I spent ages wondering how to illustrate the beginning of String-a-long today. My first stitches on the needles? That felt like cheating, starting too soon. My wool and needles? You have seen it all before and they are no more exciting now than the last time you looked. An abstract arty shot? What would I choose - too many ideas made my head hurt. A knitting paper-cut! A perfect idea but unfortunately I thought about it too late so no time now. So this instead is how it will start with a reference to a 40 year old radio program and a picture of my comfy crafting chair.
The time has come fellow string baggers to pick up your needles or hooks and start that project. Find your comfiest place and settle yourself in. The radio or TV tuned to your favourite channel and a sustaining snack and drink close at hand. Cast on your stitches or start hooking that chain and here we go together with String-a-long 2010.
I will be seated in the chair above, close to our open fire, one of the boy's Christmas quilts on my lap, Radio Four in the background and a big mug of tea by my side. You are welcome to join me in your imagination I am sure we will enjoy a good natter as we work. Good luck to you all and please all meet back here next monday for a roundup of how everything is going!