Spring is Here!

Spring is here! At least, that’s what my calendar tells me. The weather says something quite different.I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here it is bitterly cold, with a wind that cuts right through you, and flurries of snow and hail. Not my idea of Spring! Never mind, we’ve got lots of Spring colours for you in this week’s update. Just look:

Eva 2ply in Crocus

Sophia 2ply in Elfin

Sophia 4ply in Buttercup

Sophia 4ply in Debutante

Eva 4ply in Aphrodite

Eva 4ply in Gentian

Lei in Alpine

Alice in Sugar Almonds

Alice in Absinthe

Arabella in Begonia

Lucia in Confetti

Lucia in Liberty

We’ve done an especially big update this week, since it’s a holiday weekend. The preview is now up, and as always, the sale goes live at 6pm (UK time). I have a nasty bout of tonsillitis, so I’m going to snuggle up on the sofa with the cats, and my books and knitting. I hope your weekend is a little more fun than that, but whatever you’ve got planned, I hope to see you Sunday!

Poor Me!

We have the most luscious selection of yarn for this week’s sale. I wanted to do an especially good update, since it’s a holiday weekend. Tony has obliged with some beautiful Spring shades, rose pink, and lavender, and duck egg blue, and primrose, and leaf green. And for those addicted to the dark gloomier shades, there’s plenty of those too. And lots of zingy brights. In fact, a little bit of everything!

Stop talking and show us the pictures, you say.

Sorry, my friends, you’re going to have to wait until tomorrow for the preview. I’ve had tonsilitis all week, which has peaked today (at least I hope so, because if it gets much worse I won’t be able to eat, and that really would be too much to bear), so I’m a little behind with everything. But if you pop back here tomorrow, later in the afternoon I’d say, the preview will be up.

And I’m pretty sure you’ll think it worth the wait.

Edited to add: I was hoping to add some sneak peek photos to the blog today, but I haven’t managed to get them done. Sorry! They’ll be here tomorrow instead. 

What Was I Thinking???

Why, oh why, oh why did I decide to knit Garden Party in boring cream yarn? Yes, I know that I wanted a cream shawl, and I know it will go with everything, but oh boy it’s boring to knit with. It’s completely ruining this lovely pattern for me. And knitting cream yarn when I’m surrounded by lusciously coloured skeins is pure torture. Like working in a cake shop and being gluten intolerant. 

And in contrast, the Eva 2ply I’m using for Mountain Peaks is such wonderful colours. Every stitch is an exciting discovery. It’s a treat to sit down with it.

*Sigh*. Don’t let me use cream yarn again, there’s a dear.  

Pilates – Take Two

Ok, it’s official, I’m addicted. To Pilates. I finally found an exercise I like!! After swotting up last week, the class on Monday made much more sense to me. Not to say I could keep up any better, but at least I didn’t feel like such a fool.

I read somewhere that if you take one 1 hour class a week, and do ten minutes every day as well, that’s going to make a big difference to your body (and mind). So I’ve been doing ten minute workouts each morning, and adding a few stretches later in the day, because my muscles are so tight, not at all stretchy (especially my hamstrings). Another few weeks, and maybe I’ll be able to touch my toes (something I’ve never been able to do, not even as a child. I have very, very long legs, maybe that’s why.).

I found some really great ten minutes workouts on Youtube, such as these, these, and these. And just for fun, some cat pilates. As we know, my cat prefers a bit of advanced contortion.

But I do find that all the workouts go too fast for me at present. I can keep up fitness wise, but I’m still trying to learn the poses, and sometimes its halfway into a set before I’ve got it right. That’s where books come in. I bought myself this from Borders last week, which has a handy double spread of all the basic poses. And one of my lovely, lovely customers was incredibly kind, and sent me this on Saturday. The author is actually her own Pilates instructor, and wrote a kind little message in the book for me. I’m going to study it carefully, and then lend it to my brother-in-law who has a chronic back condition, because I think this will be helpful for him too.

Three Things

Three Things That Scare Me

  • Slugs
  • Large dogs
  • Drunk people

Three People Who Make Me Laugh

  • My best friend, Emma
  • My nine year old (going on 30) niece, Elinor
  • Tony (he makes everyone laugh)

Three Things I Love

  • Knitting
  • Reading
  • Writing

Three Things I Hate

  • Housework (which is why I have a cleaner, hurrah!)
  • Shopping  (unless it’s for books)
  • Talking on the phone

Three Things I Don’t Understand

  • Why people still smoke
  • Dishonesty
  • How non-knitters survive

Three Things On My Desk (I don’t have a desk, so I’ll sub my nightstand)

  • A happy little silver bird, courtesy of a sweet friend
  • A huge pile of books
  • Earplugs (I’ve used them for years, they really help you sleep well)

Three Things I’m Doing Right Now

  • Surfing blogs
  • Drinking tea
  • Petting a cat

Three Things I Want To Do Before I Die

  • Take a roadtrip across the States and/or Canada
  • Write another book
  • Knit up my stash (ha, that should postpone the death until I’m about 206!)

Three Things I Can Do

  • Spot a spelling error at 20 paces
  • Speak Romanian (not fluently, but enough to get by)
  • Code a website from scratch

Three Things I Can’t Do

  • Crochet
  • Drive
  • Touch my toes (I hope Pilates will change this!) 

Three Things I Think You Should Listen To

  • Your instincts (mine are always spot on)
  • Your body
  • Audio books

Three Things You Should Never Listen To

  • Gossip
  • Your inner perfectionist
  • Anyone who says you can’t

Three Things I’d Like To Learn

  • Surfing
  • Spinning yarn
  • Ballet

Three Favorite Foods

Three Shows I Watched As A Kid

  • Tiswas
  • Top of the Pops
  • Blue Peter

Three Things I Regret

  • Not learning to play the piano when I had one
  • Not looking after my health better
  • Not spending more time with my dad