Thursday, 31 January 2019

Monthly Musing - January 2019 - Pause for thought

Big daughter has left one of her text books on the table.  It’s a book about yoga for teenagers and she’s been reading it as reference for a university essay she’s writing about reducing stress.  I wasn’t impressed by yoga when I was a teenager.  My Mum was a yoga teacher which may have had something to do with it as I was a bit of an awkward so and so as many teenagers are, but I liked to move faster; I liked squash and badminton, I wanted to be out on my bike or walking, not stretching oh-so-slowly.

Now that I’m older and have found my own yoga class (I'm surprised that my Mum hasn't fallen off her cloud laughing at all the things I do now which I refused to do when I was younger), I can see the benefits of stretching oh-so-slowly.  I have seen my flexibility improve, I have impressed myself with my downward dog (aren’t mirrors in studios a marvellous thing?!) and I have learnt to quiet my mind so that I can turn down the noise of the day and remember who I am.  I can see exactly why our teenagers need the option of a yoga class, even as I can remember being that teenager who would have refused to go.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

WYS Winwick Mum Collection yarn - daydream believer

Phew, there were an awful lot of comments on my last post - and thanks for all your kind words!  Did I catch you by surprise?  We've been working on this together for quite some time now, West Yorkshire Spinners and I; it's been super-exciting and at last I can start to tell you all about it.  Oh, this has been a BIG secret to hold onto, I can tell you!

So how did it happen, then?  How did this Mum from Winwick find her name on the ball bands of West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply yarn?  Read on, and I'll tell you more!

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Monday, 21 January 2019

Whoop whoop!

Well, have I got some exciting news to share with you today!

Thanks to your votes, I've been named as an Online Innovator in the Knit Now Knitter of the Year awards - whoop whoop indeed!  

Thank you so much for voting for me, I'm absolutely thrilled with this award, not least because the very first award that I ever won for Winwick Mum was a Knit Now Knitter of the Year one, so it feels very special to be awarded a second one.  

Friday, 11 January 2019

January days

Lots of people aren't that keen on January, but I like it.  Yes, the Christmas decorations are down and all the excitement of New Year is over, everyone's back to work, school and uni and the weather is pretty dismal, but I still like these early days of the new year.

I went back to my yoga class this week (very pleased with myself as I was given a new non-slip mat for Christmas - purple, of course!) and ahead of me in the queue to get into the sports centre, someone was complaining about the "resolutioners" who fill up the gym, the classes and the swimming pool.  It happens every year so I don't know why it came as a surprise to them, and often it doesn't last - although I must say that all the "resolutioners" who have discovered the Sockalong and taken up sock knitting are all sticking to it very well!  I am delighted about this, as you will imagine, and with every new pair of socks we're getting closer to world domination! 😀

Interestingly, it's not been busy on the dog-walk footpaths (presumably everybody is in the gym) and the dog and I have pretty much had our walks to ourselves.  The weather has been very mild and damp which is disappointing - one of the things I like about January is that there's always the possibility of snow.   Do you think you ever grow out of hoping for snow?  For those of us that wish for it, probably not, although that may be because I don't live in a place where it inconveniences me for months of the year.  

We've had grey skies ...

Saturday, 5 January 2019

First steps

Hello!  It's lovely to see you and thank you so much for all your comments on my New Year post - it was a bit of fun as we take our first steps into 2019, and see what the year has in store for us, and your comments really made me smile. 😀

So far, it's a quiet start.  The girls don't go back to school and uni until next week and even my husband has a rare few days off work.  I've been getting up earlier than everybody else to have some quiet minutes with my knitting and a brew (it's not always so easy to have quiet minutes once everyone's up, is it?) and I've really appreciated these slow mornings.  It's a family tradition that my brother buys me The Broons or Oor Wullie annual every year; they always used to be published biannually although now they are both published every year but we've stuck to our tradition.  And if you can't eat chocolate for breakfast over the Christmas and New Year period, then when else?!

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Good morning ladies and gentlemen ...

Happy New Year and welcome on board this Winwick Mum flight 2019.  Please give this short safety announcement your full attention before settling back to enjoy your year.

This year's flight will take us past socks, no-nylon yarns, the vegetable patch, overgrown flower borders which will hopefully be tamed, a Studio Shed which is in mid-renovation, free patterns which I love to share on the blog, more socks, some other knitting projects, walks with the dog, more socks and possibly some unexpected detours, because isn't that the fun of a journey?  On board refreshments will include tea, chocolate, shortbread biscuits and - oh OK then, something a bit more healthy every now and again.

The aisle and exits need to be kept clear so excess yarn should be safely tidied away.  It is not always necessary to keep it in overhead lockers or under the seat in front of you as it is not only a form of house insulation, but also a useful aid to relaxation, mindfulness, self-care and replenishing your wardrobe.  

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