The Highs, the Lows and Everything In-Between

Wow!  We finally made it right to the end!  I don’t know about you, but at one point I really didn’t think January was ever going to end.  The cold days, the dark mornings and the miserable evenings.  But today does feel different. 

Get Some Healthy Fresh Air

I walked the dog a little later than usual, and as it was almost light we went in the fields for the first time in what seems like forever.  Arthur got a good run, and I got a dose of much needed daylight.

Most days our walk happens at 7am when its still dark.  Its starting to get light by the time we get in around 8, but this morning we headed out around 7:40 and so it wasn’t long before we were enjoying the wind and mud in the actual light of day.

Get the camera out and Arthur is happy to strike a pose (in exchange for a gravy bone!)

Saturday is parkrun day!

I have continued with the parkrun touring with my group of friends on Saturday mornings. This month has had a fair few, as it started with the double on New Year’s Day. A group of us travelled to Burton-on-Trent to run Conkers followed by Rosliston. . We stayed in a very “interesting” Travelodge and a few of us even made it to midnight to see in the New Year.

The other parkruns we have travelled to this month were Riverside in Chester-le-Street, Fountain’s Abbey, Millfield, and Sheffield Hallam.

Read a Book!

I have set myself a target on Good Reads to get through 20 books in 2020.  I have got off to an ok start.  I finished off The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley which I started way back in November of last year.  It was a well-written book, just not my kind of a read.

I finished This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay.  The diary of a junior doctor, it was both very funny and very sad.  I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read his other one.

I also read The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell.  A well-written book and a good story but I have to admit to feeling a little disappointed that it wasn’t as creepy as I thought it would be.  If they ever make it into a movie I will give it a go though as I think there is plenty of potential for jump-scares.


And of course there was knitting….

The photos above were originally shared on my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.  You can also see two of the projects I worked on in the photos above.  The berets are coming very soon.  They were inspired by one of my running friends and our trip to Burton over the New Year.

The other is a sock yarn jumper.  Designed to use up all your scraps of left-over yarn for the sleeves.  This one will be up for testing in the near future so if you would like to test for me then please keep a look out for a post calling for testers.

Fancy a New Knitting Pattern?

January also saw the release of Stanhope to my Ravelry store. A sweater designed for sock yarn, but will work wonderfully with any 4-ply yarn to make a versatile and lightweight pullover. Perfect for the longer and lighter days to come, hopefully! I wrote about it in more detail in my last post.

If you enjoyed reading about Stanhope you can find out how to purchase the pattern here. And of course, don’t forget to share with me on social media. Use the buttons above or I can be found by searching @allneedles and using #allneedles #emmasadler #emmasadlerdesigns

How Was January for You?

What were your achievements? I would love to see your finished projects, and your wips.  Show me pictures of your gorgeous fur babies and tell me about any books you are reading….

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