Blogtober 2021 : Day 22

It’s been another lovely day.  I stayed in Skipton last night; Lucy and I went out for dinner after our visit to RHS Harlow Carr and this morning I went along to the knit n natter session at Coopers Cafe Bar before heading home.

A pine table is littered with large coloured cups and saucers, milk jugs, and knitting projects. In the foreground is a cup of hot chocolate overflowing with cream and marshmallows

If we’re very lucky, then every now and again we get to spend time with people who just “get” us.  There’s no need to explain what yarn or knitting means in our lives, or why you would spend hours knitting socks when you can buy three pairs for a fiver at the cheap shop.  They absorb you into their conversations as if you were there with them only yesterday and the swirl of chat wraps around you like the cosiest of blankets.  Projects are admired, patterns discussed, websites and Instagram accounts searched to illustrate an example.  Recipes and laundry tips are shared, holidays remembered, anedoctes recounted to hoots of laughter.  The yarn of life that connects us all is woven into a snapshot moment that brings a smile long after everyone has said goodbye.

I wish everyone could be as lucky as I have been today.


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24 Responses

  1. Lucy@Attic24 says:

    Oh, your words have made me feel a bit emosh!! Yes, aren’t we lucky to have found our people, and to spend time with like minded souls is truly one of the best things in life. Glad you found your way to us!xxxx

  2. CJ says:

    How lovely. And yes, a friend like that is a wonderful thing indeed. It sounds like an absolutely blissful couple of days.

  3. Ruthie says:

    I found my tribe 5 years ago, although the wool shop where we met has since sadly closed, we still meet on a weekly basis, and the chat sounds very reminiscent of ours. We have all become really good friends and it is indeed a wonderful thing! X
    Your day out sounds lovely too.

  4. Charlotte says:

    Seems like a perfect couple of days. So glad you had the opportunity to visit Skipton and visit with like minded friends.

  5. Mary Wilson says:

    Hi Christine. This is a beautiful piece of writing. How lost would we all be without our knitting or crochet. I certainly would be.
    My favourite ” chats around you like the cosiest of blankets” ❤ Thank you Christine. 😊 xx

  6. Laura Miller says:

    In these strange times it’s so good to connect with our tribe and remember what’s important. xxx

  7. Audrey Sayers says:

    Yes it’s nice to chat to people who are into all of our knitting .I love the Winsock mum site chatting to each other .helping people out when they hit a problem .it feels like one big family

    • winwickmum says:

      Yes, the online groups are so good for talk to likeminded people when there’s no one around who “gets” you, aren’t they? No explanations needed! 🙂 xx

  8. Barbara says:

    I know exactly what you mean by getting it! Why would you want to buy mediocre socks when you can knit beauties. B x

  9. Leanna says:

    Thank you for this! I so appreciate community, and my knitting & making community (even th0ugh they’re mostly online) is very important to me.

    • winwickmum says:

      I think it’s wonderful that we can have online communities now because it’s not easy or even possible for everyone to get to a face-to-face group. The internet working as it should do! 🙂 xx

  10. Anne says:

    I love this blog of yours, Christine but now and then Google gets over Zealous and blocks me out of the blog, why I’ve no idea. It’s a brilliant place to be and see through yours and Lucy’s eyes, love it. You take me to places I haven’t seen since I was a kid. Thing that I always remember from that area is the paint factory & the smell 😅😃😄 we went through Warrington coming from Derby to my uncles in Lytham St Annes and then we went down to Gatley — another time and place. I love the way we always travelled, miss it which why your wanderings are so precious to me so thank you so much for sharing
    Have a great weekend and I love the look of your trifle xx 🤗 😘

    • winwickmum says:

      I have no idea why you get blocked out – do you clear your browsing history on a regular basis? That might help so could be worth a try if you haven’t done it for a while. There isn’t a paint factory in Warrington any more – in fact, when I moved here I think there were seven breweries and distilleries and they’ve all gone too. We’ve still got Unilever and some days you can smell the washing powder being made, but I think even that is closing down now. That was quite a drive you did there, and I can imagine that you spent a lot of it on A roads as the motorway network would be different (I’m thinking of my own childhood visits up and down to Dundee!) and whilst they could be long and boring for a child in the back seat, they’re lovely memories now, aren’t they? xx

  11. Christine Knowler says:

    I’m catching up on your blogs as for some reason I keep forgetting to check every day. So glad you got to meet with your knit and natter friends. I’m still waiting for my group to start up again it’s in a small LYS and the owner is a bit worried for her customers. Maybe I’ll look to see if there’s a group in a hall or cafe locally.

    • winwickmum says:

      I hope it won’t be too long before you’ll be able to get back to your group again. It is a worry and especially as we’re coming into the season where people are usually unwell anyway – it’s all a bit much to think about some times! xx

  12. Kate McCurrach says:

    I completely understand how you feel and I really miss having friends nearby who understand and get me when I am so interested in yarn and stitch. I think that’s why IG is so important to me as it fills the gap a little bit. It’s lovely to read yours and Lucy’s blogs this month and enjoy your days out and thoughts too. Xx

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