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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Mother of Purl

I've been knitting for, like, FOREVER!  I turned a few heads on the maternity ward when I was eighteen years old and knocked out three matinee jackets in a week whilst I was kept in 'for observation' during my first pregnancy.  Before Christmas I was sent a "knit your own snowman" kit as a thank you from John Lewis for sharing their 'Making Of...' video.  I promised myself that I would get it finished before Christmas Day... AND I DID!

knitted John Lewis snowmanWell, I finished the knitting part of it.
Then I realised I didn't have any toy stuffing.
Then I had a drink and Christmas happened.
Then I realised I had caught the knitting bug so I subscribed to a knitting magazine on my Nook HD.
Then the market re-opened after Christmas and I took a trip to buy some toy stuffing and some wool and some needles.
knitted hatThen I finished the snowman properly (yay!)
Then I made a hat from a pattern in one of the knitting magazines back copies.
Then I realised I wanted to knit more.
Then I took a trip back to the market and bought more wool.
Then I posted up my Silent Sunday picture for this week and received comments such as, "I didn't have you pegged as a knitter" and, "Are you making anything nice?".

So this is what I have made over the past couple of days.  Each item has taken just a few hours to make - GOD BLESS CHUNKY WOOL AND BIG NEEDLES!  In case you can't tell what they are, from left to right, there is a hat (for me, as in the picture above), a bag (which is adapted from a pattern I found on t'internet) and another bag (which started life as a scarf to match the hat but I changed my mind half way through)

knitted bags and hat

Next on the list is a weird sort of scarf, a lace-style shrug and poncho type thing (that's what I call a "big" project).  So, in the new year, I think I'll be spending a LOT of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration and free patterns.  And, knowing me, the cross-stitch will probably make an appearance again soon too!