Gooseberry harvest

08. August 2016 other stuff 0
Gooseberry harvest
This is the first year for no fewer than six years, that the gooseberry bushes haven’t been completely destroyed by sawfly caterpillars. It’s a teeny tiny harvest of about sixty berries but it feels like a real achievement. Now if I could just get the tomatoes to set fruit I’d be a happy woman. Plenty ...

Olympic knitting

07. August 2016 making 0
Olympic knitting
I love the Olympic Games. I’m not sporty at all – at school I threw javelin and played hockey (in the fifth eleven, hardly athletic prowess). And then as an adult I swapped to outdoor things like cycling and rock climbing, hillwalking and skiing.  More recently I’ve been a walker, stomping around cities from Tokyo ...

£10 off my book!

06. August 2016 book 0
£10 off my book!
This weekend, to celebrate the start of the Rio Olympics, my publisher is offering a £10 promotional code off my book. All you need to do is visit the book page… HERE … and choose your pledge level. You could choose to knock £10 off a yarn pledge, or opt for £10 off greetings cards. ...

Jitterbugging

05. August 2016 making 0
Jitterbugging
Colinette Jitterbug was the first skein of hand dyed yarn I ever bought. I got it in London, I think it was in a shop called Stash which isn’t there any more. The colourway is Mardi Gras. It has been in my personal yarn box ever since. It’s like a favourite necklace, taken out every ...

Stationery – pencils 2

04. August 2016 stationery 0
Stationery – pencils 2
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I did have a small (ahem) spending spree in CW Pencils when I was in New York. I could have bought one of everything – apparently this isn’t an unusual event – but I restrained myself. Two key ring pencil sharpeners (one for each of us). I have ...

Wild raspberry season

03. August 2016 other stuff 0
Wild raspberry season
I know, I know. You were expecting pencils today, but I was out with Boristhedog this morning and found these in the hedgerow near the house. Wild raspberries mean we are only a couple of weeks away from blackberries, which means blackberry fool and blackberry jam and blackberry compote and blackberry curd and many, many ...