Monday, 25 January 2016

Sunday morning Blueberry jam


Sunday morning blueberry jam, so quick, so easy, so delish! Goes so well with un cut white bread and a cup of tea.





blueberry jam


Here is the recipe.

Ingredients

  • 375 grams blueberries

  • 200 grams caster sugar

  • 50 ml water

Method
Put the blueberries in a pan with 50ml water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until the berries burst, soften and release their juice.

  1. Add the sugar, stir until dissolved, then boil for 10 minutes.

  2. Pour into 1 large or 2 small sterilised jars, leave to cool, then cover and chill.

Progress on my second granny square blanket, colours are so lovely and its so relaxing putting them together.

glorious grannies


my husband made a bird table to go in the community orchard at the end of our road, lovely to give something back and its been quite a talking point over the past day on our local Face Book page! I'm going to add the hanging feeder with my off cuts of yarn from both my granny blankets and my last one. Not quite yarn bombing but in with my yarn theme.
 

Sunday afternoon installing the new bird table


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Brr it's cold




It's definitely getting colder and I have a family birthday next week, my sister in law Ellen. So I thought I'd knit her a slouchy hat to keep her warm, it's the first hand made item to gift this year. I started out with the Blackberry Beanie pattern but changed it slightly and I'm using seed stitch. It knits up quickly because the set up row is all knit, the right side is K1, P1 all the way across. I'm going to rename it Ellen! I gave her a sneak preview last night and it's going to be finished this week. She loved the colour too!

slouchy hat


seed stitch


I'm using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in silver but in daylight it's very much like duck egg. I do love this yarn. so soft and snuggly and great stitch definition.

I've already bought more yarn for my next project! I'm back to Louisa Harding Akiko for some more luxury, I love knitting with this one too.A new hat for me to go with my padded grey winter coat. My dad chose the colour when I visited on Sunday along with my granny square blanket project no. 2 for some therapy time! My dad loves to watch me crochet these cute little granny squares, helping me chose colour combinations.


next hat project yarn

granny square production line
glorious grannies

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

my first trendychale







So Christmas is a distant memory but despite all that was going on with my dads hospital visits he is ok and we had a great Christmas. Lots of nice memories and food! We popped to London on the 30 December to see War Horse, brilliant night we all loved it.


my first trendychale
I've seen so many trendychales on Instagram that I had to join in and knit one during my time off, 11 days, lovely break. Here is mine finished, knitted in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in discontinued Tomato. It came in handy this week on my first day back to work, heating not on over the Christmas break so the office was so cold.


second trendychale
I'm now knitting my second one, in Grey, same yarn, so soft and warm but not itchy. I think I will knit one for a gift for my sister but need to find the right colour, maybe duck egg blue?


a night out in London

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

I'm still here, knitting ...

I'm still here, just some bad news on the 10th October knocked me for six. My dad has cancer (again) this time its stage 4 and lots of chemo has started, so I went a little quiet to reflect on this and my family and life in general - like you do when you get such bad news. Anyway as my dad wouldn't want me to dwell on bad stuff, he is such a fighter, I am filling my life with colour and knitting (I'm off the crochet briefly, I always find myself knitting at this time of year for gifts and just comfort in front of the TV watching I'm a Celebrity (its now finished :-(

Knitting at this time of year is addictive, isn't it? I've found a new passion, the Trendy Chale, you will see this on Pinterest and regularly on Instagram (as you know I post almost every day now and have over 770 followers, not sure how that happened but it s a comfort to know that people enjoy my work and pictures).

Anyway this is just a brief pop by to say hello and to show you some of my current projects finished and started. I'll get my Blogger mojo back and post more soon. Amanda

hand knitted wash cloths

my scrap afghan is growing

a striped blackberry beanie

a new blackberry beanie in purple Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran




a night out at the Theatre 28 Nov 2015

Christmas 2015 Covent Garden
Christmas tree - John Lewis Blue Water
a new granny stripe blanket

clay poppies made by our local primary school - in place at All Saints Church Iwade


 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

its time to start of new granny blanket



It's that time of year where the evenings have a chill in the air and the leaves are steadily falling from the trees. I've been watching my neighbours trees in their front gardens, such a pretty sight but also tinged with oh no winters on its way! I'm all ready, new woollen coat from M&S and a beautiful pair of hand knitted gloves from eBay this week in denim yarn, so lovely to own something that someone else has made, I can appreciate that being a fellow knitter even though I won them for the huge asking price of 99p. I feel a bit guilty really but that's the way these things go, you take a change listing something too cheapo and no one else bothers to bid.

But my real passion is crochet, I got hooked so to speak a while back and inspiration came from Lucy at Attic 24 and more recently from Heather at the Patchwork Heart amongst others I now follow on Instagram on a daily basis. Oh yes that's the reason for less content on my Blog, Instagram has taken over my life, I love it. It feeds my passion for colour and crochet and the odd knitting snippet. I post regularly and now have almost 500 followers, how did that happen?

Ok so back to my latest long line of projects, this list was shortened recently by finishing some WIPs and to fill the void I needed a longer project to pick up and crochet the odd row here and there although I have this strange feeling it may be more frequent. I do love sitting under a blanket in progress whilst it grows and covers your knees then you know you are making progress and keeping snug and warm at the same time. You really just can't beat making a blanket. My husband said to me last night, another blanket, but we really don't need another one do we? Yes of course we do I said, its going to be a cold winter, we always need another blanket smiling to myself!




So now starts another blanket journey using Stylecraft Special DK limited edition packs which I've now heard isn't so limited, but hey that's another story. So I plan to follow Lucy's pattern for the cosy stripe blanket, just 12 months behind the rest of you. 15 colours with 5 pattern (stripe) repeats is the plan. So 10 new colours and just need to choose the other 5 from the huge stash under my bed.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Production line

I had a good productive weekend with my UFOs, I finished a crochet snood and a knitted hat! The rainbow scarf was sitting in my craft room waiting for the ends to be sewn in and despite my original thoughts it was actually straightforward and took no time at all the complete.

merino wool crochet snood


My other project that needed finishing was my blackberry beanie and that was finished on Saturday night, I'm on a roll don't stop me! Sorry I couldn't find a glamorous model for the shoot!


Blackberry beanie


And finally a knitted snood that's been on my needles for over a year!


soft and snuggly linen stitch snood

So there you have it two items for my Folksy shop and one for me. I have had a lot of interest in my granny stripe snoods, and I sold one on Saturday. I'm now making another one this week ready for more orders! I hope you have a good week whatever you are up to. Amanda


granny stripe snood

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Lets talk about cake

Lots to update you on but not enough time today - holiday to the Norfolk broads, project updates but for now let's talk about cake!

I was given this recipe for the Macmillan cake sale and forgot to make it. Last night I decided to give it a try but left out the chocolate topping only because I didn't have a bar in the house (which is unlike me not to keep chocolate in every kitchen cupboard) Anyway here is the recipe, please give it a try its really simple and makes a good gift when visiting a friend or relative.
 





Ingredients
200g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing the tin
200g golden caster sugar (although I used white)
3 large eggs, beaten
200g self-rasing flour
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp. milk

for the chocolate mocha
30g cocoa poder, sifted
1 1/2 tbsp. strong coffee, cooled
50g dark chocolate, melted (for the topping)

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins
Serves: 10 (?)

Method

1. heat the oven 10 180C/160C fan/gas 4
2. grease and line a 2lb loaf tin with a strip of baking paper. In a large bowl (or mixer as I did) beat together the butter, sugar and a pinch of salt, with an electric whisk, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the eggs, a little at a time, beating well after each addition (you can add eggs to your food mixer through the funnel) Sift over and fold in the flour, along with the vanilla extract and the milk, transfer half the mixture to a separate bowl. Stir in the cocoa powder and coffee into one of the bowls.
4. Dollop spoonfuls of each mixture into the prepared tin, alternating between the two. Once all the mixture has been used up bang the tin (gently!) on the worktop to eliminate any air bubbles. use the handle of a metal spoon to swirl the mixtures together.
5. Bake for 50-55 mins or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean, cover with foil after 40 mins if it is becoming too brown.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for 20 mins, then lift onto a wire rack to cool completely.
7. Once cooled, drizzle melted chocolate over the surface of the cake and leave to set before slicing.