The old black dog is shaking me between its jaws at the moment, so if I’m quieter than usual, that’s the reason why.

Shop Update 31.05.09

Running a bit late this week, due to the sock club. But here are this week’s yarn picks!

Charlotte 4ply Ebb (this week’s cover shot)

Time Of Your Life Batt (this week’s batts are our last ever batts!)

Sophia 4ply High Hopes

Charlotte 4ply Linger

Charlotte 2ply Mystery

Esme Primeval

Eva 2ply Enigma

Sophia 4ply Faraway Tree

The shop preview will soon be up. See you on Sunday!

June Sock Club

I’m delighted to tell you that the June Sock Club yarn is being sent out today, so should be with you very soon. The yarn we chose this time is Daisy 4ply, our 80% superwash merino, 20% bamboo sock yarn, with 400 yards per 100g. The colourway was inspired by June weddings, deep pinks and purples, with flashes of other colours as highlights. I hope you love it as much as I do!

us v. US

I’ve been listening to Bill Bryson’s Notes From A Small Island this week. This was written about his farewell tour of Britain before moving back to the States. He often muses in the book about the difference between the two countries. For example, the weather. In the States you get dramatic weather. In Britain, a weather forecast once read, “Warm and sunny, with some rain and cooler temperatures.” Which just about fits any day you care to select in a year’s worth of British weather.

Anyway, the book got me to thinking about some of the differences between the two countries. Our strengths and weaknesses. Here’s what I came up with. Feel free to add your contribution!

Things Which Britain Does Better Than The USA

  • Period dramas
  • Chocolate
  • Irony
  • Tea
  • Fish & Chips
  • Beer

Things Which The USA Does Better Than Britain

  • Sitcoms
  • Coffee
  • America’s Next Top Model (have you ever seen the British version? Dire!)
  • Customer service
  • Ok, pretty much all TV shows
  • Restaurants

Uh, I thought I’d be able to come up with more than that. Help!


Viva France – Part II

I tried to be as inconspicuous as possible when photographing people in France, but it’s quite hard to be inconspicuous when you are not only taller than all the women, but most of the men as well. And carrying a large camera to boot. This French poodle didn’t seem to mind though.


When its owner saw me focussing the camera onto the dog, he said something to it in French, then came over to me, and said in English, “I told ze dog to smile for you”. How charming!

This painting covered the entire side of a building, and greeted visitors to Narbonne.

Vintage model cars at a flea market in Agde. I adore this photo.

One of the last places we visited was Montpellier. I have never been anywhere so beautiful in my life. The city is so clean and tidy, the architecture stunning, the shops divine. I want to live there.

This last photograph makes me laugh, because Zara and Tony (in the foreground) look like they are walking arm in arm.

Gerd is doing his usual trick of avoiding being in the photograph. This boy detests being phoographed. In fact, it is only right that I finish up with a nice giant size photograph of him. I think I owe it to him. Gerd, this is for smashing me at cards. And for gloating so shamelessly afterwards.