Being part of something amazing

Sometimes in our hurly burly world we become lost and often can’t see the wood for the trees, therefore not seeing the bigger picture or the wonder of this world.  I’ve been feeling like that for a few weeks.  I’ve lost sight of the reason why I am in this life and what it is that God wants me to do.

On Saturday morning whilst lying in my bed with the sun streaming through the window I finished a book that I had been reading “Enjoy every sandwich” by Lee Lipsenthal The book is about Lee’s journey with Cancer.  Near the end of the book was a line that made me cry.  It was where his wife was celebrating New Year – grateful that they had made it through another year of being together.  The line resonated with me so much with the way I had travelled with my husband’s latest addition to his illness.  Whilst I was crying I felt my Guardian Angels presence and so I talked to them for a bit.  Whilst talking I asked again what is my purpose?  I heard God’s voice say “To make people smile”.

I had heard this same phrase last week when I was making the sacks for the races at a Jubilee event that is taking place at one of my local churches.  These sacks have been made out of old duvet covers, which I had to cut up and sew.  Now I have a slight love/hate relationship with my sewing machine and also I was on a downer of ”not being a mum”, but whilst sewing the sacks this phrase kept on repeating in my mind and making them was a bit of breeze.  Once finished I was so joyous that I had made them!  This strength could have only come from God.

So yesterday morning I got up, did a few chores and then went to the last Jubilee planning meeting which looks like all is coming together.  Now we have to pray for nice weather.  The weather is sunny and warm at the moment but I think a little more breeze would be ideal for a week on Monday!

After the meeting I went into Brum to do a bit of shopping and to pop in on the K2TOG project to see how I could help.


The K2TOG is a knit graffiti project to celebrate the Olympics.  The idea as you can see from the photo is to cover the columns of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in long knitted strips of yarn in the Olympic colours.  I spent a pleasant afternoon knitting my piece.

My bit

This piece will then be added to all the others and then wrapped around the columns.  The project is a community event getting the people of Birmingham involved in creating this art installation, as well as teaching people new skills of how to knit as well as sharing the love of knitting. What is so amazing as I told people as they popped into the shop is that they can show their friends and say “I DID THAT!”

How many of us can say I did that?  I have made a difference! ? ?

I urge you if you are in the Birmingham area up till 30th June pop in to the K2TOG shop in the Pavilions and help make your mark.  If you can’t do that look at small ways of how you can you can make a difference in someone’s life. Even a simple smile can make another person smile.


How people see things – perception

This will be a subject that I will, from time to time, aim to come back to so I can tell you the things in this life that I have been learning.

As I walk along this life with God my eyes are being opened to many things.  One thing that we have been focusing on is how people see/hear/interpret things within the world.   A couple of weeks back hubby and I went to see friends down in Tunbridge Wells.  As part of the journey we had to go through London.  Hubby was saying how many sights we saw of London from the train.  My friend’s husband said “So you saw the Shard then?”  Both of us look a bit puzzled “No, we didn’t see that.”

“WHAT??!!” My friends both cried out.  “How could you have missed it?  It’s right beside the platform you got on at!”

“We’ll look out for it on the way back” we said.

On the way back we did look out for it.  We could see it from our seat on the train as we were coming into London, but as we got off the train the Shard disappeared.  Around us were many building and one had green glass.  But from where we were standing the building in question looked like it was any other office block.  It wasn’t till when we looked up we saw the magnitude of the building and the wonderful design.

The Shard

God is like that.  Sometimes we just see the mundane.  We interpret things how we want to see them.  We don’t take the time to look deeper, to look down or to look up. But remember to look up because sometimes you may just see something wonderful!

Wonderwool 2012

Wonderwool van

I feel like I could change the lyrics of a certain song by Oasis when I think of Wonderwool (although I did prefer at the time the Mike Flowers Pops version).  It was great to see lots of people despite the cold.  Even though presently I am suffering with a cold I was already sneezing and sniffing when I went.

It was great to see all the different animals.



It was also great to meet up with some folks that I’ve not seen for a bit.  But of course Wonderwool is all about getting more fibre into your life.  Although I am feeling miserable with this cold I’ve not been that sad to give you pictures of the yarn that I’ve brought because it would mean that I would have an excuse to list it then on Ravelry (which means I would be spending more time on there today of which I’ve only wasted an hour and a bit on so far).  However I will give you a little taster by naming the people whose yarn I’ve brought and a bit of an idea of what to make with it!

I brought some beautiful lace weight from Eden Cottage yarns that I plan on making a shawl called Cherry Blossom.

I also visited Laal Bear’s stand – I LOVE ADORE her yarns!  I’ve had to order some for the Celtic Stole that I’ve been wanting to make for ages (in a nice deep green with a bit of sparkle – YUM!!!) and I also brought a little to do another project.  Although I was sooo sad and disgusted to hear on Twitter that some horrible people had actually stolen stuff from her stand!

I visited Krafty Koala stand where I picked up a bright blue/red/black skein of which at present I’ve not got a clue what to make out of it but I picked it up because I think it’s fab how she puts colours together!

I blame my friend’s daughter for my Sparkle Duck purchase  (We were on our way of going to the loos before heading off).  I brought two skeins of a lovely red/black mix that I’m going to use on Fallen Roses designed by Majken Hertz.

Now all I’ve got to do is to try and fit the scrummy yarn into my stash boxes without coughing and spluttering all over it!