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Saturday, 30 September 2017

Monthly Musing - September 2017 - "On the last day of September"

Every year on this day, I find myself singing the children’s song “Oh, the big ship sails on the alley alley oh” because the final line of each verse is “on the last day of September”.  I don’t know what the big ship was or where the alley alley oh was either (and neither, it appears does Google), but isn’t it funny what sticks in your mind from being younger? 

I was listening to the radio the other night and the presenter played a song that I hadn’t heard since my teens.  Within a few notes of the song starting, I remembered all the words, the time of the year, how I felt at the time, the clothes that I wore … apparently we never forget anything, we just forget how to remember it.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Drum roll please ....

I've got some super-exciting posts coming up over this next week or so - Yarndale (which was just fabulous fun), the Yarndale Sock Line (which truly blew me away this year) - and this one!

Earlier this year, I was so happy to tell you that I'd been nominated in the British Knitting and Crochet Awards for Favourite Knitting Blog with Winwick Mum.  These are the industry-leading awards for the crafting industry run by Let's Knit and Let's Get Crafting magazines and it's a huge honour just to get on the nominations list.  

Friday, 22 September 2017

See you there!


By the time you read this, I'll be on my way to Yorkshire to help set up for this year's Yarndale festival.  I love the setting up as much as the festival itself and ooh, it's going to be a good one this year!  I've been very excited to read the exhibitor list and see that there are going to lots of new exhibitors as well as familiar faces - don't worry, I'll be sure to tell you all about it (whether you like it or not!) when I get back.  


Sunday, 17 September 2017

DJ Winwick Mum

Another weekend already!  I hope you're having a good one!  

It's been another busy week here - small daughter is still loving high school  and had a new friend over to play (it's been a big relief to know that her first couple of weeks have been a success and yes, they're still at that age when they "play", which is lovely) and big daughter went back to university this weekend.  She's not very far away from us and it suits us all very well for her to come home whenever she feels like it, although I'm not sure that I always appreciate all the washing that comes back with her, or the food that disappears from the fridge when she leaves again!

You'll see that the title of this post is "DJ Winwick Mum" - no, I'm not about to become a disco queen or take to the airwaves, but as I was writing it struck me that all of the things I want to tell you about are connected, so I hope you'll forgive my DJ links! :) 

First up, Yarndale looms ever closer - it's next weekend!   Are you coming up to Skipton?  You are going to be stunned by this year's Yarndale Sock Line if you are - there are so many pairs of socks and they are all beautiful.  Such a range of sizes too, we're going to be keeping toes cosy from the tiniest to the largest pairs of feet and that's amazing!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

First week back

Hello, and how are you?  

Safe and dry, I hope - the weather this week has been quite wet and wild, the tail end no doubt of the hurricane which has battered the Caribbean and east coast of America.  Whilst a bit of heavy rain here has been nothing compared to what people there are going through, it makes you realise that we are all connected in some way on our small blue planet and we have an obligation to keep it safe so that we can keep all of us safe.  I send my thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by Hurricane Irma and hope that it blows itself out soon.

It's also the end of the first week back to school for us; this year it's been the same but different as small daughter has gone to high school and our school runs to the primary school are over.  Am I missing them?  Not at the moment!  Neither is small daughter who has thoroughly enjoyed her first week at high school and is looking forward to next week already.  I have to say that the first morning's achievement of being up and dressed by 6am wasn't repeated, but we've not had any issues with getting her out of the house on time!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Northern Yarn Shop Opening

On Saturday morning, I woke up to a damp and foggy morning in Winwick.  On the second day of September!  It's too early for autumn weather and I was very thankful, as I drove north towards Lancaster, to see the sun break through the clouds and the fields become bright with late summer light.

Why was I going to Lancaster?  It's nearly a year ago that I bought my first skeins of Northern Yarn Poll Dorset Lambswool 4ply with the intention of seeing how it knitted up into no-nylon socks.  At the time, I had no idea that the socks I would knit would be my Easy Cable Socks and that I'd love them as much as I do, or that Kate from Northern Yarn and I would stay in touch, that Kate would swap her three-times-weekly market stall for a bricks and mortar shop or that I would find myself driving to Lancaster on a bright September morning for the shop opening.  I like the way that life works out like this, taking us down roads that are away from our planned routes.  Sometimes they turn out to be dead ends, sometimes they're not pleasant journeys at all, but often they are a wonderful surprise that enriches our lives in a way that we never expected.


And that's how I found myself spending the day at 74 Penny Street, Lancaster, the new home of Northern Yarn and Penny Street Collectables, a joint collaboration between Kate and her friend Jess.  

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Northern Yarn Lancaster shop opening - Saturday 2 September 2017

I mentioned this a week or so ago but a quick reminder here ...


if you're anywhere around Lancaster today (Saturday 2 September), do come and say hello at the new Northern Yarn shop at 74 Penny Street, Lancaster, LA1 1XN.  

It'll be open from 10am to 4pm, I'll be there to admire socks and answer any questions you might have.  Also sharing the shop with lots of fabulous yarn is Penny Street Collectables so there will be plenty to browse.  Hope to see you there!