Yarn Along


I took a break from lace knitting to whip up some hats (it has gone chilly here all of a sudden).
The big boy chose this yarn; it has a reflective thread running through it.
The hats look like regular blue woolies in the daylight, but I’ve taken pictures with flash, and the boys look a bit like Christmas trees with them on.
Perfect for walking to school on dark winter mornings.
(Ravelry notes here.)

I try to catch a page or two of my novel in the evenings, but mostly it’s recipe books I’m reading.
I am loving this at the moment, a Turkish cooking book in German, which was given to me for my birthday. I’ve tried a few new recipes already, which is possibly even better than just reading them.

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This Moment

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment to pause, savour and remember.


A jam jar, kite paper, glue, wire, a tea light.
“Can this be just 
my lantern, Mama? I made it all by myself!”
This year’s Martinmas lantern, now gracing our dining room table. (He decided to share it with us after all.)

A happy and light-filled weekend, all.

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Yarn Along



This week is running away from me. I missed Wednesday!
Well, I finished the Vermillion shawl – Ravelry notes here, but no proper photo yet. I’m having trouble being home and remembering to take a picture while it’s still light enough. It gets dark so early now.
Seamlessly moving on to the next shawl – after much perusing I settled on Simple Lines. This one has quite some growing to do still!

I read One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern. It was okay, nothing amazing – but good for picking up here and there, which is what seems to be happening these days.
I am dreaming of long afternoons by the fire with nothing but a cuppa and a book for a few hours… and maybe some cake..


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This weekend, the big boy and I wrote a few cards and letters, to say thank you, to say hello – we used to have a regular day for this and I think we might start it again. There is something about sitting down with pen and paper and stamps and sending a proper greeting to another person.

We borrowed a DVD from the library for a rainy afternoon and took the muddiest walk ever the next day. There was time for reading and for knitting.

I still haven’t adjusted to the time change and regularly find myself starting dinner way too early.
But it’s almost mid November.
I shall get there!

Weekending with Karen.

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Yarn Along



I finished the Beyond Puerperium cardigan, using only stash yarn, and lovely buttons that a friend gave me. This is going on the gift pile (did I mention I was quite organised this year?).
On the needles now: a Vermillion Shawl.
I also have a lovely skein of lace weight yarn and can’t seem to decide on a pattern. Have you got a favourite go-to one?


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From me, to you


I celebrated my birthday last weekend and to share with you, I am offering a celebratory 31% off through Friday. You can use the coupon code NOVEMBER31 at checkout in my Etsy shop.

Guess how old I am now?

(And don’t forget, £5 off your first order on Etsy.)

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Hello, November

P1040506Hello, November. Number 11, in sophisticated black. (Already with scribble marks, before I even cracked open the cover. I have a little guy obsessed with pens!)
After a grey and wet end of October, November began with sunshine and unseasonably warm weather. No coats!
Tonight, the excitement of a past-bedtime outing and the wonders of a first fireworks display.
Tomorrow, a birthday.
A good start.

Happy November to you!


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