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Monthly Archives: January 2007

foggy lullaby

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bluehere is a shell for youinside you’ll hear a sigha foggy lullabythere is your song from me(“blue”, joni mitchell) 100% merino, 104 grams & 340 yards – amazing!! i’m really pleased with this – the finest yarn i’ve ever spun, lighter than a sock weight (although still not quite laceweight). it will be going to […]

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indulgent weekend

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after quite a bad week, we decided some indulgenc was in order to cheer ourselves up. the solution? spending saturday celebrating, with an unbirthday party – lots of bad movies, an unbirthday present for each other (little treats with a spending limit of £5) and some unbirthday cakes… then, i found a great treasure in […]

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“c” is for cookie…

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… & that’s good enough for me.the perfect antidote to a long, bad, dreary january week – home-baked cookies with dark chocolate chunks. the only challenge is to not eat them all before the RSA comes home (it seems a bit unfair otherwise)…having a bad week too? make your own: 125g unsalted butter (or pretend […]

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goodbye, mortimer

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today i had to say a sad goodbye – my old & faithful little car is beyond repair.when we got him, he was quite old already, and since i have a serious tendency to anthropomorphise the things i own, he was instantly named mortimer pootle (mortimer, from the robert munsch children’s book of the same […]

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strawberry wine

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& i fell inthe strawberry vinesinto a pool of strawberry wine(ryan adams, “strawberry wine“) 100% blue-faced leicester, 94 grams & 190 yards, colourway “strawberry wine”. roughly a heavy fingering weight, which is slightly thicker than i was aiming for, but that’s the fun of handspun! again, this will be going to the k1 yarns shop […]

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more spinning

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100 grams of blue-faced leicester singles, dyed in a slightly variegated purple & red colourway as yet unnamed. again, i’m aiming for a finished yarn of about sock or fingering weight, so we’ll see what happens when i ply it tomorrow!

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things fall apart

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first there was this… that would be my very expensive, absolutely lovely, most favourite double pointed sock needles in the whole entire world, the holz & stein ebony needles. broken. there are no words.luckily, the very nice lady that i bought them from has the best customer service in the world, and has vowed that […]

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do i have to go out??

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this may not seem exciting to some, but i have a new chair. it’s not just an armchair; it’s an enormous armchair. it’s probably big enough for two people, but am i going to share it? absolutely not… (observant readers will note that although the chair has only been in the house for five minutes, […]

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strawberry jam

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we were making jamstrawberry jamyeah, if you want the best jamyou gotta make your own (michelle shocked, “strawberry jam“) the first handspun of 2007; 100% merino, 100 grams/240 yards. i was aiming for a sock-ish weight yarn & this is fairly close, only slightly thicker than standard sock yarn & very consistently spun (especially impressive […]

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uniform grey

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it’s perfectly suited, this uniform greythere are no bearings to the day(sarah harmer, “uniform grey“) grey buildings, grey sky, grey sea; the weather is wild here today. the pup & i barely managed a quick sprint around the nearest park before being pushed back inside by driving, ice-cold rain, & the sky is so dark […]

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