Merry Christmas!

by oky_katie on December 23, 2013

Wow December has been a battle of lurgy verses Christmas preparations. Ultimately lurgy pretty much won, throwing down a vomiting bug that took out 4 out of the 5 of us last week and meant that most of our cards have not gone out, including all the local ones.

Plus the only parcel that needs to go out hasn’t even really been started.- The cake that’s supposed to go in it isn’t even baked, so that’s something that will happen next week and get to my great aunt between Christmas and New Year.

But there are presents and food in the house, we don’t have to travel anywhere, and hopefully we’ll all be back to 100% by wednesday, so maybe, in the end Christmas has won after all!

Two bits of Oxford Kitchen Yarns newsDarn it and Stitch are getting a regular and stable supply of Oxford Kitchen Yarn into their shop, so right now, if you want some OKY yarn then they are your best bet.

(There isn’t much of the Chunky left for this year, so if you want some of that, better get their sooner rather than later, because I think I have about 5 skeins left to give them till next winter.)

And, in the new year, I’ll work on getting a new and improved online shop open, and regularly stocked. Finally! (again.)

Many thanks to all my customers, both old and new! I really appreciate you supporting my business, especially through another funny year of having a baby. I’m excited about all the new dyes (and YARNS!) I’ve got in the pipelines for next year.



Yarn Preview!

by oky_katie on September 23, 2013


More soon!


As Promised – First Knitting in Months!

by oky_katie on September 12, 2013

alpaca and merino hat for Aichbee

It was too hot, and Aichbee was too small, for me to be knitting very much this summer.

I did knit her a cardigan, which I finished while we were in Lyme Regis. However it somehow got mixed up in the giant pile of washing that came home with us and was shrunk in the wash. So sad. So I went back and bought the exact same yarn with the intention of knitting it again. I should start that soon to be honest.

However this is the hat that has just come off my needles. It’s a mixture of DK Toft Alpaca and some old Rowan merino which I once knit a jumper from. It was a mindless knit, small enough to get on and off the needles quickly despite the busy-ness of everyday life. And it looks wonderful with her new winter coat.

There is enough of both yarns for me to knit her some mittens to match, which are currently on my needles.

Next up – according to Ellarr – is a hat for her. In blue.  (Hopefully I’m getting to the point when I can start shopping from myself again and knit it in Oxford Kitchen Yarn.)

Talking of which, here is a sneak preview of this autumn’s dyeing…

sneakpeek for autumn



Monday: A List of Things

by oky_katie on September 9, 2013

homemade kite(The amazing kite Efbee made.)

A short list of things:

  • Autumn is my favourite time of year
  • But I’m not ready for it to be Autumn this year (probably because…)
  • We had a lovely Summer (even though…)
  • We didn’t do very much
  • We played at the park a lot and saw our friends
  • We set up a friday afternoon children’s craft meet up with a handful of other families
  • It was great
  • Now it is September we are officially a home educating family
  • And Ellarr has started at the same nursery that Efbee went to (and loved)
  • Aichbee is sitting up, eating with us at the table, cutting teeth, charming EVERYONE
  • There will be yarn in stock at Darn it and Stitch by the end of the month (stay tuned!)
  • There will be Sock, DK, Aran and Chunky
  • I am planning to open my online shop again soon.
  • But it needs lots of work doing to it before that can happen
  • I am knitting (a hat for Aichbee that I will photograph and post about later this week)
  • sewing (fleece trousers for the winter for Efbee)
  • and gearing up to spin an important project (with a Christmas deadline)
  • we are also baking along with the Great British Bake Off
  • I left a bit of my heart it Lyme Regis this summer
  • We’re hoping to go back to check on it again in the spring
  • the image below amuses me a great deal
  • because – really – I’m still a bit of a child ;)

a left a bit of my heart in lyme regis(Dorset Knob Biscuits *snirk*)


the pretty found lilacs on display

This morning, on my way back from my morning walk with Aichbee, I found a huge lilac branch that has snapped off a tree at the top of our road during the winds and rain we’ve had over that last few days. I probably looked really silly struggling home with it on my shoulder, but it was blocking the path and the blossoms were plentiful and in great condition. Plus what was the original owner going to do apart from have to tidy it away so that it was no longer an obstruction?

After taking my share of the blossom for our sideboard I let the children loose on the rest, and they have spent a fair chunk of the day in the garden, covered in mud.

the half a lilac tree i found

Btw, in the interest of honesty – here is what the other half of the side board looks like:

the pile of stuff next to the nice display

In other plant related news we have been watching The Edible Garden on youtube, having followed a link from Duofiberworks. Efbee has his own little vegetable patch this year so he finds the episodes fascinating as well as completely accessible. As a re-watch for me, they are even better than I remember. Well worth checking out, imho.


Remembering Kathreen Ricketson

May 28, 2013

I started reading Kathreen’s blog – Redcurrent – back in 2005 when I was still in the games industry, still doing stupidly long commutes and W and I were planning our wedding. I didn’t know her personally but I followed her blogging to Whipup and so have been reading what she had to say about […]

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Allotment Tuesday – A Bank holiday and a Bee in the Face

May 28, 2013

This weekend was the late spring bank holiday and weather was beautiful! We didn’t spend very much time at the allotment to be honest, just wandered through to check on things a couple of times. Luckily my father in Law is back in the country and is planning to come do some weeding later in […]

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Allotment Monday – We really need to sort out some fruit cages!

May 20, 2013

Shall I start posting again? Yes! I think I will. Let’s start with some Allotment Monday… Blossom EVERYWHERE! Fact of the day: Rhubarb flower stalks are hollow. Hops reaching upwards. I am determined that we will actually get some gooseberries this year. (Damn you birds! *shakes fist*) This is a very exciting picture for us […]

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What’s under the pram? (no.1)

April 14, 2013

I cleaned out under the pram and found: – a bunch of bananas (still totally edible) – half a bag of seed potatoes (that really need to go in the ground) – 2 empty nappy bags (which would blow away if it weren’t for said bananas) – a christmas card – the remains of a […]

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Remember that this is the hardest bit…

April 4, 2013

I am writing this less to inform you, and more to remind myself – this is pretty much the hardest bit. Aichbee is 5 weeks old, all the visitors have been seen and we have been back to ‘normal life’ for 3 weeks. It is frigid and very windy again today, Elar is teething her […]

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