Thursday, 10 April 2014


I am so, so tired at the moment. I feel so bad  about it. I just feel bad that I seem to be unable to do all the things I am supposed to do in life, and want to do. I am just not able to fill all the roles that I have to, and want to, to my own satisfaction at the moment. I really wish I had more energy, more time, that there was another me that I could send out to do everything for a couple of weeks while the first me has a rest!

My PhD is the thing I feel worst about at the moment. You know it's bad when you struggle to concentrate so much that even the fact that your coaster matches your mug is a distraction! Yup, that's the reason for the picture above - taken last Sunday when I was supposed to be studying, trying to bludgeon my brain into concentrating for several hours. Sigh.....

Well, I have just completed another 8000 word section of work. Who knows whether it will make it into the final PhD, but at least I feel I have achieved something, however flawed. As a reward, I've decided to stop being so hard on myself and give myself a break - literally and figuratively. So for Easter, I am going to let the PhD student role slide by for a couple of weeks and concentrate on the other roles - girlfriend, daughter, sister ... perhaps I can even squeeze in a little extra time just to be me too!

As you can see, I may not have had time or energy to blog over the last couple of weeks, but it hasn't stopped me from crafting! I have very much been enjoying working on this beauty in my down time. The yarn is an absolute dream to work with too. It is Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca Silk, bought from Mrs Moon last month.

Isn't it luscious? Part of the fuzzy light in these pictures is, I think, just because the light is shining on the silk fibres and reflecting a sort of hazy glow. I wasn't using any kind of Instagram filter when I took these shots, I promise!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, I'll be back again soon I hope!

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  1. Dear Jen, it sounds very much to me like it's time for you to have a break and 're-group', so long as there are no health issues that may need to be checked. There has been so much going on for you in the past months that life has perhaps been a bit of a whirlwind, especially with the inclusion of all your studies, (which are always brain-draining) so the time comes when the body says 'lay off, I've had enough for now"! Do remember to look at how far you've come - and haven't you made so much very successful progress with your PhD - and try to not even think about it while you enjoy the other sides of your life.
    Your crochet and yarn are absolutely beautiful - keep enjoying it and I wish you relaxing times and a wonderful Easter with family and friends! Take good care of yourself m'dear! Love, Joy xo

  2. Sorry you are having a bad time. Crochet always helps.

  3. Good for you taking time for yourself! Love the yarn and colors. Also love the pattern! Could you say where you the pattern? Looks like it would make a beautiful baby girl afghan.

    Thanks! And get some rest!

  4. I hope you get to enjoy some *you* time and chill out. Take care of yourself! :-D x

  5. A PhD is a funny thing... it always seems to be there hanging over you doesn't it, there always seems to be something more you should be doing. Enjoy your break from it, and have a lovely Easter :) I'm going to try and put mine on the backburner for a bit as well! Good luck with the crafting the blues are beautiful :)


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