I'm a Noro nut and get ridiculously excited when the new issue arrives. This edition is chock full of great patterns. I'm loving the cover shawl. There's also fun blanket that is variation on the log cabin style: you knit a small square then pick up stitches on all 4 edges and work in round. I'm experimenting with a combo of Silk Garden and it's solid cousin, Silk Garden Solo. First tried using the sock weight version but that meant using double points. Now I've pulled out my worsted weight scrapes to see if that's easier & faster. Any excuse to play with Noro!
Warm Weather Yarns
Spring was reluctant to arrive and now the Summer heat is on the horizon. That calls for switching up projects and yarns. I'm a fickle knitter greatly influenced by the temperatures. As soon as it turns the teeniest bit warm I abandon all current projects in favor of lighter, brighter more heat-friendly projects.
Looking for pure 100% cotton? Berroco's Pima 100 is a amazingly soft sport weight cotton. The color palette is stunning with a soft, washed look. As cottons it's super soft to the touch so perfect for babies. Suggest to wash delicate and lie flat to dry approach to pure cotton.
Mother's Day Ideas
New adorable Tea Mugs: Sweet glass tea mugs with pretty ceramic infusers. A lovely gift with a few ounces of tea for your favorite Mom. For the coffee drinkers there's generous and pretty porcelain mugs.
Bye-bye Bee House: With heavy heart we bid adieu to a beloved vendor. For 36 years Bee House has imported some of the best Japanese teapots. "Mr. Bee House" is retiring and we'll miss him terribly. Of course upon hearing I immediately went into hoarding mode and stocked up big time.
On the Bookshelf:
A few favorite books this spring
It opens post-WW2 but looks back to events and a mysterious disappearance during WW1 and the Belgian resistance movements, majority of which were women. Historically it sheds light on a these little-known elements of the resistance efforts. The Alice Network refers to Louise de Bettignies, aka Alice Dubois, who was a French secret agent/spy for the British during WWI. She ran a vast intelligence network (The Alice Network) from her home in the North of France. Her network of a hundred members was so effective that she earned the nickname "the queen of spies." A second group, Dame Blanche was also very active, with an estimated 30% of the participants women. These two groups alone supplied as much as 70% of all military intelligence collected by Allies. At war's end 1,300 agents covered all of occupied Belgium, northern France. Truly a remarkable war-time achievement. Gotta love books that send me to Google to learn more about history or people.
Pleiads, or "doves" were the seven daughters of Atlas, and Pleione. Each of Riley's books devoted to a sister and different location. Great for those needing engaging series to binge read! Ideal for fans of Kate Morton and Kristin Hannah.
In This Grave Hour The thirteenth installment of Maisie Dobbs opens Sep 3, 1939 as Britain declares war against Germany. As the country prepares for war, Maisie investigates a possible serial murderer targeting Belgian refugees who fled the previous "Great War" decades ago.
In the Kitchen
Cookbooks make great gifts anytime but especially for Mom's Day
Magnolia Table Joanna Gaines has a new cookbook and it's great. Great classics but not fussy. Good homey cozy recipes. Makes a great gift for any fan of delicious easy meals that also perfect for casual gatherings.
Dish of the Day New addition to this favorite Williams and Sonoma "Dish" series. As with other there's 365 recipes, one for each day. I love how it's based on calendar so you can pick based on the season or whatever sounds good. Covers variety from soups to meals to desserts. A great all-round extensively illustrated cookbook for the shelf.
Time to stop here or I'll be talking non-stop about Instant Pot cookbooks and recipes....don't want to totally bore everyone! (But if you ever want to talk Instant Pot...I'm your gal!)
Happy Late Spring and Early Summer!