Sunday, 23 March 2014

Knitting needle wrap

Last month me and Katie went to Unravel - a knitting festival.  It was full of everything you could think of that was related to knitting in any way and we had a lovely morning looking at all the lovely things.
I'd been thinking about getting a full set of knitting needles, and having looked at some bamboo ones at the festival I decided to get some.  I got a full set from The Bamboo Knitting Centre and they are beautiful and I no longer get numb fingers when I knit.

But where to store all my needles?  I decided I needed a case of some sort and after much thought came up with the above design.  I killed a sewing machine in the process (it was quite old) and had to borrow a slightly newer one from my dad, but I am so pleased with the finished wrap.  I know that my needles, even the really fine ones, are all safe in here.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

March writers group

Last month I really felt inspired to put pen to paper, but what came out wasn't quite right.  Of course writing is a craft, something you have to work at - if everything came out perfect then everyone would do it!  So with a bit of work I'm sure my story will be ok, but I've lost interest in it now.  And if I'm not interested how can I expect anyone else to be interested?

So I turned up at the Writers Group without anything to read, again.
Quite a small turn out, but it did mean that we could look with real detail at the stories that were presented.

This months homework: Use the following as either the starting line or the inspiration for a story or poem: And although they were sad they rescued everyone. 
(Lyric from ‘A spoonful weighs a ton’ – The Flaming Lips)

Monday, 3 March 2014

Reading half marathon

If someone had said to me 3 years ago, when I first started running, that I would run the Reading half marathon and do it in under 2 hours, I would have laughed and maybe even suggested that I would be going to the moon at some point too.
But yesterday after 3 months of hard training I ran the Reading half marathon and did it in a time of 01:57:38.
In case you don't know a half marathon is 13.1 miles and in this case starts and finishes at the Madejski Stadium.  Its not the most beautiful route round the streets of Reading, but the support was amazing and running into the stadium to finish was overwhelming and really emotional for me.
A day later with tired legs and a big shiny medal, I am thinking about what to do next...