Episode 54 - In the Park

Hello and welcome to this weeks episode of the podcast.

If you are on Ravelry and looking for me there I am knittynatterzena and I am on Twitter and Plurk and also Instagram as knittynatter

There is a group on ravelry knittynatter-podcast and it would be great if you came and joined.  Every month there is a finished projects thread and one random generated winner gets their choice of either a pattern on ravelry up to the value of $7 or a set of my hand made stitch markers and you can go over to the etsy store knittynatter to choose a set from there.

We are on location this week as I take you into Sutton Park; spreading over 2000 acres and home to 7 lakes, 3 restaurants, a few cafes/bistros, children's playgrounds, a donkey sanctuary, wild exmoor ponies, cattle and plenty of other wildlife.

The park was created as a deer park in the 12th century when King Henry gave some forrest land to the Earls of Warwick, late in the 1520's Sutton Coldfield and its hunting grounds came into the possession of Henry VIII and in 1528 a Royal Charter was granted allowing the townspeople to hunt and graze their animals in the park.  Over the next few hundred years the park was decreased in size as local land owners and gentry were granted portions of the park to incorporate into their estates.
Recreational use of the park began in the mid 19th century during which time horse racing courses were constructed along with golf courses and with the arrival of the railway the park was a popular destination for day trippers with fun fairs and accommodation.

During the first world war huts were built and they were used to provide convalesence to wounded soilders and in the second world war it was used as a training ground.

The park is now a National Nature Reserve and is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

This week I have drawn for the September share your LOLS thread.

The test knit is completed for No Parking! socks by Alison Ziegler.  The pattern is now released and Alison has very kindly donated two copies of her pattern for a giveaway on the podcast.  I have opened a thread in the group and please post any funny parking / car related stories to be entered in the prize drawing.  I will be leaving this thread open for at least 2 weeks.

The socks were knit with sock yarn from www.theknittinggoddess.co.uk on size 2.25mm needles.

I have also completed a crocheted hamster as part of my sons birthday present.

Nattering away
I am still working on babbling by Sierra Anderson out of Rowan Pima Cotton Yarn in Salsa colour.  I am using 4.00mm needles for the main body and this is also a knit together with Mel in singlehandedknits group so go ahead and check out that group for more details.

I have completed some more of Jete a shawl written by Michelle Miller out of Natural Dye Studio yarn in the Wisteria colourway.

With no spinning or speech therapy thats all for this week, I hope that you enjoyed our time in the park, have a good couple of weeks, and I will see you soon,

Bye now :)


  1. Always love your podcast and thank you for the wonderful adventure this week! Enjoyed being with you and hearing the history of this beautiful Park.


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