Friday, 1 February 2013

Welcome February!

A month of 2013 already gone?  I can barely believe it!
Here are some things I'm looking forward to in February:

Starting the Whole Food Kitchen online workshop - I've been interested in Heather's courses since they began but they've never quite fallen at the right time for me.  I'm super excited to be sharing the experience with Jules.

Experimenting with sourdough bread - more on that next week but here's my first effort...

First attempt at Sourdough bread

The days getting longer again - I'm already noticing that it's fully light when Cameron sets off in a morning, now, and it's also lighter for longer in the evenings.

Spotting signs of the new season - Spring bulbs are already showing themselves above the ground and we're on the lookout for the first lambs jumping around the fields -  have you spotted any yet?

Half term holidays - just two weeks to go!  We're busy making lots of plans for what to do with the time.

Planting seeds - (a little update on this post) for the time being we've decided to stay where we are and so that means that we can start working for the main growing season.

A special meal to mark Imbolc/Candlemas.

Making something new for Pancake day.  Perhaps with buckwheat? 

Puelo 1963 100% hand dyed llama wool yarn


Giving away yarn!
This month I'm giving away a £20 voucher for my yarn shop.  To be in with a chance of winning, simply pop over to visit the online shop and then come back and tell me what your favourite thing(s) are in the comments section.

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This giveaway is valid internationally so everyone can take part.  A winner will be chosen on February 28th 2013 and announced at the bottom of this post - good luck!

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28/2/2013 Edited to add winner's details.
Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!

The winner of the £20 voucher for my yarn shop was chosen at random using random.org and they are.....
HillyT - congratulations!
Send me an email and I will reply with your voucher code :o)


85 comments:

  1. I like everything in the something special section - such beautiful colours blended together.

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    1. That's my favourite section too, Susan. Thanks for entering!

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  2. Hi, I love the Baby Cashmerino in Kingfisher.

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    1. It's a great colour, isn't it?
      Thanks for entering :o)

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  3. I am loving learning something new. It is good for the soul

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    1. Ooh, what are you learning, Jen?

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    2. Oh, I've just seen! You're keeping very busy :o)

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  4. good lift on that bread!

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    1. Thanks, Mum. That loaf was enormous! - see how it's sat on a big pizza tray?

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  5. I love everything in your shop, especially the something new section. Enjoyed browsing through all the lovely wools whilst having a cuppa :)

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    1. Thanks for entering, Michelle :o)

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  6. I don't like that you are talking of Spring, we are FINALLY getting some summer days, I'm not ready for Autumn! I love everything in your shop, the new Debbie Bliss Rialto looks lovely!

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    1. Oh no! I'm sorry to tell you that it's very Spring-like here at the moment.
      There's some exciting new Rialto coming in for Spring and Summer!

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  7. I love the Puelo, looks gorgeous and imagine it feels heavenly too.
    Hope you enjoy Heather's course, her blog is lovely, sure it will be great.

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    1. The Puelo feels as soft as butter, I love knitting with it!

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  8. Hi Hannah, I'm absolutely mad about sourdough bread, used to bake it 2-3times a week! It's the real stuff but doing this for about 8 years the romantic side of it wears off a bit. Still make it but I'm glad it's now possible to buy in local shop.
    In your shop I like all Tepa of Araucania esp. the blue-green shades. They're beautiful.

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    1. Sourdough is definitely a commitment, isn't it?

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  9. I love the Blue Faced Leicester Duck Egg. Actually I love all Blue Faced Leicesters, such beautiful sheep.

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    1. I adore the duck egg, I get compliments everytime I wear the cardi I knitted with it!

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  10. I saw a few bulbs poking their heads out of the ground on this mornings walk, so spring is starting if not yet sprung!

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    1. I saw lots of my bulbs sprouting above ground in the garden today. So exciting!

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  11. The various Tepas are lovely - I need to come back to you when I have some money for some of the BFL Aran (I need to make some more cushion covers and I think it would be really good for that!)

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    1. The BFL is a great choice for cushion covers, definitely.

      I adore the Tepa - the colours are so dreamy.

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  12. I love the Puelo, and all of the yarns in the 'something special' section.
    And I just noticed you have some 100% fairtrade yarns, I may have to knit something for mum using them :)

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    1. They're organic too!
      Thanks for entering, Sally :o)

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  13. My favorite is the Tepa by Araucania. I love the color so much. I've made one thing with wool yarn (shawl for my mom for Christmas), but have never crocheted/knitted with mohair or silk. I'd love to know what that feels like. I've played with putting silk in cold process soap, so if anything carries over from soapmaking, you only need a small bit of silk to give that smooth feeling to something. I love the simplicity of your shop, as well.

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  14. Gorgeous yarns! I could never pick just one! They are all so inspiring!

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    1. I think this may be the reason why I have so many things on my needles!

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  15. I stopped by to comment on your YAL post and thought I would take a chance on your giveaway. One of my favorite things is yummy looking yarn just like this! I am using some fun yarn now to make a granny shawl.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  16. i melt every time i work with DB Cashmerino----it's so lovely!!! But, then again...look at all that new stuff---and the eco!! This would be a very difficult decision!

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    1. Hehe - I'm glad so many things in the shop appeal to you, Steph!

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  17. Something special - the whole section is my favourite :-)!
    I have just made your savory muffins for the children's packed lunches and they do freeze well. I have only managed to freeze them once though as they always disappear VERY fast :-) - thank you sharing the recipe!

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    1. Oh, thanks for letting me know how you got on with the recipe. I haven't got around to freezing any yet as they get snapped up so quickly!

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  19. I love the Tepa by Araucania 1784. Those golden yellows make my heart sing! Very dreamy stuff!

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    1. Dreamy, indeed! Thanks for entering :o)

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  20. I do like this one: Blue Faced Leicester Aran - Sage

    Have a nice week!

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    1. I like the sage, too. Thanks, Maria :o)

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  21. I have a soft spot for the colour Mustard, so I really love the Blue Faced Leicester Aran in Mustard!! What a generous giveaway!

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    1. Ooh, yes - the mustard is new in!

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  22. I'm new to your site, found you over at Small Things on Yarn Along. You have so many beautiful things - but I like the Winter Sage. -Nancy M.

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    1. Welcome, Nancy! Thanks for entering :o)

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  23. Hmmm, everything. Though Eco Baby-Apple is an especially gorgeous green.

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    1. That's one of my favourites, too :o)

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  24. What's special??? Everything! I love Debbie Bliss yarn but usually only crochet in DK. However, I'm drooling over the Blue Faced Leicester Aran in mustard so off to find something to make with that right away :-)
    Lovely shop and lovely blog (thank you Lucy Attic 24) for directing me here.
    Alison (Cardiff)

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    1. Hi Alison - thanks for visiting!
      That mustard aran is proving to be very popular.

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  25. Just discovered your blog and shop, can't believe I haven't come across it before as you stock my two favourite yarn companies in Debbie Bliss and Araucania. I'm now off to have a closer look at some of your recipes, tarte au citron is looking favourite at the moment, yum!

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    1. Hello - I'm pleased you found your way over here!

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  26. I've just discovered your blog and shop and can't believe I haven't found it before as you stock my two favourite yarns, Debbie Bliss and Araucania! I'm going to have a closer look at your recipes now, rate au citron is looking favourite, yum!

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    1. Hi Liz, welcome - I hope you enjoy the tarte :o)

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  27. Your shop is stocked with such beautiful yarns to make a heart sing on a dull and cloudy feb morning. They are all gorgeous the Debbie Bliss spring colours would be my choice today. So lovely to find some organic yarns all in the same place.
    Have just found you but will returning and shopping very soon. Kate x

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  29. I love the Puelo 1965. lama wool! Beautiful color way.

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  31. Just discovered your blog and yarn shop...lovely! I'm an American reader, but enjoy all the UK blogs. Would love to win the give-away!

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  32. They all look like a charm to knit or crochet with! I especially fancy Pueblo 1961.
    Have a great day!

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  33. Oooh, they are all so gorgeous, I think I would say one of the shades of Puelo, but I'd have to take time to decide which one. I love all things Debbie Bliss as well, I can't believe I haven't visited your yarn store before, I certainly will in the future.

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    1. I'm glad you've made your way here, Hilly!

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  34. Yummy yarns Eco Baby - Mallow

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  36. Tepa by Araucania is simply beautiful!

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    1. And so soft - I wish you could touch the yarn!

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  39. I love the swirling blue and greens of the tepa, so absorbing with so much potential for beautiful projects.

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    1. Me too - in fact, I'm knitting with them at the moment and they're working up beautifully!

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  40. Echo baby apple the colour of spring

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  41. Tepa by Arucania 1922 is stunning, gorgeous colours!

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  42. First, I love the way your shop is set up. Very elegant. But if you're asking about yarn, I love the Winter Garden yarn. Lovely.

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    1. Thanks, Maureen - the simplicity of the set up is what appealed to me :o)

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  43. I love the Puelo 1965 - it's beautiful and I'm guessing it's really soft!

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    1. So soft - it's like butter in your hands!

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  44. Winter Garden for sure! Love your blog; it's NEVER boring!

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  45. So many lovely yarns, I really like the Eco baby apple and the Eco Aran dark purple :)

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  46. oh oh oh ALL of it! but especially loving the colours of the Puelo 1965 and noticing that it's llama wool not sheep's wool and wondering if that might mean I wouldn't be allergic to it and then it could be a mine all mine thing! ;-) x

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