Hi, my name is Natalie, I’m a Doctor in my twenties living and working in Scotland. I have many hobbies and passions and the majority of them appear to be crafty in nature.
I guess it has something to do with filling my days full of that serious sciencey stuff that makes me want to get a creative kick in my spare time.
This blog is intended to be a wee documentary of my mainly knitting and crochet adventures, with some other bits and pieces thrown in too. I haven’t had a blog for many years (back then live journal and teenage angst seemed to be all the rage), so please bear with me.
As a starter I’ll just give you an introduction into my love of all things yarn. I first learnt to knit and crochet thanks to my wonderful grandmothers, grandma taught me how to knit (and I still use her knitting dishcloths to this day) and my nanny taught me to crochet. I lost the ability and interest between childhood and university but whilst shopping with my mum we happened upon a ‘how to crochet’ dvd in a charity shop (another hobby) one November in South Wales. We bought it and had a go with the yarn that came with it. We were rubbish but I soon picked it up again after watching the video. Mum said she’d teach me how to knit next time I came home.
Fast forward to Christmas and I had secretly taught myself how to knit and had completed my first item: a scarf for mum for Christmas. She was thrilled, although it was a bit wonky and I think they say it’s the thought that counts?
And thus it began. Although thanks to medical exams it didn’t really kick back in properly until I moved up to Scotland for my first job, and even then it was slow to get going. That all changed when I moved for four months to the furthest north you can be in the UK. Yep that’s right, I spent the Winter months of 2013 (Dec to April) up on the wind swept Shetland Islands.
On my very first day here I drove down to St Ninian’s Isle – a tombolo beach – a beautiful and deserted place for some quiet reflection. Followed by a trip into the ‘toon’, where I discovered 5 wool shops on the high street and spent a small fortune on Day 1 on items of the woollen variety. The rest they say, ‘is history’!
Welcome to my woolly adventure!