I have a shameful secret. Promise not to tell anyone……. I have a dreadful case of startitis. Quite the worst I’ve ever had, and its not responding to treatment. It’s particularly embarrassing because I vowed that this year I would not cast on any new projects, without finishing old ones. I believe I mentioned that I would only allow myself to have two on the go at once.

Heaven help me.

I have so many new projects started that I don’t dare post them on my Ravelry project page, for fear that I’ll be mercilessly mocked. So please don’t tell anyone.

(especially about the new project that I’m planning to cast on for this afternoon…….)


Like many of you, I love old books. My house is bursting at the seams with ’em. (Although while I was ill, I did amuse myself by reaaranging the bookshelves according to genre, and in the process, weeded out about 60 books. Worryingly, you can’t see the gaps that this created. Possibly this has something to do with the Amazon order I placed round about the same time. Ahem.)

I’m always on the lookout for books from the 1930s-50s, light fiction, preferably with a touch of wit and charm. I have an especial fondness for classic whodunnits, but its not easy to find ones that I haven’t already got. So I was very happy to stumble upon Greyladies, a publisher who is reprinting books from the period, specialising in children’s books, adult novels written by childrens authors, and vintage crime. So far, I’ve read Death On Tiptoe, and Murder At The Flood, both of which were excellent (although the cover graphics of Murder At The Flood was a bit lurid and OTT, in my opinion). Next on the list is Murder While You Work, which is described as a creepy thriller from Noel Streatfeild.

You can read more about Greyladies here. I must say, so far, I do like the cut of their jib.

Shop Update 07.02.10 – Part III

Lulu Daisy Daisy

Sylvia Aran Chinoiserie

Sylvia Aran Room With A View

Elinor Aran Fine & Dandy

Elinor Aran Mrs Robinson

Elinor Aran Hit The Road, Jack

Elinor Aran Who Sir, Me Sir?

The shop preview is up, and the update goes live at 7pm on Sunday. We hope to see you then!

Shop Update 07.02.10 – Part I

As you will see, I have changed the layout of the yarn photographs. It was suggested to me that perhaps having the large expanse of white background around the yarn was throwing off the white balance/exposure values, etc, so I’ve filled as much of the frame as possible with yarn. I think it looks nicer too, and you can still see lots of the skeins in detail. I’m particularly pleased with the photos this week, a lot of them are very punchy, but that’s because the colours are super punchy!

Here are some of my favourites from this week:

Miranda Cobweb Arsenic & Old Lace

Greta 2ply First Fine Careless Rapture

Diana Cobweb Blue Castle

Diana Cobweb Shipshape

Sylvia 2ply Miss Scarlett

Sylvia 2ply Brillig

Sylvia 2ply Blustery Day

More tomorrow.