Sunday, 22 February 2015
You may have noticed that there really seems to be a lack of knitting on my blog. I seem to have slightly lost focus, but it also because I have been working on a new pattern since the start of 2015. It is taking so much longer than I expected. So until that is done, here is a bit more cookery ....
I thought you might like to see what I came back to find the other day. She hadn't baked it, but my daughter had prepared this enormous cookie. She used this Millie's Cookie recipe, just leaving out the chocolate chips, and came up with the design herself. The letter cutters were from Santa, but he got them from Tiger. I took the photo below to try and show the scale. Despite its huge size the cookie still disappeared incredibly quickly.
Thursday, 19 February 2015
Saturday, 14 February 2015
I saw a link on Inspire Me Wednesday at Adventures of Mel for a non-cook fudge. The recipe is on Simple Stacie, and it definitely took some of the stress out of fudge making.
We couldn't find the right brand of cake mix or sprinkles so did a bit of substitution. It would have been nice to have had little hearts like in the original, but our raspberry pieces mean that we can kid ourselves that this fudge contains one of our five a day. Fudge has been placed in a recovered chocolate box, and will be presented to hubby as a Valentine gift when he gets up this evening. (He is on a run of night shifts.)
Thursday, 5 February 2015
If you fancy knitting a heart for someone you love, then I thought I would remind you of my Free Heart Pattern on ravelry and Craftsy. Ok it is called Christmas Love Heart, but it would suit Valentine's Day too. Here are a few hearts which you may have seen before.
The pattern has instructions for three sizes of heart, and as well as my Fair Isle charts there are also blank charts so you can work out your own Fair Isle design. Or if embroidery is more your thing, then there are some photo tutorials in Embroidery Corner in my righthand sidebar to remind you of the stitches you could use.
There is still time to make a few hearts.
Saturday, 31 January 2015
Just realised that I can now show photos of some of my Christmas gift knit. These were knitted from the Potato Chip Scarf pattern, so called as you really can't knit just one. I am gradually making one for all my relations.
The pattern is fairly simple, so the fun is in finding an interesting wool to knit it in.
Sunday, 25 January 2015
I usually say that the items in my shop are unique, but just for once I thought I would make some of my Baby Bee Shoes that are exactly the same (except for the size).
I thought it would make a good extra photo for the pattern, and emphasise that it contains instructions for two sizes: 0-3 months and 3-6 months. I love this wool, which is Jaeger Luxury Tweed, and was left over from a pullover. I clearly misjudged how much to buy, as I have also used this to knit a dog coat, and still have more left. It is so fluffy that the shoes almost look as if they are felted.
The other reason I embroidered snowdrops was that the snowdrop season will be with us soon. I have seen a few garden snowdrops online, but has anyone seen any wild ones yet?
Saturday, 24 January 2015
As promised here is my daughter's school project video on Deforestation. She made this last year when she was 11 years old. I guess I am being a bit loose with the term snapshots, but it is a series of snaps linked with voices and music. She did all the voices, in fact everything herself. Just the loan of my camera. I hope you enjoy it. The edge of some of the screen has cut off, and I can't work out how to fix this, but I don't think it really spoils the whole show.
If you watch to the end, there is a rather cool dance routine after the credits. When folk grumble about children spending all their time on computers, I think this shows that computer time can be very creative.
P.S. She did not know that Bob Dylan was a real person. Oh young people.