Tuesday, 27 March 2012


Did anyone else see Sunday Brunch?
If you used to watch Something For The Weekend on BBC2 and have wondered where it's gone, tune into channel 4 this Sunday to see Sunday Brunch. SFTW got axed a few weeks ago and was bought up by Channel 4.

They've kept a lot of the format the same (except Louise Redknapp - did anyone else find her really irritating?!?!). It involves a lot of chatting and food and is presented by Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer. (ahhhhh Tim Lovejoy) but they've added a trend round-up. Now, in fairness, I found this section quite cringey. I have NEVER been a trend follower. (When I started secondary school I earnt the most respect I've ever had by being the ONLY girl in the ENTIRE year group not to try out for the netball team. When Friends was 'the next big thing to come out of the States' I refused to be dragged in. I staunchly REFUSE to pay through the nose for a pair of Uggs. See what I'm saying!?!?!) So when they said that drinking wine from a tea cup was 'on trend' I felt myself shaking my head in disapproval.

However, then the presenter (cant remember her name, or even what she looked like really) said that knitting was really 'on trend' too. Apparently all sorts of celebrities have been spotted knitting.

And that has made knitting 'on trend'. I think thats the new word for 'fashionable' but I'm not 'on trend' enough to be too sure.

Then, when the sequence was finished, the presenter was asked if she would be knitting tonight.

Her response?  'of course, it's on trend.'

Now, call me, well, call me whatever really. But is that the point? Is that why you knit? Do you knit just to be 'on trend'? Because it's definitely not why I do it.

I was originally taught to knit by my grandma when I was about 10 but never carried on so quickly forgot. Then just over 2 years ago I found myself suddenly single and living on my own. I can't remember the exact thought process - most of that short torrid time has been blocked from my memory as only we women can - but I was snowed in and bored. So I traipsed to the local yarn shop and bought a set of needles and a discounted ball of 4 ply and this book:

and with the help of some youtube videos (there are only so many times you can ring your mum and ask her to describe how to 'skpo' without a video phone), I taught myself to knit again. 

And the rest, as they say, is history. My knitting has grown and grown, all be it slowly round my full time job. But I LOVE it.

And that's why I knit. Not because it's 'on trend' and therefore cool to be doing what the celebrities do. (If anything, my anti-trend-ness should surely make me anti knitting). But I really enjoy it. I find it relaxing, I can do other stuff at the same time and I love the finished products. I LOVE KNITTING.

So what I'm wondering is....why do you knit? (not that I can think of a better reason than pure enjoyment)

Who taught you?

And did you know you were so 'on trend'???

I'm linking up with http://todayscreativeblog.net    
 so pop over and have a look at other 'on trend' loveliness.

Friday, 23 March 2012

Favourite thing on a Friday/ Bliss lists

I haven't done a FTOAF/Bliss list post in a while. I've been quite busy over the last few weekends which has been lovely, dont get me wrong, but I really love having a free weekend ahead of me. U know what I mean? Theres something a bit too pleasurable about knowing I can get up whenever I wake up tomorrow and Sunday, slob about all day and do whatever takes my fancy. Does that make me sound really lazy?? I do work full time so my weekends are what keeps me sane.
But that kind of brings me onto my favourite things list.

This evening I wasn't free either.

This evening I left work at 4 and drove to Brighton. Round the m25 on a Friday. :( That is NOT going on my list.

It took 2 hrs 20 minutes. I was there 20 minutes, then turned right round and came back again. (only 1 hr 30 minutes thankfully)

Why? I hear you ask. Insanity surely??!?!?! My weekends are supposed to keep me sane not send me screaming round the bend.

I was picking up my baby sister from Uni. She's finished for the summer (I know, crazy eh? but she has to go on a 7 month placement) and needed all her stuff brought home so couldnt get the train. For various reasons my mum couldnt pick her up so I offered to go down after work.

She's only 19, I'm 13 years older than her so we dont really have a normal sisterly relationship. We don't socialise together, I'm far too uncool for that. I used to change her nappies and help feed her when she was little. My friends were envious of the hilarious little monkey I shared a house with and used to love coming round to play with her, trying to get the cute little toddler to do all that funny stuff cute little toddlers do. I used to listen to her read and help her with her homework. I took her out to practice her driving before she took her test. I even went to one of her parents evenings at school because our parents couldnt make it. And now I'm picking her up from Uni. My little baby sister.


We've had a rocky few years. At times we've had some almighty rows - my brother had to separate us once. But she's coming out of that stroppy teenage phase now and we get on quite well. (I think so anyway, I'm not 100% certain what she'd say). A year and a half ago she said she'd run a Guide unit with me which I was over the moon about. Maybe she's finally accepting me as more than just her annoying bossy, uncool, older sister.

We had quite a nice journey home, chatting away about what she's been up to at uni, her boyfriend, her housemates and everything else in between. At one point she made me laugh so much I nearly choked on my drink and ended up spitting it all over myself and the steering wheel. I was a little worried I'd have to pull over onto the hard shoulder while I recovered.

And now she's safely back at home, just 3 miles away. I like that, knowing that she's safe and warm.

So my favourite thing this week is going to be my baby sister Gwen. She's great. And pretty much perfect.

(Closely followed by free weekends. Particularly those ones where the weather is as nice as they are promising it is going to be. )

I'm linking up with Emma at http://mimiandtilly.blogspot.co.uk/ and Liv at http://blog.livlane.com/
so pop over to see some other happy thoughts.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

WIP Wednesday #22

I feel a little like I've neglected my Blog recently. I'm not really feeling the Blog love. Not for mine anyway, I'm still popping in to see what everyone else is up to. But I've just been super tired and not had a lot of blogging or knitting time.

I bought some new wool last week. I have a plan for the wool which is unusual for me. I'll try to take some photos at the weekend in the day light. But it's going to make a pink and red ripple blanket for my gorgeous God daughter.

A little progress has been made on the baby blanket. I've done a bit of sitting around for appointments so pulled my knitting out and got on with it. That's the joy of circulars, I can squash the project into a small Cath Kidston cosmetic bag and then chuck it in my hand bag. I love the convenience.

I must admit I've had a little chuckle to myself when I've been sitting in the waiting room with a few old ladies and I, at the grand old age of 32, pull out my knitting. I've got a few envious looks and comments about how they used to knit. I enjoyed challenging the stereotype of knitting being something 'old' people do.

Ooooh, and I've just realised. I inherited Hubby's Ipad 1 at the weekend when he treated himself to a new 3. So I downloaded a book onto it just to see how I got on with it.
I chose Before I Go To Sleep   I heard it being reviewed on the Radio 2 Book Club (Knitting and radio 2, How old!!?!?!?!)  and fancied it. So I'll let you know how I get on.  

I'm linking up with Tami, Ginny and Kristine again.
Dont forget to have a sneaky peak at all the other WIPs.



Wednesday, 7 March 2012

WIP Wednesday #22 - sort of.

My WIP is very boring this week. See while most of you have been at home busily uploading your lovely pictures and reading eachother's blogs I've been stuck at work doing parents evening and have only just got home.
I'm too brain dead and generally exhausted to do much else than say 'feel sorry for me' do a sad face ...:( and go to bed.
Night all.
Will catch up on your WIPs at some point.


But if you want to look st some lovely yarns goodness go here: http://tamisamis.blogspot.com/


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