The Perils of Beach Knitting.

Yesterday involved a spontaneous trip down to Brighton. It was a beautiful day which started with a nice stroll through the lanes and a glance in some of the lovely little independent shops (and a longing glance through the window of Choccywoccydoodah!).

Afterwards, it was down to the beach. I chose a place to sit near the carousel, as the music always seems to brighten my mood and I settled down to knit. Knitting itself feels like a form of meditation for me and the sound of the waves breaking on the shore calming, so the two fit together very well!

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

I was working on a light, lacy jumper that is soo so close to finished. I was so relaxed that I wasn’t even too irritated when I twice had to undo an entire row as my brain had totally switched off!

There was also a moment that I wish had been caught on camera…

The tide had turned and the waves were creeping closer towards my feet by the second. To protect my knitting etc I stood up and started to pull my towel- and everything on it backwards. I thought I’m only moving a few feet, it’ll be fine. Well. My yarn came out of the bag it was in and started to roll towards the sea. I squealed and ran towards it, catching it with about a metre to spare. I then stood laughing to myself (I blame all the fresh sea air) before I could compose myself.

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

As soon as I finish I’ll post some pictures along with a few details about how I found the pattern and yarn.

In other news, today I picked my first ever home-grown ripe cherry Tomato!

My First Tomato

My First Tomato

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A Magazine Written With Love.

As a subscriber I always look forward to the arrival of the latest issue of Knit Now. This magazine appealed to me straight away because around the time that I started to subscribe, (I think it was 2-2 1/2 years ago?) a lot of the other knitting magazines available seemed old fashioned and unappealing. They seemed to be aimed at a different generation of knitter and When flipping through, I wouldn’t see many patterns for things that I would really enjoy making and wearing.

I’m well renowned for leaving things half-done and it’s important to pick a project that you love if you are going to spend hours bringing it to life!

Yep, this is me!

Yep, this is me!

Things have come a long way since then with a lot more choice out there for people who craft for enjoyment rather than necessity, but Knit Now is still my top choice. It’s full of modern patterns, reviews of exciting British yarn and interviews that get me excited about knitting! I’ve knitted up quite a few patterns published in Knit Now and have countless more in my mental ‘to do’ list.

This month has seen the addition of a new feature, small but much appreciated. Every month as I peruse my new copy, I admire the photos of the models. Not only the knitted garments they are wearing but the rest of their outfits too. I find myself wondering where the lovely clothes are from and, well, someone must have had the same idea! Alongside the beautiful photos, where to find the clothes and the price is now listed!

Knit Now have a great magazine and it’s wonderful that they strive to develop and improve it further still.

Now, my intention was just to write a paragraph about the change I noticed in the latest issue and it has turned into something much longer. The team involved in creating Knit Now clearly love the craft that they are writing about, which shines through, and they are deserving of a little praise.

Bobbin often has a nap and dreams of knitting/chasing yarn after a flick through his favourite magazine.

Bobbin often has a nap and dreams of knitting/chasing yarn after a flick through his favourite magazine.