Don’t Miss Our 100th Episode Party?!?

Don’t Miss Our 100th Episode Party?!?

Tonight is the 100th episode of this thing that Loraine, from Woolly Madly Deeply and I do. We do it on a Thursday evening and a Sunday afternoon. And we do it live. That is a live stream podcast in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. Have you seen us do it yet? If you haven’t, then this is the perfect time to join us. Celebrate our 100th episode with us!

We started Knitting Across the Pennines way back in February. In the elapsed time from our 1st to our 100th episode the world has become a very different place. We have a very laid back format, just some general chit chat like you would hear at any knit night. Mainly about knitting with some crochet and sewing thrown in there. We show WIPs and FOs. We talk about yarns and patterns. Both those we love and those that have disappointed us. You can watch all those early episodes on You Tube.

Sometimes we have a real treat from Loraine. What she doesn’t know about knitting and yarns isn’t worth knowing. She has even been on the telly news! She has given us hints, tips and tutorials on all sorts of techniques. And she is spot on with her knowledge of colours.

Some of our 100th Episodes highlights….

As we have reached our 100th Episode I thought I would share with you some of the crazy things we talk about.

In Episode 36 Loraine share with us her story of explaining climbing techniques at a funeral (don’t watch whilst taking a drink!)

Whilst in Episode 88 I show off my cowl that I have been developing the pattern for. Loraine wasn’t impressed with the look when I wore it as a headband and compared me to Hilda Ogden! How rude!

And I can’t not share with you Episode 97 where I confused an Excel pivot table with a lazy Susan!

Future 100th Episodes

On a Thursday evening we tend to try and have a bit of a virtual knit night. We all grab a beverage, often a huge bucket of tea but sometimes something more of an adult version. We grab a WIP, usually something that isn’t too complicated or needs too much concentration. And we chat. Our regulars show us what they have been working on and their finished items. We also share what has been happening during the week. We do have a giggle! And we hope to continue to enjoy ourselves for the next 100th episode.

On Sundays we will share patterns that we have seen and liked. Yarns we have tried. Loraine might share a tutorial for a skill with us. And sometimes we have a guest. In the past we have had a couple of pattern designers, and a yarn dyer.

Going forward we would love your ideas. Is there something you would like some hints and tips about? Is there a designer you would love to see as a guest? Or someone who makes project bags or stitch markers? What kind of patterns do you like? Would you like us to share our favourite kids knits or relaxing crochet project ideas? We love to hear from you so please get in touch.

Where Can You Find Us?

If you would like to join us live we are in our Facebook group – Knitting Across the Pennines. If you join our group you will receive an invitation to join our live streams and you will be able to chat with us via the comments. If you can’t join us live you can watch us on catch up. Or if you would prefer you can watch any of our videos on You Tube. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought. We have a Ravelry Group too! Come and join us and join the party!

Coming Soon…

Just a heads up that at the end of the month I will be releasing a new pattern called Knickers! If you haven’t done so yet now is the time to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will receive and exclusive discount coupon! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

If You Liked This Post…

If you enjoyed reading this post please check out the rest of my blog – Emma’s Blog. One of my recent posts was about Patterns You Might Have Missed or you might enjoy one of my earlier posts about Who Taught Me to Knit.

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Don’t Miss Our 100th Episode Party?!?

Knitting Across the Pennines – Are You Missing the Party?!?

There is this thing that Loraine, from Woolly Madly Deeply and I do. Its usually on a Thursday evening and a Sunday afternoon. And we do it live. That is a live stream podcast in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group. Have you seen us do it yet?

We started Knitting Across the Pennines way back in February when the world was a very different place. Just some general chit chat. Mainly about knitting with some crochet and sewing thrown in there. We show WIPs and FOs. We talk about yarns and patterns. Both those we love and those that have disappointed us. You can watch all those early episodes on You Tube.

Sometimes we have a real treat from Loraine. What she doesn’t know about knitting and yarns isn’t worth knowing. She has even been on the telly news! She has given us hints, tips and tutorials on all sorts of techniques. And she is spot on with her knowledge of colours.

This Week We Did This….

In Episode 89 of Knitting Across the Pennines, which we recorded on Sunday 6th September, we discussed autumn and winter trends for 2020. Loraine did a brilliant presentation on combining the colours.

I made a Pinterest board with ideas of how to wear (and not wear) the colours. Although my contribution was no where near as good as Loraine’s!

And even better, Loraine wrote a blog post on her website. You can find it here – Loraine’s Blog.

Future Episodes

On a Thursday evening we tend to try and have a bit of a virtual knit night. We all grab a beverage, often a huge bucket of tea but sometimes something more of an adult version. We grab a WIP, usually something that isn’t too complicated or needs too much concentration. And we chat. Our regulars show us what they have been working on and their finished items. We also share what has been happening during the week. We do have a giggle!

On Sundays we will share patterns that we have seen and liked. Yarns we have tried. Loraine might share a tutorial for a skill with us. And sometimes we have a guest. In the past we have had a couple of pattern designers, and a yarn dyer.

Going forward we would love your ideas. Is there something you would like some hints and tips about? Is there a designer you would love to see as a guest? Or someone who makes project bags or stitch markers? What kind of patterns do you like? Would you like us to share our favourite kids knits or relaxing crochet project ideas? We love to hear from you.

Where Can You Find Us?

If you would like to join us live we are in our Facebook group – Knitting Across the Pennines. If you join our group you will receive an invitation to join our live streams and you will be able to chat with us via the comments. If you can’t join us live you can watch us on catch up. Or if you would prefer you can watch any of our videos on You Tube. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought. We have a Ravelry Group too! Come and join us and join the party!

Coming Soon…

Just a heads up that at the end of the month I will be releasing a new pattern called Vera. If you haven’t done so yet now is the time to sign up for my newsletter. Subscribers will receive and exclusive discount coupon! You can sign up here – Newsletter.

If You Liked This Post…

If you enjoyed reading this post please check out the rest of my blog – Emma’s Blog. My last post was about Patterns You Might Have Missed or you might enjoy one of my earlier posts about Who Taught Me to Knit.

Follow me on social media! I love to see your WIPs and FOs. Please find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Don’t forget to tag me!

The Coronavirus Files – Gorgeous Day 19

The Coronavirus Files – Gorgeous Day 19

A Cloudy Start

I headed out a little later than planned for my Coronavirus Allowed Exercise. Usually I would have been out around 7 but I had a little lie-in. I am definitely getting used to a more relaxed timetable over the last few days of Coronavirus Lockdown!

It was cloudy and cooler than yesterday. But I soon warmed up on my run. As my friends and I can no longer run together, or join up for a post-run coffee we have been looking for things as a kind of alphabet and treasure hunt all rolled into one. This week the objects I had to find and take photos of were daffodils, Easter eggs and a For Sale sign. Luckily I was able to find all three in just over the first km and was then able to settle into a nice pace for the rest of the run. The funniest one was the Easter eggs which I saw a sign for in the window of the Spar. The guy stood at the cash point must have thought I was bonkers!

I had planned to go for 8km but wasn’t feeling it so only got to 5.5. But I can always head out again tomorrow if I want. As my mother in law would say “There’s nowt spoiling!” It rained a bit when I first got home, but now its is lovely and sunny and warm.

Rainbows

I also took some photos on my cool down of rainbows that have been drawn and made during the Coronavirus Lockdown. It has been so lovely to see them popping up all over the place to cheer us all up. And of course to remind us that brighter days will be coming. We just have to hang on in there. My favourite was the one drawn in chalk on the wall.

The Shows Must Go On!

Last night I watched the live stream of Jesus Christ Superstar on You Tube. It was on a channel called The Shows Must Go On and every week they are putting a different show on. It premiers at 7pm on Friday night and is available for 48 hours.

My brother is the one that told me about it last week. He, my sister and I sat in our own homes in Coronavirus Separation and watched Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat “together.” Last night we did the same thing again. The only thing that was missing was the drink in the interval.

It was very well timed putting this one on Good Friday but it was the new updated rock stadium version and it was amazing. Mel C as Mary Magdalene gave me chills when she sang one of my favourite ever songs “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”. And Chris Moyles made a great appearance as King Herod. But I couldn’t take my eyes off Ben Forster as Jesus. Right about now I need the heart_eyes emoji!

In 2012 he won a contest in the ITV series Superstar and thereby got the role which went on a tour of the UK and Australia. I wish I had been able to go and see it live. I must admit to have it playing in the background as I write this! I am excited to see which show they stream next week. Check out the channel The Shows Must Go On!

Stay Connected

Don’t forget to join Loraine and I in our Knitting Across the Pennines Facebook group where we go live for a chat and a cuppa everyday. Bring a WIP and a beverage and let us know how you are doing.

If you can’t join us live then watch our videos on You Tube.

And if you liked this post then please check out my others – Emma’s Blog

The Coronavirus Files – Challenging Day 12

The Coronavirus Files – Challenging Day 12

My First Trip to the Pharmacy

When I was writing to you yesterday I was getting prepared to go to the chemist for the first time since Coronavirus Lockdown. I really wasn’t looking forward to the whole ordeal. But I was prepared. I had rang the day before to check that my prescription was ready. The lady on the other end of the phone has suggested I go at 4:30pm when they find the queue of people waiting was shorter.

I managed to persuade Caitlin to come with me in the car. It isn’t that far away, but the car hasn’t had a run anywhere in over a week. So we drove the long way round and Caitlin stayed with the car engine running whilst I went and joined the back of the line.

They were only letting one person at a time into the shop. It is pretty small so that makes sense. There were two men waiting outside at a sensible distance from each other when I got there. Soon there were a couple of people behind me. One of which wasn’t really keeping far enough away but a look soon sorted that out.

I think I waited about 10-15 minutes to get inside. The lady behind the counter had a huge plastic screen to protect her and a small hole for the pay machine and to pass medicines through. There was also tape on the floor so that you would remember to still keep your distance. All in all it was pretty well organised.

The same, unfortunately, can’t be said of the Spar. I went in after the pharmacy as I needed butter. They were not restricting the amount of people going in at any one time. There were gaps on the shelves and people were just passing each other willy-nilly in the aisles. When you came to queue there was tape on the floor. But the guy in front of me didn’t seem to want to take notice of that.

I felt bad for the woman behind the counter. She was standing back when someone approached and put their basket next to the till. She was then asking them to move away whilst she scanned the shopping and packed it. She would then move back so the shopper could use the card machine. Again, the man in front of me just wasn’t getting it. A couple of times she jumped backwards and had to ask him to keep his distance.

Not a parkrun

This morning I decided to go for my longer run rather than the usual Saturday morning 5k. I found it a bit tough to start off but once I was warmed up by running down a very nice bank I soon found my rhythm. In our Facebook running group one of the admins has set us a challenge of taking photos of ourselves on our weekend runs as a kind of I Spy and Alphabet game.

We have from Friday evening to Sunday evening to find three things. This week we had to take a photo of:

  1. Apple
  2. Bus stop
  3. Cone

I found the bus stop without any problem at all. In fact I probably ran past about 50 of them in total by the time I got home. I think I ran past some cones pretty early on in my run but didn’t remember that I was trying to get the challenge items. After that I did see a couple so took photos of those. Apple was a little more difficult. It being a little early to see apples growing on the trees. We had been told we could be inventive, so I took a photo of what I thought was apple blossom on the spring trees and also my Apple Watch.

Come and Join Us

Later Loraine and I will be doing a live chat with April from Skeino. It will be interesting to hear how the Coronavirus pandemic has affected her, her family and her business. Join us in our Knitting Across the Pennines group from 5pm UK time.

If you can’t watch live then we will be posting the video on our You Tube.

If you liked this post please check out my others – Emma’s Blog

The Coronavirus Files – New Norm Day 9

The Coronavirus Files – New Norm Day 9

Routine

This is the second week that I have been working from home due to fears about the Coronavirus. And I have to admit that I am definitely getting into a routine and feeling like this is the new norm.

I go for my daily walk with the dog. I do my housework. I work from my new office ringing students and replying to emails. Today I even learnt how to run reports on students’ use of the on line learning platform. Life is beginning to settle into a natural rhythm. It does actually make me wonder what is going to happen when this Coronavirus quarantine is all over? Will I have developed some form of agoraphobia?

Safe at Home

Some people are finding being at home for so much of the day a little tough. They are complaining they are “stuck” at home. They are bored. They don’t like or aren’t used to their own company. They would rather be entertained by other people. I am not one of those. I enjoy being at home. I am happy in my own company. I have found plenty to entertain myself. And I am even finding the days are flying by. Maybe a change of attitude towards the Coronavirus restrictions would help. You aren’t stuck at home. You are safe at home. Embrace it. Enjoy your own company. And that of your family if you are lucky enough to be sharing the same space right now. I also find it helps to remind myself that there is always someone worse off than me.

Its Scary Out There

I am finding that I want to go out less and less as time goes on. The thought of having to queue up to get into the supermarket still causes me anxiety, even after having done it once and knowing what to expect. The thought that I could pick up the Coronavirus infection from any person that I come across scares me. And the thought that I could then pass it on to someone else scares me even more.

The number of deaths is rising day on day. At the beginning of the week I said to my husband that I thought we would hit 2000 deaths by Thursday. It is Wednesday lunch time and they have announced the current number is 2352. That is 563 more than yesterday. We have also had the really sad news that a 13 year old boy with no known underlying health issues has died. It is sad but also worrying. Many of our young people feel that they are invincible. They think this is an old person’s problem and I fear that we will see many more deaths among young people before the Coronavirus is done with us.

Alone for the Long Haul

It doesn’t look like my husband will be getting home until this is all over. There is a new video on the Twitter feed of the British Embassy stating that those people who are normally resident in Saudi Arabia should remain there at this time. In addition to him not feeling comfortable travelling at this time I would say that pretty much means I have to deal with this alone. The cavalry is not coming. And my fence isn’t getting fixed any time soon!

A New Way to Socialise

Today I have been invited to a birthday party. It is for Troy Hall. My friend’s sausage dog who is 6 today. And in the wake of the Coronavirus and the way the world is now we will be having a party via Facebook Messenger. I guess I will have to search out my party hat!

Later I will be on live doing a Facebook live with Loraine from Woolly Madly Deeply. If you would like to join us we will be in our Knitting Across the Pennines Group.

If you enjoyed this post please check out my others – Emma’s Blog.

A Priceless Volun-Tour Takeover at parkrun!

A Priceless Volun-Tour Takeover at parkrun!

parkrun-logo
parkrun-logo

What is parkrun?

Strange as it might seem for those of us that are in the know, there are still some people who do not know what parkrun is!  So let me give you a very brief introduction.

Every Saturday morning at 9am you will find a group of people gathering in a local park to join together and walk, jog or run 5k.  Starting in Bushy Park in London in 2004 by Sir Paul Sinton-Hewitt, this has now become a global phenomenon.  You can run a parkrun in 20 different countries including France, USA, Australia and South Africa.  And more are popping up each week!

Always a small p!

For the uninitiated – a hint.  It is always parkrun.  Always one word.  And most definitely always a small p.  Not a capital.  Not even in a title or at the beginning of a sentence.  There are some people out there for whom using a P is a major faux pas!  You have been warned!

Tourists

Among these runners you will find a sub-group who call themselves Tourists.  Not for them getting up and wondering to their local parkrun to do their 5k.  This group will go to extremes to hunt out new parks where they haven’t yet run.  Friends they haven’t yet met.  Hidden gems that they haven’t yet found.

I am one of these rare breed of runners.  Since the summer of 2018 I have been going “On-Tour” to complete as many different parkruns as I can.  At the latest count I have ran 159 parkruns in total, at 80 different events.  These include all of the events in the North East, many in Yorkshire, one in Wales and one in Scotland.

Can you spot us?

Sometimes we go incognito and just enjoy the scenery of a new place to run.  But most of the time you will be able to identify tourists by their attire.  We are often found wearing apricot tops, cow cowls and cow bobs.  And we love a camera!

Volunteers

But parkrun isn’t all about running.  If it wasn’t for the amazing volunteers who also turn up every week to marshall, to time keep and hand out finish tokens there wouldn’t be anywhere for us to travel to for our running.

Giving something back

Putting on a parkrun every weekend takes a lot of work.  And these Event Directors rely on volunteers to go ahead week after week.  Some of the newer events and the smaller ones struggle to fill the roster when it is cold or when when most people are away on holiday.

So we decided that for one week we would like to give something back.  Instead of running our group would Take-Over the Volunteer Rota.  After much planning we decided that Millfield parkrun in Easingwold near York was the ideal place.

Saturday is parkrun Day!

So the big day has come round at last.  From 8am onwards volunteers begin to congregate.  The finish funnel needs setting up, cones need to be put out and the course needs to be checked to ensure it is safe.

Marshalls are sent out to their allocated spots wearing high-vis and clutching walkie-talkies.  This week they also needed something else.  Cow bells of course!  Because that is exactly what is needed to encourage all the runners on when they are getting tired.  Complete with cow stickers to match our cow bob hats and cowls.

First-Timers and Milestones

First-Timers' Briefing
First-Timers’ Briefing

This week the First-Timers briefing was given by Iain Hall.  It was his first time doing this role and although a little nervous he did a sterling job!  And Iain also did most of the organising for this take-over so Kudos!!

And we love a Milestone! Ones that I know of at Millfield this week included:

  • Elaine Watson – 250 volunteers!
  • Rob Lickley – 50 parkruns
  • Richard Freeman – 50 parkruns
  • Craig Redmond – 50 parkruns
  • John Freeman – 100 parkruns and today was his 74th birthday!

Pacers!

A special Shout-out needs to go to the volunteers who were pacing.  Not only did some of them do it after never having ran the course before, but they helped runners get PBs by being pretty spot-on with their timings!

  • 21 – Greg Hart                  21:03
  • 23 – Graeme Addison     22:54 (PB)
  • 25 – Jason Pattison          24:56
  • 28 – Amanda Waller        28:09
  • 30 – Michael Cleasby       29:42
  • 32 – Adrian Kelsall            31:57
  • 35 – Calum Burrell           35:00

Millfield parkrun; Event number 36; 8th February 2020

This week 196 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 31 were first timers and 52 recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of 22 different clubs took part.  Well done to all of you!

The event was made possible by 29 volunteers:

John GRAY • Iain G HALL • Graeme ADDISON • Amanda Jayne WALLER • Emma Jane SADLER • Paul WILSON • Lynn WILSON • Ann HALL • Nick DENT • Jane DENT • Dave WADDINGTON • Calum BURRELL • Elaine WATSON • Andy RICHARDSON • Lynsey BURRELL • Ralph GILCHRIST • Vicky RICHARDSON • Greg HART • Laura C A ROBINSON • Mike CLEASBY • Chris BRACCHI • Jane-Marie BRACCHI • Michelle I’ANSON • Raymond ROBINSON • Viki Bee CLARKE • Jason PATTISON • Adrian KELSALL • Christopher JACKSON • Michael BISHOP

Today’s full results and a complete event history can be found on the Millfield parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Tim STRATTON who recorded a time of 16:41 on 10th August 2019 (event number 8).
The female record is held by Ms. VERA GULYÁS who recorded a time of 18:04 on 24th August 2019 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Patricia BIELBY who recorded 87.61% (24:13) on 17th August 2019 (event number 9).

Millfield parkrun started on 22nd June 2019. Since then 1,692 participants have completed 5,172 parkruns covering a total distance of 25,860 km, including 1,180 new Personal Bests. A total of 197 individuals have volunteered 767 times.

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