Sunday, 22 November 2015

Creating a bit of a stir

It's been a busy weekend here chez josiekitten. Yesterday Mr JK and I went into Norwich and managed to get most of the Christmas shopping done! In truth, our list is fairly modest, but I did breathe a huge sigh of relief when I'd crossed off the last name. I still need to find a few bits and piece for Mr JK, but I have plenty of ideas. Can't say any more as he will be reading this later!! Then we spent the rest of the day in the kitchen, preparing Christmas puddings for Stir up Sunday and soaking all the fruit in a 'definitely over the limit' cocktail of alcohol beverages ready for turning into a Christmas cake next weekend, as well as preparing a huge pot of lamb and Guinness soup, bread sauce and sausagemeat stuffing for the freezer. We make individual small puddings and a couple are destined for friends. The recipe is Delia's, it works perfectly every time!

Stir Up Sunday (1)

lamb and Guinness soup and soda bread (8)

I received a lovely squishy parcel this week from Marianne. It was the latest instalment of her Luxury Fibre Club. The colours are not normally ones I would have picked, but I really love the mix and am looking forward to starting to spin again. It's been way too long. This is the perfect carrot to dangle!

Luxury fibre parcel (4)

I have been knitting. In fact I have a pair of socks and a cowl to share with you. I just need some decent light and good enough weather to be outside to take some photos. It has been such a miserable weekend. The temperatures have dropped over the past couple of days and today we awoke to a dusting of snow! I had to scrape the windscreen before I could take Mr JK to run in the Norwich Half Marathon. I had even bought a cover for the windscreen last week but of course hadn't checked the forecast properly to get it out of the box!! Must try harder! Mr JK ran a good race, finishing in just under 2 hours. Apart from a Santa Run (yes, all the runners have to don a Santa suit!), that's his running done and dusted for the year.

first snow of winter 2015

I have a pair of socks for Mr JK on the needles right now - the yarn is from Sparkleduck and is in the Norwich City colours. It is pretty much striping round after round alternating between yellow and green. I shall insist that he wears them on match days!

Mr JK's Canaries socks (1)

Those socks are going to have to compete with a pair for me! I am itching to cast on with the Opal yarn that I bought last week at Festiwool. The rainbow colours and the sparkle are just what's needed to brighten up the dull days. I wonder how long it's going to be before I can resist the lure no longer and cast on? Call back again next week to see how I'm getting on. xxx

Sparkly rainbow yarn


VeggieMummy said...

What a productive weekend you've had! All that cooking and Christmas shopping; you put me to shame as I'm so disorganized. Your sock yarn looks fantastic too - I can't wait to see the finished results. Have a great week. xx

Lynne said...

I love the sparkly rainbow yarn! I am so tempted to google it, but I have so much sock yarn. What a dilema!!

knittingsandwich said...

looks like y'all have gotten as much snow as we have!
love the rainbow sparkle yarn... that's such the perfect yarn for lily!!

snoopydogknits said...

Love Love Love! .........Both! xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous yarns and fibre :)