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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve, St Oswald's Church, Winwick

All is calm, all is bright ...

We've had fun at the traditional Crib Service at Winwick Church this evening and now it's time to settle down ready for an exciting day tomorrow.

I wish you a very Merry Christmas xx

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Monthly Musing - December 2017- Christmas Gift

Small daughter has been doing some Christmas-themed homework for her RE (Religious Education) class at school.  She was given two sets of verses from the Bible about the Christmas story and asked to say whether certain “facts” were true or false, so for example, “There were three kings” or “Herod wanted to kill Jesus”.  The fascinating thing was that not all of the “facts” that were listed were in both of the versions that she read but put together, they made up the Christmas story as she recognised it.
            “Why is that, then?” she asked.  “Why did they miss those bits out?  Why didn’t they [Matthew and Luke] both get the story right?”

This was one of those moments when I explain something to small daughter and she looks at me as if I’ve just dropped from an alien space ship. 

Friday, 22 December 2017

Yup, I made that!

Do you find that there are some clothes in your wardrobe that you want to wear all the time?  I do, and usually from the same couple of companies too.  They make the sort of comfortable tops and tunics that I like to wear over jeans and leggings and my drawers are full of them!  

Being me, though, I have wondered if I could make these for myself.  Now, I'm the first to admit that I'm not super-confident about dressmaking although I have made some clothes over the years, so it's no wonder that I kept putting it off and knitting new pairs of socks instead because they turn out just fine.  It's all about confidence, as I so often tell people who are just starting out on their sock-knitting adventures, but for me there's always that worry with sewing that once I've cut the fabric there's no going back ... 

Then a solution dropped into my inbox inside The Make and Do Studio's newsletter, and I booked myself onto the new "How to sew with stretch fabric" workshops that Maeri (who owns the studio) had just added.  Hooray!  The workshops run over two 3 1/2 hour sessions which is a good length of time to get something done - in this case, make a t-shirt - but not long enough for learners' fatigue to set in.  You don't need to be losing your concentration with pins and sharp scissors in your hands!  

Stretch fabric workshop at The Make & Do Studio

Monday, 11 December 2017

Getting closer

It should never be a surprise to me that Christmas is on 25 December; the date doesn't change and I've been around for a fair few Christmases now, but despite my good intentions of being organised by the beginning of December, it very rarely happens.  I've written some Christmas cards, I've wrapped some presents, I still need to write more cards, buy more presents - and it feels as if Christmas is just around the corner, waiting to pounce on me shouting "Not ready?  But you knew I was coming!"

This year, I've struggled to feel festive at all which hasn't helped my preparations, despite small daughter kindly keeping me up to speed on how many sleeps it is before the big day ("How many?" Oh no!) but over the weekend something happened that has made a big difference.


Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Yarndale Sock Line 2017 roundup

Can it really be that time of year again when I'm able to say to you "look where all the Yarndale socks have gone?"

It doesn't seem like five minutes ago that I was asking you if you'd like to get involved in the Yarndale Sock Line this year but here we are in December and it really is that time of year where I can tell you that all the socks have gone to new homes.

I collected the first parcels of socks in August ...

and using the system that I set up last year to log all of the sock details, soon had them all up on my spreadsheet and waiting for Yarndale.