Marmalade Mysteries

My local yarn store has started its own hand dyed yarn line. They’re all named after Agatha Christie novels, characters and places.  What’s not to love! At present they’re all on 4ply sock. The house yarn ‘A Murder is Announced’ in regular and self striping sock.

‘Sleeping Murder’, One of a kind colourway, ‘Greenway House’

The orange is ‘Evil under the sun’ and the blue ‘Murder on the Orient Express’

Basket of loveliness!

AAAAND! Maxine died this for me for my birthday! 

And they’re doing stitch markers.  I love this one

Fab 😊

Knitting · Yarn

New yarn! 

I went a little crazy in the Countess Ablaze online store last week! This Aran weight one-of-a-kind colour way is intended to be a new Woolly Wormhead hat pattern: 

And these are due to be a Stephen West Starburst shawl:Grey with neon speckles. I’m in love. 

I’ve already cast on the hat – I’m doing the Fabales pattern – but I will save the shawl until my holiday in January (probably!).

Isn’t the yarn glorious?! 

Family & friends · Yarn


There’s the non edible type. 


Making the cakes: 

And the finished cakes! 

Back left Countess Ablaze, Lord Kitchener’s Lace in colour way Bad Girls Club; back middle, Devon Sun Yarns, Aran in colour way Spring Rainbow; back right Cat and Sparrow fibres, DK in colour way Great Ocean Road; front left Mothy & The Squid, sock yarn in colour way Hummingbird Stripes; front right Mothy & The Squid, sock yarn in Grey Skies, Rainbow Brite. 😊

And then of course there’s edible cake! 

It was my Mum’s birthday. My niece decorated the cake. She operates on the family principle of More Is More…

Yes my Mum is that age and no, she really doesn’t look it. (Side note I take after my Dad…)

Friends · Yarn

Where Claire buys yarn

Some friends came to visit today to go to the Frome Independent Market. One friend had offered for sale these two wonderful skeins of Devon Sun Yarns Aran weight, which I snapped up because I want to make my stepgranddaughter another Entrechat Cardigan in this colour way!  

While we were wandering about the market we came upon a new-to-me independent dyer ‘Cat & Sparrow Fibres’ 

There was no chance I was going home without some! I did love the pinky orange at the top left but it was lace, so I chose the blue at top right. It’s DK weight and called ‘Great Ocean Road’. Gurt lush! 

We finished the day off with flapjack and ginger cake in my garden. Just perfect. 

Knitting · Yarn

A new project 

I’ve been inspired to pick up my knitting needles again by this pattern by Corrine Walcher: 

It’s made in lace weight and reviewing my stash I didn’t have enough lace to make it. Do having thought seriously about the self imposed yarn buying ban and also that this is the first thing I’ve actually wanted to knit for several months, I decided to buy enough lace to make this cardigan. 

And this happened: 

2 skeins of lace wth some silk content for drape. Can wait to cake up and start! 

Knitting · Lace · Lace shawl · Yarn

Boo Knits MKAL

I’ve been excited about the Boo Knits April Mystery Knitalong ‘Danse Macabre’ for as long as I’ve known about it. I persuaded my friend Salpal to join in, I picked my yarn, I bought the beads, I bought a new project bag specially (this is slightly excessive but I did want a new one) and I noted it in my diary. I didn’t check I had the needles because I have a whole huge tin of circular needles and of course I had what I needed. 


Turns out I don’t own a 3.75mm circular. (Well I do, but a 40cm one for knitting hats isn’t going to get me very far.) So last night I ordered the correct needle and paid for next day delivery to get it on Saturday. 😱

Salpal has already started! Being in the US she got the first clue on Thursday evening… I’m not VERY envious at all. 

Anyway, I’m mostly ready.  

I will be using some gorgeous I Knit Or Dye London 50% silk, 50% baby camel (!) lace weight in a semi solid pink. This yarn is GORGEOUS to touch and squish. I’ve had it for a few years and I’ve been saving it for the perfect project. Which would appear to be this one! 

I’m making it for my sister. I gave her this choice:  

 She picked the pink. You’ll notice it isn’t the pink I’ll be using. That’s because the pink in the choice picture was actually a skein I bought for and gave to my friend Maxine for Christmas! I accidentally used the wrong photo. I don’t think Gayle will notice or indeed mind. 

My Mum said she liked the orange. I am suffering a real temptation to make her one too. I do have orange beads… I might cake the yarn up just in case I have time. Yes it’s a bonkers idea, but it might just come off.