26 Mar 2015

Hedgehog Poo

I discovered evidence in my garden this morning of a very welcome little visitor emerging from hibernation. This is hedgehog poo!

You might not get to see these nocturnal animals, and they are actually getting quite rare apparently, so I was really glad to find the droppings.  They are about 6-8 cms long, and sausage shaped. If you do  find some in your garden you might like to help your hedgehog through the lean period for food by leaving out a little cat food. Apparently they enjoy it mixed with porridge oats and hopefully that might dicourage the neighbourhood cats from cashing in!

7 Mar 2015

Knitting as Meditation

I have just finished knitting this pair of rainbow welly socks. They were quite a challenge as I designed them myself and had to unravel the first one several times - but I enjoy experimenting and seeing how things turn out. And for me knitting is a form of meditation - I find the gentle, repetitive movement and the soft sounds of wool and needles clicking really get me relaxed and `into the zone'.

I am currently reading a book abut fairy encounters, written at the beginning of the last century, and I was enchanted to read about some old women in Ireland who were sitting knitting in the shelter of a hedge when they had their vision. No doubt they were in the same state of slightly altered consciousness that I find myself drifting into. I often feel a connection to my mother when I knit, as she was also a great knitter. And beyond her, back and back, through generations of ancestors. I wonder how old the craft is and who first invented it?