Thursday, June 01, 2017


I am doing a KAL(knit along). The Shawl Society provides knitting patterns for shawls, at a rate of one a month for 6 months.  I finished the first one of this season last night,  good timing as the second pattern was issued this morning- I have the yarn for that and will start it later today. The only problem is that the shawl I've just finished now needs to be blocked and I  really dislike blocking.

Saturday, May 13, 2017



Why does this always happen with balls of yarn where you pull from the center. Last night doing a few crochet stitches to relax before bedtime and suddenly I'm faced with a muddle likely to raise my blood pressure while I try to sort it out.  This is Scheepjes Whirl, although I have had similar problems with Sirdar Colourwheel too. Adding Adolf to the tangle doesn't help either.


Friday, May 12, 2017

New furniture. To store at least part of my handicrafts supplies. I suspect though that more storage will be needed when I get the rest of the stuff from where it is currently sitting in the eaves of the house.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Making Ice Cream

For my birthday last year the Husband bought me an electric ice-cream maker.   I'd  asked for it because I love ice cream. A few days ago my step daughter had some clotted cream left over from a party and asked if I would like it and, of course,  I said yes. So I dug out my favourite ice-cream recipe book "Ice Cream Made Easy " by Annette Yates.  There is in there a recipe for a wonderful tasting ice-cream with strawberries and clotted cream.  So I  spent today making three batches of the mixture. The finished ice-cream tastes wonderfully of strawberries,  probably because of the addition of two teaspoons of balsamic vinegar,  which emphasises the flavour excellently.


Friday, May 05, 2017

Bluebells

When we moved into our home,  years ago we were aware that there were one or two Spanish Bluebells in the garden.  I have to admit that I felt a bit tepid about them,  much preferring the English ones. But we left them in to flower each Spring.  This year they appear to have gone berserk with masses of the flowers in both the front and back garden. And I've decided that I like them after all. They look beautiful in the flower beds.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My Boneyard Shawl



I am not a great lover of stocking stitch as I find it soon gets boring to do for any length of time. However April came with a few health concerns and so I wanted something simple to do and so I started Simon West's Boneyard Shawl in Sirdar Colourwheel. I am waiting for the results of a biopsy but as the hospital has released me I am hoping it's good news. So I am finding the longer rows are getting a bit tiresome. 

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

An insult to women

Right, that's done it. Before the last general election the Lib Dems sent their election campaign correspondence only to my husband,  even though I am also on the electoral roll. I complained to the local candidate then about that and was then sent my own set of correspondence.  Here we are, local elections this week and another general election coming and guess what?  Once again they have addressed all their bumf to my husband alone. Don't they realise that 50% of the voting electorate are women?  That's it. The Lib Dems have lost my vote on principal.

24th Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was our 24th wedding anniversary and so the Husband and I went to a newly opened Turkish restaurant which is within walking distance of our home.  I think the name of the restaurant is Bogaz, although I am not certain as I am not good with names.  The food was excellent and we are already making plans to return.