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Two butch men wearing silly spiked shoulder pads

This is how my shoulder feels. Spikey and inconvenient.

It’s not looking good.

A week ago, I made this onbag and the next day my shoulder was painful like never before. I thought it might be RSI from knitting, but I’d been sewing the day before so it didn’t make a lot of sense. Whatever it was, I thought it’d be gone in a day or two, and if I rested the shoulder for a whole week it would be back to normal and ready to take on all kinds of knitting stuff. I’ve got lots to knit for other people, and an important project or two on hold, and that’s not even mentioning any of the Christmas knits that I haven’t started yet.

One week later, I’ve carried some light things around a couple of times and I’ve knitted about 6 rows of a hat. And my shoulder feels pretty much exactly the same as it did on day one. I’m starting to worry, because I just don’t know what I’ve done to make it feel like this. I don’t understand why it’s not getting better. And there’s 11 days to go, and 23 hats to make. It is not looking good.


Hats 339 to 342: Onbags are great.

Four hats positioned around a shoulder-bag.

See the detached straps? Genius.

I’ve been getting a bit behind with hats, and killing my shoulders, because I’ve been making an Onbag. Here is a post on my creative blog about why they’re great.

Guest-blogger Frances: Fluff Monster

Blue, and very fuzzy.

RAWR! (Eet haz leetle eyes in there, I swearz)

This is from some MAD wool that Mr J’s mum gave me for Christmas, she gave me about 12 small balls of it so I’m going to have to find more uses for it. It’ll keep a smoothie bottle very warm and toasty 🙂

(Note from the editor: Ohai! I’m going offline for a week, but I’ll be back and hatting soon. Thank you for your patience!)

Hats 336 to 338: Sewing

Three hats on a sewing box in front of a sewing machine. One striped bobble hat, one spotty hat and one pink hat with a darker pink heart on it.

Knitted things on a sewing box? Controversial.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately. When I moved house, or thereabouts, my mum gave me this ancient Singer sewing machine. I managed to sew through a finger due to a fateful combination of foot pedal and some bad co-ordination in my youth, so a hand-powered, carbon-neutral, weighs-a-tonne, second hand hippie approach is probably safest for everyone involved.

So far, I’ve mostly been fixing things and catching up on neglected promises. This draft excluder has also been made, several months later than I thought of it. (BurdaStyle is a bit like Ravelry for sewing projects. Still not so easy to navigate though, but it has potential.)

Inspired by the wedding yesterday, the pink hat has a heart on it. Awwwwwww.

Hats 333 to 335: Sloppy

Three hats perched on three fingers. All are striped, two have bobbles.


I am exhausted! I went to this awesome wedding yesterday, and met loads of amazing people, and got in at nearly midnight last night, and I am now experiencing jelly bones. But it was worth it, because today my heart is full of lurrrrrve and also probably rubbish breakfast cereal, which is what I have been subsisting on since I don’t have the energy to prepare food or even reheat food in a microwave today. Tomorrow I will feel better though.

Hats 325 to 332: Classical

Eight hats on a sunny table.

Up in the a.m.? Moi?

I’ll tell you what, it’s a miracle I’m getting all these hats done. I’ve just got to do one today and I’m sorted. This is all because of all these workshops for the housing co-op. Normally I don’t knit in meetings, but workshops are more in-depth and not as fast-moving, and I don’t have to wave my hands about as much.

Last night I was up proper late, at the last night of the proms in Singleton Park. It was fantastic! I salsa’d (or something not at all like it) to Doctor Who, among other things. And I got home late, and I am awake and alert in the morning! This is strange. I kind of like it.

Hats 322 to 324: Radical Hats

Three hats with fuzzy brims. Two are striped and one has a spiral decrease at the top.

So much floof

You’ll be glad to know that I’m slowly working through the hideous floofy yarn for the brims. I am still four hats behind, but I did all of these yesterday while I was at my friends’ place. We’re setting up a housing co-op together, and yesterday we had a visit from someone from Radical Routes just to check out how far through the application process we were, and to see if we had any questions, etc etc. It was really interesting!

If you’re interested in living in shared housing in an affordable way, you should absolutely check out Radical Routes. When we’ve set ourselves up, it’ll mean that all of the people in our group will be able to share bills and cooking, we’ll basically be our own landlords, and we’ll have costs that are nicely reduced so we can all be activists in our increased spare time. When we’ve got a website up, I will let you know the address.

On that subject, Dragonfly in Oxford are looking for a new co-op member. Are you interested?

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