knitting, wool, crochet and more

Oh what to do with an ill daughter who needs to stay in bed? As a sign of solidarity stay in bed too, that was my thought this morning.

Finally I had time to peruse my latest Landscape magazine which I did, almost cover to cover, until I reached the article about Amanda Perkins who crochets the most beautiful blankets.Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 11.11.53.png

I just love, love,love the colours! The best is still to come – Amanda’s blankets will be exhibited at the Unravel Fair at the Farnham Maltings this weekend! Oh yes, I have planned to visit.

The fair is on all weekend (Friday – Sunday) I have visited the last two years and can thoroughly recommend you do too. It is small enough to manage and big enough to maintain the interest, the most lovely wools and inspiration galore.

 

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Well what is left to say, but to see you there (thank goodness husband can look after ill daughter)

 

love E x

…and so we begin another year a month or so later…..

Is it just me or is there seriously a shortage of hours in the day? How I try to satisfy the family, including the dog, the house and how I wish for a little bit of time for myself? I don’t want too much, just a little time to knit or sew or crochet? Thank goodness I enjoy cooking as I’m required to this every day, without fail. Oh yes, thank goodness for my daughters swimming lessons twice a week, I do get time to knit while I wait for the lesson to proceed and indeed run over, every week.

As I’m sitting on a hard bench, without back support, I engage my core muscles (no yoga or pilates required on these days) and while I’m knitting away I can pass the time with some idle chatter with some other mums as well as a nod at the end of a lane of breast stoke and an occasional thumbs up for a good stroke or glide.

Knitting would be far more difficult standing in the rain watching a football or rugby game – I’m not complaining! (It is very hot in the pool hall, I mean sauna temperatures, just saying)

 

Anyway……

I have missed sharing my lovely creations, and there have been a few, with you.

My last post was all about the surprise package of wool I had received. I used the blue wool and knitted a short shawl for my mother, and completed it just in time for her birthday. My mother looks so good in this blue, it was a match without having to think about it too much.

IMG_8270I loved knitting the lace pattern.

 

My craft ladies have been so busy too. Have a look at these lovely creations.

As it is winter in the UK at the moment and we have had a few chilly days, although rather more windy than chilly, I have made myself some toasty chunky socks and I love them!IMG_8631

love Ex

 

Surprises, surprises

Now here I am again. I have finally received my lovely grab bag of surprise wool, which I was awaiting with great anticipation.

I don’t know how to describe what I felt when I first opened the package – surprise, because it was nothing like I expected, yet I had no reason to have any expectations as it was a surprise package, right?IMG_8189

I liked the colours instantly, a good start, but what was I to knit out of 3 thin balls of wool and 2 chunky?

I mulled it over, discussed it with my lovely craft ladies and slept over it…………. and now I’m knitting………….. sorry I can’t say what I’m knitting yet, it is a surprise for somebody who is very close to my heart. It will have to wait a little until I can share it with you, but I will!

You might remember the other surprise I was not able to show you, well here it isIMG_2727

A nappy cake!! Jackie’s son and daughter in law are expecting their first baby any day now, so Jackie make this great gift for the baby shower. I had never seen anything like this before and think it is a brilliant way to package a gift. Jackie put such lovely thought into all the little add on gifts too! How could you not love this!

Talking of birthdays, not matter what age I think you should celebrate, just because you can. IMG_8250We celebrated Kate’s birthday in style with a home baked chocolate cake ( home baked by Rachel) which not only looked spectacular but also tasted heavenly. I can’t believe I didn’t take a picture. However I can share Rachel’s blog with you lovinghomemade. Have a look at the most delicious recipes, I use them so often. Unfortunaltely  I cannot tell which my favourite is as there are too many. I will be making some mango curd today using Rachel’s recipe, it is soo yummy!

I hope you are enjoying the lovely autumn weather we are having in the UK and have a little time to………….just relax………….

I did just that with one of my favourite magazines the simple things

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lots of love

Ex

Surprise, surprise

I’m sure you know by now that I love surprises, well you doesn’t? Well my husband maybe……….

Anyway when this lovely email landed in my inbox I could not resist.

LoveKnitting who supply the loveliest wools and many other things have made up some Grab Bags there are a selection of wools from various suppliers up to 80% off!!! No need to hesitate I thought and I placed my order for a grab bag form Lang.

Have I bought wool from Lang before? No. Well, it wouldn’t be such a surprise then, would it? So 5 balls in assorted colours, and weights are on the way to me, all I have to do is wait.

I’m still waiting……. and hopefully will be able to update you once they have arrived.

We also had a new challenge at Love to Craft this morning. I can’t tell you about it yet, as it is a gift which will only be given on the weekend. I will post a picture after that. Look out for it, it’s really cool.

Last but not least, I just wanted to let you know that not only do I love all my craft ladies, Tiger does too!!!

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Have a great weekend

love Ex

arm knitting

Oh yes, craft classes have started again and the girls are back!!!

A very big welcome to our new members, so happy to have you with us.

We wasted no time at all and started our first session of arm knitting.

This is one I had made in the summer holidaysIMG_7971

Two balls of chunky wool and off you go IMG_20150917_104416894_TOP

before you know it you have thisIMG_8141

There you go, a blog post with very little words ( never enough time to type) and a snood made in under one hour.

So happy to have all back ladies.

See you next week

love Ex

nothing like planing ahead…….

Yes, I should take note of planing ahead a little more often!

My children are having fun with friends and I was told to leave them to it. What an invitation to do something I should do far more often…writing a note on my blog!

Our summer term has come to an end, with our children finally staying home for the summer holidays. I have managed to complete some projects , a snood michelle snoodfor a friend on the other side of the world and a summer jersey for me🙂 It is made out the beautiful bamboo wool my mum brought over from South Africa. Such lovely vibrant colours.bamaboo jersey elaI need to block it and will be ready to go.

I have also tried my hand at baking sourdough bread and would like to thank my craft ladies for their help and patience. My endless questions must have been very tiering. This is my first one, rather good, well I think so anyway.sourdough bread

 

The lovely Kate has definitely planned ahead and knitted this most beautiful blanket for a Christmas gift. Such a lovely pattern, I love the pompoms.

 

Kate blanket

 

 

 

Kate blanket pompom

 

 

 

 

I will be playing with several craft ideas this summer and hopefully will be able to share some of these with you rather sooner than later.

We resume our classes in September, cannot wait to see what my lovely ladies will have in store for me.

 

Wishing you all a very happy and sunny (even if it is only internal sunshine) summer.

 

with love 

E x

no news is good news…

Hello my dear friends, fellow bloggers and followers.

Yes, it has been a while, but don’t worry I have not been resting too much I have been knitting. What else?

I have been very spoilt these last few weeks. My parents visited from South Africa and arrived bearing gifts. For me the most wonderful stash of Bamboo knitting wool. Its called Vinnis Colours, Serina and is made in South Africa and Eco-friendly🙂 The colours are so vibrant I cannot wait to get knitting with it.

My mother also brought along some additional balls so I could knit a snood for her, while she was here. I loved knitting with it. It has the most wonderful drape, however this also means that the garment seams to grow once worn. Something to bear in mind when working out the size.

I presume this serves me right, I cannot get any photographs to upload? I will have to add these next time, so sorry😦

Big news for today is that Mrs Moon is having a really fabulous sale, do have a look, I’m sure they will sell out in no time. Once again, thanks to my Mom, I have managed to buy some Blue Sky Alpaca, Metalico. This must be the softest, most luxurious wool I have knitted with. Remember my shawl? It is the perfect time on year to wear it.

I will be in touch very soon….

love Ex

Unravel and Orange Cake

It might be half term, but this does not mean we are standing still.

Visitis to Ikea (there is always something one needs in Ikea, right?), lovely lazy morning walks which have been good for all of us.

I have just baked a delicious orange cake for my workshop attendants tomorrow. Yes, the pompom workshop is happening tomorrow, so excited🙂.

As I was looking up the recipe I noticed that I had hand written it in my cookbook which I have since I was 17 years old. The pages are discoloured and splattered, but the recipe still works and I still love the taste.

Ok, I’ll share it with you:

 

You will need

75 g flour

75 g cornflour

1/2 tsp baking powder

4 eggs

200 g caster sugar

2 tsp grated orange zest

80 g melted butter

juice of 5 oranges plus 1 tblsp sugar

 

Beat eggs with sugar over hot water till very, very creamy

Sieve flour, cornflower and baking powder and fold into egg mixture

Fold in melted butter and add orange zest

 

Line a round baking tin and add mixture

Bake at 170*C for about 30 minutes.

 

While cake is baking juice the oranges, add the sugar and heat. Do not boil!

Once cake is baked, prick with a fork and add hot orange juice.

Let it stand to cool and only then remove from tin.

Dust with icing sugar just before serving.

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I hope you will enjoy this as much as I have and still do.

 

The Sewing Bee is on tonight and I can watch it live. So excited to sit with my girls and watch all the talented ladies and gents perform their magic. I have not got a favourite contestant yet, do you?

 

The most exciting event of the week is the Unravel show at the Farnham Maltings. I went last year and loved it. So looking forward to spending my Saturday there. If you are able to, do try and get there. It starts on Friday 20th and ends Sunday 22nd February.

Hope you are having a great week too

 

love Ex