Shop Update: a Lunchtime Meditation

Green leaves on trees, green grass in the park, a barefoot lunch hour sitting in the sun.  Summer knitting.

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Clockwise from top left: Celeste fingering yarn in City Park, Hedgerow, City Park, and Forget Me Nots

Dappled light through the leaves, warm breeze, songbirds calling through the green oasis in the city.  Needles softly clicking.

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Clockwise from top left: Celeste fingering yarn in SpiceTrade, Garden in Spring, Sunshine, and Forgiven

Bright blooms bursting from neat flowerbeds, calm amid the bustle, soaking up sunlight and softening the city-grey.   Stitched meditation.

And Then There Were…

Now, I knew that baby robins grow quickly…  in theory.  But watching it happen right outside my back door has been nothing short of breathtaking.  In less than two weeks, they’ve gone from this…

To this…

And the very next day, they started perching on the edge of the nest, contemplating the big leap down.  I didn’t want them go — I’ve grown so fond of them there, just outside the door.  But they can’t stay in the nest forever.

And yesterday, when I went to check on them, there was only one left, taking his time about leaving — and sinking down into the nest in the hopes I wouldn’t notice him…

When I went to check again today…   the nest was empty. 

Goodbye baby robins.  Take care in this big world. Such a bittersweet feeling…

Crack… Crack…

And without warning, we went from three quiet blue eggs to three blind, naked, wonderful hatchlings…

The nest is in such a place that I can’t get my head up there to have a look — I have to hold the camera up over it and take pictures, and then have a look at them on the camera to see what’s in the nest.  And, as I looked at the first few images, the babies looked so lifeless…  I was suddenly heartbroken at the thought that they might all be dead.


And then one of them raised his head up and begged the camera for some food, and I realised with relief that they were fine!


Fine… and growing fast!   This was them only 48 hours later.  Look at all the feathers coming on their wings.


And this is them today, only 5 days after the first photos.  Incredible how much they’ve grown!  My first thought is how much work that must be for the parent robins, to get enough food to them to support such rapid growth…!


Aren’t they amazing?  It’s been well worth not being able to use the back porch through all this lovely weather, just to give these beautiful babies a chance to hatch and grow.

Spinning My Wheels, Mostly

The weather has been a little too glorious to be inside blogging.  And the birds have been singing a little too sweetly to be on the computer updating the shop.  And so I have been spending a lot of time on the back porch, drinking tea and watching the children play in the garden, while I spend some quality time bonding with my new best friend:

It was my birthday last week and so my family and friends cobbled together and got me my heart’s desire — a beautiful Lendrum spinning wheel.  It is an absolute joy to to spin on, such a smooth and gentle motion that it fairly seduces the yarn from my fingers.  Spinning on it is all I’ve wanted to do.  A-a-and… I’ve hardly gotten anything else done all week!

But the garden is now in full bloom, and full of inspiration.  So when I have not been spinning, I have managed to bring a little Spring to the dyepots..

Sock Yarn, Fingering Weight Superwash Merino, in Sweetpeas

As you stand at the kitchen sink, doing the dishes and gazing absent-mindedly at the garden through the open window, a little breeze gently blows the curtain and carries a scent so beautiful and sweet that you instinctively breathe in deeply and, called out of your daydream, realise that it is the smell of the sweetpeas, climbing up the wall beside the window in a riot of wild pinks, their delicate heads bobbing gently in the breeze.

Each skein is approximately 100g of Superwash Merino in a wonderfully soft 3-ply, fingering weight yarn. Two skeins available, sold separately.

Fiber Content: 100% Superwash Merino
Weight: Approximately 3.50oz / 100g
Colourway: Sweetpeas, 100330-001
Care Instructions for the final item: Hand or Machine wash, Lay flat to dry.

Each item is individually hand-dyed by the SpaceCadet, using professional grade acid dyes which are mixed by hand from primaries.  Please be sure to buy enough for your project as dyelots can vary noticeably and the colours may not be able to be reproduced exactly.
SpaceCadet Creations is a smoke-free, pet-free environment.
Please remember that the colours in pictures may vary depending on your computer monitor. The colours in the photos are as accurate as possible.

As Featured on an Etsy Treasury

Imagine my surprise when I received an email today telling me that my Freshly Cut Grass yarn has been featured in an Etsy Treasury.  Well, no… wait…  you don’t have to imagine — let me tell you:  I squealed so loud that my husband didn’t know what to do with me and my children ran away up to their bedrooms!

So exciting!  Thank you, Heather King, for choosing my yarn for your treasury!