Happy New Year

Happy New Year – Happy New Decade!

I am hoping for peace and understanding, for more hard work to save our beautiful planet and that we can all be kind and more inclusive with one another.

This has been a roller coaster year with quite a few downs but also many happy up’s. Thank you for being by my side through it all. Thank you for your continued support, for your likes and comments on all my social media, I appreciated them all so very much.

Here is to the very best the next decade has to offer, grab it with both hands! I wish you health and good fortune always and may all your wishes come true.

See you in 2020 – xo.

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Dear Friends,

2017 has been another year full of surprises and lot’s good things for me and you have been part of it in many ways. Being part of this wonderful, worldwide knitting and crochet community is one of the best things of my every day life. All the sharing of stories, the chatting and support, here and on my other social media, shows that our crafting community is one of love and big hearts. It restores some faith and hope in the otherwise often gloomy outlook we see on our televisions weekly.

I hope the next few days will be peaceful and joyous and you get to spend them with the people you love. Find some time to snuggle up and read a good book, make yummy food, knit or crochet and have a relaxing time.

For 2018 I wish you good health, stress only in small doses and a huge amount of happiness.

Merry Christmas and see you in the New Year!



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This is my last post for 2016, and, as another year comes to a close, I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support of my little business.

Thank you for reading my ramblings here on this blog…

…thank you for buying my books and patterns…

…for leaving comments and staying in touch, here and via my other social media…

…thank you for participating in my workshops here in the UK and in mainland Europe…

…making the knitting retreats we host so successful and so much fun.

I could not do this without all of you, as working mostly on my own can get a little lonely at times. Your contributions keep me smiling, even when things seem a little tough and frustrating at times.

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Being so very grateful for all your kindness and support this year, I hope 2017 brings you happiness, good health and joy!

Here is to a creative year ahead for us all!





new years hike


Snowdon Collage 1

First of all I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year, may 2015 bring you happiness and joy, good health and everything you wish for!

We rang in the New Year partying the night away with some friends of many years, drinking too much champagne as is expected that night. On our long drive home we decided that we would attempt to climb Mount Snowdon as soon as the weather allowed. So on Sunday morning we set off at the crack of sparrow, all our kit stowed in the car, Rucksack packed with flasks and snacks, and not forgetting Max the dog.

The Snowdonia Range is about one hours drive from us, and as we approached the sun was just getting up basking the mountains in a beautiful glow.

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres (3,560 ft) above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. It is located in Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, and is a designated national nature reserve for its rare flora and fauna.

The cliff faces on Snowdon, including Clogwyn Du’r Arddu, are significant for rock climbing, and the mountain was used by Edmund Hillary in training for the 1953 ascent of Mount Everest.

Snowdon offers some of the best views in Britain. The summit can be reached by a number of well-known paths, and by the Snowdon Mountain Railway, a rack and pinion railway opened in 1896 which carries passengers the 4.7 miles (7.6 km) from Llanberis to the summit station.

The name Snowdon is from the Old English for “snow hill”, while the Welsh name – Yr Wyddfa – means “the tumulus”, which may refer to the cairn thrown over the legendary giant Rhitta Gawr after his defeat by King Arthur. As well as other figures from Arthurian legend, the mountain is linked to a legendary afanc (water monster) and the Tylwyth Teg (fairies). (source Wikipidia)

Snowdon Collage 2

We started walking on the Miner’s track which eases you in gently and offers some of the most amazingly stunning scenery. The sun was shining and there was no wind, blue skies with a few tufty clouds in the sky…all was fabulous.

As we got higher up we encountered some icy patches, but still nothing too hard to cope with…

Snowdon Collage 3

…this was not to last for long! As the climb became steeper and steeper, the snow and ice became quite hard to manoeuvre safely, and talking to some climbers who had been up at the summit, it became clear that without crampons and ice picks it would be foolish and unsafe to proceed. We felt a bit down in the dumps having to stop such a short distance from the top, but knowing how quickly a fun day out can end in disaster when acting irresponsibly on mountains, we felt elated having made it that far. Our dissent via the Pyg Track was hard as there was a lot of ice, and no sooner had we started down the weather changed. The beautiful sunshine and blue sky became a huge dark fog and mist cloud and visibility was poor, so again we were glad that we hadn’t gone any further. We had after all enjoyed some of the most stunning views this country has to offer.


We rewarded ourselves with a visit to Swallow Falls, raging at this time of year…

Snowden Collage 4

…and a generous helping of scones with all the trimmings!

A great start to the New Year!