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.

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New Pattern Release – Elaines Scottish Run

New Pattern Release – Elaines Scottish Run

Elaines Scottish Run, my latest pattern, was released this week.  Here I talk about spring, knitting patterns and the run that inspired me!

Spring is Coming!

Its almost the end of February.  This winter has seemed a bit like its Never Ending.  But this weekend will see the beginning of March, St David’s Day and hopefully the beginning of spring.  And this week also saw the release of my latest pattern – Elaines Scottish Run!

This is absolutely my most favourite time of the year.  The daffodils and crocuses are already starting to pop their heads out of the ground.  The mornings are getting lighter and the evening sun is lasting just that little bit longer.

The air seems to be alive with possibility, new life and a general sense of Awakening.  Including the happy news that this week I released my latest knitting pattern – Elaines Scottish Run!

Even Though it Might Not Feel Like it!

Despite the date, and the expectation of spring, the weather doesn’t seem to have got the memo!  This weekend we are braced for the arrival of Storm Jorge.  This feels like the third storm in as many weeks.  The UK is battered and bruised, and the misery doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon for those worst affected.

One of my favourite places to visit is Hay-on-Wye and the areas around the River Wye experienced awful flooding recently.  We can only hope that the weather starts to improve soon.

Time to Knit A New Pattern

As I am very lucky where I live and haven’t experienced any of the extreme flooding that has hit other areas of the UK, the bad weather has meant I have stayed indoors slightly more than I may have done otherwise.  And this, of course, has given me more knitting time!

I have been working on my cardigan that I want to eventually steek.  The bottom of the body is done and I have completed both sleeves.  I will be joining them together soon, but I have had to put them to one side for the moment for other projects.  And that includes releasing Elaines Scottish Run.

Did You See My Latest Pattern?

I have shared a few photos of my latest pattern release, Elaines Scottish Run, on my social media pages over the last few weeks.  The first was both samples I had knitted with a recent book I had read.  Then I showed you a close up of the crown detail.  Then finally I showed you a view of the back.  Then this week I revealed all!

Elaines Scottish Run

The name of my new pattern is Elaines Scottish Run.  It is a tam or beret style hat, knitted in the round with a double brim.  It is the ideal project for newer knitters to practise a provisional cast on and knitting in the round if you are used to knitting flat.  For those more experienced knitters it is the perfect project for taking with you out and about as it is very portable.

It uses DK weight yarn and could be great for using up that last ball of yarn hiding in your stash after a huge project is finally finished.  It is also versatile for different fibres.  I knitted one sample in a yarn that is 100% acrylic and the other in a more expensive merino, cashmere and silk blend.  Both look amazing!

You’re Still Wondering About the Name…

So you have seen the hat.  You know the basic construction.  You have an idea of the kind of weight yarn that you could make it in.  But you are still curious…

Where does the name Elaines Scottish Run come from?

Well….You will have seen me sharing photos of my running friends going on our travels all over the UK.  For the New Year’s Day Double at parkrun we decided to travel to Burton.  It is quite central and there was a group of us meeting up.  

One of my friends in this group is Elaine.  She had previously requested a red beret from me.  Which I hadn’t got around to doing for her.  Hang my head in shame!  There was a conversation between Elaine and someone she knew at the time.  Despite us having travelled south and telling this person where we were he had it in his head that we were in Scotland.  It became a great source of amusement for our group.  And so when I made the requested beret upon returning home there was really nothing else that I could call it!  Elaines Scottish Run was born!

Well.  There was one other comment made about us going away for a run over New Year by the same person which was even funnier but also rather rude.  So we won’t go there….

You can buy my pattern on Love Crafts or in my Ravelry Store where it is on offer with 25% off until 4.3.20 midnight UK time.  No coupon code needed, it will automatically discount on checkout.

How About You?

Do you have a funny story that has lead to an in-joke with a friend?  Do you have an item that you knitted at a time which means that it always brings back memories when you look at it?

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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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All the Epic Details of a Never-Ending January

All the Epic Details of a Never-Ending January

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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