Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today I am loving

English Asparagus, locally grown.

The scent of the roses outside my studio window.

This Liberty print.

Especially when paired with this pink linen.

And the fact that Handmade is definitely the New Black, resulting in lots of lovely new magazines celebrating crafts, makers and a gentler pace of life. Amongst the new launches, my own personal favourite - Handmade Living, in which I have a little column, What's on the Web! I am so ex
cited to be writing this column, my chance to sing out loud about some of the beautiful things going on in this very special corner of blogland. This month I mentioned lovely Paula Valentim of Ottchipotchi, who makes me want to run away to Portugal and sink my hands in clay; and Celia Hart of Purple Podded Peas - some day I fully intend to own one of her prints.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

My favourite film and a very good sweater pattern

In a recent conversation with a friend I mentioned that my favourite
film was Goodfellas, she thought for a moment and then agreed that it was one of her favourite films too. On days when I seem to be multi-tasking within an inch of my life I am always reminded by Goodfellas, the part where he is making the sauce for the meatballs, organising the drug drop, dealing with his mistress and sniffing more and more cocaine, the pace gets faster and faster as the helicopters circle and I always watch on the edge of my seat, transfixed. Ok, maybe my crazy days aren't quite like that but I appreciate the feeling.

I have thought about my choice for a long time, I know a lot of we craft blogger ladies go for Breakfast at Tiffany's and indeed I think that film very good, it's right up there in my top five and I begin to sob long before it even gets clo
se to the bit were she throws cat out of the car but it's not my favourite. Goodfellas is my absolute favourite followed by American Gigolo - just love that final scene and well, Richard Gere in those tight trousers.

Thankfully my clothing choices are not influenced by my top two films and of course the elegantly Givenchy draped Audrey Hepburn is much more inspiring.

This is not a new knit, I made it once before. The very Audrey inspired Ingenue sweater from Custom Knits: 25 Projects (Plus Variations) and Techniques for Customizing to Fit Your Style and Your Body. This time I made it in black, and a little slimmer fitting in body and sleeves.

I love the neckline of this sweater.

And that brioche stitch detail.

I used Sirdar Balmoral a mix of wool, alpaca and silk. It is very lovely, very cheap and sadly very limited in colours.

Now, I would very much like to hear about your favourite films, please, do tell.

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Friday, May 13, 2011

One hundred and one uses for an egg box

Well, just one actually.

The perfect mobile hair slide crafting unit, little compartments for the different colours & sizes.

Easy to move from room to room or even outdoors should weather permit.

Finished slides can be stored along the edge.

Looking for all the world like a row of colourful, sugar free, lolly pops.

The slides will be listed in the shop soon but in the mean time I have added the tissue holders to the my Handmade at Poshyarns shop.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A whole lot of new

I did not mean to be away so long this time, you all welcomed me back so warmly and then somehow here we are another week gone by.

I took another stall at Assington Farmer's Market this Sunday past. A flurry of making things for the stall and on-line orders. The days just flew.

It seems, as time goes by, that I find it too easy to get stuck in my ways, familiar is friendly. I bake the same things, cook the same meals, buy the same flowers, sew the same things and even knit the same things, socks are rhythmic and port
able, I plan to make another Whisper Cardigan, or maybe Featherweight again.

The good thing about the Farmer's Market stall is the push it gives me to break out of my mould a little and try new things.

Over the last month or two I have been busy developing some new ideas, some of the jottings in my sketch books are finally being realised, it makes my life feel a little fast, all this new stuff. Better bake some chocolate chip cookies and sit down at my usual time. With my usual sort of tea. Phew, that's better.

When I recover myself I will be updating my Etsy shop with some of this new stuff. But not too fast, gently, bit by bit.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tiptoeing back in

My, it's looking a little dusty around here, where has the time gone? I did not intend to be away so long and now my voice feels rusty, after a blog absence it can be daunting to step back in, I find I need to test the water gently. A tiptoe if you will.

A few words today and more tomorrow.

These last few weeks have been heavenly though. The sun has shone here in Suffolk, the wisteria drips purple blooms from the kitchen roof, the bluebells fill the woods. There have been meals taken outdoors, bicycle rides, A&E (that boy, that boy!), chocolate eggs eaten and weddings celebrated.

And I have added a new cake to my baking rotation.

Orange & almond, my new favourite cake, baked twice in the last fortnight. I used the recipe from How To Eat: The Pleasures and Principles of Good Food (Cookery), one of my most useful cookery books. The recipe makes an excellent cake - damp and almondy, perfect with morning coffee, evening tea or even a glass of wine. A grown up sort of cake, understated and simple, it gets better with age. I will experiment though, my bookshelves and the internet reveal many variations upon the theme, it is important to ensure that I am not missing an even better version.