December Cashmere Club (the last one!)

Can you believe its the last Cashmere Club instalment already? That year went *so fast*. Crazy. It only feels like yesterday we were selling the spots for 2010. Now we’re getting ready for the new 2011 club.

I don’t want to reveal the name of December’s colourway, because it will give you far too big a hint for the colours. Suffice to say that Tony did it all himself, as we wanted to do a colourway that would be suitable for men & women. So I left it up to him, and I think he did a splendid job. It’s a semi solid colourway, and will work well with cable or lace intricate patterns, as well as more simple designs. The yarn is Sophia 8ply, and both skeins are twisted into one hank as usual.

Here are my pattern suggestions for the yarn:

  • Azurine Fingerless Mittens
  • Sarastro Mittens
  • Regal River Cowl
  • Tuscan Leaves Cowl
  • Cable Sampler Neck Wrap
  • Still Creek Tam
  • Dancing Pillars Hat
  • Sofie’s Slouch Hat
  • Maple Leaf Rag Hat
  • Foggy Hat
  • The yarn will be going in tomorrow’s post, so should be with you soon. We hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s club so much that you are considering next year’s club too!! Thank you for being part of the 2010 club, we’ve had a lot of fun with it.

    Shop Update 28.11.10 & News!

    I’ve got an early shop preview for you today. I had real trouble with the photos this week. I honestly think that some of the colours are just too punchy for the camera – I know that doesnt make sense, but its the only thing I can think of that’s different this week! I’ve got as close as I can, at least in tone, but some of them are more saturated and vibrant in real life, notably Ingleside, Count Von Count, And So Say All Of Us.

    We have two new yarns to introduce to you this week.

    Sadie Lace
    50% merino, 50% tencel. 875 yards per 100g.  £13.00 per skein.

    Sadie Sock
    A heavy sock weight yarn, 50% merino, 50% tencel. 365 yards per 100g.  £13.00 per skein.

    They are utterly delicious. The tencel doesnt take the dye the same as the merino, which gives it a tweedy look, and its soooo shiny and soft and luscious. I think you’re going to love it!

    This Sunday’s update (Sunday November 28th 2010) will be held one hour later than usual, at 8pm.

    Finally, sign ups for the 2011 Posh Club will open on Tuesday December 7th at 9pm (UK time). I’ll give you full details nearer the time.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Baking For Britain

    Lately I have become mildly obsessed with baking. Cakes, especially. There’s something so very comforting about baking a cake. Weighing out and mixing the ingredients, the warmth from the oven, the sweet smells wafting around the house, the sense that you are doing something that women have done for generations. It’s very soothing. Whenever I feel like the darkness outside is creeping into my soul, I go and bake a cake.

    I’ve been doing it a lot lately.

    At this rate I will never lose those last 10lbs. But hey, its winter. I need some insulation.

    I’m especially drawn to old fashioned, traditional cakes and recipes. The sort of thing I remember from my childhood, and Tony from his. Did you grow up in a house where there was always something homemade in the cake tin? I did. I like that. Not good for the waist, but good for the soul. (If I could master the art of breadmaking, I’d like to always have homemade bread in the bread tin as well. Although this soda bread is pretty fantastic.) It’s nice to be able to offer guests a slice of something homemade, especially if you can do so casually, in a I-didn’t-bake-this-because-I-knew-you-were-coming-I’m-just-the-kind-of-cook-who-always-has-something-delicious-on-hand kind of way. Makes you feel like a domestic goddess.

    Some of the recipes I’ve baked recently include: Nigella’s Clementine Cake (keeps beautifully, and naturally gluten and dairy free), Hot Toddy Fruitcake (I had high hopes for this one, but missed a crucial step in the instructions - double line cake tin with baking parchment - so the sides and bottom burnt black), Parkin (so utterly delicious that I made it twice in one week), Hot Cross Buns (left in the oven too long, they were a bit bullet-like), and Malt loaf (not as good as shop bought, disappointingly).

    Do you like to bake? If so, what are your favourite recipes?

    Chaos Theory

    My house is in chaos at the moment. We decided that the living room carpet needed to be replaced with wood flooring, because of Tony’s asthma, and since Tony is a very in-for-a-penny-in-for-a-pound kind of person, he has also ripped out all the book shelving, and is rebuilding it all. And when you live in a cottage that is as tiny as this, a little bit of DIY means that the whole house is thrown into disorder. I hate that.

    But I know it’s necessary. You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. Sometimes you have to endure a little chaos in order to find something beautiful.

    This is my roundabout way of announcing the details of our 2011 Posh Club. We’ve had a lot of fun with the Cashmere Club this year, but I like to do something different every year. And we wanted to try a different format to the usual clubs, where everyone gets the same thing, because that goes so contrary to the way we normally work, in very small unrepeatable batches of colour. So we were so excited when some of the lovely Poshies on Ravelry came up with the idea of a lucky dip club. We’re calling it the Random Acts Of Poshness Club, and this is how it’s going to work:

    It will be a bi-monthly club, as before, and we will choose the bases and colourways randomly for you throughout the year. Tony tends to dye in batches of fives, so there will be more that one skein of your particular yarn/colourway out there, making swaps possible if you wanted more of that one, but the colourways will feel more exclusive than the current club system, where everyone gets the same theme. 

    You will be able to choose between three types of membership for the year: light weight (a mix of lace weight (but not cobweb) and sock weight), medium weight (a mix of every yarn weight, from lace to aran), or heavy weight (a mix of sock weight, dk weight, and aran weight). You will not be able to opt out of certain colours (but as with the Cashmere Club, swapping and trading will be going on on the Posh Knitters Ravelry group, so if you get a colour that just isnt you, there’ll be plenty of people out there who will want it!). The yarn will be selected from our range of £12-13 priced yarns, Elinor, Jeannie, Daisy, Sylvia, Martha, and so on. You will get 1 skein per shipment, so a total of 6 skeins throughout the year.

    Spots will be limited in number, and will go up for sale in a special shop update on Tuesday December 7th at 9pm. I will email members after the sale to ask what group you want to select. The cost of membership for the year will be £85 for UK members, and £90 for International members. This cost includes P&P. As well as being part of a fun club, this also works out at a slight saving on our normal prices!

    Are you in?!