Further Reading

colourful stacks of books

I recently read a book where at the back there were notes for book groups and also a selection of titles for further reading around the same subject. I’d expect that, sometimes in a factual book, but this was fiction. The book was The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall by Paul Tarday and it was… well… alright. The thing was though, that it led me on to reading Something Fresh by PG Wodehouse once again and to fall in love with Blandings all over again.

So, what I thought I would do every so often would be instead of churning out a load of links for you, to curate a bit of further reading. Further to what I have been doing here at the blog. So with no further ado, here are the first couple to tempt you.


The Art and Science of Planned Pooling.

An older, and very interesting article from one of my favourite knitting magazines, Twist Collective, written by a knitter who is also a statistics professor. I have never much liked variagated yarns because of the seemingly random splurge of colours that one gets when knitting with them. This methodology may change my working with them.

tomato glut

River Cottage Home Made Tomato Ketchup.

A really tasty recipe for the ubiquitous red stuff from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and possibly quite apt a little later in the year when the tomatoes are all ripening at the same time. It takes a while to make, but the results are well worth it. The amount of tomatoes that we had last year, it was still around now!

Watch this space for more.


Tantalising Tuesday: Christmas Sewing

Just a glimpse at the knitting bag that I’m making for my Mum. I’m sewing the main bag and the lining together during this afternoon’s nap time.


Once it’s finished that’s all my Christmas sewing done. Hurrah!

More proper pictures and info after Christmas, of course. Not that she reads my blog, but just in case!

Dyelot Conundrums

I’ve been taking six balls of Paton’s Merino Wool DK around the house into different lights for the past half hour.

The wool is left over from a couple if previous projects and I’m fairly sure that there are two different dye lots. I’m trying to ascertain how many balls I have of each before deciding how to use them in a new cardigan.

Do I need to use two alternating strands all the way through or not? Are there enough balls of each to even do that?

Such decisions befall the knitter.


The Eye That Never Shed a Tear

The Eye That Never Shed a Tear

It’s a bit of a whirlwind around here just now. Rather hectic in the way that eats your time, morning, noon and night, nonetheless. I’m sure you’ve had those!

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you something that I found on my bookshelves a couple of days ago. It’s an autograph book that belonged to my grandmother, Myrtle in her teens. There are drawings, signatures and wonderful ditties within its pages, all dated between 1927 and 1931. This is one of my favourites, though.

It reads: ‘The eye that never shed a tear.’ Best wishes, E. J. L. Newnham, December 12, 1929.’

Above it, still sitting pushed through the page, although now rusted and broken in two is the needle. My Mum tells me that Miss Newnham was in Myrtle’s class at school, and grew up to be a schoolteacher herself (teaching my Mum amongst others). She married in her late 50s and was still a very creative dressmaker and embroiderer into her 80s.