Yarn Trail across Sussex

Crafts, Knitting, photography, Travelling

Like good Local Pubs, it seems that good Local Yarn Shops are on the decline.

Of course, online shopping has become the norm for everyone and their cousins and that’s understandable, because finding a Good Local Yarn Shop has become increasingly difficult.

Why? Because we shop online.

Why do we shop online?

And this is why I don’t have a sat nav…

Personal musings, Thom, Travelling, writing

But the truth of the matter is, there are more maps in the world than anyone can count. Every person draws a map that shows themselves at the center.

— By Catherynne M. Valente, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

I have lots and lots of maps in my head. Maps with shortcuts and scenic routes, in various parts of different countries… Secret beaches with abandoned chapels in the dunes or secret spots where you can park for free in many towns and cities, hidden speed cameras or stunning view points. I have maps for good dog walks, organic shops hidden in the Ashdown Forest or tucked away in obscure parts of London. Maps to get to remote sea side villages in Spain or in India or how to get to the run way of Gatwick airport. Abandoned derelict factories, secret surf spots, ghost towns and disused old skate parks from the 70’s, the best basque cakes in the entire galaxy… It’s all mapped somewhere in my head!

Weaving the Web of Life

Crafts, creativity, Knitting, Thom, Travelling, writing

Here’s a topic I find fascinating: The relationship between women and wool crafts.

In many, many civilisations, women have been knitting, spinning, weaving, felting… Or any other forms of wool/fiber related crafts.