I joined for three months and received this as the first instalment in the club. There was a pattern as well with several months exclusive use by members of the lace club and a discount offered on any other purchases while a member of the club. I tried the pattern, it's not difficult, but my mind was obviously not in the place needed to work with just under 400 stitches to start the shawl. I ripped it back three times and I let it sit on my table for a while.
I found this, which I've done before. It's also a design by Annie and is called Trinity. It comes from here which is a charity site benefiting Médecins sans Frontières, Doctors without Borders. The idea is that you download the pattern and there are quite a few to choose from, make it up and then make a donation. I'll make another donation to cover this knitting.
The yarn itself is gorgeous to work with. Very soft and smooshy and a dream to knit. It's a mix of camel and silk. I'm about halfway through the pattern. This is only part of the pattern. I'm using Addi Clicks here. I like the needles but the cables are very twisty and double back on themselves unless I'm careful. I much prefer my original Knitpicks cables to these.
This next picture shows the next instalment of yarn from Annie. It's slightly thicker than the camel and is more like a normal sock yarn. The shades of blues are lovely merging into each other. Bluefaced Leicester and silk. I'm looking forward to knitting this too.
This recipe came with the electricity bill. Way back then, the bills came with a glossy little newsletter and some recipes. I don't use the nutmeg, or may use a pinch. I substitute powdered ginger which I much prefer. Use soft butter, dump all ingredients in bowl and beat. It's pretty well foolproof.
No such niceties with the electricity bill now. Mine landed in my email inbox this morning and I gulped. It's not enormous, my brother who doesn't get a concession has a much larger bill.
I found the tin I was looking for. It was full of muffin papers, tiny gingerbread men cutters etc. As you can see, it's had a rough life. I think my grandmother gave it to me and it was bashed and battered then. I'm sure that i and my sons have added to the bumps over the years, but it soldiers on. Like the recipe, it's foolproof and has never failed me.