Sunday, 30 December 2018

2018 in review

Whenever I think of a calendar year, I see it in my mind's eye as a clock with each of the months around it like the numbers that we use to tell the time.  December and January are both at the top, separated by the stroke of midnight, and here we are again, only a few ticks away from the old year ending and the new one starting.

This New Year, I have decided, will be on one of looking back as much as forward; of appreciating what I have rather than always looking to see what I want next.  We can be so driven sometimes, always working on the next project, planning the next adventure, that we forget that we already have so much of what we strive for right at our feet.  And why wait until next year to do this when I can start now by looking back at 2018?

So what was 2018 all about for me?  Oh socks, of course!  It wasn't until I was prompted to count up how many pairs I'd knitted this year that I realised just how much a part of my life socks are now.  I don't even think about it; they're as much a part of me as eating or sleeping.  There's at least one pair on my needles all the time (I currently have 4 WIPs which is quite a low number for me, but a good thing as I intended to start next year by doing some finishing off!) and I will knit my socks pretty much every day.  Knitting those rhythmic rounds is what keeps me grounded;  they bring me comfort and stability during tough times and they make me happy, releasing feel-good hormones as I make my down those familiar neural pathways.  Picking up my needles is like coming home, and I don't ever intend to stop.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Wiseheart Studio visit

If you're in the Peak District over the Christmas period, you might well be tempted to follow the Peak District Yarn Trail (although do check opening hours before you visit!) - you might remember that in early November I went to Peak District Yarns in Tideswell ... a couple of weeks later I went to Wiseheart Studio in Whaley Bridge as Kate, Martyn and Annie who own the Studio were celebrating their 2nd Studio birthday.

It was another cold day (I was glad I'd put lots of layers on!) but the winter sun lit up the hills as I drove past Manchester Airport and out into the countryside.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Eve

It's getting late on Christmas Eve.  

We've been to church, the gifts are wrapped, there's food in the fridge and we're thankful for all of it.  Wishing you a calm, peaceful and very Merry Christmas xx

Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Yarndale Sock Line 2018

It seems like a very long time ago that I sent out the request for socks for the Yarndale Sock Line this year ... half a year ago, in fact!  I'm very late with letting you know where they've all gone to this year, but you don't have to wait much longer ...

Just a bit longer, though ... I want to tell you about Yarndale and the socks first!  (If you're new to the Yarndale Sock Line, you can find out all about it here.)

Whenever I click the "publish" button on the Yarndale Sock Line request post, there's always a moment where I catch my breath - and then exhale again, knowing that the post is out there and whatever will happen next, will happen next.  There are so many demands on our time, on our budgets, so many deserving charities that want us to use our skills to help them ... every year, I try not to worry that my pair of socks will be the only ones hanging in the Auction Mart, and every year my fears have been unfounded.  Thank you.  The generosity of the crafting community - and especially the sock knitting community - never fails to bring a tear to my eye.

In what feels like only moments later (although in reality is a few weeks because seriously, if we could all knit socks in a few moments then no one would ever have cold feet!), the parcels start arriving with Lucy in Skipton.  We always choose to send them to her first because she organises a Yarndale creative project and it's easier and cheaper for someone to send everything in one parcel if they want to.  It also gives me a good excuse (as if I need one!) to drive up to Skipton to spend some time with my lovely friend and drink hot chocolate at Coopers whilst we're cosily ensconced in Lucy's Studio 😀

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Monthly Musing - Remembering Christmas - December 2018

I am walking with the dog to the post box to re-post a Christmas card that was wrongly delivered to us.  It’s dark, it’s raining, I’ve forgotten my mittens and my hands are freezing.   The dog is oblivious to the dark, the cold and the rain and feels that it is his duty to minutely inspect and sniff every bush and lamp post we pass by.  Oh, come on!  It’s going to take us forever to get there at this rate!  It’s ten days till Christmas Day.  I’ve got cards to write, presents to wrap, (dare I admit it?) presents still to buy, cooking, cleaning, tidying still to do and the last place that I want to be is out in the dark, empty streets when there are a hundred and one other jobs that I should be doing instead.

We cross the road and walk down one of the streets where the houses and their gardens are lit up with lights and Christmas decorations.  It looks lovely but I’m not feeling remotely festive.  I’m feeling cold and grumpy.  The dog has stopped again.  Oh, come on!  I can see the post box from where I am standing but feel like I’m never going to get there because the dog is now trying to get under someone’s hedge.  Has he no sense of urgency?
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