A knitted Great Yarmouth

One of the most amazing items at the Norfolk Makers Festival, which we stumbled across in Norwich recently was this knitted version of the Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth. I thought I had more photos, than this one, but sadly I don’t. Even so, the detail is amazing, there’s people in the sea, sandcastles on the beach, which is of course also knitted, as well as the more obvious items.

The knitted version of the Golden Mile in Great Yarmouth

And while I don’t have more photos, you can see more in this ITV News short film, prepare to be amazed.

Knit for Winter: Supporting First Touch Premature Babies

At the end of October one of my friends became the proud dad to twins and he posted proud dad photos on Facebook of his gorgeous daughters. The thing I remember most about his photos, apart from his obvious pride was the fab headwear his girls often wore. 

And that they were tiny.

A couple of months on and they still look tiny to me, but are infact just reaching newborn sized clothing. They're continuing to model some fabulous outfits, and of course Dad is just as proud. Apart from marvelling at the wonder of those photos, I didn't think much more of it. That is until Sunrise Senior Living got in touch and introduced their Knit for Winter campaign for this year, which is supporting First Touch premature babies.

It was then I realised the significance of the fabulous headwear I'd seen, as along with the elderly "preemie" babies are among those most at risk of hypothermia as they don't have the body fat to help them maintain their own body temperatures. So incubators and layers, including fabulous hats help them keep them strong.

The #KnitforWinter campaign is a simple one. It encourages knitters to knit either a bonnet or a blanket, and what's more there's even some patterns available for you to download and use. So if you're a knitter, they why not join me and Knit for Winter? It'd be a perfect way to use up your scraps, in fact I'd say there's not better way to use them.
I'm about to get started knitting some bonnets using the funky coloured wool pictured above. Many of the Sunrise communities including the nursing home in Elstree, are also taking part and helping keep many of the UK's premature babies warm.

Go on, join us for this knit-along as I'd love to share your pictures of the bonnets and blankets you knit. Get in touch using this form, twitterfacebook or by email if you're joining in, it's going to be great having you on board.  

And of course, I'll let you know how I get on.




This is a collaborative post with Sunrise Senior Living who've provided the inspiration and the materials to get me started.

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My week this week: Inspired

It's been a good week here and I feel like I've got things done - not everything but some at least. I had a day off during the week - my first in my new job - and it was good. We went down to Brighton in the afternoon and it was nice to get out and about with a blow along Brighton Pier thrown in for good measure.  All that means inspired is a good word to sum up my week.


As well as a walk along the front, around The Lanes and in and out of many shops we also got time to visit the Brighton Pavilion which is an amazing and inspiring place. I've walked past it many times admiring and wondering at its external design, but this was the first time inside. Sadly there's a no photos policy, but I'm hoping to be able to share something more with you soon. 



It was one of those places whose decoration is very ornate and opulent, but even so one that is greatly inspiring. The chandeliers were amazing, one of them weighing a ton and in the kitchen too the pillars were topped with pineapple leaves carrying on the exotic decorations. I'm not about to adopt that style myself but it is quite something to see.

The wallpapers were fantastic and definitely caught my attention, but it was MOH that pointed out that one of the yellow wallpapers reminded him of our bedroom curtains. I'll give him that they were similar and to be honest I was surprised he noticed. It seems though I was having a bit of a yellow day, as I also saw a fabulous yellow - or rather ochre - bag, which I didn't buy and then have spent the rest of the week tracking down. But on the plus side that's my Christmas present from MOH sorted, he just needs to pick it up on Sunday when we're in town!

Before that though we'd been inspired to get on and start painting our pigeon shelf units. And that's the Royal We there. I set MOH off giving one of the units its first coat, and guess what his job is for this weekend? Yeap, more painting.

While he was doing that I decided to go and start sewing a new Roman blind for our porch. I made quite a bit of progress, but there was very little sewing involved. It was actually a maths lesson with some ironing thrown in! I got as far as the hand sewing part and I'll be picking that up again this weekend.



In some ways it's been a crafty week as well. I finished my knitted scarf and I'm really pleased with the results. It was fun to create some french knitted flowers to embellish it too, and now I don't mind how cold it gets as I've a new scarf to keep me warm!

And the final thing that's inspired me this week is Wayfair's Christmas Blog It Forward campaign for charity, which you can read more about on their site. I'd been considering how and what I could do and then wouldn't you know it an opportunity presented itself. What with a busy week I haven't blogged about it yet, but I will at the start of next week.

So an inspired week for me, how's your week been?

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