Poncho

Hello Lovely People,

You may know that, in recent months, I took part in the Spice of Life crochet along by Cherry Heart and Black Sheep Wools.

I made this:

Spice of Life CAL2

and this:

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solinspired poncho

And now this – Ta Dahhhhh!

This is a #SOLinspired poncho which is destined to be a birthday present for ‘someone’ whose 10th birthday is coming up next month.  I thought I’d try out the pompom edging that I’ve been admiring on other blogs and found a good tutorial HERE.  I am very grateful for this pattern and am particularly pleased as I made this from my stash of Stylecraft and didn’t have to go and buy any more yarn!!!! I know, right?

I can’t reference the pattern I’m afraid as I made it up as I went along.

Must hobble away now, (I’ve hurt my knee), as I’m off to the hairdressers.

See you down the road,

Sx

 

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New Year, New Blanket

Greetings All,

I hope you all had a very good Christmas time and are looking forward to all the New Year has in store.  Christmas chez nous was  quiet, because very sadly we lost a beloved family member.  Nevertheless we got together and enjoyed each other’s company as we remembered him.

So, it didn’t take long before the ‘stash’ began calling and I picked up the crochet hook for yet another Star Blanket.  This one is for my gorgeous daughter’s lovely friends who are expecting their first baby in March.  Their chosen colour scheme for the nursery is yellow and pale gray.  Can you guess what colour the blanket is? Yes, of course you can.  In any case, here’s a picture…..or two.

Yellow Star 2 YellowGray Star blanket

 

I made this blanket a little bit bigger than the others I’ve made as, (and I know it’s a long, long time since I had tiny babies – and none of them was particularly tiny anyway), the pattern size of 36″ point to point didn’t seem to offer enough ‘middle’ of the blanket for my liking.  Hopefully this will be plenty big enough.

I hope you are having a good time wherever you are!

Until next time,

S x

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It’s (nearly) Christmaaaaaaas!

Hello you Lovely People,

Thanks for stopping by.  Advent is drawing to a close and the Big Day will soon be here.  This year I have made 3 Christmas Cakes and only one of them is for me.  I used the BBC Good Food website for the cake recipe.  If you’re interested you can  find it HERE. I don’t use alcohol in my recipes, because I don’t care for it and I substitute orange juice instead.

There’s still a lack of light ’round here, but I took the photos anyway:

Two Christmas Cakes

Here are the first two, waiting for their cellophane wrapping so that they can go to their respective homes for the holiday.

My Christmas Cake 2015

My Christmas cake, which a gluten free version and isn’t going anywhere, except on my plate, (and the plates of any guests I may have).

I wish you and those you love a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Peace-filled New Year.

S x

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Advent 2015

Just a quick post to show my Advent calendar this year.  I am following the lectionary daily readings and responding to them by making these little circles.

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and a close up

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Sorry about the poor quality of the photos but it’s raining here and there’s been little light all day.

Bye for now

Sx

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Giveaway Update

Hello Lovely people!

Just a quick update to say that no one entered for the giveaway so there is no winner!  Not to worry, I shall try again with something else entirely some time next year.  In the meantime I shall be knitting and crocheting up a storm for Christmas presents.

See you down the road,

Sx

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Preparing for the Cold Front and a Giveaway

Hello lovely People,

The news from the outside world is absolutely horrendous isn’t it?  It’s good to escape into blogland for a bit of respite and I am glad for that.  It also gives me a chance to chronicle the latest makings.

First up is a Christmas present for someone who doesn’t yet know about this blog, so I think it’s safe to reveal it here:

Purple Blanket

This is another version of the Spice of Life CAL I did a few weeks ago.  Remember this?

Spice of Life CAL2

same pattern – different look.

Then I finished the first try of the star baby blanket in left over scraps – put on your sunglasses because it’s a bit bright:

bright Star blanket

I haven’t got a recipient in mind so it might go into the fund-raising pile.  In the New Year I am planning to raise funds for my local Breast Care Centre.

Next up, I am thinking about the coming cold weather and so have made some nice, warm hats.  Yup, hats, plural.

winter hats

and finally….. drum roll please……. the giveaway.

I have this lovely knitting book for one lucky reader to win:

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If you want to have a look inside click HERE.

Now, if you are interested in owning this book, just post a comment below telling us all who taught you knit, (or if you taught yourself, then by all means say so).  I will pick a winner at random next Friday, (27th November).  Comments close midnight on Thursday 26th.  Hope y’all have a great week,

S x

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Hot off the Hook….

Hello You Lovely People!

Autumn is well and truly here, (U.K, Northern Hemisphere), and whilst I generally LOVE this time of year, I could do with a bit more light.  This week we’ve had fog and rain and the days have been dark and gloomy.  I was coming home the other day at just 2pm and had to put on the car headlights as it was so murky – ugh!  The other drawback to this lack of light means I haven’t been able to photograph stuff outside and have had to resort to indoor lighting, so apologies in advance.

On the upside though, dull days just lend themselves to lots of sofa and audiobook time whilst whipping up the latest makings:

BBlankie and cushion

 

First off is a Star-shaped baby blanket and “Hola”! Cushion.  The blanket came in kit form and I bought it because a new baby is on its way in the family friendship circle.  His or her nursery is a specific colour scheme, so I really only wanted the pattern, but I thought I’d have a practice run with the yarn included and this is the result.  I shall be making the ‘real thing’ after Christmas as there’s plenty of time and it’s a quick and easy make.  The cushion is made from left overs from the Spice of Life CAL run by Black Sheep Wools and Cherry Heart, shown in the previous post.

The next item is to be a Christmas present for my friend Y.  I can safely post it on here as Y spends as little time on the computer as is possible, (for someone who needs to use one for work), and so is very unlikely to see this:

needlecase1It’s a needlecase, complete with useful innards.  This is the front.

This is the back:

Needlecase back

and this is what the inside looks like:

Needlecase open

Of course, we are only in November and it’s not even Advent yet.  There are plenty of other days/events before Christmas – though you’d never know from the way the TV and Retail sectors are advertising their wares.

This Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, (always the Sunday nearest to 11th November), and it seems that more people than ever are wearing poppies, although it seems, from social media, that poppy wearing has become quite a contentious issue.  There are articles all over the internet that tell you that you should wear a poppy, the implication being that if you choose not to you are deficient in patriotism, gratitude or some other thing that marks you out as a ‘wrong ‘un.’ Not only that, you should wear a red poppy as that’s the one sold by the Royal British Legion and is seen as the most patriotic one.  I am horrified by all the vitriol I’ve read on this.  My preferred option is to wear both red and white poppies, (white symbolises the hope of peace) so I’ve made my very own brooch this year:

Remembrance brooch

My opinion is that people should be free to wear or not wear whichever poppy they choose, (or not), to wear.  Red, white, purple, (this last is fairly new and is meant to be worn to remember all the animals who have died in various wars), they all have meaning and I am not going to go on about it here because I’ve written more about Remembrance Sunday on my work blog and if you’re interested you can read it here.

I have other work in progress, but I’ll leave it there for now as the various stuff will turn up completed here in due course.

Thanks for stopping by – have a good week,

Sx

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A knitted Jumper and Crochet Blanket

The weather here has really begun to get into its Autumn stride.  The days are still nice and bright, but the air is much cooler and the evenings are getting longer and longer.  This, of course, presents me with the ideal conditions for curling up on the sofa and making stuff.  I have just finished a very small jumper for my lovely 2nd grandson’s birthday.  It’s a Sirdar Baby Crofter pattern and it looks like this:

A's Nov jumperI really like this patterned wool as it does all the work for you.  All you need to do is simple stocking stitch and lo and behold a mock fair isle garment appears.

At the same time I have been working on the Cherry Heart/Black Sheep Wools Spice of Life Crochet Along.  I have now finished the rows and am waiting for the final part to be released so I can complete the edges.  I may, though decide to do my own thing as I have a book of crochet edges to inspire me, but we shall see.  The blanket looks like this:

Spice of Life CAL2This afternoon I shall begin on a crochet bag which will be a Christmas present for a friend.  The needles are never still!

Bye for now

Sx

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Over the Summer

I say, ‘Summer’ but actually, in my opinion it’s hard to categorize the wet, cold, clammy weather we’ve had during July and August as summer.  No, summer bided it’s time and finally showed up for a couple of weeks in September.  We did have an outstandingly wonderful day for the wedding of my beautiful daughter and handsome son-in-law, so I’m not complaining.  Not really.

Actually, the weather did contribute in part to the many makings that have come into being over the past few months.  I’m not going to write about them in detail, but here are some pictures:

2015-07-30 17.34.27Birthday present cushions for the lovely Leah.

2015-08-14 15.19.53Yummy Banana Bread.

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A cardigan I made for myself – lovely and warm.

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Apple meringues.  My mum used to make these all the time and this was my attempt.  Mine were not nearly as good as hers.

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Lemon and Coconut Cake – I shall make this again!

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this is what it looked like with its hat on!

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Work in progress – these were the pom pom flowers the Bridesmaids held and as I can’t resist it – here’s a picture of the newly married couple:

2015-09-29 19.56.27Her bouquet is made up of knitted flowers which were made by some lovely friends at their knitting group and I put them together to make the bouquet.  We didn’t use real flowers as the lovely bride is allergic to them and didn’t want to be sneezing all day!

So for the current ‘makings’….. I have just finished this:

A's hoodieA birthday hoodie, 1st installment of Grandson’s birthday next month.

The current wip.  I am doing the “Spice of Life” Crochet Along from Cherry Heart and Blacksheep Wools and this is the story so far:

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I am really, really enjoying this.  It’s very therapeutic and as I am following a pattern, I don’t have to worry about working out what comes next.  The colours are from my stash and I just picked out the yarns I already had that most closely matched the colour descriptions of the original.  They are nothing like and I wouldn’t have naturally put them together, but I do like them.

That’s it then, for the moment.  hope you are having a good time wherever you are.

See you next time,

S x

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Evolution of a FaceCake…

Hello lovely people!

Baking has taken a bit of a back seat this year.  It turns out that 2015 will go down in my personal history as, “My Year as a Sofa Bear.”  This is because of health issues, but I am doing very much better at the moment and this is why I have a post today.

My youngest son and I were talking the other day, and he mentioned that he would really like a cake with Batman’s face on it.  As it’s his birthday soon, (today actually – Happy Birthday D)! I said I’d make him one, and I asked what flavour he’d like Batman to be – carrot.  OK then.  By the way, he’s quite grown up now, so this isn’t for a party, just for him and whomsoever he chooses to share it with.

I began with my favourite Cake book by Rachel Allen:

Cake Book

and turned to the Carrot Cake page – yum!

Recipe Page

and got to work.  A relatively short time later…….

Yummy Cakes

and then all I had to do was add the cream cheese filling, shape the cake and cover it with fondant icing.  Finally I had to find something to put it on so he could take it away with him.  I found a picnic plate that I could spare – a bit small, but it would do.

Finally…

Batman FacecakeSo that’s what I’ve been doing lately.  Hope you’re having a good summer/winter wherever you are in the world.

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