Resources for Lockdown Learning (Updated 5th January)

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Hi there.

With England going into Lockdown 3.0 a few hours ago, I’ve noticed low cost or free resources pop up so I’ve started collecting them together. If they do have a cost or a promo code to make it free for instance I’ve included them where possible along with any dates that they expire for instance.

The Happy Newspaper Free Resources. Packs 1 and 2. (3 is coming shortly). Sign up here.

Twinkl really handy. (We used lots in Lockdown 1 to top up alongside the work set by school). School closure packs. Here.

100 Places To Go When You Can’t Leave the House (written as a mental health resource but are still relevant for kids). Here.

Learning Resources Free Activity Sheets for Preschool, KS1 and KS2. Here.

Pawprint Family homeschool resource that’s even recommended. Possible to purchase badges when activities completed.

Challenge packs here.
Free Resources here.
Badges here.

Orchard Toys Free Activities and Resources. Sign up to be notified of more resources as they go live. Already available ones here.

Holchester Design Resources Pack including timetable sheets. Here.

That Kid Life lots of suggestions of different activities. Usually with minimal kit that you will already have. Here.

YouTube Videos/Live Streams

PE with Joe (as my friend Hanna put it “we get Michael Buble out for Christmas and Joe Wicks out for Lockdown”). PE with Joe restarts on the 11th January. Sessions will be 3 days a week on Monday Wednesday and Friday at 9am. Here.

Theatre of Science. FB events. Free FB live events. Starting Tuesday 6th January. Weekly event with replay available. Here.

Let’s Go Live Science Shows. New episodes to come but previous ones available on YouTube. Here.

Operation Ouch Science. New episodes to start 5th January at 2.30pm with a live stream. Previous episodes available. Here.

English with Holly: English Live. Available Free on YouTube – other sessions available. Use ENGLIVE for 10% off. Paid Sessions

Knit and Nattering – Episode 2: A Shawl, A Sock and A Blanket

I’m back for a second episode – who is this person? I start with a recap of the projects that I’ve been working on over the last two weeks. With the boys often needing my help, I had to try and fit the recording in where possible, so there’s often random background noise including Jaxon’s random singing/squeaking.

Finished Items

Two Barbie Blankets – Lucy‘s daughter bought a Barbie bunkbed with her pocket money but the Barbie’s didn’t have any bedding so I knitted a blanket, while I was part way through blanket 1, my Mum offered to do blanket 2. Blanket 1 is a simple stocking stitch rectangle and blanket 2 is a corner to corner crocheted blanket

In Progress

Stormy Open Back Sweater by Handknits and Hygge – pattern can be found here.
“Judit’s Shawl” actually called – Free and Easy Pie Wedged Shawl: Ravelry (I’ve only ever seen it on Ravelry… Sorry!)

Malt by Tin Can Knits: https://tincanknits.com/pattern/malt​

KALs or Similar

Lockdown Sockdown KAL info here.

Project Bags

Tea Cake + Make: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TeaCakeMake

Podcasts/Vlogs:

Trent and Allie (travel/tiny living) – https://www.youtube.com/trentallie

Kara and Nate (travel/tiny living) – https://www.youtube.com/karaandnate

Hannah, The Corner of Craft: https://www.youtube.com/user/thecorne…

Megan, Dynamo Simply Living: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4xl…

Stashless 2020/2021 Anushka – The Crimson Stitchery: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCrimsonS…​ You can find more information about Stashless 2020 (the inspiration for Stashless 2020) here: (Start of 2020) and (End of 2020) There is also further information in her Ravelry group here: https://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-cr…

Finding a Pattern

Well this was interesting. I saw the video from A Crimson Stitchery about going Stashless in 2020. It doesn’t quite mean that they got rid of their stash completely. What it means is that they worked through their stash and outstanding projects to try and get a better handle on what they had in their stash. (Part 1 and Part 2)

I decided this was going to be a good idea for me. After commenting in my own video that from where I was sat I could see 3 boxes of yarn and then thinking that I didn’t really know what was in those boxes, it was time to sort it out properly. That’s when the plan started to formulate. I know for sure that apart from the projects I already have on the go, I definitely have a Janie Crow blanket and a Handknits and Hygge jumper in progress. Both should be relatively easy to finish but might need some tweaking to get there. Not impossible right?

Time for Some Detective Skills

So I sat about finding the pattern for my Stormy Open Back Jumper by Handknits and Hygge. I knew it was a test knit at the time, I also knew that “storm” appeared somewhere in the title. Having tried various combinations on my email, I headed off to Google Photos, after all, if I’d taken one photo of my project (and still had it) that was where it was going to be. Thanks to some clever programming at Google searching “knitting” was enough to cut through all the other photos and narrow it down so photos that had crochet or knitting in them – as well as some others that I’m not sure how they fell in there but it was fine. I ended up finding 3 or 4 photos but they were all artistic “here’s my knitting with the pattern blurred in the background” so again close but not close enough. Having now got the date range, I headed to my Instagram.

If I had these photos in my Google Photos account, maybe I shared them on social media. I went back through my Instagram feed, and no I hadn’t actually shared any photos of it in progress (why had I taken the pictures then or maybe I’d taken them and intended to share them only to not?). So then I went to my blog posts, maybe if I hadn’t posted about it on social media, I had at least blogged about it. The first few posts were useless as I’d written about it but in vague terms with no titles or designer. Then I found it – Monthly Review: August 2018. There was the name of the pattern and the designer.

Okay but now what?

So I have the name of the pattern, and I have the name of the designer. But do I have the actual pattern? I’m sure I must do somewhere in the depths of my email account or somewhere else online. I headed to Google to see if she was still designing. Yes, she was – okay so if needed I could buy the pattern from her again. I went to my email to see if I had it saved in there or a clue to where I might be able to download it. As it happened when I searched for Handknits and Hygge I actually had 4 emails pop up. They didn’t have the pattern but they gave me the next step in the search and I was able to find the pattern. As it happened, it was there and I was able to download it pretty quickly.

So back to my other challenge, which repeat in the pattern was I up to? Well after a little bit of studying I think I know where I am. Also because I’ve now learnt how to do to the magic loop, I should hopefully be able to knit through the rest of the sleeves that bit easier.

So now it’s time to put down the blog post and go and knit.

Chat later!

Knit and Nattering: Episode 1: A Shawl, A Sock and A Blanket

Hello there! I’m Hannah and this is my vlog well no this is my blog but over on YouTube, I uploaded a vlog – which you can watch here:

I’ve been knitting and crocheting for many years. I am terrible for having multiple projects on the go as you will see from the video. I tend to stick to knit flat pieces but as I’ve now learnt the magic loop technique I’m hoping I can apply it to other things and get more creative in 2021.

Links from this post:

~Patterns~

  • Free and Easy Pie Wedged Shawl: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/free-and-easy-pie-wedge-shawl (I’ve only ever seen it on Ravelry… Sorry!)
  • Malt by Tin Can Knits: https://tincanknits.com/pattern/malt

~KALS or Similar~

Lockdown Sockdown KAL info: YouTube

~Project Bags~
JibbyRoo Sews: Etsy Shop
Knitting Needle Lane: Website

~Podcasts/Vlogs~

The Monthly Review: December

Here we go, attempting to make blog posts happen – I can do this! Rex is napping, Jaxon is playing his Switch and it’s a teacher training day today (tomorrow we restart lockdown learning due to COVID etc). So I’ve brought back The Monthly Review and attempting to make it a little more interesting and things.

The Months in Points

I’m sure more than this happened in the month but Jaxon is begging me to play Lego Harry Potter with him while Rex naps so I think I have to go do that. This week has so many changes in it, it’s going to be intersting.

  • Technically, we put the tree up in November but I didn’t review so it can go in here. Once we knew Chris wouldn’t be back in November for a visit because of Lockdown 2.0, we decided that the Christmas tree would go up on the 29th November. Mum and Dad came to help me out with getting things out of the loft and decorating the tree. We then all had tea together which was really nice.
  • Jaxon finished school on the 17th December and we counted down the days until Daddy would be home for Christmas – except it was going to get all levels of complicated during our countdown.
  • Bedford was upgraded to Tier 4 on the 19th December. The announcement came out about 4 pm with effect from midnight. Chris’s flight was due Sunday evening.
  • So Chris and I had a discussion about Christmas and we decided he’d stay in Denmark and as heartbreaking as that was it was the “greater good” kind of decision. We’ll be together again soon and we can do Second Christmas when we’re back together.
  • We were at Mum and Dad’s house as the news broke, so my parents tag-teamed between looking after the boys and looking after me while I processed and then as we dealt with explaining to Jaxon what was happening and things like that. I’d already had a bit of a cry on the Thursday before when other things were happening so I think I’d already resolved myself to the fact that Chris wouldn’t be here. That way if he was able to be with us then it would be a lovely surprise instead.
  • There was lots of editing throughout the month to try and get services ready for the Chapel YouTube Channel. The Christmas Day service took lots of editing because we had different people involved in it but I got there in the end and the video was posted. You can watch them here.

Projects

There were a couple of handmade Christmas presents – not as many this year just because I didn’t have the time at all! For my Sister-in-Law, I made a picture with Scrabble letters to include her name, my brother’s name and their son’s name which worked quite well – I hope it lasts because I was fighting with the glue lol.

Knitting wise I’m currently attempting to cast off my Slow Exposure Shawl. It feels like it’s taken forever to get to this point and even when I did I’ve had to tie in a new colour because I didn’t have enough for the next row and then the picot edging so I’ve had to add something in for that – hopefully, it’ll be okay. I’ll definitely have some photos when that’s finished. I also fell into tiny jumpers after seeing them on The Corner of Craft Vlogmas videos. I’ve got partway through one jumper so far before deciding I needed to finish something before I got any further with something new.

Books

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
  • A Kiss in the Snow by Rosie Green
  • Snowflakes over Moondance Cottage by Rosie Green
  • A Brambleberry Manor Christmas by Rosie Green

There’s lots of Bedford references in The Midnight Library by Matt Haig which was cool but there were a few hiccups on some of the geography, mostly artistic licence but it is funny reading comments from other readers who tore it to shreds because of these errors.

Television/Movies

So many things watched in December. Between one thing and another I probably spent a lot of time in front of the TV with Rex across my lap lol.

  • Virgin River (Netflix)
  • The Holiday Movies That Made Us (Netflix)
  • Just Another Christmas (Netflix)
  • Over Christmas (ÜberWeihnachten – Netflix)
  • The Crown (Netflix)
  • Star Trek: Discovery (Season 3 – Netflix)
  • Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas (Netflix)
  • The Holiday (Netflix)
  • The Prom (Netflix – started didn’t finish)
  • A California Christmas
  • Home for Christmas (Hjem til jul – Netflix)
  • Rebecca (Netflix)
  • Bridgerton (Netflix)
  • Thomas and Friends (with Rex! Netflix)

Anyone else watch Bridgerton? It’s like Gossip Girl mixed with Jane Austen with a bit of Hamilton for good measure somewhere along the line lol.