With my husband working from home and him not playing football on Thursday nights it has been a game of ‘what day is it?’ I asked Alexa to remind me when The Grocery Girls were doing their live podcast and so we watched it whilst having our dinner. Their weekly episodes are a welcome treat given everything else going on.
I did a separate post this week about me being a numpty with my Void shawl. I’ve since finished it and it’s being blocked, so I’ll post a photo of it once it is dry and I can wear it. I only sprayed it with water, rather than soaking it, and I’ve used my blocking wires for the first time.
My Such a Winter’s Day jumper, that I’ve worn a huge amount this winter, got its first wash. The whole jumper has softened quite a bit and it looks better. I had only steam blocked it the first time, but it has really benefited from being hand-washed. I can see me making another one with the same yarn when this one dies!
For my blog reading friends who do crochet, I have a post about a free pattern a friend from school has written. It’s a Bedtime Bunny Pyjama Case, ideal as an Easter present stuffed with mini eggs. It’s her first pattern, so would be great if some people gave it a go. I really need to learn crochet properly this year. It’s in UK crochet terms.
Finally, in this section, I have caked up my Linen/Bamboo yarn for making Tailfeather by Heidi Kirrmaier. I did the world’s smallest swatch and then just going to hope I have enough yarn to finish it, as it was indie dyed and I only just have enough. This may be too challenging a project for me to tackle at the moment, but we’ll see.
I filled two bobbins with my homespun John Arbon Harvest Hues fibre. This is going to be 3 ply so I’ll need to fill a 3rd bobbin. I won’t keep posting pictures of these, as I’m spinning a sweater quantity (well that’s the plan) and you’ll all get bored. Once I’ve got my first completed 3 ply skein I will share a picture.
Because a yarn festival had been cancelled, they did a day on Instagram showcasing the vendors and some had some special offers. Now I’m on a (self imposed) yarn buying ban year…but I did say I’d be still buying fibre. Well the baby camel and tussah silk from Coastal Colours was on sale with 10% off and in some absolutely stunning colours…so I couldn’t resist. The photos don’t do them justice. I know I’ve gushed about it before, but if you are new to my blog then I highly recommend this fibre for spinning and wearing. I LOVE IT!
I baked a gingerbread loaf this week, that recommended leaving it 24 hours in a sealed container before eating. We managed to wait the 24 hours before tucking in. It was a recipe in our bread-maker book (no yeast needed), so it was extremely easy to make. I didn’t have any treacle so used more golden syrup! Only 10,000 calories a slice I suspect!
I tested our out of date yeast and it is still alive, so this week I’m going to use some of our out of date flour to make some bread. This quarantine really is helping me use up old stuff. We have some out of date desiccated coconut too, so I’ll need to find a recipe to use that up too. I’m not really too much of a follower of use by dates, especially on dry ingredients. I have herbs and spices older than my dog!
We made the mistake of watching the Tiger King earlier in the week. I was really affected by it and struggled to sleep and then had nightmares two nights in a row. If you are an animal lover then I would definitely recommend you DON’T watch it, even though it is being talked about everywhere. Once you start you can’t seem to turn away despite the craziness of it, so I’d definitely say don’t watch.
I had my first group Skype call with some blogging friends on Saturday evening and have another today and one with friends set for Monday evening. With my husband working from home everyday, hearing him chatting to people all day has made me feel quite lonely! Seems ironic, as when I was home alone the last 3 years I’ve been fine. Anyway, it’s lovely to connect with friends and hopefully our YOP group will have a call too at some point. 🙂
Yesterday we celebrated our 3rd anniversary of Ylva’s Adoption from Munlochy Animal Aid. No special trips allowed, like taking her to the beach, so just another walk around the block and a chase around the garden.
Stay safe and stay home xx
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