Thursday, 22 January 2015

Eeh Bah Gum but it's Cowd

That is about as much Yorkshire as I know!  Please don't email me to say I've spelled it all wrong!

But it has been that cold today and we've even had a tiny flurry of snow - the soft, fat flakes that you remember from childhood.  I sort of hoped it would lie and I could take pictures, but it didn't.

It was very cold first thing in the morning, with a heavy mist...

Misty view

...which did make it look a little as if we were on the moors.

The vegetable garden was all frosty, as you can see from the top of this Brussels Sprout plant...

FrostyBrussels plant

...like a cabbage dusted with glitter.

And when I put out some seed for the birds, I found two little daisies sheltering in the frost-covered grass.

The Days Eye in an eggcup

I put them in an eggcup with some water, thinking they would open out in the warmth of the house, but they have stayed tightly closed, waiting for the Spring.

So I spent the day knitting Anna's socks, with the woodburner going full blast!

Roaring fire

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

WOWW

Crikey - three days blogging in a row.  Anyone would think I had nothing else to do!  Well, of course, I have, but it's cold and frosty outside and nice and warm in here with the wood-burner going... nuff said!

It's been a long time since I joined in with What's On your Worktable Wednesday (22nd October 2014 to be precise) but here I am again, and I'll try to post more regularly now.

At present I'm making some socks for Dan's daughter, Anna.  I haven't met her yet, but Dan tells me she wears a size 6 shoe. I hope he's right!  I've completed one sock so far...

First sock

...in this rather bright DROPS Fabel Print yarn, which, apparently, she will love! The colour is the creatively-named Shade 901!

I seem to have lost my 2.75 circular needles, so I'm making these on 2.5mm circulars, and I'm a bit worried they are somewhat skinny.  But I think she's quite slender, so I'm hoping for the best.

The pattern is one I designed, with a slight laceyness (is that the right spelling?), though easy to do and quick to knit up.  (Always a bonus).

Lace pattern expanded

I also did a bit of spinning the other day...

Spinning the green

...and have plied the yarn with a DMC mercerised cotton thread.  Not sure what I'll make with it...

Green handspun, Jan 2015

...but it'll be very green!

On a different topic, I've been listening to a couple of excellent Podcasts - Knitsonik from Felicity Ford (9 episodes recorded so far)

Knitsonik

and a brand new one from Libby of Truly Myrtle.

Truly myrtle podcast

I found both fascinating!

I like to listen to my podcasts through iTunes, and then the latest podcast will automatically download whenever I open the programme. I also route the sound through an external speaker, to get a better quality of sound than that given by the teeny, tiny speakers built in to my laptop.  But, for some reason, I can't get the Truly Myrtle one into iTunes, so I have to watch it on YouTube.  I can still listen via my external speaker, but I don't get an automatic update this way.  I guess I'll solve the problem eventually - maybe it's because the podcast is so new...

Anyway, have a listen and see what you think.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

It's a Machine World...

Well, when I found this New Home (now Janome) sewing machine in a local charity shop, I couldn't resist it.  It was 22€, which is about £17 at today's exchange rate. It all works fine, apparently, and just needs a new drive belt, which is an inexpensive item.

Whole Thing

I am most interested in the stitch patterns, though I don't quite know what I will use them for, and am dying to get to grips with it.

The only drawback is that there were no tools or spare feet with it, but at least there was the instruction book!

Instruction Manual

And when I've finished my sewing, it just slides down into its own neat little table!

folded away

Monday, 19 January 2015

Toffee Apple Cake with Cornish Cream

A blogger friend of mine has been trying to add a recipe to her blog, without much success, so I am posting the recipe here so that she can redirect people from her blog...

The recipe is for Toffee Apple Cake...


...and you can download a copy of the recipe in Pdf format here






Friday, 16 January 2015

A Baguette Past its Best...

... is only fit for the birds!

Birdies love Baguettes

You'll need to click on the photo to see the birds!

This baguette was a multi-grain one, so not really suitable to make Bread and Butter pudding...

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Buttons and Beach Huts

This morning, reading Jo's blog, I was musing about the nostalgia brought on by beach huts.  Also, by buttons.  I have LOTS of buttons (although, sadly, no beach huts) which I will never have the time to use. Beach Huts and Buttons...hmmmmm - I feel a new blog coming on.

I have a lot of 'stuff' which is beautiful AND useful (thank you, William Morris) but I know I will never have time to use it all.  In fact, here is a picture of some of it...

My 'Aladdin's Cave'...


...and I have decided to give other crafters or collectors the chance to acquire items at modest prices.  So - I have opened a new blog where I can post pictures and you can buy all those things I have jealously loved and hoarded  filed away over the years.

So here it is:


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Here I am Again...

See - you can't get rid of me that easily!

It's been a cold day today, though sunny this morning, but it's been raining all afternoon.  So what's a girl to do except sit on the sofa and get out her odds and ends of yarn and her crochet hooks?

This is what I made...

Colourful Coasters

They're a bit brighter than they look here - I should have taken the picture before it got so gloomy outside.

But the inside is brightened up by the lovely tulips my friend Pat brought me yesterday. I really love tulips - so colourful (like the coasters) and they help to make you realise that Spring will be coming soon.  (I wish it'd hurry up though!)

Beautiful Tulips