The Knitting Sailor

Knitting, Sailing and the Olympics
June 29, 2012, 6:15 am
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I had to share this – I know there has been lots of trouble about knitting and the Olmpics, but this is fantastic – although I’m not sure which direction the wind is meant to be coming from…..

Credit Images Marion Brown

Credit Images Marion Brown

…answers on a postcard!

(By the Pulesque Knitting Group based down south where the Sailing Olympics will actually be taking place – you can find them here –  and Marion’s blog about it here – )


June 28, 2012, 7:59 am
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It was wolly-licious!  And really busy and I don’t think we even saw everything.

Highlights included –

  • Getting to gaze at other’s projects on the bus (and giving up on my really complicated lace knitting  that I had randomly brought with me after about two minutes)
  • Admiring the yarn bombing that welcomed us as we arrived
  • Seeing a sheep sheered (it was somewhat reluctant and was very ashamed to be naked in front of the other sheep)

Yes, that is a lady sheep sheerer…

  • Buying wool made out of baby camel – then feeling guilty that it may be a little cold now
  • Meeting  alpaca (never actually worked out the difference between lama and alpaca)

Definitely Alpaca. They had a sign.

  • Learning to spin (no I take that back – being convince spinning is easy enough to buy spinning things)

Lynda learning to spin. Before realising how expensive spinning wheels are and buying drop spindles in a vain attempt to capture the experience…

  • Trying to actually do spinning on a drop spindle on the bus on the way home.  It’s a bit lumpy due to doing it on a bus.  I’m calling it ‘Roundabout yarn’

Be more impressed – its REALLY HARD

I then took my haul of knitting straight to the Sailing Clubs Summer Party.  I think all of our sailing fraternity were thrilled as I regaled them with stories of yarn derring-do – and sheep-antics – well at least the barman told me the alcohol consumption increased on my arrival.

Obviously due to how much they were all enjoying it.


June 22, 2012, 9:31 am
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One day to go until WOOLFEST!!!!

We’re going with our friends at The Knit Studio… I’ll let you know how it goes!

Summer Solstice
June 21, 2012, 11:37 pm
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Late last night I was travelling down to a hotel ready for an early appointment when I realised I was going to drive past Stonehenge.  And it was the summer solstice.  I had no idea, but on a whim decided to go with it and head for the site – I’ve never visited before and it’s not likely I will get the chance again.  And so I unwittingly joined 14,000 other people in a damp field in Wiltshire.

This was one of the most random nights – turning up I found myself parking next to a van that was setting up for the evening – by unloading and setting up a full sideboard, rug, standard lamp, sofa and a Christmas tree which they then proceeded to decorate.  No idea.  Obviously some ceremonial thing I’m not up with.

The place was packed – it was only just after 9pm and people were everywhere as I walked out to the stones – which were awash with people, inside the circle (which is not usually allowed), on top of the stones within, on the perimeter, around performance areas which had been set up across the site.  There was even a giant statue.  This was in addition to a large police presence and a whole host of ‘authentic to the period’ burger vans!


So was it special?

Well, the circle is amazing, I confess to touching the stones and trying to feel anything.  They were warm – but then it had been a warm day, and I would like to say that I felt some sort of energy – but I don’t know if that was just me imagining this or really just about the number of people and the level of excitement on the site.  It was hard to really get a sense of what was going on – although there were people obviously there for religious reasons, groups of ‘performers’ – drummers and dancers mainly, there were lots there just to enjoy the party and then some like me who had just turned up with no idea what to expect.

So what was it all about?  I don’t know!  But it was fun and different and unexpected, so whats not to like.

Did I stay the night to watch the sunrise?  Don’t be daft – I left when the rain turned up!

In case you are a burglar
June 19, 2012, 1:28 pm
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I haven’t posted for a while as I have been away on my holidays!  We went here –

Foreign Place!

(Bonus points for anyone who can ‘name that place’ from a photo)

We saw some boats that looked like this –

Posh Boat

And had a resident terrapin that looked like this –

Note my claws rather than flippers and that I am not drowning tortoise-like

I know it’s a terrapin because when we got home I spent hours on the internet to try to identify what it was.

And on coming home we got to see the Olympic Torch –

Keep Looking – it’s just there – really small in the middle????

(How exciting – I have to say I am feeling super-patriotic at the moment)

And most importantly I got to employ my new favourite toy – the YARN WINDER – to turn this –

Into this –

It’s been a busy break.

I didn’t tell you I was away because I have an irrational fear that burglars in hand knit balaclavas will find out and come and rob my house while I am away sunning myself.  This is somewhat laughable as I have little of value or interest to anyone else – other than some lovely yarn and a somewhat smelly wetsuit.

What do you mean it’s just what you always wanted?

Kielder Jubilee
June 5, 2012, 12:54 pm
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As the country celebrates with fireworks, a flotilla and festivities galore, we at Kielder were not to be out done.

We had our very own sail past from the yacht club.

The Queen herself was pleased to attend – I employed my very best curtsey.

As you can see in these times of austerity she even wore the same outfit as she did back in 1982 when she opened the resovoir.

Even the dog was looking patriotic.

After a walk around, she stayed for a bite to eat before dashing back to London for the evening festivities.

The NSC (none sailing comodore) even put in an appearance.

So a rare event indeed.  We hope to see the queen back in the near future for a cruise and a BBQ, we’ve let her know we have some spare wetsuits she can borrow if she or Philip doesn’t have one to hand.

In the meantime, it was a weekend to remember – and from all at the club – God Save the Queen!

(Thanks to Laura for the photos!)

And as the sun goes down
June 3, 2012, 6:14 pm
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Last Saturday was the last day of training (apologies for the late post – some problems with the ‘tinternet site!) and it was glorious sunshine, but was too windy to sail.  I think the worst of this was that this meant there were many childers in too hot sailing gear getting grumpy.

So what did we do? Did some random theory –

  • Tying knots (anyone know how to do a Clove hitch?  Nope – me neither – let’s get the book and find out.  Is this a clove hitch?  No idea – lets go and find another instructor to check)
  • Boat buoyancy (lets go kick the tyres of lots of people’s boats and then experiment by trying to get stuff to float off the side of the jetty.  Who knew marigold washing up gloves would make such good buoyancy tanks)
  • Man overboard (don’t worry – only the THEORY – which I totally understand, although can’t perform myself – we’re back to that slowing down and stopping thing…)
  • Boat Balancing (tie a load of topper hulls to a big rope off the end of the jetty and then get your team to do YMCA while standing on one leg.  I’m sure falling in cooled them all down)
  • Safety equipment (got wrong for doing some of this in a rib)
  • Capsize Recovery (my team rock – whole team in, out and victory dance on the bow before being picked up in 17 mins – so proud)

So could have been worse.

I’ve learnt heaps – probably more than the students.  In fact I feel a bit bad about that.  The biggest thing I have learnt is you need to really think about different things you can do to keep kids engaged – ALL THE TIME.  And the problem is you don’t know what you are actually going to do until you get there and see the weather and the kids you are working with – by which point in time you don’t have much time to think or plan.  So between now and my next course I am going to try and come up with things so I can pull them ‘out the bag’ when required.

I can’t wait to do it again… but have to admit as I sit here watching the sunset – I’m shattered!

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