxes me. Lately, though I’ve actually taken time to make myself a pot of tea…not tea bag tea, but loose leaf, enjoying not in a mug but in a tea cup. Actually preparing a tea tray to enjoy the ritual of relaxing with a pot of tea. That is my indulgence.

  18. Amanda O’Connor December 2, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Relaxing have my coffee and breakfast and playing wordfeud, reading facebook, blogs and emails on my iphone. Then listening and watching podcasts all day and everyday. haha

  19. Helen, as usual, this was another great podcast. I spent some time last week reflecting about being thankful on my blog — most of my thoughts revolved around my family and charity knitting for the NICU. I like how your take on the idea focuses on indulgences — such a great way to look at it. I definitely need to do a better job of drinking water, so I do appreciate that reminder. One of my favorite indulgences lately is carving out some alone time, and doing whatever I want to do. Often, that’s knitting, but not always. As an introvert in a extroverted world, I am increasingly finding it more important to recharge my batteries with time just for me. Sometimes, that means I find a quiet conference room at the office and take a 10-15 minute break in it before heading home for the day. Sometimes, it’s finding a quiet place to eat lunch by myself. Sometimes, it’s just going to bed early. Like everyone, it’s busy around our house. There are a lot of balls in the air. But if I go too long without carving out alone time, things really start to suffer.

    Thanks for the great episode, I’m continuing to look forward to more episodes to come!

  20. nomennescio1840 December 3, 2014 at 2:58 am

    I like to light a candle.

  21. My tip is to write lists when you are really busy. I find that it helps me to be organised and stay calm, as I don’t have to worry about having forgotten something.
    My non-guilty pleasure is to have a long soak in the bath with a good book. That’s my me-time – a great way to unwind and not think about what needs to be done.

  22. Just listened to the podcast, I really enjoyed this week thanks.
    My little moment for me is in the mornings when I leave the kids sitting at the bench with their breakfast and slip outside to the deck with my coffee and toast to sit and watch the river and the birds. Such a nice way to begin the day before I head back inside to deal with the morning rush.

  23. hmmm this one is hard because so many things we think and feel are surrounded and connected to guilt- over things done, not done, felt or not felt, said and not said….the list goes on. For me, especially this time of year, my non-guilty pleasures are in spoiling my friends and family in little (and big) ways πŸ™‚

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