October 2008

I’ve been going through the yarn sent via the Yarn Box Charity De-stash trying to decide what to make. One of the balls is 100% Soy Silk. It’s made by a company called South West Trading Company and is totally and utterly gorgeous. There isn’t really enough to make anything with but I think I’m in love.

You can see it on the bottom left of the picture. Unfortunately it seems that it isn’t available in the UK – there are some SWTC yarns but none are pure Soy – there seem to be a few sock versions that are 70% wool and 30% Soy. It knits up slightly too chunkily to be a preemie item and there isn’t enough for a scarf.  So for now I will keep fondling it and musing on what I can make whilst I knit up the rest for various charity projects. If anyone knows of a stockist please let me know!


I’m dedicating today’s post to my dear grandma who died 6 years ago this week, though it only feels like yesterday. One of my biggest regrets was that I didn’t see her before she died – on the day I was travelling up from the South to see her she’d had her breakfast in the care home where she’d stayed for the previous 2 weeks (after a fall at home had ended up in a prolonged stay in hospital and the admission that she couldn’t manage on her own) and literally ‘fell asleep’ in a chair.

I was working full time at a publishers back then and was making the drive up north straight from work and planning to visit her the next morning. For some reason my sister rang several times during the day and I suspected that she was after a lift ‘home’ as she lived in London at the time – I even rang my mum to try to find out what my sister was getting at. So I didn’t find out about my grandmother’s death until late that night – my sister was already there having caught a train earlier in the day. Because my sister had been told she’d been able to arrange things with work and take a week off to help mum organise things. As I hadn’t been told I needed to go back to work to arrange some time off and sort out my projects, plus I wasn’t needed as my sister was there.  My anger at being ‘left out’ really affected my ability to grieve my grandma but it was just my mum’s way of coping – she didn’t want me to drive whilst upset (though driving home on the Sunday I was upset and angry).

My other regret is that she didn’t meet my son as he didn’t come along until 2 years after she died. She would have adored him and I think the feeling would have been mutual.

She was cantankerous (sp?), indiscreet, flirtatious, stubborn and she drove my mum mad. She totally indulged my sister, my cousin and me.

She also taught me how to knit. As kids we had hat and scarf sets to wear from both of my grandmothers, and cardigans and jumpers (in fact my surviving paternal grandmother had a much better skill until arthritis took the use of her hands but she didn’t have the patience with us kids).  She let me play about with wool to my hearts content and heaped praise on wonky scarves and granny squares. As my skill improved she helped me to knit outfits for my dolls. When I needed to learn how to darn a sock for my Brownie ‘Homemaker’ badge she was happy to teach me – and then let me ‘practice’ on my grandad’s socks at every subsequent visit!  She used to churn these out by the bag load.

She was a terrible cook – when we went for tea mum warned us to eat the sausage rolls and scones that were offered as the same ones would be brought out the following week, and the next, and the next until they were eaten up.  She used to smoke when she was looking after us – and warn us not to tell our mum.

As I’ve become reacquainted with knitting over the last year it has brought back some happy memories of sitting round the electric fire at grandma’s – she’s missed by us all.

to Yarn Box and their customers.

They are currently running a de-stash programme – where their customers can send in any yarn that they no longer need and receive a 20% off voucher to spend in the Yarn Box shop. The de-stash yarn is then sent out to those that contacted Yarn Box with details of the charity that they knit for.

I received this parcel this morning and the contents will help replenish my stocks for the knitting I do for Loving Hands.

A big, big thank you …

I’ve just been sampling the delights of the new Rowan website.

There are lots of gorgeous pictures and free patterns as well as an option to buy the latest Rowan Magazine, books and yarn.  International Members (another thing on my Christmas list) also have access to the forum and exclusive free patterns). Go on have a look you know that you want to.

Feeling a bit down in the dumps today. With limited resources with which to cheer myself up I thought I’d take a tip from Mrs. B. and visit my local charity shop in search of bargains.

I got a bit worried when I walked in – it was packed! – and I over heard a conversation about how they couldn’t take less than £40 for a book of pictures of cats. I headed to the crowd at the back of the shop and found a small stash of wool where I picked up 8 balls for £2.25! I can already see hats, scarves and mittens in this lovely grey, with cables and moss stitch ….

I’ll plan my next visit for after schools go back I think.




Today’s the day that my bags should be in the Etsy showcase.

Have a look and see if you can spot any of the bags I’ve blogged about – including the one I made last night (first photo below). If you like them ‘heart’ them and feel free to leave a comment here.

Which is your favorite?

Yet another bag for my Etsy shop.

Tomorrow all of my bags will be in the showcase – keep your fingers crossed that I sell some 🙂

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