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Friday, 31 August 2018

More Super Socks

Hello!  I promised to tell you more about my new book, More Super Socks, and today's the day.  I am so excited to show you what this book is about!

Well, here it is.  Introducing ... More Super Socks.  

The idea behind this book is that it helps to bridge the gap between knitting the basic Sockalong sock that's in the Winwick Mum Sockalong tutorials and the first Super Socks book, and knitting other patterns that are more complicated.  For some people, that jump is an easy one after learning how a sock is constructed, but for other people it still seems like a jump too far.  It's only the same as being someone who likes to leap straight into a swimming pool from the side or getting in down the steps.  Either way, you still end up in the water!

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


Helloo!  How are you doing?  Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post - I've not been so good at replying to them all over the holidays but I will catch up soon!

I've been busy trying to dodge the rain showers this week.  The dog and I were out for walk yesterday morning in glorious sunshine and I read that the weather was going to be good for the rest of the week.  "I'll cut the grass tomorrow," I thought ... and woke to torrential rain this morning.  Ah well.  The UK summer is back! :)

Whilst the dog and I were out in the fields, I spotted this flower that I'd never seen before ...

Saturday, 25 August 2018

It's all about the socks

It's been quite a while since I wrote a post that was about nothing but socks - but here it is!  I've got plenty to tell you about yarns and knitted socks, so get yourself a brew and let's get started!

Here are the latest Yarndale Sock Line parcels.  If you've missed the post from earlier this year, you can find out all about the Sock Line here.

They've been coming in thick and fast and there are so many of them - and they're all still in Yorkshire with Lucy!  Oh these school holidays, they do get in the way sometimes :)  Routines go completely out of the window, don't they, and Lucy and I haven't had chance to catch up with each other since before the schools broke up.  I'm regretting leaving that bag-full in her studio the last time I saw her as at least I'd have some socks to show you, but it is how it is, as someone once said to me (he was a builder, so imagine saying it whilst shaking your head, drinking very strong tea and explaining why your house extension was running three weeks late).  However, it's a useful phrase to remind you that not everything is in your control and I seem to have been saying it a lot just lately!

Sunday, 19 August 2018


This time last week, it was our last day in Stockholm.  We'd been there since late on Wednesday night, the second "instalment" of our family holidays which we decided this year to split into two city breaks.  (Our first was Granada in May.)

It's very different to Granada, as you'd expect.  We were in a capital city, after all, so in lots of ways it was much more like London with it's public transport system, banking district and shopping areas.  

In hindsight, it wasn't the best place to go for a restful week in August, especially as when there's something to be seen then we like to see it, but Stockholm has been on our list of places to visit for a long time so we knew that we wanted to go when we were planning our holidays at the beginning of the year.  We went on the sightseeing bus tour on our first morning - always our first port of call in a new city as it gives us a good overview of what's there and what we want to go back to see.

Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Summer things

Small daughter came back from a week at an international Scout and Guide camp on Saturday, and I seem to have been washing and ironing ever since.  She only took one rucksack but I think we must have managed to stuff enough clothes into it for a six month backpacking trip! 

I've been a bit worried that this week would seem boring after her camp full of pirate-themed activities including scuba diving, quad biking, crafting, socialising and full-on festival-ing, but to be honest, I think she's been glad of the rest.  What we have noticed is that the house is noisier, messier, the fridge is constantly empty and that the WiFi access in the house has slowed right down again, but we're still very glad to have her back :)

Popping out the greenhouse to "check" on the tomatoes has been a favourite activity ... 

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