Thanks for October

It's funny how time seems to slip away quickly the minute summer is done. September was a whirlwind of activity with the Great London Yarn Crawl (we raised £812 for Refuge and collected 149 knitted items for the charity!). Now that October is here, it feels like the days are dwindling as quickly as daylight is in the early evenings.

If you're a knitter, it's a time to be thankful for the cooler temperatures and that knitting season is well and truly here. Many knitters I at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Ally Pally last week confirmed this. They were jostling in the aisles and hunting down new projects, happy to be chatting about putting away outdoor things, letting the garden rest, and getting ready to tuck in to their winter knitting.

Giving thanks with our UK friends who have a Canadian connection.

Giving thanks with our UK friends who have a Canadian connection.

If you're Canadian, this past weekend we celebrated our Thanksgiving (and there's a decent explanation of why we celebrate it at a different time than our American friends south of the border here). I was lucky enough to be able to track down a turkey from the butcher - apparently they're quite hard to find this time of year in London!

We have a tradition at our house that before we tuck into all the glorious food we go around the table and each say something about what we are thankful for. We are thankful for each other, a roof over our heads and food to eat, our health, our family and friends. And we continue to be thankful to be here in London with this amazing opportunity and experience of living abroad.

I want to also add my thanks here for the fact I've been able to build a business for myself doing something that I love, and using my skills and experience to carve my own path. It's not often one is lucky enough to combine what they love with what they do - especially in a creative industry like ours and I'm so grateful that I have. I'm thankful the amazing and talented knitters and dyers and designers that I know and have the pleasure to work with, and meet and chat with on a semi-regular basis and shows and workshops and events. They are such a fantastic group and I'm thankful every day for the privilege to both know and work with them whenever our paths cross.

Thank YOU too, for being part of my community of link-minded knitters and crafters. No one else understands what it is to thankful for colder weather like you do! ;) xx