Knitting around the world

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Let's Talk About Knitting

Knitting, what is it? Well, in it's most basic form it is taking two sticks and some string and making some knotted stitches to form a fabric. In reality it is a most relaxing hobby which ends with the participant having a work of art and engineering to be proud of.
Whether it be a pair of cosy socks, a jumper, an intricate lacy shawl, a blanket or a simple square the art of knitting is a lifelong skill which once you have learned you will never forget.

Some like me will have learned to knit as a child and have taken time away, thinking it was just for old folks, to come back in later life and learn techniques that we wish we had learned years ago. We then realise that we have missed out so much on new developments, yarns and tools and we can then spend many pleasurable hours playing catch-up and finding out once again everything that is exciting about sticks and string.

Learning to knit can be daunting and difficult but with perseverance it can become a truly relaxing part of your life where you can produce garments and art of which you can be truly proud of and wear with a sense of achievement which you cannot get from shop bought products. You can develop your own style and use the colours of your choosing rather than those which others have chosen. You are in charge, be unique and use the sheep rather than be a sheep.

Knitting can be viewed as a very solitary hobby however in recent years I have found it to be the exact opposite. The internet has made the world a very small place and the wonderful social network site Ravelry has brought millions of knitters around the world together. I have made many friends from all over the world and we all chat and share our projects like we were in the same room. There are yarn festivals springing up everywhere where you can meet fellow addicts and see all that is new in the world of knitting and of course there may just be a local group where people meet up and have a cuppa and a blether.

So I have convinced you now that this is a skill you want. Where can you learn? Ask around, do any friends knit and are they willing to teach you? Find out if there is a local group or turn to YouTube. There are thousands of videos out there which will take you through step by step. Go on, try something new today, you know you want to!

Happy crafting 😍

Friday, 9 February 2018

Knitting around the World

Hello, I'm back.
After taking a year out during which I finally learned to crochet I am here again with a new challenge for myself. I found a great site last year which converts your daily steps into virtual walks around cities, countries and even the world. This is a most enjoyable way to motivate yourself to put in our daily steps. The site is . I have decided to take the steps required for around the world and put them in a ticker, above this post, as stitches in an attempt to knit my way around the world. Wish me luck.

Happy crafting

Friday, 14 October 2016

Review: Last Bus to Woodstock

Last Bus to Woodstock Last Bus to Woodstock by Colin Dexter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I have watched and loved the Morse TV series over and over for many years but to my shame this is the first time I have read one of the books.
I was sucked right into the story. Dexter is a master storyteller. His way of setting you and Morse off on the wrong track then bringing you back makes for a wonderful reading experience.
I have the whole box set of these books and am looking forward to many pleasurable hours in the company of Morse and Lewis.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016

Review: Funeral in Berlin

Funeral in Berlin Funeral in Berlin by Len Deighton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

This book just did not happen for me. I got way too confused with the story jumping about between East and West Germany and London. The characters did not seem real and I could not bond with any of them.
I listened to an audio version from my library and the narrator seemed determined to channel Michael Caine throughout which was very off putting as he kept slipping into bizarre other accents.

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Friday, 23 September 2016

Review: Want you dead

Want you dead Want you dead by Peter James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another excellent outing through Brighton and it's environs with Roy Grace and his team.
Never before have I ever felt such hatred for a character as I did with the bad guy in this book. James managed to really push all my negative buttons with this Bryce cretin and from very early on in this book I wanted the absolute worst for him.

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Monday, 19 September 2016

Review: Dead Man's Time

Dead Man's Time Dead Man's Time by Peter James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A return to form from Peter James with this latest outing of Roy Grace.
The story was interesting and engaging and even though I worked out quite early who would be involved there was still a twist in tale which I had never imagined.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Review: Not Dead Yet

Not Dead Yet Not Dead Yet by Peter James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Had it not been for the peripheral ongoing story of Roy Grace's missing wife and the stunning evil twist right at the end I would only have given this three stars.
I found the story lacking the usual grip these books have over me and was quite happy to put it aside for a few days. What kept me going was as I said the ongoing saga of Grace and his wife and I will keep reading further books in the series to find out what happens.

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