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So it has hit me like a ton of bricks and I have to admit it to myself, as hard as it may be…

“I have lost my blogging Mojo”

I actually dread turning my computer on to write a new blog post as I know I will be staring at the blank screen with the cursor blinking and no words flowing from my brain to my fingertips! Having thought about it at length for the past couple of weeks, I think I have at least figured out what the main issues are:

1. I seem to have no new blog post ideas – This is quite a biggie as ideas are the staple for blogging and if I had fresh and new ones I could bang out posts in no time. However, I find myself rejecting most new thoughts as they feel stale, almost like I have written about it before, or I see others write about the same old things over too.

2. Concentration seems to be lacking and even mundane, and usually hated things like housework seem to look more appealing than blogging.

3. I don’t seem to be able to complete any posts, as self doubt is ruling and nothing feels good enough to publish.

4. Spending endless hours doing research looking for ideas and even swatching crochet and knitting seem to be a waste of time.

I am not at all closer to an answer and wondering if I am alone in this? What are your tips for getting your blogging mojo back? Any advise is greatly welcome and appreciated!

Maybe a summer break? Or maybe it’s time to re-vamp my online site completely?

Right now I am stuck and looking for an answer feels like looking for a needle in a hay stack.

Usually known for having a happy,sunny and positive disposition, for the first time I feel a little lost…and I don’t like it!

X.

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The sun was beaming down as Julie and I set off very early on Friday morning to catch our flight to Frankfurt and onward travel to Nierstein am Rhein. We settled into our home for the weekend, a lovely hotel very close to the river, pretty quickly.

Waking up to birdsong early the next morning I decided to sit on my balcony and crochet whilst enjoying a cup of tea. Shortly before leaving the UK I had purchased a jelly bag from a company called sun jellies with the intention to decorate it with crochet flowers. I decided to make a start!

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Soon however we were on our way to Schwabsburg for the 7th Woolfest. Organised by Claudia of Wollsinn in this very old picturesque little town it is always a total treat to visit and participate. I am lucky to be invited year after year teaching workshops and I wouldn’t want to miss it for anything.

Like always, this year did not disappoint! A sea of colour, fabulous handmade items, the latest designs in knit & crochet and many smiling happy faces. Meeting up with old friends and making new ones is always a highlight of the weekend, but this year it was extra special.

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During the knitting retreat in Wales in May we had talked about a meet-up of whoever could make it. To my surprise almost everyone managed to come and thanks to Marion we had plenty of bubbly to clink our glasses with. Spending a couple of hours with these fabulous ladies was the cream on the cake and made the weekend extra special for me.

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I leave you with this happy photo. It sums up a totally wonderful weekend!

Enjoy! X.

 

 

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Hello friends, how have you been? Sorry I have been so absent from this little space, but since the Retreat finished it has been a bit of a manic time. Mainly it’s been about preparing for workshops in Germany at the Schwabsburg Wollfest. This yearly event, which is organised by my friend and co-host of the Knitting Retreat Claudia of @wollsinn, takes place during the first weekend in June every year. I am very lucky to be invited to teach one or two workshops every year, and this year it’s all about the magic of Mandalas.

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Mandalas, meaning ‘circle’, represent wholeness, a cosmic diagram reminding us of our relation to infinity, extending beyond and within our bodies and minds. The mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon and more obviously the circles of life encompassing friends, family and communities.

Mandalas are usually circular designs symbolising the notion that life is never ending. Many mandalas have spiritual significance to an individual or group of individuals. The Hindus were one of the first people to use a mandala as a spiritual tool, but the mandalas most of us are familiar with, are ones made by Buddhists.

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Crochet Mandalas, in bright and cheerful colours, bring joy and happiness to our everyday life. They can be used in many different ways and come in many shapes and sizes. Perfect for beginners and more advanced crocheters alike, they are perfect for using up small amounts of yarn, playing with new colour combinations and trying new stitches. They are great portable projects and make fabulous gifts.

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Remember this little Mandala Pincushion from a post a few weeks ago? A little bit of spiritual wholeness on your desk and useful too. You can still find the free pattern here.

If you have never made a Mandala give it a go, they are very therapeutic to make. But we warned, they can be quite addictive.

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As you can see, I have quite a colourful weekend ahead of me. I am leaving for Germany in the morning with my friend Julie. We will be spending time in picturesque surroundings, meeting lots of lovely people who like all things yarny as much as we do. I’ll report back next week and hope you’ll join me then. Until then…

Enjoy! X.

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