Monday, 11 January 2010


It's still chilly here in Wigan with an inch or two of snow lying on the ground. And it's been a bit glacial in our house. Mr Q and I spent some time this weekend adding extra insulation to the loft at the back of our house, lagging the cold water tanks, and putting in boards to create a storage area. It was a dirty job but we'll hopefully start feeling the benefit. Next on the list is the front loft, and blocking the draughts that sneak through the floor of the living room from the cellar.

On the crafting front, I've sewn a hat from a kit for my sister, and a clothes peg bag for her too.Then, since it's been so cold I turned to knitting trying to finish some projects I'd started a few years ago. First up, I finished knitting all the pieces for a short tied cardigan. Now I'm just waiting for a circular needle so that I can complete the border. In the meantime I've knitted the second arm of a jumper (all pieces now completed) and I'm finishing the front of yet another jumper. This last one shouldn't take long - the knitting pins are 20mm in diameter and there are less than 30 stitches in each row! So I should have 3 new hand knitted garments to wear within the next few weeks. Mind you if this cold spell continues I'll be wearing them all, one on top of the other!

Sunday, 3 January 2010

The Road to Wigan Pier

I've not posted for a while. I had been hoping for a quiet Christmas and New Year with plenty of time for crafting, but unfortunately it didn't happen quite like that. Mr Q and I have spent a lot of the past two weeks traveling around a snowy England - from Scarborough to Hull to Milton Keynes to Cambridge and back to Wigan. The shovel in the boot of the car has seen some use, and I've managed to lose my mobile phone somewhere along the way!

I spent Christmas Day visiting my sister in hospital. She was discharged on Boxing Day and since then we've been looking after her here in Wigan. We are really hoping that 2010 treats her better than 2009. She must be ill - after years are rebutting all my suggestions of crafty hobbies, she has started cross-stitching! We had our Christmas lunch and opened presents on the 27th. The goose needed major surgery before it would fit in the oven but it tasted delicious.

Today was the first day that Mr Q and I had to ourselves and we spent this afternoon walking along the Leeds - Liverpool Canal through Wigan. Wigan was built on coal, canals and cotton, so it seemed only right that we should explore the canals a bit more. We walked the Wigan Flight section of the canal from Wigan Pier to New Springs - just a couple of miles but with more than 20 locks! The towpath was fairly treacherous after all the freezing weather but we really enjoyed exploring more of our adopted hometown.