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I woke up with good intentions of taking my projects further. I recently read about the zen wisdom of doing one thing at a time, so I was determined to work on each project with my full attention and don’t let my mind wander off in the meanwhile. I put all my effort in being in the HERE AND NOW, attending to the task slowly and deliberately – despite anxiety trying to sneak in.

After some knitting on my Thistle scarf (remember it?), I found out at the end of a row that I had an extra stitch with no apparent reason. I checked the row and all seemed fine. So do I painfully unravel the lace or bodge it? The peril of not unravelling is that the pattern may not match well – if the stitch would result in a shift in the pattern. I’m now in a bit of a dilemma. While I was looking at the work to figure out what happened with the stitch… horror… I saw a wee hole developing in the middle of the work! a stitch must have dropped or something. No idea, because when I last blocked and observed it, it was all fine?

I decided to put it aside and calmly think about these. I am firmly determined not to let this disappoint my day! Om, is the mantra. Oooom. All is well 🙂

Early today, I also thought about the upcycling projects using the charity stuff the mouse kindly got. I was battled between doing something I see fit and something that people may find interesting. I think this is often a bloggers’ dilemma: what would people enjoy reading about? In the end, I came to the conclusion that this is a blog about things I do, so it should truthfully reflect my inclinations, rather than trying to please readership. Obviously, it would be great if what I do makes for an interesting reading 😉

I want to make some useful items, so I will use the yarn for an anti-draught snake (American spelling is draft), creating my own pattern inspired by real-life snakes. In case you also wish to save on heating bills and help the environment, I found a great page with over 15 draft-stoppers made using different crafts. There are some really cool free ideas there (cute creatures like cats, dogs, snakes, a tree branch – knit, crochet or sewing), go and have a look!

A few more cute draft stoppers:

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What does a mouse do with a £20 note?

Well, there are many mice in this universe and I cannot tell you what each one would do, but I can report on what the mouse I know has done.

Firstly, it went on a stroll through the local high street, where – by coincidence – there is a high concentration of charity shops.

While there, it thought that in winter there is a bad draft coming from the windows, and maybe this could be fixed somehow. Likewise, it is impractical to have needles here and there, and a little needle holder may be useful. Said mouse also has a liking for blue and red combined together – a bit like you would have in some folky/nordic patterns.

Thus, the mouse proceeded to purchase various material for making and upcycling projects. I was a bit puzzled by what the mouse could do with the things it got. I could not guess, so the mouse had to explain me. I wonder if you can guess? The mouse kindly allowed me to provide some photographical clues.

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And this one is not a clue, but simple evidence:

a little blue, white and red dress

a little blue, white and red dress

the little dress, front view

…and there is also some pale blue lining.

what a cool brand name

The brand is Happie Loves It. You cannot not love this.

As a little side note, I will inform you that it is customary in our household to blame a phantom mouse for any misfit – mostly involving culinary excesses, like having an ice cream in the night.