Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I've wanted a cosy shawl for around the house for a long time, and have also had a couple of balls of James Brett Marble Chunky hanging around for a couple of years. I'm also making an effort this year to use up some of my yarn stash. When I  saw this Stitch Sampler Shawl pattern it all came together. I don't think there is quite enough of the grey, so I ordered some more Marble Chunky in a grey/blue/sand mix that goes nicely with the other and I am alternating it for different sections of the pattern. I expect by the time I am finished the weather will be boiling and I'll be complaining about the heat rather than the chill but it will still be there when the evenings turn chilly again. 

Last year I took part in the Spring Knit Along on one of my favourite blogs, Crafts From the Cwtch. I made a Miss Winkle scarf, which I love and wear all the time. This year there is a Make Along to include crocheters, though I will still be knitting. Details are on the CFTC blog, along with some discount codes, and it start on Friday, so you still have time to join in. There's also a Ravelry group. I'm making a Settler Shawl, in Madelinetosh. The colourway I have is Courbet's Green. I've wanted to knit something in Madelinetosh for a long time. 

I'm reading We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Karen Joy Fowler, which is unusual and rather intriguing. I'm enjoying it but can't work out where it's going yet. 

Joining Ginny and Frontier Dreams

Monday, April 13, 2015

That Was the Weekend

Our weekend:

:: sunshine 

:: fun and food with friends and family

:: shopping - not my favourite, but we had a nice lunch and we found towels we liked for our new bathroom, so that was a plus

:: a visit to lovely Leigh on Sea. It was very windy - hence my hair is all over the place and my eyes almost shut in the photograph - but the sun was shining and we wrapped up warm and had a nice walk around, looking at the boats and the tiny old houses 

:: afternoon tea in a nice little tea shop 

:: a walk around the ruins of Hadleigh Castle

Weekending with Karen