Monday, 26 July 2010

A big hill and an even BIGGER project




Yesterday we dragged the children up a GINORMOUS hill in Northumberland.

It took an hour and a half to drive there but when we arrived Daisy said "I'm NOT climbing THAT!!!"

"But it will be fun!" we replied...........................

And it was fun,



but it was also very steep (which is why 95% of my photos of the children are from lower down the hill!),


very exhausting,

very beautiful,

(with excellent mobile phone reception!!!)

very sheepy

(and very poopy!)

and very windy and wet at the top.

So why were we there?

Well, it was for the first installment of our mad summer holiday scheme:


The Little Lockets are going to try to study a potted history of Britain over the next 6 weeks, with site visits, timelines, artwork, posters, maps, historical cooking (maybe), and their very own blog!


And as this is still a craft blog I thought you'd appreciate the fact that when I got to the very top of the very steep mountain I sat down and cast on my next pair of socks.



Appropriately these are Circle Socks but as they were started on the top of an Iron Age hillfort I'm going to call them my "Round House Socks"

20 comments:

Jan said...

Oh Lucy what a great entry ,so nice to see people doing things with the children ,These are such simple pleasures ,but have found these are the days out my family still remember ,and talk about ,..love Jan xx

periwinkle said...

excellent , I can't believe you took socks lol. Which hill was it please ? You've also answered my previous question re the new blog - I shouldn't be so impatient ha

dottycookie said...

Sounds fabulous - I hope we'll be creating a few similar hilly memories on our hols this year!

Gina said...

What a brilliant sounding summer project!

marit said...

Wow- sounds like a great way to spend summer! I'm looking forward to follow the blog.

I think Circle Socks might be my next sock project...I've been looking for a pattern for my sister, and this is fun enough for me to knit, and plain enough for her to wear!

Cat said...

What a belting holiday plan! For the first time in years, I wish I was a school kid again.

Moogsmum said...

What a great idea for keeping the Little Lockets busy this summer! I also can't think of a better location for casting on some new socks.

xx

julie said...

good to see you lugged your knitting up there - despite the steepness - you're a true, all-weather knitter. This is such a great idea - fun and they'll learn loads and remember it too!

trash said...

Of course they are 'Roundhouse socks'! Mr. Locket would accept nothing less surely?

Dragonfly said...

I shall look forward to reading all about your summer! That's a v.impressive hill too!

wonderwoman said...

what a brilliant idea, can't wait to see next project!!!

xx

Thimbleanna said...

Oh how fun! Can I please be in your family? Hey...I'll come and live with you for the next six weeks -- and I can even watch the kids so you and Mr. Locket can have some time out. (Do those little Lockets even need watching anymore???) Thanks for the sheepy shot -- I love sheepies!

Lina said...

Well done for making it up the hill and what a great way to pass the summer hols with your children!

rachelmp said...

I can't believe you had the energy to knit!! Great pics of the kids

ladydi said...

I have wanted to see a stile ever since reading about them decades ago. And there in your first photo - a stile! Thank you, Lucy, for this very educational experience for the little Lockets and for us big bloggers. Did you finish all your other socks already??? I'm still working on my first pair (second sock!)

Helen said...

Brilliant Lucy!!!
Crazy . . . . . ? . . . . . but brilliant!!

nicolette said...

What a wonderful way for the Little Lockets to spend their Summer Holidays! Beautiful pictures and hilarious that you even think of knitting after climbing those hills!

Mavis said...

Just a thimbleful....

Instead of Crop Circles you could try Sock Circles? Northumberland is much undervalued - gorgeous beaches. DD1 has a holiday house there and the boys love it.

Annie said...

Sounds like exciting holiday plans

Florrie said...

wow....two of my most favourite things......walking and sock knitting......somehow these two go together.....fantastic views.
florrie x