14 September 2016

Pink Milk Palette

Quite often someone will wander into my shop, attracted purely by the colours.  They can be quite apologetic about the fact that they neither knit nor crochet.  When I've pointed out the error of their ways in no uncertain terms (not really!), I'm quite happy to let them have as much of a colour fix as they'd like.  Apparently sweet shops can have the same effect on even those with a strictly savoury tooth.

One day I'll write a blog post about a typical day as a yarn shop owner.  I think you'll find it really interesting.  I have the privilege of meeting some fabulous people, believe me.

Anyway, I digress.  I'm currently working behind the scenes on my big girl's online shop.  Amongst other things, I shall be selling yarn packs which I am thoroughly enjoying putting together.  A lot of them will be based on my own previous makes.  I do hope you'll like them.  Some packs will include patterns, some won't.  Some may include a little surprise extra, some won't.  Just know that I will personally be packaging each with my love and care.

As a bit of a taster (and because I'm an impatient creature), I thought it might be fun to write a blog post introducing you to my eponymously named ...

Weight : Sport
Blend : 55% Extrafine Merino Wool, 33% Acrylic, 12% Cashmere
Length : 125m Per 50g Ball
Hook/Needle Size : 3.25mm
Washing Instructions : Cool Machine Wash


Doesn't that just fill your heart with joy?

I've always been very vocal about my love for Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  It's one of my favourite yarns.  If you've followed my blog for any length of time you'll already know this.  I've used it for many of my patterns and makes.  I'm frequently asked which colours I use.

Why is it a favourite of mine?  Quite simply, it's an absolute pleasure to work with; knitted or crocheted it creates a soft fabric with wonderful drape, and it comes in a wide range of beautiful colours (60 in total I think).  Finished objects are easy to care for (machine washable on a cool temperature) and wear extremely well (no bobbling or fluffing).

The recommended hook/needle size is 3.25mm but I rarely opt for anything smaller than a 4mm.  In fact, using a 5mm hook creates a lovely light fabric that puddles into soft folds.

My Pink Milk Palette is a pack containing my ten 'go to' favourites.  They're the shades I visit time and time again.  I love each colour individually but I especially love all the different delicious combinations of any two or more of them.  For example, try and picture Peach Melba, Amber and Candy Pink together.  How gorgeously striking is that?  I have a huge soft spot for the pretty mix of Baby Pink, Duck Egg and Silver, and I'm currently a little bit fixated on seeing how Amber and Lilac stripes look.

What could you do with a Pink Milk Palette?  You could make numerous pairs of mitts in an array of different colours for gifts, you could hook up (or knit) several cowls, you could make a couple of January Sucks Infinity Scarves or even a small blanket.  Ooh, wouldn't a ripple in these colours look glorious?  I't's the perfect paintbox for all those little projects like flowers and embellishments.  Failing any of my suggestions, you could just arrange it prettily in your stash and allow your heart to skip a beat every time you catch a glimpse, until inspiration strikes.

I have an idea for a pattern floating around my head.  It involves all ten of the colours and I'm itching to set-to with my crochet hook and see what happens.  If it turns into fruition, I will, of course, share it with you.  I've already chosen its name.

I have a limited number of Pink Milk Palette packs available for immediate purchase if you're interested.  Payment is processed via Paypal but, to my knowledge, you can also pay by debit or credit card without having an account.

UK Only
£48.00 plus £3.50 postage

£48.00 plus £7.00 postage

Outside Europe
£48.00 plus £11.00 postage

Whilst I always obtain proof, all postage rates are only standard.  If you would prefer the more expensive traceable service, do send me an email prior to purchase.

Any customs charges will be your responsibility.  I am afraid I am unable to mark parcels as 'gifts'.

I aim to dispatch all parcels within 2 working days of sale.

I do hope you don't mind me doing the shameless self-promotion thing.  I was excited!  If nothing else, feel free to enjoy a colour fix with my pleasure. :-)


22 August 2016

In Response

Believe in yourself and all that you are.

Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle.

I wanted to take a moment to thank every single one of you who commented or sent me a message after this post.  I responded to very few of you, I'm sorry.  I didn't feel able to at the time.  It's not been sitting very well with me that I haven't properly and gratefully acknowledged the time you took to contact me.

I will continue to talk very candidly about depression.  It is something I am not ashamed of or am willing to hide.  I am extremely passionate about doing my own tiny bit for bringing the subject out into the open.  It's far too important and affects far too many people for it not to be addressed.

You are so very precious.

Never let anyone or anything make you think otherwise.


7 August 2016

I Believe ...

Sew Sweet Violet Podcast

They were for meeeeee!

I cannot recommend this magazine highly enough.  It's beautiful.  http://www.breathemagazine.co.uk

Kate Selene's gorgeous hand-dyed yarns now available in my real-life yarn shop.

'Pink Milk Palette' kits available online very soon.

... in always having fresh flowers
... in the joy of colour
... in supporting small independent businesses
... that some friends are not just meant-to-be, they're heaven-sent
... in stash-enhancing
... in sunshine
... in making time for tea (and wine, always wine)
... in finding time to just breathe, and
... that love always wins.


Post completely copied from inspired by Jen at The Cottage Nest.

18 July 2016

Back Soon ...

The shop has gone very quiet.  I think most people are off on their holibobs.  It seems a good time to close for a while and perhaps creep away for my own little break.  I shall reopen on Friday 5th August 2016.

I wish you days full of sunshine and smiles my dear friends and send you Hawaiian Tropic-scented cuddles.


13 July 2016

Up And Up

I woke up this morning with a lightness in my heart that I haven't felt for months.  It's now 7pm and it's still there.

I actually have more control over all this than I realised, don't I?

I'm smiling because I'm ready.  I'm ready to make it happen.



Yarn : Manos Del Uruguay Silk Blend dk in 'Forget Me Not' (a dream of a yarn to work with; each stitch looks like a teeny tiny pearl).  I stock it in my shop ... just saying. ;-)

Pattern : My purl-phobic version of The Sunlight Shawl For Sad People by Softsweater Knits

Tea : Tetley.

Immense Feeling Of Gratitude : You.

26 June 2016


Because, let's face it, if I was anything other than honest, I wouldn't be me, would I?

I love the pretty things in life just as much as you.  I am naturally a self-confident, glass-half-full kind of girl.  I see beauty in the little things.  I am inspired by creativity.  I love fiercely and life is a joy.

This isn't very easy to write, believe me.  Particularly because my blog is such a public arena.  Perhaps I'm doing this for myself.  Perhaps I'm hoping that if it helps just one of you, even the tiniest bit, then it's worth it.  I don't know.

You may have noticed that I've been AWOL for a while.  Depression got me.  Good and proper.  My defences were down and it crept in.  It sunk its claws deeper and deeper and wouldn't let go.

Without realising it, I went from struggling to self-destruction.

If you've not suffered from depression, it's quite hard to explain.  It's almost as if your own mind switches allegiance, sharpens its weapons, and starts attacking you from the inside.  And it happens very quickly.  Before long, you feel that there is no light, no optimism, no hope, no way out; just all-consuming helplessness and despair.  You are frightened and so very, very alone.  Someone can write a long list of all the good things in your life and you can read it and agree with it but you simply can't feel it.  You can see, in crystal clear definition, the effect you are having on those closest to you but, rather than inspiring you to fight, it makes you begin to believe that they would be better off without you.

However ... and this is SO important ... they wouldn't.  There is ALWAYS another way out.  I know because I've been here before.

The very first step is acknowledging the place you're in and seeking external help.  It's the toughest step but the biggest.  Medication is my help.  Luckily (and I use that word loosely!) for me, I've been on a low-level antidepressant since my last depression seven years ago, so an increased dosage has started working sooner than it normally would.  The medication doesn't solve any problems but it gives you a bloody good first foothold on to the climb to getting back into control.

The next few steps are tentative.  You've lost your confidence and are still fragile.  Slowly you start to feel your way back into the world again.

That, my friends, is where I am now.  Cautiously making my return.  I'm sure it won't take long but for now I'm treading carefully.  I know from experience that when I am back, I'll be stronger than before. "What doesn't kill us, makes us stronger" isn't just a cliche, it's true.  Experiencing the bad makes you appreciate just how precious the good is and your desire and drive for it only increases.

So, my dear friends, please bear with me a tiny bit longer?  I am so grateful for the kind and caring messages I've received.  Please know that, whilst I may not have responded, I genuinely appreciate every single one.


8 May 2016


Hello my lovely friends.  I do hope this long overdue post finds you happy and well?

Well, I only bloody did it!  I only opened my very own little yarn shop!  It's been exactly one week now and, truth be known, it still feels a bit surreal.  I can't really remember the details of the first few days; they were a bit of a whirl.

I will warn you, I'm struggling to articulate myself at the moment.  I suppose my mind has been so frantically busy for three solid months, it's taking a little time for it to slow down enough to allow me to enjoy calm, structured thoughts.  I've had a lot to deal with in my personal life recently on top of starting my own business, not to mention moving house, so please forgive me if this post is a little sketchy.

Anyway, the sun streams in through the front window for most of the day which is a complete joy but it makes taking photographs of the entire shop quite difficult - it's quite a long space and the pictures make the back area look deceptively dark - but I am really keen to give you a flavour of what it looks like.  I think my next post will concentrate a little more on the actual yarns and products I've chosen to sell.

From the offset, I knew I wanted to create a space that was light, pretty and colourful.  It had to be a space that made me happy.  That way, I knew it would have a jolly good chance of making anyone who stepped over the threshold happy too.  You will notice quite a few personal touches if you look closely.  I have my favourite Sascalia and Katie Daisy prints framed and up on the walls and, dotted around, there are a few of my precious bits and bobs.  I've been lucky enough to receive some wonderful good luck cards and they sit along the top of one of the display units so that I can see them.

I've had to be quite clever with storage.  I have a little kitchen and a loo but no stock room.  Strategically-placed boxes and cupboards conceal my surplus!

I have a large table at the rear of the shop which extends to twice the size where I hope to hold classes and get-togethers.  For now, it's a lovely area where I can sit and work and friends and customers can take a perch and have a natter.

There's still quite a lot of tweaking to be done.  For example, since these photographs, I've changed the positioning of quite a few things.  The display on the table near the door is now quite different and I'm expecting the arrival of even more stock on Tuesday.

You've all been so incredibly kind and supportive and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I will return next week when I am hopefully far less poleaxed!  It struck me only yesterday that one of the most blessed opportunities that my little yarn shop will offer now it's up and running is routine.  That and the chance to sit, take a breath and let it all sink in.  Perhaps then there will be room for a little pride to creep in?