Sunday, 20 October 2013

The Innocent Big Knit

Teddy kindly offered to model one of my little hats
Last week I decided to learn how to knit. I became inspired by some work colleagues at my new job (this is a whole other post in itself) who are taking part in the Innocent Big Knit. If you don't already know what this is, it's a joint campaign between Age UK and Innocent drinks where they are asking people to knit tiny little hats for Innocent bottles in order to raise money for vulnerable older people this winter. For every innocent bottle sold, 25p will be donated to help the cause. Of course, you can also donate as much extra money as you would like, but I think that the Big Knit has definitely made me more aware of something I wasn't as aware of before. And of course, it has inspired me to take up knitting. Learning to knit was rage-inducing; I had to stay very far away from my boyfriend whilst learning to cast on, otherwise I don't know what kind of terrible things could have happened. It all worked out all right in the end though, and I'm getting ready to send my hats off before the October 31st deadline. Tiny hats all around!

Sunday, 6 October 2013

'The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs.' -Charles de Gaulle

Bad day at the office and everyone else thinks you're rubbish? Dog loves you. Bad haircut that won't grow back for years? Dog loves it and actually thinks you look better than ever. In the midst of a winter vomiting bug with stuffed sinuses thrown in just for a laugh? Dog isn't aware of airborne diseases and wouldn't mind even if he was. I love dogs. I find it incredible that they can come to love you so unconditionally

Unfortunately, I live in a rented flat and work all day, so having a dog isn't really an option for me right now. This is incredibly depressing and I'm going to work something out; surely there are people out there who work all day and own dogs, too? People have kids and still go to work, right? I'll bring my dog to canine nursery if that's what it's going to take.

Until I get it all figured out, I've taken to visiting a rescue centre nearly every weekend, where I can spend time with all kinds of dogs that are waiting to be re-homed. I fall in love every time I visit, and it's very hard to leave when after being with them for a couple of hours, I've convinced myself that they're mine.
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