Things still being made in dribs and drabs; secret till after gift giving. What are you making these days?
Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
The Peace Fleece was quickly worked up into this, another Butterfly Hat. Every version of this I have so far made has been snaffled by other people, so I'm hiding this one just for me.
Details to follow on Ravelry at some point.
Monday, 9 December 2013
Cold, although not as cold as some. Windy, although not as bad as others. Frosty, enough for woolen socks. Nippy, an excuse for wrapping up with layers. Bare trees, excellent for hiding in the hide and watching birds.
Although next time I'm bringing a flask.
Friday, 6 December 2013
Thursday, 5 December 2013
Wednesday, 4 December 2013
The last time I talked about thrifting I was moaning about how silly prices and not much treasure were ruining the experience of thrifting for me. Well, someone must have been listening because a few treasures for mere pennies were procured on the latest reccie. And all is well again. And a Dansk candleholder. Finally.
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Any excuse to eat chocolate is good enough for me. I made a batch of peppermint bark last week and it didn't last long and my children veritably BEGGED for more. Even the resident squatter gave it the thumbs up. So in the name of inter-faith teeth-rotting community relations I give you the version of how I created bark addicts for your xmas proceedings and what-have-you. 'Tis very easy, frighteningly so.
200g white chocolate (make sure it is a high cocoa content)
200g dark chocolate
1 tsp Peppermint extract/oil (muslims make sure the extraction is in oil, not alcohol which many are)
'Everton' humbug mints
1. Line a baking tray using one sheet of tinfoil - I used two over-lapping and it was a PITA unpicking it afterward.
2. Using a double boiler - a pan of boiling water with another pan on top - melt half the white chocolate. We just microwaved it and no great schism appeared in the space-time continuum so feel free to make life easy for yourself and microwave it till runny.
3. Pour and smooth over the baking tray.
4. Smash you humbugs with a hammer and cover the white chocolate. Or smash in advance and sprinkle when chocolate is still melted. Don't be mean, add a lot.
5. Put the tray in the fridge for 1/2 hour.
6. After half an hour melt the whole of the dark chocolate, adding the 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil in.
7. Remove the tray from fridge and pour the dark pepperminty chocolate over the first, white layer, spreading evenly.
8. Place in fridge for another half hour.
9. After half an hour melt the remaining half over white chocolate and spread over the two layered slab, adding yet more shattered humbugs all over the top. Place in fridge for an hour or two to really firm up.
10. Remove from fridge and peel off tinfoil. Cut the slab into three horizontal rectangles, then vertically into squares then again into triangles. I halved these triangles further to make smaller bite sized bits. Place in a glass jar and leave in fridge for when you want them. They're nicer the crunchier they are.
And there you go. Another reason to eat chocolate. I will be placing this on the tutorial page at some point. Share with friends and be merry.
Monday, 2 December 2013
As you know as Muslims we do not celebrate christmas (or new year), and regardless of the people who've called me scrooge over the years for denying my children this window into mindless consumerism, we do just fine without it. It's a nice quiet day here. No traffic outside on the major 'A' road for us.
But my family do celebrate and so a little bit of elving has been going on behind the scenes here; it will be a handmade christmas this year. Snippets of fabric, an excuse to buy yarn, little bits of purposeful making. It's all quite lovely. Even with the evils of interfacing trying to gate crash and spoil the proceedings.
Will show more once gift giving is over, but until then, snippets of colour to fill these gloomy days.
Friday, 29 November 2013
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Don't. Do NOT tell me it's not winter. Do NOT tell me that it's still autumn! Look outside - what do you see? That's right, a big ice cold popsicle of awful for you to chew on. Whatever it is technically, I'm calling it - winter is on, and so too is the game of how to survive it.
Number one? Twinkly lights. Who could not find joy in a twinkly light or twenty? A black hearted psychopath, that's who. Last year I didn't put any up and it's safe to say it impacted my mood. So. Come hell or high water when I call winter? It's twinkly light time.
I shall refrain myself from full-on wreathe putting-up and candles everywhere phase until there is a December in the date, but by God, come the 1st - it's grotto time.
No, we do not celebrate xmas or solstice; I am just finding ways to add beauty in this, the season that tests me the most.