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I’d apologise for interrupting your regularly scheduled knitting and/or crochet programming, except that I’ve never been much good at keeping to a schedule. However, instead of updating you on the endless flow of shawls and socks falling off my knitting needles, I feel the need to chunter because, frankly, I’m so hopping mad, casting on a sock just isn’t going to cut it.

Firstly, the fact that a referendum was held at all. When I look back at the myriad of broken manifesto promises made by party leaders of all political flavours over the years, why the hell couldn’t this have been one of them? We all know that political parties will promise the electorate practically anything to secure their vote in the run up to a general election. Personally, I gave up expecting manifesto promises to actually be honoured not long after I stopped believing in fairies and Father Christmas.

If David Cameron had bothered to ask my opinion, I would have told him that I believe that an issue like leaving the EU was too important to be decided by a referendum. I believe that such a monumental decision should only be taken by parliament, after a careful examination of all the implications, having considered expert advice (I’m looking at you, Michael Gove), and being fully debated. While I don’t think that Westminster is a haven for reasoned argument or, for that matter, the truth, I do think that the worst of the blatant lies would have been challenged more effectively.

As always seems to be the case these days, the facts don’t seem to matter. What matters is who can run the most effective campaign, who can put the best spin on a story, who can garner the most air time, come up with the most eye-catching headline. If you’re not photogenic, if your presentation isn’t slick and polished, if you don’t/can’t deliver your message in short, snappy soundbites then it doesn’t seem to matter if you stick to the facts and tell the truth.

I’m so glad I turned out to vote on Thursday. I almost didn’t. It seemed inconceivable that the majority of voters would vote to leave the EU. But I was brought up to believe that voting is important, and I felt very strongly that Britain should remain in the EU and I wanted to put my cross in the box and register that.

To say that I was stunned to wake up on Friday to the news that the (small) majority had voted to leave the EU would be an understatement. Apparently I wasn’t the only one. Neither the government or the Leave campaign actually seem to have considered the possibility that they would win. We are now in a strange limbo where no-one appears to know what should happen next, especially the people who should know what happens next.

The government asked us one simple question last week and all our collective answer has done is raise a multitude of other questions that no-one can or will answer. All the referendum is, is an opinion poll. It’s not binding in any way. Then there’s that pesky article 50. How do we trigger it? There doesn’t appear to be an easy answer. Is it as simple as the Prime Minister, whoever that turns out to be, making a declaration? Does it require an Act of Parliament? If it does, would the majority of MPs follow the wishes of their constituents and pass an Act to get us out of the EU, or would they follow their own inclinations and keep us in?

The Leave campaign seem to have been labouring under the delusion that they can negotiate to their hearts’ content, then, when they’ve got everything they wanted, trigger the exit clause, only to be told by the EU, No, Non, Nein! Exit clause first, then negotiate, which puts a slightly (very!) different slant on things. It’s a bit tricky really, because the Leave campaign really wants to trade with the EU on favourable terms, just like we do now, but to do that we have to give as much money to the EU as we’ve ever done, we still have agree to free movement of people within the EU, but we have no say in Europe any more. So basically, the same as now but with no representation and no vote or veto.

Aha, but sovereignty! Oh yes, we’ll be able to get rid of all those pesky laws that protect our human rights, our employment and the environment – all of which are better than the protection our own government would give us. Still, maybe when we’re all on slave wages and zero hours contracts with no employment rights at all, maybe people like James Dyson will move their manufacturing back to the UK? Isn’t it nice to have something to look forward to?

With all this, we can still look to the opposition, Labour, to provide some answers, right? Well, maybe we could have done except Jeremy Corbyn has been stabbed in the back so many times since the weekend, it’s a wonder the man can still stand up. I’m even angrier about this than the whole EU fiasco. For almost a week now, I’ve been reading articles about how a large portion of the Leave vote, didn’t really care one way or the other, they’re just so disillusioned with Westminster that they voted to upset the apple cart. And the Shadow Cabinet’s response is to set fire to it.

If they truly disagree with Jeremy Corbyn, that’s their right. I’m all for having the courage of your convictions, but there is a time and a place, and this is not it. It’s a shame they didn’t nail their colours to the mast when he offered them their jobs in the first place. You know all those people disillusioned with Westminster? I’m one of them and I’ve been one of them since I stopped being able to tell New Labour from Conservative, about 5 minutes after Tony Blair won the election in 1997.

After 1997, I stopped voting Labour. I voted once for the Monster Raving Loony Party, and when they didn’t have a candidate, I spoiled my vote. When Jeremy Corbyn was elected as leader of the Labour party, it finally felt like here was a Labour party I could get behind. Corbyn isn’t slick or flashy, neither is he patronising, and I don’t believe he’s lying every time he opens mouth. We keep getting told he’s ‘unelectable’, by precisely those slick politicians peddling their sound bites, that I’m so heartily sick of.

Personally, I think he’s so ‘electable’ I joined the Labour Party this week. If there’s a leadership contest, he’s got my vote and he’ll have it in a general election, even if it means I’ve got to vote for the back-stabbing MP that resigned this week, who currently represents my constituency.

Last, and by no means least, of all the things that have me grinding my teeth this last week. When did the BBC get taken over by the Daily Mail? Their interviewers are just awful, and the negative and aggressive questioning of Jeremy Corbyn at the weekend by Peter Snow left a very sour taste in my mouth.  If you want to put words in someone’s mouth, don’t bother interviewing them, just make it all up like Laura Kuenssberg did in her piece about Corbyn’s office ‘sabotaging’ the remain campaign. I have to assume she made it all up as she hasn’t presented a shred of evidence.

Rainbow Sparkle SocksFinally, if you need cheering up, here are some rainbow, sparkle socks, knitted from Unicorn shit, honest!


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Split MittensChristine, aka Winwick Mum, recently published a free pattern for Split Mittens. I thought these were a great idea and I really wanted to make myself a pair. My only problem was that I had no spare chunky wool and I have put myself on a yarn diet. I was toying with the idea of trying them with aran wool, which I do have, then I remembered I had a couple of balls of Stylecraft Alpaca Chunky, which I bought locally. While I clearly remember buying the wool, I can’t for the life of me remember what I had in mind to make with it!

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20152015 Has been quite the year and seems to have flown by. I started the year obsessed with crochet, having finally got the hang of it in 2014. In 2015 I started flexing my knitting muscles again and soon got back into it. I’m finding that I like ‘quick knit’ projects like shawls and socks, but prefer crochet for bigger projects, particularly blankets. At the end of 2015 a lot of people on Instagram were compiling a collage of their 9 most-liked photos. I decided to compile 9 projects from 2015 that were particularly meaningful to me in some way. Read the rest of this entry »

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Autumn BlanketIt amuses me that the pattern for this blanket is called Spring into Summer and the colours in this yarn are autumnal. I just love the colours in this blanket, but it was extremely difficult to get good photos that did them justice. I think I’m going to have to break out the camera instead of snapping photos on my iPhone. I’ve been wondering if it would be viable to sell the corner-to-corner blankets, but am sorely tempted to hang on to this one. I love the colours so much. Maybe that’s the sign it’s commercially viable? Read the rest of this entry »

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Hello Fall Tote BagI’m beginning to wonder how I ever found the time to hold down a full time job! So much yarn, so little time… and then there’s the sewing. I sprained my ankle quite badly at the end of March. I’m embarrassed to admit that I fell off the doorstep, and even more embarrassed to admit that I was stone-cold sober at the time. The only saving grace was that there were no witnesses to see me go arse-over-tit and spend the next 5 minutes rolling around on the grass swearing like a sailor, on the verge of tears. I spent the next hour melting a packet of frozen peas on my ankle, and it was remarkably effective in keeping the bruising and swelling to a minimum. Thankfully, I have my own private nurse who has an impressive array of bandages and dressings in the boot of his car, so David strapped my ankle up as we were quite sure it wasn’t actually broken. I was almost disappointed – something that hurt that much, should have been broken! Fortunately, I had made my second bag earlier in the week. This one is the ‘deluxe’ version and I made it for my sister’s birthday. This one had quilting, an internal pocket and a magnetic snap. Read the rest of this entry »

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I’ve only started crocheting seriously in the last few months. As is my way, once I started to get seriously interested, I started searching out blogs on the subject. I was delighted to find that there are lots of blogs devoted to crochet. Some offer patterns to buy, along with free patterns and tutorials, many offer everything for free – patterns, tutorials and lots of inspiration. The quality is superb and I never fail to bowled over by how generous people can be with their time and expertise. One blog that quickly stood out in terms of quality and content is Attic24, run by Lucy. It’s been going for several years now, and is loaded with tutorials, patterns and ideas. As someone who isn’t confident with using colour it was a Godsend! The tutorials are excellent, very detailed with lots of photos. Each and every one represents hours and hours of work. In addition, there is lots of chit chat. The whole atmosphere is very informal and cosy. Lucy invites us into her life in a very real way. Read the rest of this entry »

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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I posted. Life seems to have consisted of a blur of work and crochet. I’m back at work on Tuesday night for my last set of shifts. I feel sick with anticipation, rather like I did as a child on Christmas Eve! As expected, the handover of the work has not gone smoothly. The scope of what we do has been grossly underestimated as the management team who took over earlier in the year haven’t bothered to even find out what we do or how we do it. Last week there was a call for volunteers to postpone their redundancy for 3-6 months. There weren’t many takers. Read the rest of this entry »


Catching Up

My resolve to post regularly didn’t last long, did it? Well actually, it did but after being away for a few days, I put off posting so that I could edit and upload my photos (still not not done), then as other things happened that I wanted to post about, I put them off as I still hadn’t done anything with the photos. This is how I always end up not posting for a while so, bugger the photos! Read the rest of this entry »

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Confused? Welcome to my world. I seem to have mislaid a day this week. On Monday I spent the day finishing off de-cluttering our bedroom and giving it a deep clean, from top to bottom (I’ve never hoovered a ceiling before!). I am so pleased with myself, now it’s done. It’s quickly become my favourite room in the house. Like all the rooms in our house, it’s long and narrow, with the window to the front. Our bedroom is big enough to split into two separate areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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Old Market Hall, Rotherham

Old Market Hall

Front of the piano


I had to go to the sorting office to pick up another parcel today. Although it was still early, the day was already hot and on the way back I decided to cut through the old market hall, somewhere I hadn’t been before. If nothing else, I would be out of the sun for a few minutes and it looked like there might be some interesting little shops in there so I’d probably be out of the sun for a bit longer. I love places like this as they usually have unusual and individual shops, not the big chain names.

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

The piano in the old market hall, Rotherham

I felt like Alice must have done when she fell down the rabbithole! What had I stepped into? It looked like a cafe, but it isn’t, as far as I can tell. In the centre was a small closed up kiosk that houses a little business called The Button Tin. The market hall was completely deserted and it felt like I’d stepped into another world. It was cool, shady and peaceful – pure magic! I shall definitely be finding out more about what goes on here. I think it could be right up my street. Read the rest of this entry »

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