October 31st

A large box has just arrived. It is the new nine shades of Manos Silk Blend, new pattern books and some Manos Fino. I am still waiting for the Kauni box – it left Estonia on the 23rd.  The tracking says it is out for delivery today but it is 4.0pm and not a sign of it.

John and Slip have gone fishing – it is very windy and so I think he will not have had much success.

Theresa and Jacki solved the last problem and so they are the last two left in the contest. Here is the next puzzle:


Please solve this cryptogram – I hope you can read it!  It is computer related!

I am going to make a rice pudding now – a thing I never eat but John loves them with blackcurrant jam!

Back tomorrow.

October 29th

I do have a bit of news today!

I received a newsletter from Rowan and it had a section devoted to what’s new for Spring/Summer 2013.  It shows All Seasons Chunky in 100g balls with 14 shades and a new yarn called Softknit Cotton. This is 92% cotton and 8% polyamide and there are 14 shades. There is a pattern book devoted to each yarn. There are also three other new books – Summer Textures ( it does not say which yarns this one supports), Simple Shapes Cotton Glace and Simple Shapes Handknit Cotton.

There is also a photo of Magazine #52 and the following description of what it contains:

Glorious inspired by blossoms and the abundance of summer flowers. Playful, fun and supremely feminine with an eclectic mix of colour and pattern creating delight and optimism.

Ikon combines pixelated pattern, geometrics and sharp modern graphics inspired by technology of pixelated digital patterning contrast against the bold graphics of the modernist age.

Essentials the key shapes of the season in a simpler and more accessible way.

There are also several new Regia sock yarns.

I don’t yet know what has been discontinued or what new colours there are in existing yarns. I will have to wait for the rep to visit to find out more!

Nothing much else of importance to report.  I forgot to say contest entries must be in by midnight Tuesday.

Back tomorrow



October 28th

This is what Jackson thinks of the cold weather!  He sits in front of the fire and refuses to move when we want to put another log on.

I have people coming for lunch and so cannot write much as I have made some profiteroles and have got to dip them in melted chocolate and fill them with cream and only have 15 minutes to do it and lay the table etc.

I will be back tomorrow!


October 27th

Here is Jackson sleeping on the top level of his cat tree!  He likes it up there as the warmth from the fire rises!

Theresa, Jacki and Julie sent correct answers to the contest. Here is the next question:

Can you do these 4 apposite anagrames – both parts of the anagram need to be related or somehow reflect each other.  For example, Big melons is not an apposite anagram of Mel Gibson as there is no relation between the two!  But old masters/art’s models is one as the anagram relates to the first words. I have put how many words you need to make in brackets.

  • the morse code (3)
  • mother in law (2)
  • a gentleman (2)
  • a pittance.  (3)

John is out shooting and I am making a Dundee cake – it is in the oven now. We had a sprinkling of snow this morning – it is very cold and also very windy.

I am going to attend to my cake now….back tomorrow.


October 25th

The Kidsilk Haze Glamour in Cream arrived today. I think I like the Cream best of all the colours.

Jackson seems a bit better. John took Slip out last thing last night and Jackson was on the lawn dragging a rabbit that was almost as big as him.  He had not hurt it and John was able to rescue it.

I was thinking about straight needles versus circulars ones and would like you to do this poll:

I am cooking monk fish in parma ham for John tonight and I have made an orange sauce that I am rather dubious about….we shall see!  I am having a crab!

Back tomorrow.