Saturday, 29 February 2020

Monthly Musing - February 2020 - Breathe

I’m at my yoga class, twisting myself into whatever position it is and trying to stay upright (which takes more effort for some poses than others!), and I can hear my teacher saying something about breathing. 

“Remember to breathe,” she says, which sounds obvious but quite often I find myself forgetting as I’m so busy concentrating, “Breath equals energy, breath is life!” 

When I first started going to yoga classes and it all seemed too hard, telling me that “breath equals energy” was not really very helpful and I can remember thinking rather crossly, “Of course breath is life, we’ll die if we don’t breathe!”.  Now, though, when I don’t have to concentrate quite so hard on what my arms and legs are doing, I can focus my attention on whether I am breathing or not and what my teacher says makes far more sense. 

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

CHSI Stitches 2020

Hi!  How are you doing?

It's a blustery Wednesday here in Winwick - not so different, really, from two weekends ago when I drove down to Birmingham to meet up with the West Yorkshire Spinners team for the CHSI Stitches trade show.  I can't believe that it's been a year since I was last there - that was the official launch of the Winwick Mum Collection of Signature 4ply yarn which means that it's been nearly a year since it's been out in the world!  Wow, that year has gone quickly - and it's been an amazing one too as I've seen my yarn knitted up into so many projects.

Image shows the CHSI Stitches logo on a large banner saying "Welcome to ..."

This year's trade show was a good opportunity for me to see what's coming up from West Yorkshire Spinners (oh, I'm so nosey!) and now you can have a sneak peek too!  Do you want to come and have a look around?  

Friday, 21 February 2020

Finding your way around

I've been doing some updating on the blog recently and today seems like as good a time as any to tell you about what I've been doing - and hopefully it will help you to find things a bit more easily.

Here's the blog as you'll see it when you first visit the page (although because it's a blog, that central section with the blog post will look different depending on when you visit) ...

All of the main reference pages in the blog are quickly accessible from the pictures down the right hand side.

If you are here to knit socks, you'll need to click on this picture here which you'll see at the top on the right hand side of the page ...

This takes you to all the Sockalong tutorials and the download page for the basic 4ply Sockalong sock pattern.  If you want to learn to knit socks, this is the main page that you're going to need!

Thursday, 20 February 2020

February half term

It's the school holidays again.  Seriously, it only feels like five minutes since the last school holidays and that was when?  Christmas?  How can we be in mid-February already?!

Well, the start of our week was heralded by Storm Dennis which came hot on the heels of Storm Ciara and there's been terrible flooding all over the country - my heart goes out to everyone whose lives have been turned upside down by the flood waters.  I can't begin to imagine the despair of seeing the water creep (and sometimes race) closer to your home and knowing there's nothing you can do to stop it.

Today is calm and mild.  There's even a hint of sunshine - a bit pale and watery, but sunshine nonetheless.  Small daughter, who has now joined the ranks of teenagers who could quite easily turn sleeping into an Olympic sport (although not at bedtime, strangely enough ...), is snuggled in with one of our cats who's a bit under the weather at the moment.  I don't like it when our pets aren't well - it's as bad as having poorly babies as they can't tell you what's wrong.  The vet is looking after him, though, and we've got a round of blood tests to come later this week to see if we can get to the bottom of it.  In the meantime, he's feeling safe and warm somewhere in small daughter's duvet and once you're curled up with a cat, the incentive to get out of bed is even less so I may not see her before lunch time!

A grey cloudy sky with dark trees silhouetted against it

She's got a sleepover organised with friends this week so I've got a so-far undecided number of girls descending to camp out in our living room.  I suggested that we might all load up into the car and take the dog for a walk at the beach and was greeted with "nah, it's boring", "it's pointless just walking on a beach", "it's too cold", "it's too sandy" so I've taken that as we're not going.  Small daughter must have felt sorry for me as she has promised to come with me another day (I'm grateful, I think?!) but I'm just going to leave them to it.  They see each other every day at school but that's not the same as having hours out of school to spend together and they don't really get to do that very often.  I think as long as I remember to feed them every now and again it'll all work out very well 😀.

Friday, 14 February 2020

Seaside yarn - visit to Ewe Felty Thing

With the school half term holidays fast approaching, you might be thinking of a day out to the seaside, and North Wales is as good a place as any to dip your toes into the water ... or perhaps not, as it's February and the sea will be more than a bit cold!

In that case, you'll be looking for alternatives to beach-time and I can suggest just the place if you're heading to Llandudno - Ewe Felty Thing, a veritable TARDIS of yarn tucked away from the main promenade.  Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales, built on a peninsula which gives the resort two beaches.  The North Shore is the busier side with the promenade, the pier and long row of Victorian villas overlooking the sea, and the West Shore is quieter and wilder, stretching along the estuary of the River Conwy back past Deganwy to Conwy itself.  Ewe Felty Thing is on the North Shore side, close enough to the bustle of the main streets but in a quieter street of it's own, and definitely worth seeking out!

Friday, 7 February 2020

Winter Haven KAL round up

Well, here we are in February!  How are you doing?  The Winter Haven KAL is over for this year now, but it's been such a lovely thing to do that I wanted to write a round up post and show you some of the photos that I've seen, and share some of your thoughts about the KAL too.

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Wintery skies

After all the rain and grey skies that we've had recently, it has been an absolute joy to see something other than clouds!

I went over to see my friend Lucy in Skipton yesterday and was very glad to be leaving gale force winds and driving rain behind in Winwick - by the time I got to Colne in Lancashire, the skies had cleared and made driving over the moors a thoroughly enjoyable experience.  I even saw sunshine!

A view of the Yorkshire Dales with blue skies and sun shining over the fields.

Coming home, the sky looked like it was on fire, such a beautiful sunset - that you would be able to appreciate far more if that tree hadn't decided to photobomb my picture ...

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