Truth in advertising

So my son, the cynical loather of Instagram (I can hardly express the depth of my love for Instagram! ), groans every time he sees me take a photo.
“anyone looking at your blog would think we live in a magazine. All you do is take photos of the pretty bits amongst the squalor”, he said.
I can’t argue with that. So in the spirit of honesty and disclosure, this one is for Clancy.

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guess what…

yesterday I sent an email out to all of our customers that said this…

“Last week a number of stars aligned and, as a consequence,we have decided to close the shop.
This is such a huge decision but it’s one that has come easily and happily because it means the beginning of some new adventures for both of us.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support and friendship over the three and a half years that pompom rouge has been our home away from home!”

so, what will I be doing next?

“After I have a really loooooong sleep, I will be catching up on about 3 1/2 years worth of housework…
…but that excitement can’t sustain a girl for long, so I will soon be launching a new business that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a couple of years.
It is still in the sew-stitch-quilt-make line of things and I have begun designing and sourcing product already – yes, I will be designing again!
Soon, when I show you stuff that I’m making like this…

.. and you ask,”Is there a kit for that?” the answer will be YES!
My new business is SO new that it doesn’t have a name yet.”

You’ll hear all about here! I have missed blogging and being part of the online world and I can’t wait to get back into it with gusto. I also can’t wait to see more of my husband and maybe even to get to travel with him.

Having the shop has been an amazing time in my life. I thought that I pretty much knew what was in store for me when I opened it but there was one big surprise – I didn’t expect to make so many friends! Every day has been a tea party and that’s a rather nice way to live.
But I don’t have any sadness about leaving it behind. I’m proud to say that my list of goals has been ticked off, my repertoire of life skills has expanded and the gypsy heart inside me is thrilled by the promise of what’s to come.
I always have been a very good starter ;)”

moral of story – knit faster than you shop

i looked up on one of the storage shelves in the shop this morning and spied my box of wollmeise yarn.
i really need to knit some more of this stuff because, well, there’s rather a bunch of it in that box.
i did a bit of a stocktake… and had a photo sesh…

and played with some colour combinations… and the result is rather a lot of promised-to-myself knitting.
there will be a cardigan made out of this

maybe this or this or this. Or even this. sooooo many cute cardies on ravelry. all gets a bit overwhelming to be honest.

this one is a ‘definite’ plan though… this shawl made from these…