Would you look at that. Only, oh, probably at least three years after downloading the pattern I finally managed to complete Kate Davies’ Owl Sweater. Go team Sarah! As you might be able to tell from the photos, this happened about six months ago, but I’m only just getting around to blogging about it. Oops? Some of the instructions made me want to weep, and there are definitely a few mistakes in there where I dropped stitches or from where my stitch markers popped out…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Knit Something Worth Wearing”

Well gosh, hasn’t it been a long time since I completed my 31 for 31. I fell off the blogging wagon big time and I’m still not really sure why. In general life has been pretty stable but my motivation for all things has been lacking of late and it’s starting to show in every facet. Still. As good Mr Frost says, the only way out is through, right? I wrote this waaaay back in June and it’s bothered me ever since that I didn’t…Continue Reading “31 for 31 – My Year In Lists”

When I was a very small child I took ballet classes with my sister. I loved the wraparound cardigans (still do, I should pick up some of those) and the leg warmers and the silky soft shoes. But when the teacher casually remarked that I’d never be tall enough to be a professional ballerina (she was totally right by the way) I lost all interest and stopped going. Fast forward 26 years and I found myself itching to get back to first position. There’s something…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Take a Ballet Class”

Ah, this was such a fun one to tick off! Swimming outdoors is my number one joy and I hardly ever get to do it. There’s something so calming about being in the water and being able to feel the sun on your skin, no? I added ‘swim in a lido’ to my Life List a little while ago – I knew there was one in Bristol but I had the vague idea that there would be one closer to home, after all, who doesn’t want…Continue Reading “31 for 31/Life List: Swim in a Lido”

It’s funny how life changes, isn’t it. When we first bought our bikes we rode them quite a lot around flat, flat Cardiff with it’s pedestrianised roads and lack of inclines. Since we moved house two years ago to the suburbs, however, the poor things have barely seen the light of day. We live on top of a hill and also, conversely, at the bottom of a hill, so either way we cycle we’re either climbing a hill to leave or to get home –…Continue Reading “31 for 31 Changes: Goodbye Cycling, hello Couch to 5K”

Done! 🙂 This was a fun one to tick off, actually. I didn’t necessarily donate a lot to each one, but that wasn’t really the point of the exercise, more that I wanted to be mindful of opportunities to donate to charity and try and spread the love a bit further! I don’t know how to write this without sounding a bit preachy so let me preface with an excellent quote from the wonderful Amy Poehler: Which essentially means: I’m happy that worked for you, but…Continue Reading “31 for 31: Donate to 31 Charities”

I’m a good cook, but a lousy baker. I can just about manage cakes and cupcakes but biscuits and cookies have always alluded me. Since going gluten-free I’ve found it even harder – the science of baking is even more difficult to tame when you’re dealing with tapioca starch and xanthan gum! Last time I made cookies, this is how they turned out. Not great. I mean, they actually tasted okay but they looked like an absolute mess, ha. My friend/boss Rob decided to help…Continue Reading “31 for 31: Learn How to Make Delicious Cookies”

One of my 31 for 31 goals was to make my own jam.This was actually the first goal I ticked off the list, waaaay back in July, ha. I just forgot to, um, blog about it for a while. Oops? I’ve always loved the idea of bottling and preserving my own foods, but wimped out every time the recipe got to the ‘now sterilise the jars’ bit. I’m not even sure why, really, it’s not like sterilising jars is at all difficult – I think…Continue Reading “31 for 31: Make My Own Jam”

I added “learn how to french braid my hair” to my 31 for 31, not really thinking about the fact that I was due to shave my head in August and that my hair probably  wouldn’t be long enough by June 2015 to attempt it. If you’re wondering if I am particularly good at forward planning, I think this is perhaps your answer. Luckily, I realised ahead of time and french braiding, it turns out, is not that difficult to learn. The photo below was my…Continue Reading “Life List / 31 for 31: Learn How to French Braid My Hair”

buzzcutchong head shave Photo courtesy of Amy Davies

WELL. Where do I even start with this one?! Yesterday was an absolute roller coaster of a day (much emotions,  so feelings). As most of you are probably well aware, for the last 18 months or so I’ve been planning to shave my head to raise money for charity and honour my friend, Lisa, who sadly died last year from cancer. I wrote about it all here, if you’re interested. I decided to split the money I raised between three charities: The Royal Marsden Hospital, who…Continue Reading “Life List / 31 for 31: Shave My Head For Charity”