Monday, 2 March 2015

On the thirteenth day

This afternoon I shall be mainly sitting on the sofa

... and after I have posted this photograph of me wearing my grey knit dress and hand knit Leadlight cardigan for day 13 of the Lent clothes fast* I shall be knitting.

Twenty two squares finished for the baby blanket, eight to go.



* In case you have just come upon my blog I have promised to wear just six items of clothes for six weeks and am seeking sponsorship, raising money for a charity called Labour behind the label.  This is a charity that supports, and campaigns for better conditions for, garment workers in parts of the world where there are not the employment protection laws that we have in the European Union and N America.  If you would like to donate please hit the button at the top of the right hand column (immediately below details of the current total) and you will be taken to a page where you can sign up.  Thank you.

Sunday, 1 March 2015


Sunday brunch with several offspring, their partners and a sprinkling of grandchildren is a favourite meal.  Everyone is happy with a table piled high with eggs, bacon, sausages and toast. While I pile the sausages into the oven and whisk eggs (for scrambling, do you think I would fry eggs for 10?) the first adult to arrive puts the kettle on for tea and coffee, or forgets and we all just have orange juice, it doesn't really matter.  Sometimes I ring the changes and we have pancakes with maple syrup, bacon, blueberries and creme fraiche - or even kedgeree

Wearing the grey jersey dress with my pale turquoise shawl

The shawl is knitted from Lissom by Yarnscape a 50/50 (merino/tencel) lace weight yarn in the colour seascape.  The pattern is Blight by Deborah Frank.

My shawl pin, which is such a good colour match for Seascape it is sometimes hardly visible in the shawl's folds, is a pyrex glass spiral that I bought at Wonderwoool Wales last year.



Saturday, 28 February 2015

Day Eleven

I'm getting very comfortable in my jeans and tee shirt

Today with burgundy and gold Kashmiri wool shawl with shisha embroidery



Friday, 27 February 2015

(Don't we all) Love Fridays

Friday begins for me at the Gym

Quick selfie after my workout
Then a dash home and the lovely bit - a long hot shower and dressing in comfortable clothes, rewarding myself in the afternoon with a book or my knitting

Day #10's outfit, burgundy skirt, grey tee and Leadlight cardigan


Thursday, 26 February 2015


no calls, texts or visits, today I'm working

In silk blouse, black jeans and a big warm pashmina (it can be draughty in my study)

I have a writing assignment for Yarn in the City.  Meanwhile you can hear their latest podcast, including my contribution on the #sixitemschallenge in aid of Labour Behind the Label by clicking HERE



PS It's the ninth day of my clothes fast, if you haven't donated and would like to please follow this link

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Eight (one week under my belt)

Plain and simple today.  After pilates (in permitted sports kit) I am wearing my black jeans with grey tee shirt

But the scarf in another thing.  It is silk velvet lined with heavy silk habotai, hand painted by my cousin Sharon Verry and available in The Guild of Ten shop in Truro



Tuesday, 24 February 2015

New experience on Day Seven

Great excitement today as I was asked if I would like to talk about the #sixitemschallenge on the Yarn in the City Podcast.  I went to meet Alli and Rachel the clever women behind Yarn in the City dressed in my grey knit dress (Phase Eight winter 2013/2014) and wrapped in my biggest shawl.  The pattern is Samen by Steven West and it's knitted in hand-spun Using up various fibres from my stash (including some Porpoise Fur in the Pollinator colour way) and, if I'm honest, slightly variable weights from a pretty thin DK to a lumpy Aran.  The shawl is somewhat oversized and I feel it looks best draped around my shoulders and tied around my waist as a big wrap

After a longish chatty lunch (I had not seen the ladies for a while) we got down to recording the pod-cast around Alli's kitchen table, the microphone in the middle and Alli at her laptop in her hot pink headphones.  I was quite nervous of speaking, I've never done something like this before so I fear my appearance was a mix of saying nothing to saying too much with my voice fading as I checked my knitting (Alli and I knitted the whole time and Rachel wound up a skein of yarn for her next project).  I might have given Alli a bit of an editing headache. I'll post a link to the podcast once it's ready and up on the Yarn in the City website.

So if you are visiting my blog via the podcast -  hello and welcome! Thank you for taking an interest in my quest - to wear only six items of clothing from my overful wardrobe for six weeks (one week down, five to go) and to raise money for the charity Labour Behind the Label.  I hope you also visit my fundraising page and make a donation too.  And finally I hope you will come back and visit again, see how I manage to ring the changes with accessories to keep my blog readers interested and brighten up the grey