Sunday Sevens – 18th March

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Sunday last week was Mothers’ Day in the UK. We were planning to see Lovely Littlest, but a last minute change in circumstances – nothing to do with her – meant I couldn’t see her 😦 Still I received some Lovely flowers from her and from Lovely Eldest.


In the afternoon we went for a walk around Mr Hick’s favourite woods. This was one of his favourite paddling spots…


A walk on the moor on Monday, but we couldn’t see much…


Complete change in the Weather Tuesday – our first day this year that really felt like spring. I spent the afternoon in the garden, clearing the rockery of the overgrowth that happened when I abandoned it last year…

Almost before

On Wednesday we won the pub quiz again. I don’t know what’s happening, we only won once all year last year!

Our winnings

At Knit and Sip on Thursday I worked on the shawl collar of the pineapple cardigan. I’m making it up as I go along. Unfortunately I made up it wrong and had to rip it out and start again…20180317_143748

On Saturday we popped into Robertson’s for lunch…


On the way home it started to snow, but not for long…


Hope you’ve had a great week!

Thanks for dropping by,


Naked Kits and 10% Discount at The Dartmoor Yarn Company!

One of the goals I set myself this year was to make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more environmentally friendly business.  I started the business selling kits – which, of course, need packaging to keep them together. However,  when you’re selling in shops, the packaging also needs to speak to your buyer.

Unfortunately a plain paper or recycled bag doesn’t say, quality, natural, eco-friendly wool, fun, quirky, rustic, Dartmoor, British made… or any of the other words that might apply. I’m also not a total killjoy and I know many of my kits are bought as gifts and nice packaging is part and parcel of that.


However at festivals and craft fairs, I’ve sold naked kits, with no packaging, to people who want to knit the product themselves. I’ve also taken the needles out of kits for people who have needles already. But the one place I hadn’t though about doing this was on internet sales.


So my first step to becoming a more eco-friendly business is to offer cheaper Naked kits on the website. That way people who want the kit for themselves, want to gift wrap it themselves, or want to buy one of my project bags or needles bags to put it in, can purchase at a cheaper price without excess packaging and/or needles they don’t want.

I’m offering options of:

  • No ‘gift’ packaging i.e. Only wrapping the kit in the necessary packaging (which is usually recycled) to see it through the post.
  • No gift packaging and no needles  – as above, but without needles.
  • No needles – for those who want to give a gift to a knitter who already has needles.

Of course gift packaged kits with everything you need to create your finished item are still available to internet browsers who want them.


These options not reduce excess packaging, but allow me to offer kits at a cheaper price. And, on top of that saving, I’m celebrating this positive step by offering a 10% discount on everything on the website for the whole of March – including Naked Kits.

If you’re looking to treat yourself – or someone else – for Easter, take a look at our kits, gifts for knitters and Dartmoor wool felted products.

The code for the 10% discount is: Naked10

And the shop is here

Thanks for dropping by!





Sunday Sevens – 11th March

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

Last Sunday Lovely Husband fixed the log shed that has been blown over by the Siberian wind…



He also conceded that he really did need to clear the snowdrift on the drive.


On Monday I cadged a lift up country with him and, after his first meeting, we headed for a dear friend’s house in Nottinghamshire. She cooked us a delicious vegetarian chilli and my not-so-dry March continued…


On Tuesday my friend and I went for a lovely long walk…


…and managed to just about burn off a bottle of wine’s worth of calories each…


After spending another night with our friends, we headed off to visit the in laws, who took us out for a pub lunch…


On the way home we met up with some friends in Warwickshire for tea in their local…


Although there’d been a lot of rain while we were away, there was still plenty of snow around on Thursday morning…


There’s still snow left today, where large accumulations occurred, but the final remnants were gone from our garden on Saturday  morning. The temperature rose to ten degrees and I finally got out in the garden. I started digging weeds from this well neglected flower bed…


But quickly got distracted cutting ivy off a couple of our trees and digging up some plants that I’m not keen on.


Hope you’ve had a great week.

Progress on my goals for 2018 – two months in.

Yes, I know, another month has whizzed by and is already becoming a fading memory. So, since February’s been and gone, it’s high time I did my monthly review on this year’s goals. Here’s how I’ve done…

Make a gift a least once a month on average

This month I sent Lovely Eldest one of my sheep coasters

To give random gifts (gifts not attached to birthdays, house moves, Christmas etc) at least 6 times this year

The coaster was a random gift – but I’m not sure gifts to daughters count, since random gifts to daughters are are part of mummy code in my book.

Felted Sheep Coaster

Make the Dartmoor Yarn Company a more ecofriendly business

Grrr. I have made two very minor steps in this direction: I added the Sheep Coasters to the shop, which are completely biodegradable, and selling wool on cones reduces packaging. But it’s really not good enough on my part. I do have two other plans. One I just need to get on the website and change the way I offer things – no excuses, need to get on with that. The other is more about recycling and I haven’t had time to sort that out, so will make a priority goal for March.

Become and remain UFO free all year.

I have made some cushions from the NYS fabric that I was counting as a UFO, because it had been hanging around so long. But I need to make more to count as a whole FO completed.


I’ve also added a few squares to my mitred square cushion.


Experiment/play/learn once a week

I’ve been working on my new kit – but it’s frustrating me, so I haven’t got on as fast as I should. Although several prototypes have been knitted.

Test 606

I’ve also been learn/experimenting in the spinning direction during February, so all good with this goal.

Write up my outstanding knitting patterns then write them up within two weeks of object/garment completion.

This is where I really notice that time has flown. I felt as if I had this goal properly in my sights, but all I’ve done is publish the Sheep Sock pattern and the Paw Prints Sock pattern. Both of which were already written up before the end of Jan.

Spin for 15 minutes a day when possible

Opps! Spinning hasn’t been quite so frequent, but as I said above, I have done some…

Always have some knitting using yarn from my stash on my needles

Opps! This one isn’t happening. Yes, my UFO scarf is stash yarn, but I haven’t done more than a dozen rows this month. At this rate it’s going to take me 18 months to finish it.


Finish the quilt I started in 2017

Not yet touched, but I want to get the other quicker unfinished sewing projects out of the way first. Problem is I could end up making that excuse all year.

All in all, I think I’ll award myself a C+ could do better. However, the point of reviewing is:

  1. To remind myself of what I haven’t done.
  2. Check in with myself about the reasons I haven’t done  what I said I wanted to do.
  3. Give myself a kick up the bum to do things I need to do.
  4. Recognise things I don’t really want to do and let them go.

So off to have a think about those things.

How’s your crafting fared in February, whether you set goals or not?

Thanks for dropping by! 🙂


Sunday Sevens – The Snow Edition

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

The week began bright and sunny, but with a bitter cold wind. I’d agreed to ride the nine miles to the station on Sunday morning with Lovely Husband. But I when got out of bed, I took one look at the trees swaying violently and volunteered to drive while he cycled. I met him at the station cafe and, while he had a massive breakfast, I had a pot of tea, followed by a three mile walk, while he cycled home.


Too cold to do the weeding on Sunday, but determined to do some gardening, I cleared up the wind-blow debris from paths in our small copse of trees.


Despite the cold, I managed to put my washing out for the first time this year, three times in all. Even the jeans dried in the sunshine and strong east wind.

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While we had clear sunny skies at the start of the week, the weather forecasters were following ‘The Beast from the East’ – a Siberian snow storm that was heading for the UK and causing the strong winds we were experiencing. They were also tracking storm Emma, rising from the south, and predicting they would collide over the South West on Wednesday.

Wednesday came and went with only a flurry of snow,  but it was so bitterly cold (minus 13  with the wind chill) we drove to the pub for the quiz. Only six other brave souls turned up, so we split into two teams – boys vs girls, with LH being and honorary girl. Of course, with girls being so much smarter than boys, the girls won – despite the men gaining an extra team member half way through and getting help from the bar staff.

Our winnings

Thursday night we woke up to only a little snow, but were informed we were going onto a red weather alert at 3pm – in plain English that meant blizzard conditions, don’t go out, danger to life.


However, the wind was already so strong, our small log shed blew over well before 3pm…

Now held up only by the trees.

At almost three o’clock exactly, the wind upped several gears and, although the snow that was falling was only very fine – and the camera couldn’t really pick it up in photos – there was so much of it. I got soaked just leaving the house for a minute to change to birds’ frozen water.


There was nothing to be done, but stay in, knit and watch the snow build up. Okay I work from home, but it was still a snow day.

The bars are on the window are there because it’s the pantry, not the room I keep lovely husband in.

After a very very cold night, we woke up to a sight that at first didn’t look too bad, because the wind had blown the snow almost completely off some of the lawn. On investigation most of the garden was 5/6 inches deep in snow. There was also alot of drifting.  Here’s what met me at the back door…


This drift on our drive was three foot high.


Reports flowed from the news of people stuck in cars, lorries and trains over night, snow drifts blocking roads all around us and the army being called out to help.

With another snow day, there was nothing to do but head out for a lunchtime rendezvous with our next door neighbours in the pub. On the walk down we spotted a huge bough that had broken off a tree at the hotel four houses down from us…


…. and chest high snow drifts on the cycle route…


At the pub everyone else had burger and chips…


While I had salad and fish cake.


Having completed an almost dry January and a completely dry February,  after lunch I treated myself to a glass of wine – that went immediately to my head.


The snow was already beginning to melt on Friday afternoon and it was raining on Saturday morning, but there was still plenty of snow about when we went for a walk after lunch.


With so much snow still around, it was definitely time for an impromptu get together in the evening with our next door neighbours to share provisions.

Hope you’ve had a great week and the weather has treated you kindly.


FO: Zebra Socks

Okay, so it’s only my handbag knitting and they weren’t exactly complex, but I finished my Zebra socks 🙂 and amazingly they are my first knitting finish of the year!

Zebra Socks

Toasty warm in real wool – just what’s needed in this weather.

Wicked Witch of the East

Just one question: Should I buy myself a pair of red shoes and rename them Wicked Witch of the East?

Thanks for dropping by!

Sunday Sevens – 25th February

Joining in again this week with Sunday Sevens – started by Nathalie at Threads and Bobbins – sharing seven (or so) pictures of  the week beyond the blog.

On Sunday last week the weather forecasters were telling us it was going to get colder as the week went on. Quite frankly it was already cold enough – a good day for staying in and sorting out my button collection…


It actually got warmer on Monday, but the fog rolled in…


The bright cold weather returned Tuesday…


My roots also returned to being blonder. Here’s the before and after.

More bright walks as the week went on, including a lovely walk with the terrible trio. No posing in puddles for these guys…


On one walk we spotted this bird box. It was huge. Anyone know what sort of bird lives in a house like this?

Apologies it’s a bit blurred.

As the winter Olympics has progressed, I’ve got more and more hooked on curling. Shame we didn’t quite manage a medal…


When the Dartmoor Otter Trail finished last year, the otters were auctioned off. This week I found this one, I hadn’t see first time round, in Tavistock…


As for lovely hubby, this week he built us another log store from recycled palettes…

Log store

Hope you’ve had a great week.

Thanks for dropping by.