Recent spinning

I finally found some good daylight in which to photograph my recent spinning

Recently on my wheel

Two skeins of lumpy bumpy merino from The Yarn Yarn’s Merino pencil roving, and a small skein of the remaining pink to go with it.

lumpy bumpiness

I had a multicoloured roving, which I spun thick and thin and well-slubbed. And I had a toning pink, which I spun very much finer. Plying the  two together made the two big skeins, 138 gms total. The remainder made the pink skein.

I think a hat?

I am calling this yarn Delightful – because it is. It certainly fills me with delight and I feel like it is a major achievement.

The fourth skein is from the Shetland X fleece that I dyed back in January. I am calling this one Backaskaill as the colours recall the colour of the sea in Backaskaill Bay.


Aren’t the colours gorgeous?

It is another adventure in thick-and-thin. The thick single is spun on Constance, my Trad, and  the very fine single is spun on Hebbie, my Haldane.

This skein is washed and smells as good as it looks (Eucalan!)

Best of all? Absolutely no bias in this skein 🙂

I have two more bobbins of fat ready to ply just as soon as I have spun sufficient thin singles to go with it.

Recently, at the: Crooked House

Bare Naked

Bare Naked

We are home again, after a month-long trip away. A trip during which I completely failed to get my laptop out. It was good to come home. We were driving along, close to Le Dorat at the time, when I felt that “aren’t we fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France” feeling washing over me. I had a sudden urge to invite all my friends to come and stay and to shareContinue readingBare Naked

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

A Month in France: Nothing is Lost

I am lagging on the Month in the Country prompts, and lagging badly at that. I have a list of prompts t be caught up on and I shall be working my way through them here, or at Scattered Thoughts depending on where the post most naturally sits. I have elected to tackle the prompts not in date order necessarily but to seize upon prompts that offer me space in which to write down the things that I am feeling the need to say. Even if I need to crowbar it in. The thing is, I am going to continue to be short of time and space in which to write and so a two-for-one is useful and I hope to do as many of those as I can. Seems like a plan? … Continue readingA Month in France: Nothing is Lost

Recent movements of the: Deux Escargots

October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

We just met our first Spanish self service fuel, there has always been an attendant whenever we have fueled up on previous visits. The machine took the card, asked which pump (!?), what fuel, and how much. It chucked the ticket out, said something in Spanish, and then failed to provide any diesel. We are… Continue reading October 21, 2020 at 11:21AM

October 21, 2020 at 10:55AM

Time to go. Pastures new tonight, another revisit tomorrow. #livereportingfromtheroad #Spain #autumn2020


  1. March 3, 2008

    Oh my goodness – that ‘delightful’ most certainly is! It’s gorgeous! I love it.

    As for mitt patterns, one of my tutors mentioned that she found plenty free mittens patterns just by doing an internet search (they were for child’s mittens though).

  2. March 3, 2008

    Thank you, Carole.

    yes, there are plenty of free patterns, but there’s a lot to choose between free knitting patterns. Some are just really poorly done and there is nothing like a personal recommendation from a happy knitter.

    I am doing mitts, not mittens – which is my personal distinction for those old-fashioned half mittens (think Kate Greenaway’s little girls or Miss Haversham, or something) I don’t think I am up to fingerless gloves, or any kind of gloves, just yet, but I am sure I can master a thumb…

    I’m currently trying to do these


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