Winter Haven KAL 2024 – Week 2

Hello, how are you doing?  It only seems like five minutes since I wrote last week’s post but it’s Week 2 of the Winter Haven KAL already and I hope this this week has been a good one for you.

Thank you to everyone who has been in touch through the blog comments, on social media or by email – it’s been great to hear from you and I’m so pleased that you’re joining in with the KAL!  Please note that this post is VERY picture-heavy!

A partly knitted pink, red and cream colourwork sock on a stone hearth next to an open fire

This week was our “official” back to it week as not so small daughter was back at sixth form college on Monday, and my husband and I were back at the day job after a lovely long Christmas break.  You know, I think I appreciated the time off after New Year more than I have done in years previously where I’ve taken the time off before Christmas.  I actually managed to be ready for Christmas a few days before the big day this year and that was a break in itself and meant that I felt that Christmas was much calmer than it has been in other years.

The first week back to work is always tough, though, isn’t it?  It’s like you have to remember how to think all over again! 🙂  I’ve been very glad of the Winter Haven KAL this week as it has reminded me that I need to be better at setting boundaries with myself and I’ve been doing that – I’ve been shutting my laptop at 5.30pm and then spending the evening knitting and resting – I’ve definitely been taking my own advice for once!

I’ve been making an effort to find a few minutes in the day to sit and knit – or just sit – too.  My husband has been practising “just sitting” which is a form of meditation where you sit and let the awareness of what’s going on around you wash over you, and it’s a very calming thing to do.  I am also really enjoying those extra minutes of knitting too, and it has reminded me how much knitting is part of my own well-being practice.

I hope you’ve got on OK with the week.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing so many posts on Facebook and Instagram (you can find them using the hashtag #WinterHavenKAL – don’t forget to add yours!) and what’s been really lovely is that the posts are encouraging more people to join in who didn’t think they wanted to be part of a KAL!   Yes, of course I want the whole world to knit my sock patterns 🙂 ,  but just as important is making sure that we try to rest and recharge too, so the more people we can encourage to do that, the better!

I think what helps is that this KnitAlong is very flexible, especially as I’ve got more patterns for you to choose from these days alongside the Basic 4ply Socks and this year’s Treasure Socks pattern, and as your Haven will be a space in your house then you haven’t got to leave it to go anywhere else, which makes it much easier to take a few moments for yourself.  If you’re new to the KAL, welcome!  It started last Friday and the last post will be on Friday 26 January so there’s still time to find yourself a cosy space, pick up a WIP or start a new project, and join in.  The first post which tells you all about the KAL and how it works is here.

Every year, I get emails from people who say that January is a difficult month for them for a variety of reasons and now in it’s 5th year, the Winter Haven KAL is a good reminder that they (and you) are not alone.  We might sit on our own in our Haven spaces but we are still connected and this is one of those time when social media in any form can actually help and we can all feel part of something bigger.  I didn’t plan the KAL like this deliberately in the beginning but I like the way that it’s worked out like this 🙂

This week, I’m going to talk a bit about what I’ve been doing, but I’m also going to show you what others have been doing as well – I love that we are all taking part in this KAL together!

 

🕯 My space

It’s not been particularly cold over the last week – it’s been round about 6°C (42°F) which is really quite mild for January, I think, although we’re forecast an icy blast next week.  I think I’ll be very glad to stay in by the fire then!

A partly knitted pink, red and cream colourwork sock on a stone hearth next to an open fire

It’s been great to read about your cosy spaces … I’m terribly nosey and I do like to see where you sit and knit! 🙂  Would you like to see some other Winter Have spaces too?

Here’s Lynda’s – and yes, you might recognise an Attic24 blanket in the photo too!  I’ve heard from a few people who have said that they are combining the Winter Haven KAL with Lucy’s CAL (CrochetAlong) and that sounds like a fabulous way to spend January – knitting AND crochet!

A multi-coloured crochet blanket is draped over the arm of a chair next to a small coffee table with a drink, some biscuits, yarn cakes and scented candles on it. There is an unlit fire in the grate behind.

Source: @lyndacollett

Fiona’s Haven Space is in her kitchen – it’s summertime where she is and she’s forgone the air-conditioned living room as her husband is watching the cricket and she needs to concentrate on her socks! 🙂

A partly-knitted blue and pink colourwork sock is lying on a wooden table next to a scented candle, a notebook and a vase of sunflowers

Source: Fiona, by email

Fleur obviously lives somewhere warmer than the UK as well!  Doesn’t that look like a lovely place to sit and knit?

A partly-knitted turquoise and white colourwork sock sits on a table next to the balls of yarn. There is a garden with flowering plants in the background

Source: Fleur (Facebook)

Jacqui is knitting ALLLL the Winwick Mum Socks!  She’s got Easy Cable Socks, Alexander Socks and Easy Mosaic Socks on the go as well as the yarn for her Treasure Socks.  I think it’s always a good idea to have different projects to jump between as the mood or the circumstances take you 🙂

An armchair seat with an assortment of partly-knitted socks, a novel and a knitting pattern on it

Source: Jacqui (Facebook)

Thank you for showing me (and us all!) your photos – I’ll have some more for you next week!

 

🕯 Project

How have you been getting on with your projects?

It’s been lovely to see pairs of Treasure Socks at various stages on needles, and there have been some discussions about what size to knit to as well – I’ve added a bit more information and a couple of photos which might help to the pattern page, but the short version of what I’ve written is just that you need to make sure that you keep your floats pretty loose and stretch the stitches around your needle(s) on a regular basis to keep everything open and flexible.

If the Treasure Socks and colourwork don’t float your boat, there are plenty of other Winwick Mum patterns for you to choose from.  Did you know that I’ve designed over 70 sock patterns now?  Some of them are for West Yorkshire Spinners and other places but they still count as a Winwick Mum pattern which you can use for the KAL 🙂   Until I counted them up, I hadn’t realised there were quite so many!  That’s not including shawls, cowls and mittens which you’ll also find on the Patterns and Printables page (and no, you might not find them all on that page as I’ve realised I’ve still got some to add – a job for later this year! 🙂 )

My project for this year is a pair of Treasure Socks for me to wear (I’ll keep the ones I knitted for the pattern as a sample), and I’m knitting mine in Milk Bottle and Summer Sunset.  I’ve finished the first sock – I was half way down the sock anyway after knitting for the pattern post photos, so that felt like an easy win this week!  I’m still in two minds whether to unravel the Spring Green sample or whether to carry on and make myself a second pair … I’ll see how the month goes on!

A pink and cream striped colourwork sock is lying on a coffee table next to a mince pie, an orange mug of tea and a vase of flowers

I’ve also made some progress on the Pickled Cabbage socks that I said I was going to start the other week.  I’ve even found the yarn that I want to use as a contrast too!  It appears that I’m a bit of a squirrel with yarn leftovers and for reasons known best to myself (and clearly forgotten), I tend to put them in places that are obvious at the time but not when I want to find them later!

A partly-knitted sock in purple variegated yarn on a wooden coffee table next to the ball of yarn, an orange mug of tea and an open packet of shortbread stars

Oh, those little shortbread stars are so moreish!  I’ve had to limit myself to a few at a time or I would surely snaffle the lot!

 

Shall we have a look at some of your projects now?  Thank you so much for emailing me and sharing them on social media, it’s been lovely to see them all!

To take part in the Winter Haven KAL, you just need to use Winwick Mum yarn and/or a Winwick Mum pattern and it’s been great to see your choices!

Let’s take a look at some of the yarn choices for the Treasure Socks first.  I have enjoyed seeing which colours you’ve picked out!

Helen has chosen a combination of Stylecraft and West Yorkshire Spinners …

A ball of pink and cream striped yarn and a ball of deep pink yarn rest on a sock knitting pattern

Source: @josiekitten

These are going to be sparkly Treasure Socks!  West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Silent Night and Dusty Miller make a great combination and I’m looking forward to seeing how these knit up …

A ball of sparkly blue variegated yarn and a ball of pale grey yarn rest on a sock knitting pattern

Source: @nibblesneedlesandhooks

More West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Spring Green and Milk Bottle …

Two cakes of yarn resting on a sock knitting pattern with a lit wax melt burner and a striped mug of tea behind. One ball of yarn is cream, the is green stripes

Source: @penberthyarns

Joanna has chosen a striking combination of pinks (which may be West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Summer Sunset) and black …

Four yarn cakes on a wooden table next to a yarn winder. There are two black and two pink cakes of yarn

Source: Joanna (Facebook)

Melissa is going to use West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Hidden Gem with Dusty Miller, another lovely combination!

A ball of purple striped yarn and a ball of pale grey yarn rest on a sock knitting pattern

Source: Melissa (Facebook)

There are some good choices there, aren’t there?  I can’t wait to see how they knit up!

There have been LOADS of Treasure Socks started and you can see more colour choices here; some are Winwick Mum colours and others aren’t, but they all look brilliant.  I’ve tried to include everybody’s photo this week, so my apologies if I’ve missed yours out … I do try to show as many as I can!

Lenore’s Treasure Socks contrast colour is exactly the same colour as her beautiful agate stone …

Source: @lenoremr

Here’s the Spring Green and Milk Bottle colourway underway …

Source: @penberthyarns

Carol has chosen to use West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Autumn Leaves, and it looks lovely!  Those colourwork shapes do look a little like leaves, don’t they?

Source: Carol (Facebook)

Chris’s version uses West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Summer Sunset, the same as mine!

Source: Chris (Facebook)

Dawn is using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Rum Paradise, so her shapes are going to be rainbow-coloured!

Source: Dawn (Facebook)

Isn’t this pretty?  The contrast colour here that Gill has chosen is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Wildflower …

Source: Gill (Facebook)

Helen has made a good start on her Treasure Sock using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in one of the Zandra Rhodes shades … and she’s got no excuse to not be knitting as it looks like she’s being weighed down by her furry helper!

Source: Helen (Facebook)

Jan has tried a sample of the colourwork to see what she thinks before launching into her full sock.  It’s a really good idea, especially if you’re new to colourwork as it gives you a flavour of what’s to come …

Source: Jan (Facebook)

Jane is using one of the West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply Christmas colours (I think it’s Vintage Tinsel) which is going to look great with the main colour green …

Source: Jane (Facebook)

Kathryn has made a great start here, but was unsure of her colour choice … she’s using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Pennyroyal and Wood Pigeon, and you can see that the colours are very similar.  The shapes will stand out better with a completely different contrast, and Kathryn made the decision to start again – you’ll see her new version next week!

Source: Kathryn (Facebook)

Kristina is also using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Autumn Leaves – or at least, I think she is, it’ll be good to see how her sock turns out as she gets further down the leg!

Source: Kristina (Facebook)

Laura is also using West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Vintage Tinsel, and it looks quite different to the version with the green contrast above, doesn’t it?  I love the way the yarn changes when it’s put together with a different contrast!

Source: Laura (Facebook)

Liz is getting on well with her sock – and is also re-watching the Detectorists series!  She said she’s worked her way through the episodes very quickly (it really is a binge-worthy watch!), and she’s going to have her socks finished in no time too!

Source: Liz (Facebook) – also watching Detectorists!

Finally for this week, Pippa has chosen West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Rum Paradise with a darker grey background, and it looks fabulous!

Source: Pippa (Facebook)

They’re all so lovely!  You’ll recognise some Winwick Mum colours in there, but there are others too – these socks are a great way to show off a treasured yarn!

I also thought that the Treasure Socks would look great in solid colours – and I was right!  What do you think of these?  Don’t they look great?

Laura’s red and white colourway will be very striking when it’s finished …

Source: Laura (Facebook)

Louise’s cute supervisor is making sure that she gets on with the job in hand!  That combination is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Pennyroyal with Milk Bottle …

Source: Louise (Facebook)

Hilary’s colours are more subtle and I can’t wait to see her finished socks; I think the blend of darker red with grey will look amazing!

Source: Hilary (Facebook)

This is a good combination too, isn’t it?  I do like Diane’s shade of orangey-red – her shapes look like autumn leaves!

Source: Diane (Facebook)

Donna has chosen this lovely blue for her socks – and she’s going to be writing up her notes in her Project Super Socks book too!  It’s been wonderful to see so many people start to list their sock projects in their notebooks, and if you’re seeing this purple book for the first time, you can read more about it here.

Source: @squirrels.in.my.shed

Finally for today, Becky has chosen to reverse the colours so that her paler colour is the contrast, and that looks great!  The cream colour is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4ply in Milk Bottle and I think the blue might be Juniper.

Source: @knitting_boo

That’s such a wonderful selection of Treasure Socks – I am over the moon to see so many of them, and I hope you’re enjoying knitting them!

 

You don’t have to knit Treasure Socks to take part in the Winter Haven KAL though, and here are some other projects …

Nessa has knitted the Thoughtful Cowl in this beautiful yarn …

Source: @knitsbynessa

Caz started her pair of Treasure Socks but then decided to work helical knitting after her first set of motifs – I think that looks great!

Source: Caz (Facebook)

Helen has cast on a pair of Split Mittens and they’re going to be super-cosy …

Source: Helen (Facebook)

Jean has cast on a pair of Boxy Rib Socks.  They feature a simple texture pattern to move the sock on from the Basic 4ply Socks and they’re going to look great in these colours!

Source: Jean

Julie is knitting a pair of Basic 4ply Socks alongside her Treasure Socks, and they’re looking lovely in this yarn!

Source: Julie

Finally for this week, Karen is designing her own pair of spring colourwork socks, and using Spring Green for the main body of her socks.  It’s looking great, isn’t it?

Source: Karen

 

Do tag me into your photos, or email if that’s easier as I love to see what you’re working on. More project photos to come next week!

 

🕯 Something green

My flowers from last week are still hanging in there – they’ve lasted longer than I thought they would and I have really appreciated seeing – and smelling – them every morning when I’ve come into the living room.

A vase of cut flowers in colours of pink, yellow and green on a coffee table

🕯 Light it up!

Big daughter bought me these boxes of wax melts from The Botanical Candle Co for Christmas a year or so ago and I’ve been using them sparing so that they’ll last … yes, yes, I know that I’m trying to live more by “why save the good stuff till later?” and so I’ve got them out to enjoy this month.  There are three winter fragrances: Half Light, Last Light and First Light and I love them all.  Every time I set one going on the wax burner I think it’s my favourite – until I melt the next one!

Have you got a favourite smell for your Haven Space?

Three small cardboard boxes containing wax melts on a wooden coffee table next to a wax melt burner. There is a round wax melt from each box on the box it came out of

🕯 Listen up!

What have you been listening to this week?

I’ve been catching up with the Off Air with Jane and Fi podcast on Times Radio – I’m waaaay behind as I’m still listening to episodes from before last year’s Coronation, but there’s no rush and I’m enjoying catching up.  It’s actually quite interesting listening to the news from such a long time ago as I can see what changes have happened since!

I don’t listen to many knitting podcasts but before Christmas, I was a guest on the EweKnitty podcast with Jane and Kelly – we had a really fun time making the episode and if you fancy watching it (it’s a video podcast), you can find it by clicking here.

How about you?  Are you a podcast person?  Have you got any recommendations to share?

 

🕯 Self-care

I said last week that self-care means different things to different people, and I hope you’ve been able to find some time to look after yourself above taking time to knit.

My self-care last year wasn’t a conscious New Year decision, but I found myself making lots of choices and changes that made me feel safe – I didn’t get hot flushes (flashes) or night sweats through perimenopause, but I did get anxiety and paranoia by the bucketload and I found that doing things that made me feel safe was the best way to look after myself.  I started off the year looking into my finances – I didn’t really know very much about my pension or my ISA (I wasn’t even quite sure what an ISA was!) and it might sound crazy to be saving money but not know anything about it, but I know now that I’m not alone in that.  I started by checking out my State Pension forecast (if you live outside of the UK, you may have something similar that you can check) as you can fill in the gaps to make sure that you’re going to get the full allowance.  I’m nowhere near retirement age so this might have felt like a completely unnecessary thing to do, but I became obsessed with the idea that I would end up having to live in a tiny room in a retirement home without my yarn or my cats and dog, even though I know that my family wouldn’t let that happen – the mind does strange things to you sometimes!  Then, entirely by chance (or was it?  the Universe brings you what you need at the time!), I came across Ann Wilson, The Wealth Chef, and I did the Financial Freedom University course.  It was such a relief to be able to shine a light on something that seemed very scary at the time, and now I am comfortable with exactly what’s going on with my pension, I know what an ISA is and why we should all have one, and most importantly, I know what “enough” is for me.  It’s different for all of us, a bit like our view of self-care, and in hindsight, I can see that learning what that is was the biggest act of self-care for me in 2023.

My husband and I have also updated our Wills, and this is something that I believe everyone should do, not least so that your family know that they won’t have to face legal hassles as well as their grief when you go.  You can get a Will written for free at certain times of year, or you can use an online service, or you can go to a solicitor for help … if you’re a creative like me, it turns out that you need to include your copyright in your Will too, so that it doesn’t get lost when you die.  This sort of stuff can make you feel a bit creeped out, but I tried to look at it as a business contract and take the emotion out of it all and that definitely helped.

I don’t think I had appreciated before this last year how important it is to look back on what we have done for ourselves, and last year ended up being a very transformative year for me.  It’s made me think about self-care as something that really is a non-negotiable and we should always do things for ourselves that will make us feel safe, or our future selves will appreciate (even if that’s simply emptying the dishwasher to save time later!), or will make some kind of huge difference to us later on that we’ll thank ourselves for when that time comes.  I’m sure it’s an age thing, I’m sure I didn’t think so much about what future me would appreciate when I was younger, and I certainly never considered that I’d ever really need a pension (that’s what old people had!), but it might be a bit of a worry if I still thought I was in my teens and immortal! 🙂

This year, I’m planning to be a bit more thoughtful about how I look after my body.  I have every intention of sticking around for as long as I can, and I want to be as well as I can be!  I’ve finished reading The Book of Lymph by Lisa Levitt Gainsley and I loved it!  I grew up in a family that used alternative and complementary therapies so it’s not something too far out of my comfort zone, and I like the idea that you can help yourself to be well – prevention is always better than cure!

I started reading This Book May Save Your Life by Dr Karan Rajan in the bath the other night (more self-care!) but there’s always a risk with reading a book in the bath, especially one that makes you laugh.  Fortunately, it came out of the bathroom as dry as it went in!  This is very well-written, and I’m enjoying it – a text book of sorts, but written in an engaging way.

I’ve been dipping in and out of Clean and Green by Nancy Birtwhistle this week too, and I’ve made myself a bottle of her Pure Magic (Toilet Magic) recipe and wow!  We have some limescale issues here and it’s sorted those out effortlessly!  I’m very impressed!

A pile of three books on a coffee table next to a vase of flowers

This section has become a bit more intense than I had intended 🙂  I’d love to know your thoughts – and what self-care looks like for you too!

 

🕯 Thank you

I wrote last week about using your notebook to write down things that you are grateful for, or perhaps those flashes of inspiration that might come to you as you’re sitting in your Haven Space.  It’s surprising sometimes what pops into your mind when you least expect it, when you can let your mind wander and that noisy “monkey mind” which likes to keep a running commentary going in your head is pre-occupied with what’s going on with your hands.

This week, I have been grateful for some sunshine for a change.  I love these crisp wintery mornings with pink sunrises over bare branches!  I’ve also been grateful for the NHS as a friend needed an emergency blood transfusion and was able to go into hospital straight away – and I’m grateful to those people who donate blood too.  I haven’t donated blood for years and maybe I need to look into doing that again, but when I did, I didn’t really think about who would get the blood that I donated … and now I know someone who has been made well again by someone else who took the time to donate their blood.  It’s an incredibly generous gift.

I’m also grateful to you, for connecting with me this week!

Thank you for being part of the KAL with me, I have so enjoyed having you be here with me!  Don’t forget to keep tagging me into your posts so that I can have a nosey into your cosy spaces and see your projects – the hashtag is #WinterHavenKAL.

I hope you have a wonderful week in your Winter Haven – see you next Friday! xx

 

 

You may also like...

25 Responses

  1. Geeha says:

    Blood donation saved my life 43 years ago when I didn’t stop bleeding due to retained placenta after the birth of my first son. Sadly I could no longer donate as the blood at that time could carry AIDS and Mad Cow Disease, “Starsky”s wife and baby daughter died at that time when she needed a transfusion and both got AIDS. I am truly fortunate.

  2. Glenys Riggs says:

    I was a Blood Donor until too old, and worked for them for a few years in Bristol. On one occasion I was there when my blood was used in an exchange transfusion on a baby!! Just started a pair of socks using our Easy Lace pattern.

  3. Jean Sharp says:

    I’m half way down the second Boxy Rib sock. I have a few more pairs to knit this year. (For male cousins hitting 65, so might as well start another pair, after the Boxy Rib. I know that I’ll get another pair done by the 26th.)

  4. Charlotte says:

    Somehow I missed the first week of the KAL. I am working on a pair of socks for my husband and if I complete those will start your lace pattern socks. Yes we all need self care in January. Thank you for starting this.

    • winwickmum says:

      You’re never too late to join in with this KAL, and after all the rush of Christmas and the New Year there’s a lot to catch up on! I hope your husband’s socks don’t take too long! 🙂 xx

  5. Janet Innes says:

    What a great blog this is Christine. I feel like you know me even though we are
    yet to meet. Sometimes I don’t even need a haven space, just a sock on a needle anywhere is enough to switch off all the nonsense. Happy New Year ! X

    • winwickmum says:

      I agree; once you’re a sock knitter, those tiny rounds can take you out of any situation and into your own space. The Winter Haven KAL is just a reminder that it’s OK to choose time to do that as not everyone remembers! 🙂 xx

  6. Joan says:

    What a terrific blog. So enjoyed seeing all the colour variations, really inspiring.
    Also encouraged by your well being comments. So many of us are so ‘busy’ with routines we lose track of our own needs. Thanks for the reminder.

    • winwickmum says:

      It’s not easy to remember to fit ourselves into the routine sometimes – I’m definitely still a work in progress! I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 xx

  7. Barbara Adamson says:

    Just to encourage you to give blood again! It’s taken me nearly 50 years to reach 25 donations, and a badge (!!) but it’s lovely now because they send you an email to let you know where your donation has gone. I’ve managed to send some to Warrington, Banbury and Portsmouth in recent times…and I’m also making a treasure sock but struggling; it might end up as a singleton… my first go at a colourwork sock so I half expected a few issues…love your blogs. Thankyou!

    • winwickmum says:

      I should really look into it – it used to be very easy as there was a “Blood Bus” that came to the place I worked every few months, but I got out of the habit after changing jobs. I like the idea that they are able to tell you where your blood goes, that definitely feels like an encouragement to keep donating! I hope you’re getting on OK with your sock! 🙂 xx

  8. Helen says:

    I recently found out that mums who claimed child benefit before 2000 for a child under age 16 and not working, have a gap in their pension as they didn’t note the relevant NI number. I’ve been trying to sort mine out. It says we could be owed £6000 in contributions.

    You’re right about that return to work bit, I went to the office twice this week. 90 minute commute each way to Alderley Edge in the cold and dark! It was nice to see people though.

    Happy knitting.

  9. Susan Rayner says:

    First off – I love Lynda’s Attic 24 Crochet blanket – I keep meaning to learn to read a crochet pattern as I love Lucy’s patterns so much – gorgeous that one.
    And Christine – thank you for mentioning The Detectorists – we have become addicted here too – and are watching up to three programmes an evening – perfect winter viewing.
    My wool for the KAL has arrived today – heaven only knows where the Royal Mail had stashed it – so should be starting my Treasure socks soon – I am nearly half way down the body of a jumper from Rowan and hate to do two projects at once.
    You self care tips are very important and sensible – as a former Insurance Broker I cannot stress too much the importance of knowing where you are financially, what your pension will be worth and how much you would like to have for retirement – it is never to early to start either. Needless to say you have to be flexible as when we started our retirement planning interests rates were around 10% and by the time retirement came around they were about nil.
    The photos and the text are wonderful after the first week – so lovely to see everyone’s happy spaces and the gorgeous projects.
    Happy Weekend everyone.

    • winwickmum says:

      You don’t really need to be able to read a crochet pattern as such for Lucy’s blankets, they’re very easy to follow (no charts and easily memorised) so it might be worth taking a look sometime. I’m really glad you’re enjoy Detectorists too, it’s a lovely programme for this time of the year! Thank you for your thoughts on pensions, I definitely think it helps to have someone who’s been in the industry saying how important it is as well as me banging on about it! 🙂 xx

      • Susan Rayner says:

        I must have another go at Lucy’s patterns – I really do love them.
        We are now completely hooked on The Detectorists.
        S xx

  10. Lynda says:

    How lovely to see you included my photo! Everyone’s socks are looking beautiful. Thanks for hosting such a lovely, restorative KAL.

  11. Gill says:

    Thank you for the blog, I found it interesting and informative.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

error: Content is protected !!