I had written a post all about my holiday but then there was a slight technical hitch. I arrived back from the Lake District and promptly came down with Labyrinthitis. Which is a totally crappy thing to have. Fortunately I was still at Mum's in Lincoln, rather than on my own down south. This meant that, not only did I have a week away on holiday, I then had 10 days off sick, which was a total pain. I went back to work on Thursday and have just about caught up with everything, and opened nearly three weeks worth of post (eeeeeek!), but I missed a meeting with my chartership mentor so that's delayed that for another couple of months.
I actually have several bits of posts written, as I got various podcasts listened to and books read
whilst I was away/being ill, so I will add those in over the next few weeks. I also haven't had a chance to reply to any comments from last time as I only had v. limited internet access whilst I was at Mum's, so apologies for that.
It seems strange now in the sunshine but we actually went on holiday in the snow! The mountains looked rather pretty...
Occasionally the sun came out and we went to Holehird Gardens:
and Wordsworth's Birthplace at Cockermouth
and attempted to go to Dove Cottage at Grasmere, only it was rather expensive to go in, so we didn't and went and had lunch in Grasmere instead.
I had a wonderful evening at the Keswick Stitch n Bitch, but forgot to take any pics. Anyway, it was fun and great to meet some more knitters and see what they were making.
We also had a day in Penrith (the church hall has a very reasonably priced cafe run by volunteers and serves supremely enormous jacket potatoes) and I spent rather a lot of time in the Bluebell Bookshop and then in Indigo Knits, where I bought a skein of yummy hand-dyed sock yarn.
and then perused the charity shops. Aren't charity shops in other places just fab?!
Monkey had a bit of an exhausting holiday, what with his family coming along (this is his cousin, MJ, who'd come along with my godmother)
and my nephews
And as for knitting... Well, I didn't get that much done due to small people being around. But I did learn entrelac from Yarn Forward magazine and started the Sarah bag pattern from there. This will be for a friend (whose birthday was actually at the beginning of April but I warned her it will be very late!). The yarn is James C Brett Marble Chunky on 5mm needles.
That's all for now! More updates soon...