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Merry Christmas

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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! Peace and joy to everyone!


Ingredients for a Lazy Weekend




Lingering over breakfast.


Catching up on some light reading.


Rejoicing in the first signs of spring.


Sunday lunch. I almost never eat meat, for various reasons, but I made an exception for my sister’s beef stew. Key ingredients for a tasty stew: a slice of dark bread spread with Dijon mustard, a couple of tablespoons of Sirop de Liège and a small bottle of dark abbey beer.


The Moonstone is proving a stunning and totally engrossing read. Minutes turned into hours and when I resurfaced I felt relaxed yet invigorated by the sheer joy of reading a good book. Ready to face a new week.

Have a good week everyone!


Happy 2015

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A happy new year, my friends! May 2015 be a good one.

Yesterday we celebrated Three King’s Day. The Christmas decorations came down and the tree was moved to the garden, where it will be planted. I have been enjoying these last, slow days of the holiday season with daily fires in the fire place, the last of the baked goods and some relaxing, not to say boring, knitting. The sweater is to be a gift for my brother who requested the plainest of sweaters. No cables, no stripes, no colourwork. Just row after row of plain stocking stitch.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to visit this space more often and bring some regularity to my blogging. And to use my camera more often.

Thank you for visiting me here and for all of your kind words. I wish you and your families happiness,  good health and time to dream in 2015.


A Levenwick for Miss Smarley

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-::- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.


-::- A Henslowe for Miss Jacqueline Smarley

My youngest sister has chosen a Levenwick as her Christmas present. I had my eye on this design by Gudrun Johnston, and the pattern in my library, for a long time.

Levenwick is a top down, raglan cardigan worked in reverse stocking stitch.  I just love the collar, borders, and pocket which are knit in a classic Shetland “Old Shale” lace. I’ve just put the stitches for the sleeves on scrap yarn and I’m knitting happily away, using Cascade 220 Heathers in ‘Camel Doré’ chosen by my sister.

Gudrun Johnston named the Levenwick after the Shetland village where she was born.  I called my version Miss Jacqueline Smarley, combining two of the happy receiver’s family nicknames.

Talking of sisters, here’s a little Christmas treat which is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!