25 April 2010

I am knitting, cycling, and washing.

Blimey what a gorgeous weekend it was here in London! We stayed at home, doing some of those odd jobs around that house that started adding up. But, we did get a chance to have a bit of a bike ride. I only learnt to ride a bike last summer! I learnt on this child's Moulton bike, and Nao has an adult sized one too...so we went around the park and I managed not to kill anyone (except nearly and old lady and a squirrel). I was so tired even though we only went a few yards! I was really nervous I was going to make a prat of myself by falling off in front of some kids!

We ate warm croissants in the sun and I started to learn to knit in the meadow, it was blissful...

and I have been knitting knitting and knitting all weekend! {I didn't knit that blanket though!}

unfortunately, the first bit of knitting, i used some vintage wool, and it began disintegrating badly as i knitted it, so I gave up and started again with some better new wool!

I learnt from my series of 'Golden Hands' magazines that I found in the charity shop. I have nearly all of them now, they are amazing!

I realised that, at age 32, I am spending my sunday knitting in a shed with a blanket over my knees listening to the Archers on Radio 4, I began to worry...and then i carried on enjoying myself!

knitting is actually really relaxing, it is a lot slower than weaving, but you can do it lying down which always scores points in my book! I'm thinking to even knit on the bus to work! I am just doing plain knitting so far but I might venture into some fancy stitches when I get the knack of it. For now I'm enjoying seeing how different fibres look and feel, like wool, silk, cotton and linen. It might be a scarf if it gets long enough!

 I finally got a chance to do some delicate hand washing jobs too. I love hanging them all out to dry in the afternoon sun, then having a cup of tea and watching Antiques Roadshow...again, how old am I? ...72?

Happy sunday everyone, and also happy belated St.George's day to all the English fellow's out there! We should all celebrate the dragon slayer!


  1. Oh I do love your life! i'm so relieved that i'm not the only woman who's ancient before my time....it's bad enough to be a knitting, shed loving, granny wicker basket cycling person aged 50! you have no excuse young lady!! much love, Amanda xxx

  2. You're a young fogey... just like me. Life is easier when you get joy from the simple things. No need to worry! A x

  3. Hurrah for knitting!!! I'm 26 and totally love knitting whilst listening to The Archers on radio 4 so I wouldn't worry about it too much...!

  4. Hello! I just found your blog a few minutes ago, and I already like it! And this post about the things you like to do concerning your age... well, it made me laugh! First because sometimes, I do things and I think that I look like some old woman that doesn't want to work, because I think about domestic life, knitting, gardening... well... But this is just to ask you something. I don't know how to knit, would you advice me some book to start?

    Thank you so much!

  5. good start ! congratulations !
    even more enjoyable outside under the sun...
    i crochet in the car (long distances/highway) but when somebody else is driving of course :P
    happy knitting to you

  6. oh my, I've fallen so in love with your blog...I've just spent a lot of time exploring when I should have been doing several other necessary things! It's beautiful...

  7. Ohhh, good girl, I've had my dedicates sitting in a basket for literally months now! You've motivated me to do them tomorrow, bravo :)
    And what a lovely set of activities!

  8. It was a beautiful weekend! Glad you enjoyed it. Love the quilt. I had some of mine out this weekend and, as always, everyone commented on them.

  9. Wow - I absolutely love your shed. I can just see myself sitting there crocheting.

    Best Rgds

  10. I wish my shed looked like yours. I painted it last year and it's cream inside but has the garden tools etc hanging up.
    Liking the things you like doesn't make you old, it just means you appreciate the calm, finer things in life. As soon as I reached 50 I began writing letters of complaint to companies. Now THAT'S a sign of age. I don't want to be that type of person but I appear to have no choice. It seems as inevitable as the menopause.

  11. Good luck with your pursuits!

    And just wait until you get into crocheting! Sooo many possibilities. And travels more easily as well.

    I've figured out that I was born with the mental age of 32. That makes me only 66 now.

    No wonder I love crafting and gardening more than anything else!

  12. I'm 22 and have been known to have a little knit while listening to radio 4. I have found a new love for the station since I moved to Italy. It's so English it makes me feel right back at home! Your garden is still making me very jealous.

  13. Your blog is charming! I just spent the WHOLE weekend crocheting and knitting myself!

  14. oh looks like a wonderful week...
    I did but some wool to take with me to Whistable next weekend...
    love the blanket& bike

  15. Wait 'til your eyesight fades! I refuse to go to the optometrist and so sit sewing with my cup of hot chocolate, rug on my knees, my husbands borrowed glasses (tres elegant) and to top it off, a head light secured with elastic. It is only a cheap one so I have to move it down to my 'third eye' To top it off I watch dodgy English programs whilst crafting (House in the country? Makeover in 60 mins?)
    On another note I love your blog. You seem to have got it all together at a young age. Your contentment oozes from every image. I am very envious. xxNick

  16. Such a perfect picture you've painted here. I love the bikes & also love Golden Hands & have the complete sent...in lovely red vinyl folders.

  17. I adore your shed! Well done on learning to knit and not falling off the bicycle.

  18. It is wonderful to hear that people learn to knit at all ages of life...and you are doing a really good job!no dropped stitches that I could see!...nice socks by the way!

  19. Anonymous5.5.10

    I'm another fan of knitting while listening to the Archers! But I listen to it in Canada thru the laptop.I have so much fun with that and Corrie as well.
    Lovely little blog you have,I will visit again soon