We went to meet some kittens last weekend. They are seven weeks old, and into everything.
Wishing you too an abundance of colour, warmth and good food. Have any colours been jumping out at you recently?
I had a wonderful time at Fibre East yesterday. Lots of fabulous yarn, and lovely friends! Here's the Crafty Glitten full of the joy of yarn, and glowing with the success of her first spinning attempt - I was impressed. This is the Have-a-Go tent where you can try lots of different woolly activities including spinning, weaving and needle-felting.
If you're not familiar with it, Fibre East is a wool show near Bedford, England. It started life a few years ago in a lovely, but windy, field and the extreme muddiness of last year's field (in the astoundingly wet summer) plus its growing popularity have caused a transfer this year to a holiday-empty nearby school.
The sheep still got to use the grassy area, though. And this year they were offering "choose your fleece while it's on the sheep" then watch the shearing, and walk off with your fleece.
There was a small disagreement about the route . . .
There were some sewing and embroidery threads amongst all the heavier yarns, and stands offering a range of accessories, from yarn-bowls and some fabulous buttons, through to carding equipment and spinning wheels. And kits like these charming teapot cosies from Manfield Crafts - I love the rainbow pom-pom, such a clever idea.
Lots of people were chuckling at their beautifully-dressed sheep.
Extra smiles for the yarn I get to take home and cuddle, this is some of the wide range of loveliness produced by Sparkleduck. As you can see, I was so keen to start knitting with this beautifully soft and fabulously coloured wonder that I started to wind it as soon as possible!
In the end, for me, it always comes back to colour, and the snuggly softness of beautiful yarn. And there was so much of that I shall be quietly bouncing with joy (on the inside!) for days. I hope you have a chance to water your seeds of joy and yarn-happiness too this summer, and that they all blossom beautifully.
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Do you think it might look something like this?
At least if a sheep was also involved! Just thought I'd offer you a glowing picture for a grey day here today. This is DK merino from Gradiance Yarns in the Sunset colourway, and it's gorgeous. I wasn't sure which way to wind the skein: yellow to pink or pink to yellow, and of course you could always wind a centre-pull ball if you wanted both ends available. But in the end I plumped for yellow and orange outside, and it literally glows with warmth from the deep pink inside.
I hope everyone may find glowing things to comfort us on our grey days, and help us keep our hope warm and living. And if we can keep hoping perhaps we may see a phoenix rising even over the worst ashes of despair.
It's World Wide Knit in Public Week! It's still called a Day, but the woolly goodness just overflowed to fill a week (rather like a stash does if you let it get away from you . . ) Of course, you can (and I do) Knit in Public any day, but this is the international lets-all-join-in.
There are some fabulous things happening such as St Pancras station being filled with knitters and knitting classes - Rev Richard Coles tweeted this picture. And here's my local knitting group at the wonderful Waterbeach Feast yesterday which also featured a cycling gorilla, and a foam-fight between the floats of gangsters and Ghostbusters.
We got several friendly and interested comments, and a couple of double-takes "what are those people doing?!" Between us, we had flat knitting, lace, sock knitting, Fair-Isle and cables. Pretty representative really!
Have you been doing anything special for World Wide Knit in Public Day? I'd love to hear about your experiences of knitting, crocheting or sewing in public. Let's surround the world with knitting!
I love good food, and I enjoy inventing recipes. These savoury scones do not taste like cheese scones. I rather doubt anything else could - though I'd love to hear from you if you've found otherwise. But they do taste savoury and satisfying, and for me they fill a cheese-scone-shaped hole. The dough also makes a fabulous pizza base. And combining pulses (gram flour) and almonds they're pretty good on protein too (and rich in calcium). I hope you enjoy them.
Savoury yeasted scones
1 1/2 tsp instant dried yeast
1 cup white bread flour
1 cup gram flour
1 cup ground almonds
Half tsp salt
1/6 cup olive or rapeseed oil
3/4 cup water
Mix these up (I use the pizza setting on my bread-maker, but by hand would work fine too) knead, and allow to rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Knead and roll out to approx 2cm (1inch) thick and cut out scones. Cook for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown, turning after 10 minutes if your oven makes this advisable (as mine does). Allow to cool on rack. Enjoy!
Makes approx 15 scones (6cm diameter (2.5inch)).
Today's the day! Every year I celebrate the first day on which I smell lilac. Not the day when I see through a window some lilac in flower, but the day I can get up close and actually smell the flowers. I love the sense of the seasons turning through the year. It's something I can hold fast to through difficult times; something steady and hopeful. All things change, yet the sun keeps rising, and spring will bring blossom and autumn the flaming trees. Change but with reliable rhythm.
So as well as the traditional days of celebrating the moving seasons, I have invented some of my own over the years. Such as First Frost Day – the first day when the grass is crunchy, and the air has bite. And of course, Lilac Day. Which is today for me. Do you have any annual celebrations? Little moments each year when you first smell cut grass, or your first outdoor meal? I guess it will be different for everyone.
Anyhow, Happy Spring to you all in the temperate Northern Hemisphere. I hope you enjoy the lilac if you get to sniff some.