Yarn Along


A little late, but yarning along this week:

Knitting: I have a friend’s baby shower coming up, so this week there were tiny things that hopped on and off the needles. One more bootie to go!

Reading: I finished My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises. A magical tale; it took some getting into to begin with, but I really loved it. Now what to read next?

p.s. Tomorrow is the last day of the Stitch and Purl Hibernation Sale, 50% off in the Etsy shop!

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Shop Talk


I’ve updated the shop a last time before its break (including this one last pair of socks! We’re having a bit of another wave of summer here in England, but I am sure it is going to be time for woolly socks before we know it).
You will be able to have a browse for another ten days or so – which is just around the same time of year I opened the Etsy shop six years ago. Full circles and all that. The coupon code HIBERNATE will get you 50% off any item in the shop until then.

Click here to see what is still available. Thanks, all!

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Yarn Along


After a several months long knitting break, I started back with something quick and easy. My “socks on the go” – that have been living in a little pouch for about two years, to be grabbed and knitted on car journeys or afternoons at the playground – were a heel and a toe away from finishing. That wasn’t too hard.

Now there’s this mystery knit-along shawl (the knit-along having finished some four months ago, of course) to continue. All that cabling… At least I know where I am in the pattern, sort of. No such luck for shawl-on-the-needles-no.2, that is going to need some detective work. Maybe I’ll leave that one for later, and crack on with a few smaller knits. Instant gratification and all that.
Oh, and then there is the Ravelry queue. Updated, re-organised and ready for gift knitting. (Have you started yet? September is the start of my gift knitting season.)

And I just started reading this, My Grandmother Sends Her Regards and Apologises, as per my mum’s recommendation. Quite magical so far!

p.s. Details on the Stitch & Purl “Hibernation Sale” that’s currently on, can be found here.

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Giving notice

No worries, I’m not going anywhere – but like I mentioned yesterday, the shop is. So now there is a bit of a clearance sale in the Stitch & Purl Etsy shop.
Please use the coupon code HIBERNATE to receive 50% off your order.
I will leave this offer active for a little while, and then the shop will be closed for a hibernation break until further notice.
Thank you so much to you all who have supported me and this little venture of mine in the past six years!


(I’m planning to be back tomorrow for a little spell of knitting and reading… easing back into this space!)

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Hello, September


Wow, that was a bit of a radio silence here… Through the end of spring and almost all of summer. Every now and again I’d take a picture and think, that one’s for the blog. But then I never logged on. Hardly read. Hardly knitted.

It’s been full of other things here, as life turns this way and that. Now the summer holidays are over, September arrived and the world suddenly looks ready for the new season.

A lot of my time I spent in the kitchen. I completed a three months long clean eating challenge; three months of no processed food, no sugar, caffeine, alcohol or white wheat. Since then, a lot of thought has gone into how to take my experiences forward, in feeding myself and this little family of mine.

So a lot of my making was of the edible kind, and little else. Now it is September already and traditionally the start of my Christmas making period (sorry if you didn’t want to hear that one yet!). So I picked up the needles for the first time in ages, and started by finishing a pair of socks that has been oh so close to being cast off for about two years. Next, there is a shawl to be finished and a cardigan pattern to be made sense of. A lot has happened on Ravelry during my absence!

In the meantime, I was thinking of setting up a little sale in the Etsy shop. I’m hesitant to call it a closing down sale. However, I don’t see myself making new stock at this time, and there are still a few little treasures in there that would be better off in a new home – while I see where I go with my making. So there. A little hibernation sale. For now, and then who knows. I’ll let you know the details.

Nice to be back here though.

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Yarn Along


This is the third First Point of Libra cast off – I don’t think I’ll be taking it off anytime soon!
Ravelry notes here.
That’s 2,079 m of stashed yarn knitted up since the beginning of the year, and I am still holding strong and haven’t bought any new yarn (although there is an Outlander mystery knit-along coming up in April that looks awfully tempting…).

Reading is slow and steady – one day I’m sure I am actually going to finish a book!


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Saturday Apple Cake


The other weekend I felt like apple cake. The good old fashioned kind, no frills. I couldn’t find a recipe I liked, so I texted my mum, and quickly got a photo from her hand written recipe book back.
Just what I’d been looking for.
So if you ever feel like apple cake, here is the recipe with a few tweaks:

Saturday Apple Cake

125g butter
100g sugar
2 eggs
a bit of lemon zest and a squeeze of juice
200g self raising flour
1-4 tbsp milk

Beat butter and sugar, then add the eggs and lemon. Fold in the flour. If it needs a bit of liquid, add some milk. Put into a greased round cake tin.
Peel and quarter your apples, cut the tops a few times and arrange on top of the batter (I needed about 5 apples to cover the cake).

Bake at 180ºC/ Gas 4 for 35 minutes.


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