Today is an important day… last post in Oxford until October, as I’m going for holidays to Spain next Saturday… so I feel like trying to go over some of the things I have learned here in Oxford.
I was wondering what I’d answer if someone asked me about how to enjoy life in this city… Mmm mmm
While I’m thinking about this question I want to tell you about my new project. I have made an electric-blue wool bag… I went to the Oxford Yarn Store to learn how to knit with circular needles and I really had a good time and learned how to knit this new bag. The shop is in North Parade, a beautiful street near my house. They have many kind of materials and the people there are really nice, so I’m sure you’ll have a good time if you take a course there. Here you have some pictures of my last course…
The final result of the course was this bag. Do you like it?
And here you have the pattern…
MAIN BODY (stocking stitch and reverse stocking stitch):
Cast on 62 st using preferred mehod. Join in the round and place marker. *Knit 4 rounds. Purl 2 rounds. Repeat from * 6 times more. (Add extra repeats here if you want a deeper bag). Knit 4 rounds. Either cast off in traditional way and sew cast off edges together or cast off using 3 needle cast off.
STRAP (moss stitch):
Cast on 99 st. Do 3 rows moss stitch. Cast off.
Sew ends of straps to top of bag as desired (to inside or outside of bag). Sew button to front of bag.
Crochet method: using a crochet hook, make a single chain long enough to reach from top of bag to button and back to top of bag plus an extra 5 cm.
Plaited method: measure three pieces of yarn, each long enough to reach from top of bag to button and back to top of bag plus an extra 10 cm. Knot strands of yarn together close to one end. Plait yarn to the end and fasten with a second knot.
Sew both ends of loop to the cast on edge of the back of the bag (inside or outside as desired).
Here you can see a picture of my child and me wearing my new bag.
So thinking about the question I said in the beginning, I think that I would say…
1. Always think that the weather will be awful, because then if the sun comes you’ll be so happy but if it doesn’t you can be happy too 😉
2. Remember that English people say that “there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. So be always prepared! You’ll need an umbrella, a hat, wellington boots, and a good coat.
3. Be as much open as you can. Oxford is a city where lots of new people arrive every year, so you’ll find people in the same situation as you.
4. Try to meet people from other countries, it’s nice to know about other cultures and you’ll also improve your English.
5. If you are a mum or dad, don’t miss the playgroups!! They are the best place to meet new friends for you and your child and to practice your English.
6.Take as many pictures as you can. Oxford has many parks and it’s amazing to see how much they change in every season. Don’t miss it, it’s almost like living in a different place every few months.
7. If you are a mum or dad, try to organise activities in the afternoons, especially in winter. Some examples could be a snack in someone’s house, a craft group, going to a museum, a cream tea… Winter is cold and dark but if you have something to do and people to share it with, it can be as bright as Summer time.
8. Don’t worry if at the end of the year your friends go back to their countries, because other people will come and you can be so grateful to have spent this amazing year with them. Better one year than nothing, and you will have a house in every country 😉
9. If you don’t have a job, try to find new hobbies such us reading, playing an instrument, doing crafts, learning English, enjoying Oxford museums, having a blog, taking pictures, cooking…
10. Don’t worry about little things only ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY and LEARN about the others and yourself! Oxford is awesome!
See my new hobby… This is me this Summer! he he