Whatever have I been up to?

Well, here’s a clue…

…okay so a bit of knitting is really nothing new, is it?

Another clue?

Wool displayed in a shop. Okay…

Well, back in March, not long after I returned from Maternity leave, my friend Ruth pointed me in the direction of a job advert for The Eternal Maker fabric shop in Chichester, and to cut a long story short, I have been happily working for them since mid-April.

Originally a patchwork, quilting and craft supply emporium, they were to be expanding to have a new cafe and yarn department. That’s the bit where I came in. Well, not so much the cafe bit unless you count drinking tea and eating cake!

It was hard work getting it all ready for opening on August 16th, but so, so worth it.

I wrote a piece about the opening for the Eternal Maker blog, as follows!

We are delighted to announce that The Eternal Maker’s new yarn department and cafe (The Eternal Baker, of course), are now open.
Thank you to everyone that came over on Saturday for our Grand Opening Day. It was fabulous to see you all.
We are starting our knitting club today: Thursday (21st August) and it will be an evening slot – 5.30-8.30pm. The cafe will also be open, so please do pop over and have a knit, a chat and some tea and cake.
The next knitting club will be on Thursday 28th, in the morning – 11am-1pm.
We will be having a morning club and an evening club on alternate weeks. If you lose track of which is which, please do just ask when you’re in, or just give us a ring at the shop on 01243 788174.
As you can see, we have a great selection of yarns from Cascade to Rowan to great indie dyers like Eden Cottage Yarns. As with our fabric range, we also have a stock of organic wools from Garthenor which are all British breeds.
So, we hope to see you here later on for knitting club (5.30 – 8.30pm) or do pay us a visit in normal shop time. 
Happy Stitching!
Seriously -  if you are at all local do come and pay us a visit at the shop!
Knitting club is the evening slot this week (4th Sept) and was a riot last week.



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.

Finally finishing my Goodale


After two years (!) of it languishing in my WIPs, I’m finally finally sewing up and putting the finishing touches to my Goodale cardigan.

The reasons it has taken me so long are interesting. I began knitting it whilst pregnant.  You know, in the bit between the mad frenzy of making more and more tiny cardigans.

I’d thought that it would be great for towards the end, when it would still be winter,  yet I’d be boiling hot. The short sleeves would be just right.

Well, as it happened,  Poppy came 7 weeks early and I was indeed boiling hot in January and February,  just in the neonatal unit instead of at home.

The Goodale cardigan was never finished.

I had a think about what to do, when I came across it again, recently.  Should I finish it, just in case in a future pregnancy it might fall in the winter again? A bit of a chancy long shot, really. Should I frog it and use the yarn for something else? Most likely,  or so I thought…

Maybe I should offer it to my Mum, who is a little larger than me, although the cardigan is dark blue and short sleeved, and that might put her off?

Well, she tried it on a couple of days ago and declared it just what she needed! With the request for ‘jazzy buttons’ yet to be fulfilled,  I’m weaving in ends and sewing it up as we speak.  Um, well obviously I’m typing *right* now…

I shall post a picture of my Mum wearing her Goodale as soon as it’s all finished.

All’s well that ends well.