I have been so blessed to escape life for one whole week and kick back with the Robins clan…
The weather was more than kind to us, we even braved the sea for a session of body boarding! That in itself may not seem that amazing, but if I tell you that the only water that Mama Robins likes is of the hot and bubbly variety…body boarding in the sea was a small miracle (it was so much fun too!).
Of course I got some hooking in; mostly on the go. Instead of taking a mammoth project like I usually do, I took just one hook and a single ball of yarn. I didn’t even take a pattern and made it up as I went…
The yarn was the hank I had won a few months ago all the way from South Africa from Joey over at her fabulous blog, Littleblackdog, which you can read about here.
The freedom of just one hook and a little bit of yarn meant I hooked every where…beach hooky….pool side hooky…farm hooky…
I met the coolest sheep too, just take a look at him.
But I think the most yarniest place we visited was this place…
Clovelly…a tiny village of quaint cottages that seemed to tumble down into the harbour. The cobbled street is so steep that it is unsuitable for vehicles and can only be accessed on foot or by donkey. To stay overnight at the cutest bed and breakfast, your belongings are transported from the car park at the top to your accommodation by sledge…yes, I said sledge!!
The steep journey down is rewarded with an 18th Century harbour which the boy Robins loved. Taking much delight in hurling rocks into the sea with a catapult!
But, I digress slightly…yes, it is a yarny place. On the way down I discovered this beautiful doorway
And this little cottage with a yarny roof
And a yarn bombed lamp post
And of course I did a bit of my own hooking.
Hooking al fresco has proved quite satisfying indeed.
Over the weekend, I stumbled upon an article in the local newspaper, which has led to a little adventure today. Today being a wet and grey and cold day, today being my first week day off since Christmas. So as you can probably imagine, today is a treasured day and one just right for a wee adventure.
So, after diligently completing the school run, I drove just ten little minutes into the very wet countryside
into a sweet little village, which I have only visited a couple of times before, for the annual scarecrow festival held in September, when it would seem the whole world turns up. Today, it seemed as if I was the only one here.
My adventure was not a wild one, but it made me feel hopeful of humanity and I did find the tiny, little library
nestled on the corner of an ordinary street…
from a little way off you would hardly guess what an alternative purpose was hidden inside,
but once inside there were treasures to behold…
and I had come prepared…a gift for the library…an old book no longer required.
So I nestled it on the shelf, wandering who would choose my book. I also left a little yarniness…
some cute paper clip bookmarks , and I wandered some more about who would choose these…
and so with happiness in my heart, I drove the ten minutes home, feeling cold and wet…but not a bit grey
and made myself a brew, ready to come and tell you all about what is possibly the world’s smallest library, the back story of which can be found just here, and the often times, lovely spirit of humanity.
This last few weeks has seen Jess turn one…
It has also seen my eldest two robins start year seven at High school…
I also passed my return to practice course in nursing… (happy dance) and have commenced training as a Health Visitor (happy dance…feeling overwhelmed…happy dance)
not sure I have time to celebrate with another yarn bomb! There has also been a lot of disruption in the Robin’s nest
Which is still ongoing, but will be worth the extra grey hairs it is giving me.
So far this year I have truly lived by BRAVE… and now Autumn is nearly here… my most favourite time of year and to embrace this season and welcome it with open arms… I’ve spent a little time pinning my Autumn happies… I just hope I can weave in some time to create.
A quick update this week.
This week saw my first pattern release on a yarny robin… and it’s free
This is how my list is looking today,
headbands for Bowdazzling (charity for young girls undergoing chemotherapy)
fingerless gloves (added to the list Aug 2014)
x1 yarnbomb in my community
winter hats for the Lil’ Robins and Mr R
– minion hat for my winter robin by request
– beanies for my Summer Robin and Autumn Robin and for Mr R.
a crochet wall hanging
charity SIBOL blankets (Sunshine International Blankets Of Love) charity for the elderly… have a look at SIBOL
tree house decoration
broomstick crochet photo tutorial
9 more yarnbombs in my community
If you would like to take part in a year of projects it’s never too late to join in with us or if you would like to take a look at some other blogs taking part, take a look here.
I have also set myself the crazy challenge of hooking a ‘his and hers’ blanket for my Mom and Dad for Christmas, hence this quick update… my hands should be hooking!
So here it is… to celebrate the submission of my application to University, to return to nursing….(drumroll)
so simple…so fun!
Following the creation of my pompom board on pinterest and being inspired by so many different ways to make pompoms, my excited and inspired mind whizzed and whizzed, whilst my hands made more and more pompoms…
and before I knew where I was… I was sitting under an avalanche of prettiness. This yarny magnificence was also, if the truth be told, a welcome distraction from the University application which I should have been filling in!