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Wholesome yarn goodness (and some new needles…)

Don’t tell JS…but I bought some more yarn and needles. Before you all look at me accusingly (I know I have a huge stash), it was necessary! Way back when, or about two weeks ago, I said that I was going to be knitting some mittens for TJB and Sleepy.

Sideways

I’m well into the mittens for TJB, which were the pattern “Sideways“. I’m knitting them with a gorgeous yarn, which has got the most mesmerising colours in it. The colourway is “Ultimate Mix” in Patons Colourful Twist – the mittens will match the “It Looks Like The Sea” Hatthat I made for him last year, as it’s from the second ball I bought for that project.

"It Looks Like the Sea" Hat
“It Looks Like the Sea” Hat
Sideways and Colourful Twist
Sideways and Colourful Twist

I only have half of one of these to go before I need to sew up and finish, so I had to start thinking about my next project.

Something Floral

Sleepy chose “Something Floral” for his mittens, and he chose some Artesano Superwash colours that he wanted me to do them in. However, Tommy and I have come down to Devon for a mini-break with my family* and stopped at Hulu, a yarn shop in Modbury, to have a browse. Oh. My. Goodness. I should not have gone in. Vicky has got the most amazing lace-weight and four-ply skeins that were hand-painted in Chile.

Aracunia hand-painted yarn. Beautiful.
Aracunia hand-painted yarn. Beautiful.

My fingers were absolutely itching to buy them – but after a lovely fondle, I decided I couldn’t afford it. I made my way out with some in-the-leftovers-bin Debbie Bliss slightly-more-than-four-ply that was in the colours Sleepy wanted, and some bamboo 2.25 mm dpns to replace my horrible aluminium ones which are bent and disgusting.

Today's haul.
Today’s haul.

The Debbie Bliss find was serendipitous. I was about to leave without any (shock, horror) but then I noticed the bargain bin…the yarn is the perfect colour, slightly more than the required weight (which is good as Sleepy has big hands) and it’s also Fairtrade and ecological. Ideal!

So, a successful day of shopping and driving (seven hours!), and Tommy and I have already been for a walk on the beach, had his bone stolen by Jet, one of my labradors** and are now staring out into the sunset while blogging! What a life.

Mist rising over Kent as we left early this morning.
Mist rising over Kent as we left early this morning.
Tommy is ready to get out at a pit-stop.
Tommy is ready to get out at a pit-stop.
We've arrived! Hurrah, beach!
We’ve arrived! Hurrah, beach!
View from the balcony.
View from the balcony.

Is there a skein of yarn that you would absolutely love to get your hands on?

Much love,

Corrie xx

Notes

* We had a family death over the weekend. I say this merely so you understand if I seem slightly less buoyant than usual.

** Jet and Digger are the dogs I grew up with. My gorgeous Digger was sent over the rainbow bridge over the summer, but Jet is fighting fit.

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For Digger

My dog, my Kerrowmoor Gold Digger, my companion through teenagehood, died on Friday the 29th of June. Last week. Do you have any idea how strange it feels or sounds to type that?

Digger in his bed
Digger in his bed

As soon as I found out, I wanted to write a poem. I’ve been struggling with forms and styles ever since. I used to be much better at poetry, but it has been a while. The most simple was the one I liked the most. It’s a haiku.

Kerrowmoor gold dog
His final rest, the last dream
Goodbye, my Digger

Digger at the beach, getting to be an old dog
Digger at the beach, getting to be an old dog

My second reaction was that I wanted to make something. JS and I jumped out of bed (I found out early on Saturday morning) and went to John Lewis in Oxford Street. I bought 4 balls of yellow yarn that matched Digger’s colour exactly – and it was only £30 (with some grey and orange) as there was a sale on.

Playing with him as a young dog
Playing with him as a young dog

It’s taken me a few days to cast-on, although I found the pattern at around 9.30 on Saturday morning. I only did it yesterday, as I’ve been reading my boss’ wifes book “A Golden Age” and trying to get to a point where I can think about Digger without feeling a bone-aching sadness. I’m there. Almost.

We have lift-off! Cast on with Debbie Bliss Amalfi in golden labrador
We have lift-off! Cast on with Debbie Bliss Amalfi in golden labrador
The yarn that will cause this to be a labour of love.
The yarn that will cause this to be a labour of love.

So anyway, the casting-on has happened. We are all good on that front. I think I’m going to hate this yarn. It is Debbie Bliss “Amalfi” and is 70% cotton, 15% viscose, 10% linen and 5% silk. It has NO stretch. My hands hurt already, and I’ve only done two inches.

Chewing on a bone
Chewing on a bone

When I told Wonder-Mum about it, she said she would give me his collar and tag, which means the Digger will go home to Devon, and I want to get it done fairly soon. I’d like to do it before I go home next.

Sleeping in his favourite position
Sleeping in his favourite position

I’ll keep you updated on it, as always. I’m plotting my next big project. Can’t choose between finishing Draco for Grumpy, or making myself a shawl. What do you think?

Much love,

Corrie

Making new friends on Dartmoor
Making new friends on Dartmoor
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