Thursday, 21 April 2011

We love Dorset

This post today comes to you from sunny, sunny Dorset (hurrah!)  Well, we had to come here for Easter because nana (my granny) has the best garden of anyone we know for Easter egg hunts and this is a really, really important consideration when you're under the age of, say, 35.  Plus, when you're (only slightly) over the age of 35, you can get a bit excited about going to Hanson's, which is the amazing haberdashery warehouse I mentioned in my 'springy things' post.  Soooo...Hanson's...well, we've been here 24 hours and already I have made a little pilgrimage.  I had some Easter money from my parents-in-law burning a hole in my pocket, so decided to treat myself to some really gorgeous yarn to make myself a little something.  I managed to persuade Mr Nut that it would be a good idea to spend some quality time with his three children while my mum and I 'quickly' popped out, so I was able to really check out all the yarns and spend a looooong time going 'hmmmmm' and 'huuuuuh' and 'errrrmmm', while stroking yarns and secretly wishing I was very, very rich.  Anyway, I finally managed to make a decision and very pleased with it I am too.  Want to see the yarn? 
Okay, here it is:
Mmmmmmm, sublime by name, sublime by nature.
This is the softest, softest yarn you can imagine - it's 75% extra fine merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere and I cannot wait to get making!  The colour hasn't come out that well in this photo, in real life it's a sort of cream, a petrol bluey-grey and a greeny-aqua colour.  Yum, yum, yum.  I'm not sure exactly what pattern I'm going to use for this - I think I quite fancy something along the lines of loopy flowers joined together, but I haven't made up my mind yet and I am open to any suggestions anyone may have!
And as if all that yarny excitement wasn't enough, my lovely mum bought me a rather splendid new cook book:
I love everything about this book: the title, the cover, the style in which the recipes are written and also the homemade, slightly economical vibe.  I'm already getting excited about making something to take to my gran's for Easter Sunday lunch (had better make sure we don't all get too carried away with chocolate in the morning.)
I just cannot get over this amazing weather we're having at the moment, it feels like high summer.  It's just brilliant, we've been spending whole days outdoors just soaking it all up and playing with the children.  My mum's garden is always beautiful and is looking especially lovely at the moment, with everything growing at a rate of knots.
Love, love, love the colour of this beautiful tulip.
It's just possible I might have gone slightly overboard with the flower photos today, but really, you've got to love it haven't you?
Oooh, Mr Nut's just presented me with a piece of cake and a hot chocolate - he really knows the way to my heart!  Better dash.  Hope you're having a lovely, sunny Easter too. x


  1. You lucky lucky girl having a trip to Hansons! That yarn does indeed look subime. I can't think of a loopy flower thing other that Lucy's japanese flower shawl. you could make it very large and have it as a blanket like Coco Rose did. I love the way you write, you sound like you're laughing xxx

  2. Hey Emily, how wonderful to have a trip away for Easter, Dorset sounds lovely and even nicer with good weather.

    Hansons must be one special shop and your yarn purchase is lovely, great colours. Cute cover on the cook book too........

    Love the flower pics, is that a Violet with the speckled purple on the white petals? It's just lovely, sounds as though you are going to have a fun time at your Grans too.

    From a grey overcast morning, filled with stunning Autumn colour to a sunny Dorset, have a wonderful Easter break,

    Claire :}