Wednesday, 28 October 2015


Since the children went back to school in September I have tried to develop my focus and protect my time so that I can work on bringing Misty Cottage Crafts down from dreamland and into reality. 
This week, however, is half term so the children are at home for a week's holiday. Now don't get me wrong, I love to spend time with them, in fact they were home educated until a year ago and they are good company, witty, loving and full of surprises but I JUST CAN'T GET ANYTHING DONE!!! My husband and daughter are unwell and have been all week so between making sure that they are comfortable and have what they need and ferrying my son around to whatever is going on, very little crafting has happened. I did not realise how central the act of making had become to my sense of self and well being. I have felt adrift these last few days and unable to settle to much as the rising tide of panic about the craft fayre I have booked into washes over me periodically. This afternoon I couldn't take it any more so I have ignored all sorts of things and have been needlefelting and I feel so much better already!

This scarf is still on my needles.

I aim to get it off the needles this evening and make the tassels and weave ribbon through it tomorrow if I can get up and clear the morning chores before anyone needs a lift anywhere. I did cast something else on the other day and worked on it for two evenings and then had to frog it as it had gone wrong somewhere along the line. I might try again on that one over the next few days so I may have something different to show next week.

I put the final touches to the Heartstrings I made the other week and have taken some photos which will hopefully be good enough to enable me to list them in the shop later today.

As for books, I finished Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn yesterday and today I began listening to The Fiery Cross which is the next book in her Outlander series - I just don't seem to be able to get enough of this series!

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Gratitude Sunday.

I'm joining in with the lovely people over at WoolyMossRoots for Sunday Gratitudes.

This week I have been grateful for:

my thoughtful husband who occasionally arrives home with flowers just because,

wise friends with wise words to steady me when my life seems to wobble,

honey to soothe my poorly girl's throat,

my Mum and her crafty stash which so often comes up with the goods when the local shops don't!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Head Down.

I have been really busy this week crafting like mad and totally loving it!

I have finished my commission and expect to put it in the post tomorrow, I hope he likes it. The silk yarn knits up really nicely with a beautiful texture and plenty of lustre. I have sewn lots of beads into the hanging as I had not spun beads into this skein and I have got a nice piece of driftwood that I  collected from a beach that is local to Misty Cottage for it to hang from. So fingers crossed that he enjoys it.

I have cast on another scarf for my shop with the blue merino slub yarn that I spun and plied with blue metallic thread with tiny pinkish beads. I love making these so I hope someone will love wearing them! They are so soft and squooshy but that is an inevitable draw back of internet selling - people can't feel or touch what you have made. I am booked into a craft fayre in November (which I am trying - and failing- not to panic about) so I guess that would be the time to get lots of feedback when people can feel the scarves. I am trying not to spend too much time in looking up and contemplating the enormity of the learning curve I have embarked upon, just head down and make, I know I can do that bit!

My making is mostly accompanied by Diana Gabaldon's Drums of Autumn through my ear buds. I just don't seem to be able to get enough of the Outlander series. Not only is the story line good and strong but Davina Porter is just brilliant as a narrator. When I was listening to the Mists of Avalon I remember thinking to myself that she was able to do Scottish voices really well so she is perfect for Jamie Fraser.

The weather here at Misty Cottage has finally broken and today it really is very misty and mizzly so photos taken today are dull. The nights are getting colder too so a rescue mission was launched yesterday to bring the chilly chilli plants in from the doorless greenhouse and into the relative cosiness of the house.

I'm joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along. I thoroughly recommend an evening reading the other blogs in these linkies, there are so many talented and interesting people out there!

Sunday, 18 October 2015

Gratitude Sunday

I've been spending some time over at WoolyMossRoots' blog recently and today I am plucking up the courage to join in with her Gratitude Sunday linky.

So this week I have been feeling grateful for friends and family members who come to stay.

I am lucky enough to have a friend from many years ago, school days in fact, who though I don't see her often, when we do get together the years roll away and our friendship is as fresh and enlivening as it was over thirty years ago. It is wonderful to have conversations with someone who knew you before you gave yourself limits, before you allowed yourself to be molded by anxieties and doubts. For a day or two recently I was reminded of the person I was in my late teens and early twenties, confident and unfazed by challenges, pretty much ready for anything! It was a good feeling and I am grateful for that glimpse of myself in her eyes.

Having people to stay and taking them out for walks and to see the sights helps me to be grateful for where I live. Our surroundings can just become the unnoticed backdrop to life if we don't maintain a purposeful consciousness of the world around us.

Seen through a visitor's eyes I am reminded that the world is indeed a beautiful place and I am grateful.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015


So, my shop is open, I have made my first sale and now I am working on my first commission! I had a lovely visitor here at Misty Cottage the other day and he saw this swatch on the table and asked if I could make him something similar but larger to hang on his wall - how exciting is that!

So that is currently on my needles though the yarn is not beaded but he is happy for me to sew the beads on. How brilliant to get to work on such a fun project and be paid!

Another reason to love having visitors is that you get to take them out and remember why you live where you do.

We visited Tintagel first to check out the amazing face in the cliff which I have blogged about here and then went to Boscastle, which is a beautifully picturesque harbour.


 This is a picture of the Boscastle Blowhole, otherwise known as the Devil's Bellows. We were lucky enough to be there at the right time to see it in action as it blows water horizontally across the harbour.



 The weather here in Cornwall has been stunning for weeks now, clear blue skies and lovely, still, fragrant air. I have a theory about this, during the last week of August I bought a new waterproof coat and trousers so that I would have no excuse not to leave the car near the children's school and walk the nearly 3 miles home each morning and then back again in the afternoon. Amazingly I have not had to wear either the coat or the trousers yet! It is all up hill in the mornings to get home and I am walking very briskly (in an attempt to get fit and counter balance the fact that most of what I do whilst the children are at school is knitting, spinning, sewing or computer based and therefore very sedentary) so it has been very warm work so far. Whilst walking I have my ear buds in and am listening to The Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon. It is the fourth book in the Outlander series and once again I could and sometimes do, listen to it all day long - well, until I meet up with the children in the afternoon.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Learning Curves.

My life feels like one very steep learning curve at the moment. I have to say that this is not a negative comment, I like learning but it can, at times, be a frustrating business. For example, I had a great idea for a scarf, I spun the yarn and drew out the design in my 'Knitter's Graph Paper Journal' and got all excited and cast on. Then I realised why scarves don't tend to have things like colour work or vertical stripes! Who wants to wear a scarf that is noticeably inside out at times and has yarn being carried over? No wonder they have horizontal stripes - which I just don't feel inspired to knit at the moment. My Mum (who is the font of all crafty knowledge) pointed out that I could do my design if I knitted the scarf as a tube but the yarn I have spun wouldn't lend itself to that I don't think. So here it is, plain but still beautiful.

The yarn is a lovely, soft, bluey grey merino which I have spun as a slub yarn and spiral plied with a blue metallic thread with tiny blue beads.

The other, almost vertically steep learning curve in my life at the moment will have already been spotted by the eagle eyed amongst you - I have finally opened my Etsy shop! (Pause for a big fanfare.) Goodness me, it took a bit of doing and I still have lots of things to list and fill it up with but my dream is being realised - I have even (huge gasp) made a sale!!!!!!!!!!!

My reading is also a learning curve as I am, again, preparing a lecture from Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom for study group tomorrow. It takes a fair bit of work to get to grips with and I can imagine coming back to reread it periodically to grasp a little bit more each time.

"When we observe our thinking, we live during this observation directly within a self-supporting, spiritual web of being."

In other Misty Cottage news I would just like to take a moment to say how much I love these guys (and girls).

Each afternoon when I go out to feed the poultry they come running to see me. Yes I know it is cupboard - or maybe bucket - love but still, hens and ducks tend to run away even when you are bringing food or water but turkeys are very friendly and sociable.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along and Frontier Dreams' Craft Along.