Thursday, 31 May 2012

Olympic Torch in Congleton

I've had an amazing morning running with the Olympic torch procession in Congleton, Cheshire. I'm not sure how he managed to organise it, but the Headmaster of my son's school arranged for the school to run in the procession, as long as they had an adult with them. My son and his friend wanted to run, so I agreed to run with them. I'm so glad I did. What an amazing atmosphere. The streets were lined with the people of Congleton, cheering and waving and taking lots of photos. I think that having the children running with the procession added an extra dimension and the kids were sooooo excited (and so were the adults).

We had to run behind the full procession, which included quite a few large vehicles, so we didn't get to see much of the torch being carried. But we revelled in the fab atmosphere and made the most of the drizzly day. Well done kids for running such a long way - especially up Rood Hill (which is really steep!!!). Here we go:

Waiting at school - Congleton is also known as 'Bear Town' - hence the bear masks......


The Congleton torch has just been lit (behind the yellow coach).....


Here we go....


A proud moment for the torch bearer .......

The Olympic mascot......

Change-over time. 11 people carried the torch through Congleton, each running approximately 300m each...


Me and Ollie running in the procession (I'm turning round looking at the camera).....





 
We made it to the end - phew. Rood Hill in Congleton is very steep!!! Well done kids......

 

I hope you enjoy the Torch if it passes your way. Have a fab jubilee weekend - let's hope the sun shines x

Friday, 25 May 2012

Crochet at 36,000 feet

I've just returned from the most relaxing holiday with my lovely hubby and son. It was a real treat for the three of us to spend the week together - no work, no phones, no computers and best of all no noisy X-box -Yippee (although hubby would probably say "best of all no knitting or crochet"!!).

However, one small problem I have with overseas holidays is that I don't like flying. Not one tiny bit. I've learned not to panic beforehand, so at least I didn't have sleepless nights on the holiday run up. But when the plane lifts off I really start to panic. I struggle to read a book as this needs concentration, and I'm constantly having mild heart attacks as the plane tilts this way and that, as the pilot finds the right flight path. How on earth people look out of the window I'll never know. I'm firmly bolted to my seat for the duration of the flight, counting the minutes until landing, not looking at how pretty the english coastline looks from 36,000 feet up!!!

But this year I had a brain wave. I decided to take some crochet with me.

Now, I know that people have had their knitting and crochet equipment confiscated at check-in before now, so I thought carefully about my plan. I'd take some oddments of red, white and blue yarn that wasn't precious (or expensive) and a cheap plastic hook, just in case they were viewed as dangerous weapons - afterall, I could potentially tie up the pilot with my yarn and poke him in the eye with my crochet hook - couldn't I?

I packed my secret stash neatly in a little canvas bag, in my hand luggage. And guess what? I made it through all the technical processes without so much as a bleep. Success!!! Now I can crochet on the plane. And that's what I did, both outwards and inwards. I crocheted some pretty jubilee bunting for the garden. Now I know you're wondering how I cut my yarn after each round - well, I used my house keys - ingenious. I also read this month's Mollie Makes as the plane took off and landed - thanks Mollie Makes for another great issue. It really helped me to stay calm

Do you recognise the pattern? I blogged about it here - it's one of my designs from last month's Let's Get Crafting magazine.

Unfortunately I can't share the pattern with you yet, so I've found some other bunting patterns that are equally as pretty. Just click on the title to go to the blog page. You'll find their patterns plus handy how-to photos.

They'd look fab in red, white and blue, so if you start now you'll have a strip ready for your jubilee (or olympic) celebrations.

Happy crocheting xx


heart bunting by Julia Crossland

 Heart bunting by Sarahndipities