A Jungle Holiday

A holiday would do us all good, they said.
Why not go somewhere new?
A change is as good as a rest.
Recharge your batteries.

Monty had always wanted to go to The Conservatory; maybe stay near the The Pond and do some swimming. We could relax in the tropical heat, climb up to The Windowsill and see the view, explore the jungles of The Pot Plants.

That’s all very well if you’re staying in a posh hotel, with all needs catered for, but we’re camping.
For me, this ‘holiday’ is about trying to care for the family in a place that’s more difficult than usual. There’s far too much daylight and it’s baking hot so nobody can sleep. I haven’t a clue how to cook the food here, there’s nothing I recognise.
If you ask me, holidays away just mean upset stomachs, exhaustion and nowhere to hang your washing. We’re going to need a holiday when we get home.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19 on 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink and brush.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

WANTED: Have you seen this penguin?

This afternoon, during the popular Penguin Parade at Edinburgh Zoo, an Adelie penguin escaped from her keepers’ care. The penguin, known as ‘Petra’, made a mad dash through the line of onlookers and stole a red knitted Fair Isle vest from the bottom of a push chair. Petra was then lost in the crowd and was last seen wearing the red vest and heading towards the exit. Zoo keepers fear that the penguin thief is trying to reach Red Box Coffee in Marchmont, where there are several other red jumpers to be found.

“Petra has always had a thing for red,” says her keeper, “if any of us keepers wear red wellies in her enclosure she run over and starts pecking them like crazy. Although Petra is not dangerous, we don’t recommend approaching her as she may fight to defend her red jumper.”

If anyone sees Petra or the jumper anywhere, please alert the authorities.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19, Malabrigo Sock yarn in Ravelry Red, 4mm double-pointed needles, paper collage, ink and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

WARNING: This post may contain fake news.

Red Box Jumper 5: Poncho Mamma

I carried all of my babies. I loved it. It felt right to have them so close and so cosy; reassuringly safe yet out of the way both at the same time. Having a carrying sling gave me back the use of my hands and arms without the sacrifice of putting my baby down.

It’s an interesting thought that the society my children were born into tries very hard to put babies down: to cache them in a pram or a cot rather than carry them as our evolutionary ancestors did. I never considered this at the time; I just did whatever felt natural and whatever seemed to work best, and that was baby wearing. And of course, wearing my poncho which fitted over both baby and me.

I still wear the poncho and although my children are grown. It reminds me of the sound and smell of a warm baby sleeping on my back, whiffling breaths just behind my ear.

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19 on 4mm double-pointed needles, ink, brush and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

Red Box Jumper 2: Hoody

Little Red Riding Hood, late for school, but knows he should be taking breakfast to his Gran, so goes the fastest way he can.

Careful to avoid the street, the swerving cars and running feet. The rooftops are the place to be: clear and empty, fast and free.

But Little Red should take more care when packing bags; he’s unaware with every jump and turn, he throws the breakfast food to Fox and Crows.

“The thought was there,” says Gran to Red, “let’s have breakfast out instead. Leave the toast for Crows and Fox, we’ll eat pancakes at Red Box.”

Red Box Jumper Number 2: The Hoody

This jumper was brought to you by Hannah Sanguinetti, working with: John Arbon Knit by Numbers merino double knit in shade KBN 19 on 4mm double-pointed needles, monoprinted paper collage, pen and pencil.

I am lucky enough to have a fantastic yarn shop on my road, Be Inspired Fibres, and this acts as my extended yarn stash. All of my yarn for this project is sourced from this beautiful shop. For those of you who don’t have a yarn shop near by, why don’t you come to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival this March? There is more yarn than you can possibly imagine, and you could pop in to Red Box and take a look at my red jumpers too.

With thanks to the wonderful Ravelry online knitting and crochet community, my choice of yarn here is dedicated to you all.

You can go and see this jumper as of TODAY on display as a table-number bottle in Red Box Coffee, 2-6 Spottiswoode Rd, Edinburgh EH9 1BQ. And if you can’t see it out, ask the staff!

SAFETY NOTICE: This is just a story. Neither Hannah Sanguinetti nor Red Box are suggesting that you should skateboard on the roofs of houses. It is in fact extremely dangerous.