No-time Knits

Where has the time gone? I had such great plans to knit lots of Christmas presents and here we are, only 15 sleeps to Christmas,and barely a gift completed. Luckily, I have a cunning plan……… I love historical drama and have recently  been enjoying watching Outlander – the TV series inspired by the books of

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Today is a Pom Pom day

Issue 14 cover

It’s always a good day when the latest edition of Pom Pom is delivered and, as it is only issued four times a year, each issue is eagerly anticipated. Pom Pom is the brainchild of Lydia Gluck and Meghan Fernandes who set up the magazine in 2012 to show that knitting is super-cool, despite how it

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Knitting myths and superstitions

I recently spent a wonderful weekend at the Lossiemouth Folk Weekend. Lossiemouth, a town in Moray, Scotland, was the port of Elgin and used to have a thriving fishing industry. On Saturday morning, before the music started for the day, we wandered down to the harbour and visited the museum. What a delight! As well

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The Night Circus and Other Magic

“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices on down-town posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not”. I was gripped by The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern from these first lines. I simply loved this book and had to

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The Start of a New Year

Happy New Year! Like many lapsed bloggers, I’ve started 2013 with a resolution to blog more often this year. I’ve always got lots of ideas and projects that I want to share but, up until now, blogging has got pushed down the to-do list by more urgent deadlines. But no more…. one of my many resolutions

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Reading and knitting

This month’s Book Group choice is The Shipping News, by E Annie Proulx. Following bereavement, Quoyle, with his daughters and his Aunt Agnis, heads to Newfoundland to start over. He gets a job reporting the shipping news for the local newspaper, The Gammy Bird, which seems to specialise in stories of sexual abuse and car

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Welcome to the World

The latest Knit ‘n’ Caboodle knitting kit is inspired by one of my favourite novels: “Welcome to the World, Baby Girl” by Fannie Flagg. The novel features Dena Nordstrom, a popular newscaster in 1970s America, who falls ill and returns to her home town of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, to be looked after by Aunt Elmer. Wonderful

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