Knitting Yarns not knitting yarns!!!

My goodness it has been a while! I’d like to be able to say that it’s because I’ve been deeply involved with my knitting but although I’ve been managing a wee bit of knitting regularly I seem to have been involved with all sorts of other things- archaeology digs, charity coffee mornings, gardening, jaunts and making a start on my new OU course about Roman and Greek Myth. As usual I had great plans to blog about some of my adventures but …..ah…well… I shouldn’t make excuses….it just didn’t happen.

Anyway, for any fellow knitters out there I just wanted to share this lovely book I am reading at the moment titled ‘Knitting Yarns’ edited by Ann Hood.

A great read.

A great play on words and a really enjoyable collection of stories related to knitting. I found myself relating to some of the tales told by the various writers who are also knitters as well as thinking anew about myself and my knitting experiences.

And as a real bonus 5 knitting patterns by Helen Bingham are included for free 🙂 As if my wish list of knitting projects isn’t long enough I’ve now added at least 3 of these to it.

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Farewell January!

Fabulous skiing in Lech.I was dreading January as I seemed to remember, in the past, it just dragged on and on tediously and depressingly for what was definitely a lot longer than 31 days. But, not this first January since leaving Saudi:)

I suppose one reason could be not having to drag myself out of my bed on cold, dark mornings and drive to work in whatever the weather decided to deliver! How different to go in search of the snow for pleasure. Definitely, getting away to Austria for a lovely week’s skiing and excellent food helped January slip by more enjoyably.

Scrummy apple strudel.

Scrummy apple strudel.

Since getting back I’ve been frantically trying to catch up with my OU course, Children’s Literature. Up until now I’ve plodded through the set books because I’ve had to, but the books this time have been much more engaging, as far as I’ve been concerned. As a primary school teacher of over 30 years I’m embarrassed to admit how few I’ve read. This month the 4 novels are all literary award winners- Swallows and Amazons, tom’s Midnight Garden, northern Lights and Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. The last one, set in 1930’s Mississippi, USA, was the one that drew me in the most. It definitely will stay with me a long time and even although I know about the injustices of the apartheid   era it is still frightening how people can commit such horrific acts on another human being.

A definite must read!

A definite must read!

Sadly, looking around we have not moved on and atrocities are still inflicted on others just because they are  different.

O dear, I’ve got a bit off track!

So here we are in February,the shortest month of the year, and the last one before my 1 year anniversary of returning home. How time flies!