Happy Birthday P-hop, love Josie Long 5


Hello friends!

I love to make things, but I’ve realised I find the process of making them quite anxious. I get so much pleasure from giving someone a homemade gift, or from using a bag or a scarf that I made for myself. I like to embellish and decorate things that I own as it feels like then they really belong to me and I am really getting good use of them. However, most of the time when I am crafting a thing, the very act of making it means sitting down, focussing and getting something done. I’m not proud of myself but most of the time I hate concentrating. Once something feels like an obligation, if I’m not in the mood, I’m like a cat being given a worming tablet. I will resist in any way I can. It’s ridiculous. Just trying to type this I have made cups of tea for everyone around me, checked twitter 15 times and reorganised my rucksack.

And that is a problem with knitting because knitting takes ages. And attention! When I worked at a call centre, it was great (the call centre was not ever great. On a scale of 1-5 where 1 is gloomy and 5 is hiding in the toilets to weep, i would put myself at about a 4 most days) because I had so much time where I was stuck on the phone and knitting was a therapeutic escape. I made so much stuff and was so much cooler with all of my accoutrements and accessories. I made everyone I loved mittens (with proper colour work!). But now I feel like a faker, not having the time or the good habits to focus and get anything made.

P-Hop’s birthday feels like the best time to stop my nonsense and start something new. I reckon I’ve got just about enough time to make some good quality Christmas presents, and raise some money for MSF, which is a lovely thing to get to do as well. This is a video of me starting a new top-secret p-hop pattern..

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Thank you Josie. As well as seeing Josie on TV you can follow her adventures at www.josielong.com If you’re intrigued about what she’s knitting, all will be revealed tomorrow.

Remember you can get all the blog-a-long updates by following p/hop on twitter and in the p/hop Ravelry group.

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