Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week is back!

Ok, so last year's involvement didn't quite work in totally revitalising the blog, but God loves a trier, right?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

You'll Never Walk Alone

Apologies for the sudden cut, I ran out of memory on my phone.

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Frozen Moments

I saw the local news last night for the first time in several days. The main story was about further arrests for the murder last week of a young man in the town I used to live and work in. With a sickening lurch I realised I knew the young man in question. Although I had not taught him, I had fond memories of teaching his older sister.

Although all the details are not yet in the public domain, there is suspicion that the murder is drug-related. My heart is aching for his family. When I was teaching there, everyone in the school knew this child, but whatever choices may have been made in his life (and I read his Facebook page tonight so I am under no illusion) no family deserves this. As I go to bed tonight, I am accompanied by memories of a 7 year old with attitude, frozen in time and I realise that this is the fate of primary school teachers; frozen moments. Life for these children moves on in all its splendid, turbulent, gory, glorious detail as they hurtle hopefully into adulthood and yet to us, they remain locked in that time, that 39 week window that we knew and taught them in. RIP.

Saturday, June 01, 2013


If you want a sign of how freaky the weather conditions are at the moment, look no further than this tomato, which contains seeds that have started to germinate inside the tomato...,

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dunham Massey

This weekend I spent a day demonstrating spinning with the Cheshire Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers in the Wash at Dunham Massey. It may have been raining, but the company was good and the public were interested (always good!). The highlight for me was the group of Beaver Scouts who fell on the fibre "feely table" like a swarm of locusts!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Knitting & Crochet Blog Week 2013: A Reflection

Well, I did it! I blogged every day of Knitting & Crochet Week, and even though it was a really busy week at work (let's be honest, when isn't it?), the shedule function was my friend. And although I may not be able to keep up this kind of intensity, I do feel tha it has rejuvenated the blog somewhat. Thanks Eskimimi, and I'm looking forward to next year's already!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

4KCBWDAY7: Looking Forward

One year from now, when the 5th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried?

I would dearly love my crafting to have taken me to a specific house just outside Barmouth, where there are outbuildings galore and room for a couple of alpaca, but without winning the lottery, those dreams are beyond my reach at present.

In terms of techniques, I would like to make a fair isle vest that requires a steek. I would also like to learn dressmaking, but I'm not prepared to invest time in either of those activities until I have finished losing weight and my body shape has settled. Therefore the single biggest thing I would like to achieve craft-wise over the next year is to spin enough yarn from raw sheep fleece to make a garment. I've done loud and chunky with the Rainbow Liesl; now it's time for something more refined.