The Week in Pictures


A birthday meal of chicken with lemon thyme, pancetta, cream and vermouth.


Followed by quince sorbet. Made by defrosting frozen quince purée, adding sugar and lemon juice and freezing in an ice cream-maker. Probably a food safety crime.


A new knitting bag because I bloody love knitting.


 And gorgeous new yarn to put in it. Koigu KPPPM. Must have them all.


Casting on a Carlisle scarf. Easy tv watching, wine drinking knitting.


More new yarn.  Following all the excellent advice readers gave me for choosing a yarn that won't pill I chose Baby Cashmerino for this shawl. Please tell me it will be ok. Challenging chart-reading, undisturbed, focussed knitting.


Chocolate muffins with white chocolate chips. Consumed by the ever-hungry teenagers.

 Hummus, spinach, avocado and feta pitta sandwich. Virtuous lunch for me.


Purple sky on Thursday morning. A sign of stormy weather to come.


It's been a good week.

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  1. It all looks delicious and sounds, indeed, as though you had a very good week!

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  2. Ohhh, I love that multi-coloured yarn. I was just fawning over a very over priced footstool in very similar colours when my conscience piped up and sensibly said, 'sure you could make that yourself'. Hmm, maybe I will. Thanks for the inspiration and a very Happy Birthday to you.
    Shauna. xx

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  3. It does indeed look like a good week! Love the colours of that yarn - and your new knitting bag!! Hope that next week is just as good for you. xx

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  4. Anonymous2:49 pm GMT

    Did you cook your birthday meal?

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    1. I cooked the chicken meal yes, but on the day before my birthday. On my birthday we went to my parents and my mum cooked a roast lunch. On the Friday before my husband took me out to lunch so I actually got three birthday meals. Lucky me!

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  5. A fabulous looking week. I bloody love December...
    Ax

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  6. Baby Cashmerino is a fantastic yarn to use. It is lovely and smooth it knit with, is machine washable and certainly doesn't pill. I've used it on loads of stuff for my grandchildren, and the outgrown garments have been good enough to pas on. It's the only woollen yarn my daughter will let me use if I make something for her as she hates anything that might irritate her skin. It's my go-to yarn for making gifts, too, as I know it is going to be have a good finish to it.

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    1. Oh thank goodness! Thank you for your recommendation Joan. I've made a start on my shawl and am enjoying the way the yarn feels and knits. I can see the lace part of this pattern is going to challenge me though.

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  7. Sue, hope you saw the two Nigel Slater Quince recipes in today's Sunday Observer. x

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    1. Ooh no, but I will hotfoot it over there.

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  8. Did you finish your tropical fish socks Sue? I've been eyeing up that yarn, interested to know how they turn out. Your birthday meal sounds delicious!!!

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    1. I've finished one and have now been sidetracked by my new yarns. The socks will get finished eventually and the colours are fab.

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  9. Happy belated birthday. I like Baby Cashmerino, it's great yarn. I have nothing to offer on the shawl pattern but I know the yarn will be nice to work with.

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  10. You are always so imaginative with the food you prepare! I seem to have the same thing week in, week out! Thanks for all the great ideas!

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  11. Oh ... and Happy Birthday! :)

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  12. If you come home one day and discover your house has been burgled (is that a word?) and the only things missing are your new yarn bag and all your yarn, well, you'll know who it was, won't you.

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    1. Ha! Burgled certainly is word over here.

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  13. I love your images her Sue. It's always enjoyable when you share your cooking, baking and eating with us! I am a big fan of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino - I have used it on a cushion which must take a fair amount of squashing and abuse and it has not pilled. I also made a scarf for my daughter with some and she has dragged it everywhere and it (amazingly) still looks very nice. So fingers crossed it works out for you. x

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  14. Quince sorbet sounds good. I do ice-cream with frozen gooseberries - cooked and pureed and add custard made with cream - also good, might work with quince. Great wool, I do like easy knitting for watching tv by.

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  15. I've used the baby Cashmerino for kids' items that have been well-used and it seems to have held up well. So...I suspect it will be awesome for a shawl that doesn't get the abuse of children's clothing. I would strongly recommend lots of markers separating the lace patterns. Also, use something to accentuate the line you are working on the written pattern like highlighter tape or sticky notes that will underline the row. I actually put the sticky note above the working row so that I can see the row I am working on and the rows I have completed. Also, while very tedious, it helps to count after completing each row. And, don't forget to use a row counter.

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    1. Great tips Kate, thanks. Yes, I am counting a lot and have printed out the chart so that I can highlight the row I'm on. I think I will take your advice and use more markers for the pattern repeats.

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  16. Sue, I love Koigu yarns...the color range is superb. I've even used the 4 ply weight for socks, and of course, for scarves.

    Cashmerino I have used, but in a different gauge...and loved using it, too.

    I completely agree with Kate's comment about making use of post-it sorts of markers to keep track of where you are on complicated patterns. I've even used them in multi colors to keep track of repeats, until eventually the gist of the pattern sinks into my memory bank. Sort of.

    xo

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  17. Caroline9:20 am GMT

    Wow all those colours are amazing! I always admire fabulous yarn like that but I'm never sure what I'd make with it. Look forward to seeing your finished scarf.

    Another vote here for the Cashmerino too. I've used the aran and baby weights and loved both. Yes I know its not 100% wool and there's a teeny bit of acrylic hiding in there but its soo soft and smooshy and a pleasure to knit with. Can I also recommend using lifelines in the lace part of your shawl? You run a thread (something like embroidery floss) through your rows of stitches every now and then so if you make a mistake its easy to pull back. Not that I'm saying you'll make any mistakes but it's something I've learnt to do from bitter experience!! xx

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    1. Yes I am considering using lifelines Caroline. How many rows between lifeline would you recommend bearing in mind that I am certain to make mistakes?

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    2. Caroline9:16 am GMT

      I did one after each pattern repeat, which was about 20 rows. I'm no expert though - everything I know comes from the internet and youtube! X

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    3. Thanks Caroline. Youtube is wonderful for knitting tutorials isn't it?

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  18. Happy birthday week, Sue! I bet Gwyneth Paltrow secretly reads your blog and aspires to be more like you.

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    1. Gwynnie is always emailing me for lifestyle tips. Poor love.

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  19. you demon knitter!

    Lovely yarn. I don't seem to have time for anything at the moment... can't understand why.

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  20. Birthdays should always be celbrated over several days, or even a week; you seem to have enjoyed yours.

    The yarn is beautiful. I stopped knitting for about twenty years but have recenty got back into it - isn't yarn expensive? Good luck with your shawl.

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  21. I'm loving that you're bloody loving knitting so much now :D It always was better than crochet you know ;0

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    1. Oops, that was meant to be a winky smile.

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