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.

As may be expected in any year, we may experience periods of turbulence and overwhelm during this flight but we ask that you keep your tray table in the upright position and your eyes on better times up ahead.  Laws of nature dictate that turbulence is a temporary condition, so if this situation does occur, adopt the brace position and be kind to yourself until it passes.  In the unlikely event that oxygen is required, masks will drop from the overhead compartments.  If this occurs, keep your seatbelt on and pull the mask sharply downwards for air.  Breathe deeply and evenly, pick up your knitting and continue as before, remembering that there is no such thing as selfish knitting and that your well-being is essential to everyone else’s.  With this in mind, please make sure that you have secured your own oxygen mask before helping others.

Smoking is not allowed on this flight unless it involves an open fire, sausages or possibly some roast potatoes left in the Aga on Sundays (I know, how do I manage that?!).

Please make sure that electronic devices are switched to flight safe or airplane mode now.  You will find a selection of knitting patterns and general everyday ramblings on the in-flight Winwick Mum blog, along with our in-flight shop with today’s selection of Super Socks books and Winwick Mum pin badges.

Life jackets will not be required on this flight.  However, blankets for those in need of security or comfort, those feeling poorly or for general snuggling may be knitted or crocheted at any time.

In case of an emergency landing, you will find the exits for fun, useful and helpful Facebook groups here and here.  Alternative exits leading to depression, anxiety, general lack of self-confidence and despair are not recommended, and instead, passengers are directed to the Sockalong tutorials where they can find information on knitting socks which always brightens someone’s day 🙂 .

We’re about to take off now, so please make sure that your seatbelt is fastened, your seat is upright and your tray table is safely stowed away.  Thank you for flying with Winwick Mum, we hope you have a pleasant flight and we look forward to spending our year with you.

Source: @living__4life (Instagram)

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33 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Happy 2019 to you and thanks for the chuckles as I see 2018 out. 🙂

  2. Het Thuisproject says:

    I love this 🙂 Happy new year to you too!

  3. Jeanette Kettlewell says:

    Always friendly skies when flying with Winwick Mum! Happy New Year, Christine!

  4. Unknown says:

    Happy 2019 to you! May Winwick Mum airlines fly smoothly and prosperously inwards

  5. Anita (Coningsby) says:

    Happy New Year. Am half way through my first pair of socks for 2019!

  6. Unknown says:

    Brilliant – I'm with you for the long haul – knitting needles at the ready.

  7. Farmer's wife and mummy says:

    Oh I love this. Happy new year to you:)

  8. Unknown says:

    Happy 2019!
    Looking forward to many more sock creations 🙂

  9. Lorraine Ramsay says:

    Happy New Year Christine. I’ve had a fantastic flight with you this year and I’m hoping for another good one in 2019. Thank you for the inspiration & fun xx

  10. Susieknits says:

    Happy New Year Christine. Looking forward to many happy landings.

  11. Poppypatchwork says:

    Best 1st post of the new year!!!

  12. PixieMum says:

    What a fun and clever post, love it, made enjoyable reading for New Year’s Day.

    With best wishes and many thanks for your sock knitting guidance.

  13. crochetncross_stitch says:

    Happy New Year Christine. This is my first post but I am an avid follower. What a brilliant way to introduce your take on life and the year ahead – look forward to more of the same. Best wishes Lindsay

  14. linda says:

    Happy New Year Christine a fantastic post made me smile. 🙂 xx

  15. Unknown says:

    I love your post Christine, I hope you have a wonderful year for 2019. Thank you for being such a generous person with all your wonderful free patterns. 🙂 xx

  16. Book Squirrel says:

    Happy New Year to you Christine from sunny Brixham!

  17. happy hooker says:

    Already booked my seat for the Winwick Mum flights throughout the year. They're like a magical, mystery tour – who knows where they'll go or land, but one thing's for sure, they'll all be enjoyable.
    I hope 2019 is all you wish for. xx

  18. Attic24 says:

    brilliantly written, in your best Captains voice!xx

  19. Homebird says:

    Hahaha! Love it! Xxx

  20. Lenore says:

    Let’s up, up and away. I loved your creativity in this post. Happy New Year. Xx

  21. Julie says:

    A great post to start the year …… gave me a giggle. X

  22. Sonia Christie says:

    A uniquely refreshingly wonderful New Year blog post – just like you ��

  23. daydream in colour says:

    Oh this is fun! I look forward to joining your flight in 2019. Happy New Year. xx Susan

  24. luluknitts says:

    Fab post Christine, it really made me laugh. May every cloud we pass be shaped like a sock! xx

  25. Susan Rayner says:

    And a very Happy New Year to you!

  26. Marion says:

    Happy New Year. I love your blog and this one has really made me laugh, thank you so much for all what you do with your blogs, free patterns and books. Here's to a really good new year for all of us. Love Marion (Pinklady 558) xx

  27. RhianPennant says:

    Looking forward to “flying” with you in 2019. Rhian

  28. Josephine says:

    Happy New Year, Christine! Love your airline post. I’m still an unaccompanied minor when it comes to socks, so I’m very grateful to have Winwick Mum as my flight attendant.

  29. My Crafting corner says:

    Happy New Year. I just love your flight programme and look forward to journeying with you in 2019.

  30. Denise says:

    Your piece made me laugh, too. And just remember that tea has many health benefits so it surely cancels our the chocolate and shortbread!

  31. Janet says:

    Oh Christine, that was brilliant. You have a real talent for witty writing. Happy New year to you and your family.

  32. Helen says:

    Happy New Year to my wonderful sock teacher! I already have two pairs on the go on my DPNS, only started learning knitting early in 2018 and now knit every single day. Absolutely love your blog, always such positivity and sensible words. Look forward to sharing 2019 with my fabulous teacher and your fun adventures – thank you Christine, best wishes, Helen

  33. Anonymous says:

    Happy New Year. what a wonderful post. I think you have it covered in the pre-flight check and these words of wisdom apply to all – even non knitters….especially the bits about turbulence and breathing….. let the journey begin Lee

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