I went to stay with my daughter’s family over Christmas and I decided to make everyone a small ‘stocking filler’ present. For my son-in law I made a pair of knitted fingerless gloves to match the hat I had made previously. It was a useful way to use up the yarn I had left over… Read More Christmas Knitting
I didn’t create a montage for November as I didn’t feel I had enough pictures to put in it having not created many posts that month. So here is a joint one with December. In November I continued with the Coastal Coasters and even devised a bunting style addition which will be used to create… Read More Monthly Montage – November/December
I often make some things as presents and this year was no different. I showed you two of them, before I had bought the posts. But here are all three presents in the pots I bought. All come from this book. and here are some closer views. The Notocactus. The Devil’s Tongue and a combination… Read More Presents I can now show you
I am sure that few of us are having the Christmas we wanted but I hope that you all can find some reason for happiness and celebration at this the darkest time of the year. It hardly seemed worth putting up decorations as I will be spending Christmas alone but in the end I did… Read More Happy Christmas
After all my other cooking I had a bit of marzipan left, so I looked for recipes and found one for German Bethmännchen. Not all the recipes were exactly the same and I didn’t have any whole almonds but I quickly cobbled together these. Don’t look perfect but, as a marzipan lover, they are an… Read More Christmas cooking P.S.
I like to share my Christmas cooking with you and I introduced some new ideas this year. As always I made a couple of Stollen. The one on the left is for my son who will pop round to collect it before Christmas. Thinking of yeasted makes, I also made a loaf of breadwhich has… Read More Christmas Cooking 2020
I have now completed my angel crochet pattern. It will be put up for sale on Ravelry but I thought that before I did that I would offer ten copies of the pattern for free. If you would like a copy of the pattern all you have to do is comment below and this is… Read More Angel Pattern Giveaway
Thank you to everyone who commented on my earlier post. Taking into account all that was said I have now finalised a fancy and a plainer angel that I am happier with. Here they are compared with the knitted ones. I didn’t have any silver yarn left but I had some gold which seemed quite… Read More Angel Update
No! it has nothing to do with the fact that angels are mention in some of the resurrection stories. They are Christmas Angels. (Am I allowed to mention the C word (not that C word!) so far before the event? Well the reason is this. I received a message on Ravelry saying “Yours are some… Read More Why am I making Angels in April?
Here is what I was about to make when I showed you this photograph. This! The project had started as something that my granddaughter could take part in. Unfortunately, as she has just started her ‘A’ levels she has not had time for crochet so in the end I made them all. It had always… Read More Christmas Project Reveal
I’ve given in to the weather and taken the best photos I can of my new hat and scarf. I had to adjust the colours but it is almost impossible to reproduce the particular shade of blue green. I suppose it is somewhere between turquoise and peacock blue. I have made both of the patterns… Read More At last I have something to show you!
My daughter suggested that her husband would appreciate a new hat as long as it was really soft! So of course I had to feel the wool before I bought it. I discovered some wool that sounded suitable in a shop called Closs and Hamblin in Winchester. I didn’t realise but they do have other stores.… Read More And Finally! A Soft Hat and Cowl
You may remember these slippers that I made for James. Well when it came to Christmas since I had his foot measurements I decided to make him a pair of socks. As he is a man I thought that maybe self stripping yarn might not be the best and decided on a plain colour with… Read More First Slippers now Socks
Here is details of what I made for my granddaughter. I wanted to encourage her love of crochet and I had acquired some crochet hooks and a book on crochet from someone at Crafty Coffee who had things to get rid of. So I decided to give her a ready made stash and bought a… Read More A Suitable Gift for a Granddaughter
In December the information I shared was almost all about the food I was making as the knitting and crochet was mostly making presents. I shared some bread (as I often do) then Christmas food: mince pies, Christmas cake, Stollen, cranberry sauce, with the recipe I use, and the gingerbread I made as a present.… Read More Monthly Montage – December
Now I can share with you some of the presents I made for Christmas this year. Lets start with the food. My eldest loves ginger and I have made her so many coasters and hats and scarves that I couldn’t think of anything fibrous to give her. So I made gingerbread. The biscuit, ‘gingerbread men’,… Read More Food and Fun!
With All Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas to my readers. I thought this year that I would give you a free pattern for a Snowflake Coaster. I say Coaster but you could regard it simply as a pattern for a new snowflake. I made two sparkly ones. These are my favourites. The white and… Read More A Christmas present for my Readers
I have just made this and taken photographs quickly with flash. The recipe is mainly for my niece but I thought anyone might be interested. It is my own personal combination from a variety of recipes as I like the addition of the orange and cinnamon flavours. Here is a copy of my recipe card.… Read More Cranberry sauce recipe
Cake got completed on Wednesday. Just simple this year. I also made two StollenI sent my son a photo as he wants Stollen and not Christmas cake. He said they looked small! But these are the ones I made two years ago! I shared the recipe – HERE in 2012. However I now make a quarter… Read More More Christmas Food
I really don’t know why people choose to have a big party in the middle of winter when all is cold and dark rather than digging a big hole and hibernating! Maybe I haven’t been using my SAD lamp enough lately? (but some mornings it seems like too much effort to set it up – maybe… Read More This Time of Year!
I am making so many hand-made presents this year that I wasn’t sure if there would be time to make my own Christmas cards. However the idea I had was a matter of printing and folding and didn’t involve time-consuming crochet or cross-stitch, so I finally sat down on Saturday to see what I could… Read More Christmas card 2018
I thought since I had gone to the trouble of taking the photographs, I would show you my Christmas cooking for this year. I made my normal twelve mince pies for the freezer. And as there was pastry and mincemeat over I made a mincemeat tart to be cooked and eaten straight away. I also made… Read More Christmas cooking and some bread
Wishing you all the blessings of Christmas. And an especial thank you for all your comments and interest over this past year.
This is just to wish you all Happy Christmas Unfortunately I can’t send you all a piece but these are the Stollen I made this year. I was quite pleased that they didn’t split open showing the marzipan! My son who has tried a piece says it is even better than last year! The only… Read More Happy Christmas to all my readers!
You would think with my lack of dexterity that I would steer clear of Origami but in spite of the problems I have folding the paper accurately, I just love it. When my first child was born I made her a mobile out of origami which had a green frog, a purple fish and two… Read More Origami angel cards
I really feel that I could do with some way of lighting the items I want to photograph in a more even way and even if it is dull outside. However I have packed up all my Christmas cards now so this will have to do. I shared with you the pattern for the angels… Read More Angel Christmas cards
The makes for this month seem to be all about Christmas though I did also write a post about how I thought some photographs were better in black and white and some in colour. I showed you my home made Christmas cards for this year and included a tutorial so you could make some yourselves,… Read More December Montage
I hope you all had a Happy Christmas and are now looking forward to the New Year. So while we wait here is something I couldn’t show you before. These I days I give my children money for Christmas and birthdays with maybe a little something to open. Last year I made my daughters and… Read More Christmas Coasters
Gang aft agley,” as the poet said. Yesterday afternoon about 3.30 as I was beginning to assemble the Christmas decoration I was intending to show you today and moaning to myself about the low light levels for taking photographs, my son arrived unexpectedly. Of course I was glad to see him and we did lots… Read More “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men,
This year I have got organised enough to make my own Christmas cards. I think it is a rather fun idea that would work as well for Valentine’s day so I have also produced a tutorial. The day I took most of the photographs the light was awful but I decided not to retake them… Read More Christmas cards + tutorial