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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Awards and more

Hello hello, how are you doing?  It's another weekend and I'm finally starting to get myself straight again after Yarndale ... all the excitement, the preparation beforehand and then afterwards I'm in a disorganised heap for a few weeks.  You'd think by now I'd be better at this, wouldn't you? 😀

Right then, it's time to do some catching up on what's been going on around here, and I've got plenty to tell you - and something rather exciting to share too!

First up ... this!

Woohoo!  I am beyond thrilled to tell you that More Super Socks was highly commended in the British Knitting and Crochet Awards so a MASSIVE thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me - and also for everyone else who was nominated.   Whether you're a blogger or designer working (mostly alone) at home, a yarn shop owner or a company that strives to provide the best in yarn and accessories, knowing that what you do is appreciated is a wonderful thing!  

Monday, 14 October 2019

Yarndale 2019

It was a wild and blustery Friday morning at the end of September that I set off from Winwick to drive to Skipton for the seventh annual Yarndale festival.  Seven years of Yarndale, can you believe that?  And I've been involved for five of those years with the Yarndale Sock Line - it's been fabulous!

The last six years have been beautiful Autumn weekends, the leaves just turning from green to shades of brown, orange and red, but this year the leaves were blowing off the trees before they could even change colour and the rain was coming in sideways ... we were all keeping our fingers crossed for some last-minute sunshine!

There's a certain irony about the sign above these sheep but we won't mention that :)

It's become a tradition now for me to meet Lucy at Coopers Cafe Bar where she's been at the Friday morning knit n natter session (always a busy session with so many visitors able to drop in to knit and chat) and then we head on up to the Auction Mart, where the preparations for Yarndale have been in full swing for a couple of days.  Here's the bunting in the Hub going up ...

Source: Attic24

and if you look at the photo above, you'll see there's a blank yellow wall on the left.  Not long after this photo was taken, there was something else there ...

Monday, 30 September 2019

Monthly Musing - September 2019 - Finding the "why"

I’ve got a spare few minutes and I’m scrolling through Instagram on my phone.  Every other post is an advert, the current theme of which seem to be about “finding my niche”, “my purpose” or “my why”, all of which I can do with the help of a self-proclaimed expert who will help me to work out exactly why I am here on Planet Earth – as long as I hand over my credit card details and my email address.

I might mutter at the adverts, but actually, isn’t the reason that we are here something that we’d all like to know?  What purpose do we have, other than doing the 9-5, the washing, the cleaning, the lawnmowing … surely in the great scheme of things, whatever or whoever created the Universe didn’t imagine that the sum total of our existence would be down to the amount that we put into the recycling bins each week!