The Answers to Two Questions

Question one:
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The rather magnificent piece of furniture (see other picture below) is a cope chest – obviously, you don’t want to get your copes in a twist! I was told that it is certainly medieval, probably as early as the 13th century and, apparently, one of only seven surviving. I have seen a similar chest in Wells and another in York Minster but I think this Salisbury one is my favourite. Anyone know where the other four are lurking?
Question two:

IMG_1951Yes, the colour that I need to include in every dyeing session is BLUE – all shades from aquas to violet purples and real indigo – someone will buy it!

Not Brighton this time

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But over 150 miles west, along the rather amazing Jurassic coast, just over the border into East Devon. We spent a week there last month, in a pretty little fishing village called Beer. Apparently the name is not derived from the drink but is an Old English word which has something to do with forests.

I realise that I much prefer to visit these places out of season. Then you get a real sense of community, as well as, in this case, a lingering nostalgia for the days of smuggling, stone quarrying and lace making (the locals claim that Honiton was merely the marketplace for their own labour – all the famous lace was actually made in their village of course….!)

By sneaky detours we scored two cathedrals en route:

IMG_2625Exeter, with its fabulous fan vaulting

IMG_2627 (1)and Salisbury, just before the recent dramas

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Any idea what this is ? I had to ask. Obvious once you know though….

IMG_2662I’d better answer a few questions next time! But it might have to wait – I’m off on my travels again tomorrow. Rural France, probably very dodgy internet, so may be some while…. Have a good Easter.

What next?

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Time to get sorted!

This is the view that greeted me on my way downstairs this morning. It’s a small part of my overall stash and I am currently switching out some of the heavier weight winter yarns (possibly prematurely – it is in fact snowing outside…)

If I manage to make enough of a dent in the tidying up so that I can access that drum carder by tomorrow, I should have time to make a couple of art yarn batts – always fun stuff!

Self justification. No excuse really.

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And now I feel a bit of a cheat. It actually took me a week to get from there to here – but the post below kindly adjusted its date so I don’t look so feeble. Clearly, I’m no tech. wizard.

So why am I here? Yes, it started with all those ‘inspirational’, ‘seasonal’, ‘cosy’, ‘make your own sandwiches out of a slice of hand stitched shoe leather’ blogs that I genuinely love to read. I think I just wanted to join the fun. I have moved on from following simple craft blogs, though I’m still happy to share any of my patterns that I have actually got around to writing up. And I’m as keen as the next (won’t say ‘man’) on eating delicious dishes.

Yarn, though, is a constant. I card it, comb it, spin it, dye it, knit and crochet it. Sometimes I just buy it. All of it, any of it. Don’t get me started.