Friday, 28 October 2011

No Fire Without Smoke

I lit the wood-burner this morning, as it's a little nippy here - although not too cold.  But, as the house has been closed up for 10 weeks, I thought a little background warmth would be nice.

However - I forgot that I had blacked the stove with a proprietary product (specially meant for cast-iron wood-burning stoves) and had not used it since.

My neighbour had called round to see how I was, and as we were talking, I realised the room was filling with smoke.  Not due to the stove itself, but this 'blacking' product which was smoking as it got hot.

You can't see the smoke in this picture, but you CAN see that my washing is drying on the Kitchen Maid rack in front of the stove, so I guess it's all going to smell like I've been to an early bonfire night party!

Also, not much chance of warming up the house, as I have now had to open all the doors and windows to try and get rid of the smoke!

Catnip Carrots

Remember that carrot from Mollie Makes?  Well I have created my own pattern for a similar one (but easier to fill) and have an order for ten!  So guess what I'm going to be doing for the next few days!

Catnip carrot

I'll put the pattern on Ravelry when I've tested it out and sent off the carrots!  They're £3.50 each, plus postage, if anyone would like one for their favourite pussycat's Christmas box!  Just drop me a line!


quilterliz said...

G'day Penny. I would have loved to have seen your face when you saw the smoke from that product you used. We had a wood heater at the farm and hubby put some kind of wood in it one day and when I opened the door of the heater, thick smoke belched out and it took ages for the house to clear of it. I am sure the look on my face said what I would like to do to hubby if he was anywhere near !!!Take care. Liz...

Joy said...

Oh, that wood stove looks so cozy... BTW, that carrot is so cute, what a fun idea for the kitties, or maybe a basket of crocheted veggies placed on a table for when the snow flies?? Might bring back some thoughts of warmer days. Hope you are doing well!