Yarn Candy #2

More of my favourites today, this time in a range of cooler tones, pinks, purples, blues.

Emily Flippant

Eva 8ply Passionflower

Sophia 6ply Festivity

Eva 2ply Peacock

Sophia 8ply Peal

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Yarn Candy #1

This week’s yarn seems to have naturally fallen into two groups – warm natural colourways, and cooler pink/purple colourways. Since today is a cold, grey day, I thought I’d share some of the warmer picks with you today.

Lei Molten

Camel Handspun Babes in the Woods

Sophia 4ply Vermont

Emily Plumage

Amelia Innuendo

You know I mentioned knitting up the Hourglass sweater in a moss green camel handspun? That Babes in the Wood colourway is just what I mean. Wouldn’t that look pretty? More picks tomorrow.


I’ve been thinking about new projects lately. Tony’s sweater is almost finished, and I know I said I would knit him a cable knit sweater next, but you know, men are BIG, and their sweaters take forever to finish. Besides, I think it’s my turn. So even though I’ve also started the Twist & Lace scarf, and I also have other projects on the needles, I want to start a sweater for myself, directly his is finished. I’ve decided on the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Gifts, and I’m going to knit it in Baby Camel Handspun, which is the most divinely soft yarn, even rivalling the pure cashmere. Tony is going to dye me a batch in a soft mossy green. Mmmm, can’t wait.

But in looking through all my pattern books, I was struck by how many projects I would veto. So I have a question for you today: what would you never knit, and why? I would never knit a skirt – doesn’t matter how cute the patterns get, this pear shaped Englishwoman needs something with a little more structure over her rear than a flimsy knit. And I would never knit toe socks, you know, those revolting socks with individual toes, like gloves for the feet. I have a bit of a toe phobia, and I much prefer them to be veiled inside an discreetly unanatomical sock. So, how about you?

The Joy of Books

How do people who don’t enjoy reading manage when they are ill? I was stuck in bed this weekend with a cold, but with a pile of books beside me, it really wasn’t too bad. Top of the pile was a wonderful book, which I thought I’d pass on to you: The Wrong Kind of Snow. This book is set out with a page for each day of the year, and recounts the notable weather events of each day, and how these have influenced British history. It is completely fascinating – who knew that our British weather was involved in events as diverse as Sylvia Plath’s suicide and the landing of Mary Queen of Scots? – and very entertainingly written.

I don’t know about you, but I like to have more than one book on the go, of different types. One fiction, one non-fiction, maybe a biography too. So as well as reading The Wrong Kind of Snow, I’m reading Sylvester (by Georgette Heyer, an essential sick bed author), and still dipping into the Mitford Sisters Letters.  I’ve also just finished Miss Buncle’s Book, by D E Stevenson, which was really charming. If you like the lighter 1930s fiction, you’ll like this.

And on my Ipod, I’m listening to Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone. Despite his classic status, I’ve never attempted any Wilkie Collins, but this is an excellent starting point. The narrator has a little of the Pickwickian about him; the first few chapters had me laughing out loud which was unexpected.

Finally, I thought I’d share with you something I found in a book I bought recently. You know how, when you buy old books, you often find notes in the margin? Usually any notes I find consist of pointing out spelling or grammatical errors (I completely sympathise with the kind of reader who just can’t go on with a book without pencil marking a typo). But in one of the old Penguin books I bought last week, there was something much more intriguing. In the frontispiece, written in pencil, was the following message. Make of it what you will…….

“Laughter is a pleasant thing to share. Healing happens to us without our knowing it.

You wouldn’t be human if you weren’t beset with doubts. I am so terribly sorry and unhappy for you – aren’t the scars healed yet? Trust is the foundation of a good relationship. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (White House). Such a hollow finality which made mockery of our closeness – why cannot you forget the past and make the most of the sweetness of life – be happy like me. I would stand by you through thick and thin – you cannot destroy my deep regard and friendship – surely you must know that I have no wish to hurt you or anyone else – its not in my nature to be unkind – I’m too happy. I’m always happy and especially so when you are around. Friendship should give you stability and trust. Don’t punish yourself, I’m sure I did not commit any unforgivable sins.” 

Le Chats

Look at these cuties.

Is it any wonder that sometimes I’d like to swap places with them? Mind you, think how hard knitting would be with paws….Edited to add: I made it onto Cute Overload!!