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Saturday, 24 March 2018


Phew, what a busy week it's been!  I was away for a few days last weekend and as much as I loved and appreciated the rest, it does take a few more days to get back into the swing of things, doesn't it?  This week seems to have passed by in a blur of laundry (why does it seem to be a rule that however long you go away for, there's always six weeks' worth of washing to do when you come back?), dog walking (he was sulking when I came home so I've needed to make it up to him), knitting (because four days away with nothing else to do other than knit just isn't enough time) and planning (there's nothing like a bit of distance to give you perspective!).  

This morning, small daughter was out at an event so I decided not to waste my time driving home and back and instead sat with my knitting in a cafe and watched the world go by.  I had a lot of practice at doing that last weekend but it's one of those skills that unless we work on them, it's easy to lose and we get fooled into thinking that we should be rushing about instead.  I'm doing quite well at not rushing so much this year, although it is only March (nearly April) so I'm going to reserve judgement on whether I've really got the hang of it or not.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Yarn Shop Day and British Knitting & Crochet Awards 2018

I've got a couple of exciting things to tell you about today ... firstly Yarn Shop Day is going to be on Saturday 12 May this year and it's not far off!  Things are really starting to get into gear now for the shops themselves and also for Let's Knit magazine who organise Yarn Shop Day.

Yarn Shop Day is an annual event which celebrates our bricks and mortar yarn shops.  There is nothing wrong at all in online stores - indeed, where would we be sometimes without them - but this is a day to celebrate all those who get up in the morning, battle to work in all weathers and open up their shops so that these little havens of wooliness are available for us to squish all kinds of yarny goodness, learn new skills, meet up with friends (some of whom we haven't met yet) and generally fill up our well-being tanks without the obligation of emptying our purses - although you and I both know that it's an unspoken rule that you never leave a yarn shop empty-handed :) 

Wednesday, 14 March 2018


The snow came out of nowhere last Thursday; we opened the curtains and there it was.  It may have been on the weather forecast but we hadn't listened to it so it was quite a surprise to see the snow falling heavily and what's more, sticking to the ground.  Small daughter kept checking the school website but much to her disgust, the school was open.  I think it will take a lot more snow before she gets the day off!

The dog and I headed out for a walk at a different park - Lyme and Wood Pits Country Park at Haydock which is a short drive away.  It's been created on a landfill site which in turn was created following the closure of Wood Pit, the last colliery in Haydock, and although it's not a huge site, it's a good place to take the dog for a change.  I discovered quite early on that it's good to vary the time and place of our walk each day otherwise he gets a bit over-confident and tends to make up his own route - often without checking that I'm following!