On the bright side …

Look at that sky!

A rainbow against a dark sky above a green hedge

Whenever I see a rainbow, I immediately think of my Brightside yarn.  Rainbows were absolutely the inspiration for that yarn, and the idea that there is always something better and brighter on the other side of the darkness.

When I saw this rainbow, and this small Hattie cat (never mind cat on a hot tin roof, this was a cat on a wet flat roof!), I was more concerned about getting her inside before she got too wet because I was on my out with the dog and knew that if she stayed out, she’d get caught in the rain.

A rainbow against a dark sky above a green hedge. A small calico cat is on a roof edge next to the hedge

The rain didn’t actually materialise – just a few spots – as we walked through the village and out in the fields.  By then, there was a double rainbow and I couldn’t believe that the sky was so dark and yet it had stayed dry.

A faint double rainbow against a dark sky across a field

Until we got to the end of the footpath, at that point where it was no closer to go back than it was to go on, and then the heavens opened.  Not only that, the wind got up and the rain started to come in sideways.  I did think that perhaps the dog and I could sit under a bush until the rain had gone off  (“It’s only a shower, it’ll be fine”) but I had failed to consider that although spring is on its way, the bushes and trees are still bare of leaves and crouching in wet grass under some twigs being pounded by heavy rain was not a good move.

We walked on, the dog and me, dripping water from coats, trousers and tails (the dog’s tail, not mine, and he doesn’t wear trousers either), feeling the water running into my boots from the top so that by the time we were nearly home, I was not only dripping but squelching as well, and that was not an experience I had expected when we set out.

On the bright side (ha!), we have towels in our house and we don’t dissolve in the rain.  Hattie the cat, snoozing on the dry windowsill indoors, watched us out of one sleepy eye as we walked down the path.  She wouldn’t be seen out in the rain like the crazy dog and human!


It’s not been wet all week.  We have had some lovely sunshine and it’s been a joy to be outside.  To be honest, once I had decided that I could either be miserable in the rain or feel the joy of being outside in that, the walk brightened up and it didn’t feel quite so bad, despite the squelchiness.  It’s incredible how we can alter the mood with our minds in a split second, isn’t it?

Yellow daffodils in a woodland

Thank you so much for all of your comments last week about when you read the blog posts.  It seems that the weekend is generally better and that my emails won’t add to the Friday noise so we can give it a go … as you can see by the time that I posted this, I hadn’t quite got my act together to have it out by Saturday morning, but I’ll aim to get better!


Thank you for your lovely response to my forthcoming sock pattern too … I’m almost there with the pattern for releasing so I can show you what the socks look like and tell you a bit more about them as well.  I always feel a bit nervous about doing that before I’m pretty much ready for them to go into the outside world in case it all goes horribly wrong with the knitting or I end up being delayed and feel that I’m not delivering on promises.  Anyway … here we are …

A blue sock with a goldfish pattern is next to a partly-knitted sock of the same pattern on a white background. The camera is looking down onto the socks and there is a succulent plant and an orange mug of tea in the photo as well.

These socks are called Don’t be Koi and not so small daughter has told me that as soon as they are off the needles and photographed for the pattern, they are going onto her feet and never coming off.  I’ll take that as a compliment!

We designed them together with her forthcoming trip to Japan with the Guides this summer as our inspiration.  The fish are Koi fish which come in all shades from white to gold to red, and the border is red as that is a colour often used in Japan so we wanted to incorporate that too.

The socks themselves are knitted in West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Blue Raspberry which actually seems to change colour depending on the light and seemed very appropriate for the “water”!

The pattern will be out next week – I know it’s quite common for designers to release patterns on Fridays, but I’m going to rlease this one on Saturday (8 April) in keeping with our new weekend conversations.  Oh, and I’ll be sure to be organised earlier in the day with it too! 🙂


There are 10 minutes of the morning left in the UK and it’s April Fool’s Day (1 April) so I hope you haven’t been caught out by too much fooling around!  🙂


See you next week! xx


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30 Responses

  1. Audrey says:

    seeing a double rainbow is supposed to be lucky .
    I love your new sock pattern .will look forward to knitting them .
    Where is the year going too
    Happy 1st April

  2. Lesley Bain says:

    The socks look fabulous! I’ve been following your progress and the teaser pics, so have been really looking forward to seeing them. I’ll be buying this pattern when it comes out!

  3. Jan says:

    Stumbled across your blog looking for help with a sock problem (hopefully now resolved).
    What a lovely, joyful blog, just like bumping into a friend and having a quick catch up chat. Thank you.
    I am hoping that my future will include more socks, as I love trying out new techniques, however need to steer into baby knits as first grandchild expected this year.

    • winwickmum says:

      Hello! It’s lovely to see you! I’m glad I was able to help with the sock problem and I am delighted that you’ve enjoyed spending time on the blog, thank you! 🙂 xx

  4. Helen says:

    Perfect timing. I went straight to overtime from bed virtually (cats were fed, fret not). Then put a wash on, tidied and as I sat down, spotted the email. The socks are gorgeous. I need Pisces socks… Helen x

  5. michelle says:

    love the new sock pattern i’m a pisces so i will think of them as my astrological socks lol

  6. Fran Slack says:

    I love the sock pattern. We visited the area near Nara in Japan where koi and goldfish are bred. Amazing! I’m sure your daughter will enjoy her visit.

    • winwickmum says:

      Oh wow, that sounds amazing! Not so small daughter is already immensely excited so hopefully she won’t spontaneously combust before the departure date! 🙂 xx

  7. Ruth Howard says:

    Thanks for your chatty post – love receiving them thank you – the socks look good – love the colour – your daughter is privileged to have such and industrious Mum !!
    You encouraged me last week after your spring cleaning ???? ???? to do the same – not sure I have sorted out – more moving of ???? yarns to another room but have cleaned a much needed area in the conservatory and appreciating more room to move about !!

    Have a good weekend and look forward to next week and new sock ???? pattern – have just bought your last pattern booklet for my daughter in law’s birthday this last week !! made a package with yarn and needles and notions etc in a pretty tin – enjoyed getting it ready for her!!
    Love Ruth x

    • winwickmum says:

      Thank you for buying the patterns, and well done on getting some clearing out done! I’ve been a bit slower with it all this week but I’m determined to keep on track! 🙂 xx

  8. Gillian says:

    Looking forward to the pattern release. I believe I still have a ball of the blue raspberry in my stash so I’ll be ready to go.

  9. Susan Rayner says:

    Looking forward to next Saturday’s pattern release- it is a beautiful pattern and the colours just gorgeous.
    You have reminded me of my many years of dog walking in all weather and having to shelter under a huge Rhododendron with two Labrador crosses when we got caught by an enormous cloudburst one day. Many years and several dogs ago. Those were the best days and yes the mood always improved outdoors whatever the weather.
    I hope the worst of the rain has now passed – our local river is on the brink of overflowing and three local villages have already been cut off by floods – not an April Fool.
    Have a lovely weekend everyone.

  10. Donna A Miller says:

    I read your blog every week, but don’t necessarily comment. I love all the pictures you post, the weather, the screnery, the animals, really doesn’t matter. I’ve knit socks a few times and am intrigued by your patterns. Maybe when I retire quie soon, I’ll try another pair. But, the blog is certainly enjoyed, even though I don’t say thank you enough. Happy and Blessed Easter Season.

  11. Lenore says:

    They are lovely Christine. Perfect yarn choice. ❤️❤️????

  12. Anne says:

    Oh. Thanks for the chuckle
    Not the first time I’ve been caught in a downpour. Water in the Wellies. Definitely not comfortable

    Looking forward to seeing the socks in action. Happy spring

  13. Siegried Robinson says:

    Love all your socks but I’m hesitant about colourwork so just sticking with mosaic for now and hoping to find your Ryegrass pattern published soon. Thanks for the inspiration and enjoy your walks.

    • winwickmum says:

      I do need to get on and get Ryegrass out into the world, thanks for the reminder! There’s not very much colourwork in Don’t be Koi so you might find that the Easy Colourwork Socks tutorial would be enough to get you started and then you could try them later 🙂 xx

  14. Thank you. I just caught up with the blog and it really cheered me up. Looking forward to the socks and I will have a go . I am fairly new to sock knitting.

  15. Rosie says:

    Another lovely to read post. looking forward to the sock pattern next week. were off to wonder wool in Wales in a few weeks.so something lovely to knit during the journey. thank you

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