The joy of a new project

For me it starts when I receive the notification that my parcel has been left “in a safe place”. The thrill of opening my package and smelling that yarn for the first time is pure joy.

I received a package from Yarn and Co last week, and due to the sudden desire to start spring cleaning, I am only getting around to winding my skeins tonight.

Inga who is Knitting Traditions is having a Rustic Knitalong and I’m planning on knitting Journeycake Sontag Shawl by Louise Bollano. You can find it as a free pattern on Ravelry. It’s a garter stitch triangle shaped shawl with a scalloped crochet edge. The pattern has been inspired by the Outlander series. My yarn of choice is Cascade 220 Heather in the Silver grey and Summer sky colourways. I cannot remember the last time I knit with this yarn, but I’m loving the feel of it.

I hope Monday has been kind to you.


There is something about Sundays that makes me want to cook. Now let’s ignore the fact that it’s going to be 35 degrees today and that it’s also salad eating season and let’s make sausage and chicken gumbo. I’m a pretty big fan of one-pot meals. And yes I realise it most likely comes down to the fact that there is less washing up. Either way, gumbo is always a hit and nothing ever gets wasted. And I take joy in knowing that I have leftovers for Monday night dinner.

Happy Sunday