2. Discovering a new 30 minute recipe for soda bread. This recipe from Nigel Slater makes a really quick, tasty loaf. Mr JK and I had some for lunch today with a bowl of Zurek, a Polish soup.
3. Ravelry friendships. I love Ravelry! I've made some great 'virtual' friends, both in the UK and around the world. I've just packaged up some goodies for Cathy, as we're doing another swap of yarn and fibre. She's recently come back from a weekend at Vogue Knitting Live in New York, and has bought my swap goodies there, so I'm really excited to see what she chose for me!
4. Some new yarn arriving in the post. (And no, before you ask, I haven't broken my yarn diet!) I received two skeins of a truly delicious mix of 70% mink and 30% cashmere from Craig at Great Northern Yarns, in the shade Deep Forest Green. Anne Hanson very kindly arranged to have them sent to me as I am going to be test knitting a pattern for her. I'm still waiting for the pattern to arrive, but can say without hesitation that it is probably the softest yarn that I have ever fondled!
and the pussy willow is all soft and furry! I can't wait for some longer, warmer days again.
6. Booking flights to the island of Kos in Greece for October half term. One of my most favourite places to look forward to. I'll be hoping for a week that looks a little like this!
7. Spinning some yarn that I think I can actually knit with! I used fibre from EasyKnits that I bought at KnitNation last summer, and managed to get around 120 metres of yarn! The colourway has a great name - Boogie-Woogie Berry Blast! I split the fibre into half, and then spun each half onto a separate bobbin.
I'm still overspinning it (although you can't really see that in this photo) because if I let the yarn relax, it corkscrews back on itself in places, but each time I spin, I can see some progress! Here's how it looked when it was plied together.