World Mental Health Day.

As I think about going to bed tonight my mind goes back to the fact today was World Mental Health Day.  Lots of friends have shared their struggle with mental health.  There always seems to be an assumption that other people have got their lives together but no.  A hidden fight is going on in their lives. 

My mental health is why I knit and crochet.  At a point in my life where I couldn’t make sense of who I was I found knitting.  I struggled with insomnia and still have sleep issues but at it’s worst I learnt to crochet from videos on YouTube.   I don’t knit to sell as I find the pressure crippling.  If I decide to knit something for someone, it’s my choice and it’s not as stressful. 

Over the last year I have had the opportunity to learn about pain management, pacing and self care.  This has given me a fresh outlook on my life and how to stop shrinking.

I still have a long way to go but have already made small positive steps.  Tonight I took some time to knit and it felt good.

Poppybead creative

Poppybead creative

Poppybead creative

Poppybead creative


My Current Crafting Project 

I am well known for starting and working on lots of projects at the same time. 

At the moment I’m working on a crochet baby blanket for some friends.  I have become a monogamous crafter and thought I would give flat lay photography a go.

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In this first photo I used a patterned fabric as the background.  It seems too busy so I tried again.  

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In this second photo I used a plainer background, what do you think? 

Yarningham – Birmingham’s New Yarn Festival

This weekend Stirchley Baths were hosting a new yarn festival called Yarningham.  It has been organised Stiches and Hos.


I will be honest, I didn’t look at who had stalls and I don’t need any yarn. Famous last words from any crafter.  I wanted to go with an open mind as this was a new festival and the first in Birmingham for sometime. 

When I got to Bournville station I noticed some lost looking faces and I asked if you were going to Yarningham and the answer was yes. These ladies had travelled from Lincoln and Hull.

Once the queue on the door had passed I was in and thought this was small but I think this is more because I used to going to larger shows. 

Myself and a friend made be line for the button stall and I got the following buttons to make necklaces. 

As I already mentioned I didn’t need any yarn and saw so many things I wanted but didn’t need.   I was rather restrained and got some mini skeins for the sock yarn blanket. 

It was nice to see and feel yarn from different dyers. It was also lovely to have something on my doorstep.  The vendors were very friendly and attentive, even though it was busy. 

This shawl pattern is by Anniken Anni on the Fab Funky Fibres stall. 

Learning at work week 2016

The week before last was learning at work week, an opportunity to learn and try new things.  In previous years I have facilitated sewing sessions, knitting and jewellery making with beads.


This year I facilitated craft and chat session.  I didn’t want to stand up in front of my colleagues and say this is how to knit or crochet?
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So I asked some colleagues to help and some people wanted to learn about crochet and some knitting.  The picture above gave examples of different yarn types, some of my projects and completed dolls by my colleagues.

Later on in the week I attended a session on photography, everyone had different equipment.  I was inspired to go out and some shots.

Poppybead blog - Learning at Work Week 2016


Poppybead blog - Learning at Work Week 2016





One thing I wanted to practice was using the shutter speed on my camera.  In the photo below I managed to capture some of the water droplets.


You can see more of the shots I took here on my Flickr feed.

Yarn Shop Day 2016

Saturday 30th April was the third Yarn Shop Day, an opportunity to celebrate bricks and mortar yarn shops.  This initiative was started by Let’s Knit magazine.

This year I spent my day at Sitting Knitting in Mere Green, West Midlands.  Rachel kindly allowed me to take photos of the day.






Of course I didn’t leave empty handed.  IMG_0731

I got some Malabrigo Arroyo in the “Reflecting Pool” colourway and some hand dyed yarn.


I got to meet some new knitters and catch up with others.  Thanks for a lovely day & yarn.