Monday, 30 July 2012
Saturday, 28 July 2012
This afternoon, Mum, Mary-Jane and I went to St Bees Head. The last time I took Mary-Jane there must have been about a year ago, if not slightly longer. Or was it? I'm begining to wonder now. Anyhow. Mary-Jane was so excited about everything. So much so that she totally by-passed the swings that she had seen and squealed at from the car. She announced that she was at the sea-side and at the beach, with out any prompting from me. She has learned about beaches and seasides and ice cream from telly. The sea was 'water'.
Once we got on the beach, I let her run free. She was on a mission to get to the sea.
She did come back when she was called, after a fashion. She had her 'Cool Dude Shades' on for a while. I love to see her small footprints in the sand.
The water was soo much fun. She did loose her balance and end up sitting in the sea at one point. She was fearless with it. She wanted to paddle deeper, even when the waves were going over the top of her wellies. Mr Snuggles took an impromptu dip as well!
Mary-Jane was excited about all the pebbles at the top of the beach. She wanted to find one for Daddy that she could put in Mommy's bag.
No trip to the beach would be complete without an ice cream! This is Mary-Jane's very first ice cream cone. She has only tried small amounts of ice cream, never had a whole one to herself. She ate it all apart from an inch or so of cone.
We also went into the Hartleys Cafe. I had a cream scone and Mary-Jane had a butterfly cake. I didn't think she would want much tea when we got back, but she scranned all her pasta in record time. She was a very tired an excited little girl. I have only heard her slightly murmer once since I put her down. Good, fresh sea air, lots of running around and excitement has knocked her out - I'm sure it will do the same for me!
Friday, 27 July 2012
Mary-Jane has been tired most of the day - it hasn't stopped her running around most of the afternoon. This morning Daddy and I took her for a walk to see the cows. She really enjoys these walks. It was nice that HK came with us - he didn't want to come with us till I started pulling my face.
Still working on ASJ, thought thing I need a change from it soon.... and an early night!
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Mary-Jane has been tired today. She has struggled, and been obviously tired, but she has done her very best. When I put her to bed, she didn't want her storybook time, just to go more or less straight to bed. However she couldn't catch her sleep and became tiredly frustrated - and crying and screaming. HK bought her downstairs. We had a pleasant tea. Mary-Jane was in a lovely mood - she had some of our 'chippies' and a slice of bread - chip butties are something she has yet to learn about! She stayed downstairs about 45 minutes, then she came upstairs. She was curious as to why Daddy was going infront of her on the stairs. One change of bum later and a small protest that she wasn't playing on our bed, Mary-Jane was on her bed. She had a few minutes talking to her bo-bo's toys then silence! Woohoo! Lets hope she has a good night and is less tired tomorrow.
I have done a few more rows on ASJ. A few rows literally. Each row has over 425 stitches. I am nearly two weeks behind on the Mystery Shawl. I am hoping in the next evening or two, I shall be up for lace knitting, all things permitting and being kind.
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
I am getting pre-occupied with cupcake cases. I have been trawling t'internet and ebay looking at them and comparing prices etc. I think it is a good form of escapism for me. Looking at pretty, affordable and functional things. I'm not in the market to buy any for a couple of weeks, by which time I will have either moved on to the next big thing to be pre-occupied about or will be past bursting point with it all, or will have hundreds of cupcake cases in the post from all over the world via t'internet, on their way to me!
Mum has bought me two packs with matching topper decorations plus two packs of giant muffin cases. I've never seen any so big before. It will be fun to decide what sort of cake to bake in them. I have also discovered square cupcake cases. These are now on my Must Have List. I have sourced a few, ready for when the time is right. If I think on, I'll try and take a photo of all my cupcake cases.
I have not been up for baking the last few days. I want to go through my baking shelves and have a good sort out and tidy up, and see what needs replacing. I think caster sugar is top of the list. The next cakes I make may be Strawberry Crumb Cakes. My mind may change between now and when I put my pinny on. More than likely. Perhaps.
I have not been able to do any lace knitting for a few evenings. I have not had the concentration or been in the right head space to do any. I have continued work on the ASJ. It is coming on well. I have only about ten ridges to do before I start on getting it to the length I want it to be. Which will make absolutely no sense to you unless you are familiar with the Elizabeth Zimmerman Adult Surprise Jacket! If you do knit, it is a pattern that I recomend!
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
We went to Workington this afternoon. Initially to Wilkinsons then on to Asda. After going through and sorting my sugarcraft stuff, I want to get it better organised. Ideally I would like a large container that houses smaller containers, each of which hold one set of cutters. I thought a set of drawers would be good. Where I'd keep them lord only knows - I certainly don't! Wilkinsons usually do a good selection of boxes etc. Today they didn't. They had very little kitcheny stuff as they were creating a new kitchen dept.
On to Asda. Mary-Jane got very much treated by Grandma. A few new outfits - all Minnie Mouse or Minnie Red and a Peppa Pig and George Pig toys. MJ was highly delighted. HK was treated to a new book he wanted by Dean Koontz. It was only released a day or two ago and they had on a promotional price. I was going to get his favourite sweets, midget gems. I usually get 20 or 30 packs when I go there as we maybe go once a month or so, and these will last him. However the price had gone up from 29p per pack to 49 per pack!!! I'd love to know what the explanation for that is. I have a good bet that come next week, they will be put on 'price drop' and priced back down to what they originally were. These supermarkets pull this trick so often it's unreal. Tesco is atrocious for their pricing and offer pricing. Last week I saw a really good (ahem) offer - tesco brand packet powder sauces were 18-21p per pack. Or you could buy three packs for the princely sum of £1. The maths just doesn't add up!!
I have had a go at my knitting this evening. I have not been able to do any the past two evenings. I knew I was quite (very) tired when I started. I decided to have a go with the Mystery Shawl and clue 2. Clue 3 is out today. On the first row something didn't seem right. After doing the next row, it definitely was not right. I started unpicking, but even then I was dropiing stitches. The knitting went back in the bag. I was too tired even to tink. I then set myself up to do Revontuli. I was about to start and thought I needed something even more simpler to do. I put Revotuli down and picked up The ASJ. Once I found where I was on that, I did that for an hour or so, whilst watching 'The Killing'.
My eyes are absolutely stinging. I shall be having a very early night. Did I mention that MJ woke up during the evening last night, just as I had finished the cakes, luckily. This morning she was crying at 6.30, so she came downstairs after having a clean bum. No wonder I am jiggered. Tomorrow I would like a quiet and relaxing day. If the weather is good, I shall take MJ for a little run out somewhere. Failing that a walk!
Friday, 20 July 2012
I went into Whitehave to do the week. I popped into WH Smiths and lo and behold they had all the Baking Heaven Magazines that I have been looking for. Last time I asked in there about them, they didn't know what I was on about. I got treated to Baking Heaven and Cake Decoration Heaven. I've had a quick look at the Cake Decoration, but not a good look - due to being busy!
Here is the recipe for the Beetroot & Chocolate Cupcakes. They are lovely and moist.
Beetroot & Chocolate Cupcakes
- 7oz/200g sr flour
- 1 3/4oz/ 50g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 9oz/250g caster sugar
- 10 1/2 oz/300g beetroot, cooked and peeled
- 3 large eggs
- 7fl oz/200ml sunflower oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 190/375/gm5. Line muffin tin with miffin papers
- Sift together flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt, then stir in the caster sugar
- Puree the beetroot, then add the eggs one at a time. The gradually pour in the oil and vanilla essence
- Gradually pour in and mix the wet mix into the dry mix. Mix until smooth
- Divide the batter into the muffin cases
- Place in the oven for 18-20 minutes or until the sponge has risen
Thursday, 19 July 2012
Two lots of cakes today. This first batch are beetroot and chocolate, very moist. I did want to make buttons using a mold to go on top, as well as experimenting with a fondant technique. Time and energy I thought it may take a bit too long so just stuck them on then put some shiny dust on them.
These are lemon cakes, using the lemon curd that I made last week. I didn't have any deep cutters so I cut them normally using a knife. I did want to put runny fondant on but the batch I made was too runny and I didn't have it in me to faff about and get the consisitency right. Instead I went for the long winded option and rolled out fondant, after I had coloured it. They are not as smooth as a christmas cake but there is not marziapan underneath to give a smooth surface.
As HK so wisely says, I must practice and practise and not always expect to get it right every time. Perhaps next time I want to try a new technique on cakes that are for someone else, I should do a test batch. A good idea. I'm not going to out myself down, I haven't the energy for that at the moment. I can't get book/magazine standard cake decoration first time!!
I'll give the recipes either tomorrow or over the next few days.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Tuesday, 17 July 2012
Fingers at the ready tonight! Last night I had a firm request from HK to be in bed for 10.30 (yesterday wasn't the best day) so I landed in the bedroom at 10.36. He wasn't expecting me to come up as asked. I had only six rows left of the Cableweave Moccasin to complete. HK said I should have finished it, he would've understood.....
Tonight I finished it and made headway on the second moccasin. The moccasins are designed by Lynne Rowe and appear in July's Yarnwise Magazine. I have finished the sole and am in the process of picking up the stitches. I am really enjoying this project. It is yet another small quick project, but there are lots of sections to it. Firstly the sole, then your pick up all the way round and knit the sides flat. The starting from the toe end, do the cabling whilst picking a stitch up on alternate sides. Very clever. I like it. I may do myself a pair, but not right away. I don't want to get Second Sock Syndrome.
So here is the moccasin from the front
From the Side
And, well you can see what angle this is! I couldn't get a good picture of me modelling. I may have to twist HK's arm to take the photos whilst I model them!
I have done some baking today. D gave me some rhubarb out of her garden. I made Rhubarb Muffins. Again a recommendable recipe - Dad had two as he thought they were so nice - which they are! I could've filled the papers more, but didn't want to risk them overflowing. I shall know for next time.
- 300g rhubarb chopped
- 3tbsp golden castor sugar
- 300g sr flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 100g golden caster sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 200ml milk
- 100g butter, melted & cooled
- demerara sugar to decorate
- Preheat oven to 200 or 180 fan/ gm6. Put muffin cases in a muffin tin
- Mix rhubarb with caster sugar and bake in oven for 10 minutes, then drain and cool
- Beat eggs with melted butter
- Stir wet ingredients into dry, then add rhubarb
- Divide into muffin cases, sprinkle with demerara sugar
- Bake for about 25-30 mins or until golden and risen.
For tea, HK and I made Pear and Stilton Risotto. I've not made this for a month of Sundays. We both really, really enjoyed it.
Pear & Stilton Risotto
This makes 2 very good sized portions
- 4oz blue stilton, crumbled
- 3-4 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
- 6oz risotto rice (arborio rice)
- 1 1/2 pints stock
- 3 tbs oil
- Fry the rice gently for a few minutes in the oil
- Slowly add all the fluid, a bit at a time, allowing for absorption
- Add the pears after the first lot of fluid
- Stir occasionally
- Add the stilton when the rice is nearly cooked (all the fluid is absorbed).
Sunday, 15 July 2012
- 4oz butter
- 4oz caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 oz sr flour
- 1tsp vanilla essence
- 1.5 lbs cooking apples, peeled and cored
- 2oz sugar optional
- allspice or spice of your choice, optional
- Heat Oven to 180/350/gm4. Grease and oven proof dish
- Mix caster sugar and butter together until light and fluffy
- Add eggs one at a time with a little flour, mixing
- Add vanilla essence
- Add flour and mix till all ingredients combined
- Slice apples thinly, layer in dish, add optional sugar and spice
- Cover apples with sponge batter
- Bake for about 40 minutes
Saturday, 14 July 2012
This afternoon we went to the church fayre at Calder Bridge Village Hall. Although it didn't seem as busy as previously, I couldn't get anywhere near the cake and jam stall. I did manage to get one jar of raspberry jam, once the throngs had gone. I had Mary-Jane with me, so I couldn't wriggle my way in. I got MJ a knitted giraffe - it looks very handsome, and MJ likes it. I also got her a small felt teddy in a bed. I might keep it in her room.
Following a look around, we sat for Afternoon Tea. It just so happened that we ended up sitting with the same two women that we have sat with the last two times we've been! They were pleased to see Mary-Jane and how well she was getting on. I put MJ on the end of the table. She had a couple of sandwiches and half a scone with rum butter and a tiny tiny bit of blackcurrant pie.
The rain had stopped some time before and we had glorious sunshine, almost a bit too warm, dare I say it! Mary-Jane and I went outside. MJ had a play in the play area.
Here she is testing out the bounciness. It bounced better when Mommy was sat on it making it move!
Mary-Jane had a whale of a time and seemed to thoroughly enjoy herself. Just as we were about to leave, we almost literally ran into two young boys, one only four months or so younger than her. There was a bit of a stand off at first, then a swapping and sharing of toys - a bouncy ball and MJ's new giraffe.
As I couldn't get much of a look in with the cakes, whilst our tea was cooking I made an Eve's Pudding. Very nice.
It was at this fayre a year ago, that I met LA for the very first time, and S (in my own right). They both told me about M, whom I didn't meet till later.
I am rather pleased with it and would like to see it on a tea pot! Seeing it, kinda gives creedence to do mug rugs and mug warmers.........
But would I do another tea cosy? Maybe, more than likely!
Friday, 13 July 2012
- 200g caster sugar
- 3 eggs
- 250ml fresh lemon juice
- 3 lemons, zested
- 100g unsalted butter, melted
Stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest and butter
It may look like this somewhere along the line. Cook in the microwave at one minute intervals until it is a thick enough consistency to coat the back of a metal spoon
Pour into sterilised jars and allow to cool. These should last up to three weeks in the fridge.
I made a slight boo-boo with mine. I thought I could get 250ml of lemon juice out of three lemons. I couldn't. I only got about 150ml. I topped it up with water, thinking that the liquid element would be important. I then wondered after if it might have been the natural pectin in the lemon juice (presuming there is pectin in lemon juice!) My lemon curd hasn't set or got thicker very much. I shall use it though. It does taste very good, and am sure it will serve purpose in cakes etc. And if it isn't too thin, I shall try it on my toast.
Thursday, 12 July 2012
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
I have been continuing to look for 'Daytime' patterns. I have found a few on Ravelry. They are all for Mary-Jane. I am hoping that I may begin tomorrow. I have decided to start with a Pinwheel Sweater for her. I have the yarn all ready for the big push. I just need to find space to store it down the side of the sofa. The pile is not quite as tall as the sofa, but I know with a bit of re-arranging there will be more space - or better use of space. I can just hear HK in my head now, chiming in with very sarcastic comments........
I have posted the picture of my Mystery Shawl on the website - nothing like a bit of showing off!
I have finished one front of the aran sweater tea cosy. I am hoping to start the other side tonight. I don't want to start anything else until this project is completed ('Evening' Knitting). This time will hopefully quieten my head from the ongoing pattern searches and fickleness of what I want to do next. I have found a Rico Loopy scarf down the side of the sofa. I had done a few rows. I now have it sitting next to EZ Pi Shawl, so perhaps I could get that finished before I cast anything else on. Another good idea - for the moment anyhow!
Monday, 9 July 2012
I took my aran sweater tea cosy to Woodlands. Not the best idea I've come up with. I don't have any thing small, portable, simple or ideal for a kntting group on the go at the moment. I need to. Perhaps LA's bag will fit the bill. I need to dye the yarn first for that. But before I do that I need to finish the aran tea cosy, as I will be using the same yarn, and it is on a cone. Guess I've talked myself into finishing the tea cosy before I even start thinking of what the next cast on will be. It would be good to do a substantial chunk on the EZ shawl. All easier said than done!
I think I am quite tired, so I shall not waffle. Until tomorrow!!
Sunday, 8 July 2012
Poppity Ping Chocolate Pudding
- 4oz/100g Marg or butter
- 4oz/100g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 7oz/225g sr flour
- 1oz/25g cocoa powder
- Grease a 2 pint pudding basin
- Cream butter and sugar, beat in the eggs, one at a time with a little flour
- Fold in the remaining flour, cocoa powder and milk. Place mixture in prepared basin
- Fill the basin up 2/3rds, cover loosely and microwave on full power for about 3 and a half minutes
I tried again to do some knitting in front of Mary-Jane. It kinda worked. It wouldv'e worked better if she had not taken the cone, walked around the room with it and talked down the cone! I'm getting there though. I just can't sit and do nothing apart from look on. I do need easy to pick up and put down projects, so why oh why does a part of my brain think that socks would be the thing to do?!
I have pinned myself down and made a list of the possible and definite classes I am going to enter at Gosforth. I want to be realistic and not put too much pressure on myself to do lots of things for it between now and then. There is more to life!
Saturday, 7 July 2012
Mary-Jane was getting excited watching the cows - she had even bought binoculars to watch them with! It was very warm, almost hot, with lots of clouds, but not cloudy.....
We then crossed back over the road, walked around the house next door, ending up at the back of our house. These cows are young bulls (male cows). They are quite inquisitive. Four of them came over to see us, much to Mary-Jane's awe. She has not been so close to cows. At first she stayed very close to me, holding my hand, whilst she had a good look at them and their faces. She spotted their eyes, ears, mouth and noses.
She then got a bit braver, let go of my hand and stood by herself to look at them
- 8oz/225g sr flour
- pinch of salt
- 4oz/100g atora suet
- cold water to mix
Mystery Shawl 28 starts today - I am getting excited! It is over five weeks. The first clue is today, and I'm itching to go. I just have to be patient as I'm at least five hours ahead of the US here. Not that I could make a start with it till this evening!
Friday, 6 July 2012
D's Starry Plum Jam Muffins
- 60z/175g sr flour
- 2oz/50g soft marg
- 2oz/50g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- 5oz/150g Starry Plum Jam
- extra sugar for sprinkling
- Heat oven to 200/400/gm6. Place paper cases in muffin tray
- Place flour in a bowl and mash in marg. Stir in the sugar, eggs, milk and essence and beat to a smooth consistency
- Gently stir in the Starry Plum Jam, just enough to give a marbled effect
- Spoon the mixture to about 3/4 full into the paper cases. Sprinkle with extra sugar
- Bake for 18 - 25 minutes - until golden and risen. Leave to stand a few minutes before cooling on a wire rack
I have finished the back of the tea cosy. I have cast on the first front but not been able to do any more as Mary-Jane has been awake. I think she has belly ache as she hasn't had do-do's today. The second time we went through to her and bought her through to our room, she asked for medicine. She hasn't had any for a good few weeks. Lets hope she can settle down to a good night. I feel like I may be speaking too soon though......
I am pleased with the tea cosy so far. I think I should be able to get through the two fronts and the rest of it quite easily now I have done a bit and understand the pattern of the cables. The cabled jumper in JAK II is creeping more and more into my mind. Maybe it could be a 'Winter Project'. Maybe.
Thursday, 5 July 2012
I am happier with the shape and dimensions than what I thought I would be, so I guess that is a bonus of sorts. It is currently hanging off the airer in the kitchen drying.
I have made a start on my first tea pot cosy. I decided to go for the Aran Jumper one, mainly as I liked the cabling. It is another TV Off Project. I feel I can concentrate and get on better when i don't have one eye on the telly. This is the back. There will be 36 rows. I am now on row 15. I think I will be quite chuffed with it when it is done. I am looking forward to seeing how the cables turn out. Now I just have to find a tea pot that it might fit - best wait till it's done to do that! I reckon it will take me about a week of evenings. There is the back and two fronts, then picking up and ribbing around the handle and spout parts, the front opening and the collar. A lot of fiddly bits. I may well be ready for a simple seam free project after this.
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
The handles have rolled together, they are in stocking stitch, so I am hoping that they will felt together to make a solid handle. To this end I have sewn them back to front, with the wrong side facing. I have also added a closure to the original bag, just to make it more secure. I am worried that it will be out of proportion when it is felted. Even now it seems a tiny bit too wide for my liking at the base. Knitting tends to felt more vertically than horizontally. I did toy with making it a few inches taller, I thought it may make it too narrow an opening. Only felting the bag will give the answers!
I have found a notebook, which I am reserving just for blog thoughts and points to remember.
I have been looking on Ravelry today and my fickle eye has moved onto Tea Cosies. Tea Cosies are a Class at Gosforth Show. I didn't intend to enter this class as I would have to make something pdq (pretty damn quick). Tea cosies could be a short ish project. So there maybe a possibility. See what comes. I have found three patterns that I like - but would they be liked by the judges?! I haven't got much of a clue on judging criteria.
Eric Sykes - Comedian & Writer - RIP
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
It's a starting point anyway! I made a batch of scones today - sweet fruit ones. I've yet to sample one - Mary-Jane has. I shall make a cuppa and have one maybe two when I have done here. I also made a macaroni cheese. It is the best one yet, even if I say so myself. The sauce is runny rather than set. It needs a little more cheesiness and I think I am in business! I used a packet cheese sauce and used twice the amount of milk. Instead of adding the philly with the sauce, I mixed the philly with the cooked macaroni, then added the sauce and mixed it all up, sprinkled some grated cheese and banged it in the oven for 15 minutes or so.
I am hoping to get the construction of the new felted bag done tonight. I have finished the base and handles. The body of the bag needs a couple more inches. It's do-able if I get my finger out and don't spend the rest of the evening surfing the net.......
I have had a quick perusal of my BeRo cookbook today. There are a lot of traditional type home cooked and baked foods in there. The suet pastry caught my eye - it is apparantly microwaveable rather than steaming or boiling for hours and hours. Plus I came across some fruit puddings such as Eves Puddding, Countess Pudding and Upside Down Peach and Butterscotch Pudding (I would use pears) that have piqued my interest. Oh my, I have just turned the page and seen steamed pudding - how did I miss this earlier as it is right next door to the tip about microwaving, I don't know - now that is sounding yummy, with lashings of custard of course. I was going to say is this going to be a winter of puddings, but then I remembered it's only the start of July! It looks like October out there but not as cold! Perhaps a Late Summer Of Puddings?! Sounds good to me. Chocolate Pudding, Ginger Pudding, Spotted Dick, Jam Roly Poly and Strawberry Muffins. Comfort food at it's best.
I'm off for a brew and a scone!
Monday, 2 July 2012
Mary-Jane has bumped her head today on the door frame and now has an egg on her forehead. She tripped over her own feet, and bump. She cried, but not too much. A few cuddles later and she was as right as rain, just with a bruise coming up on her forehead, the poor little thing. She has tried lettuce today for the first time, in some of Daddy's cheese and lettuce sandwich. She didn't care for it much and gave Daddy the lettuce back and ate the rest of the sandwich!
I haven't had chance to look through any baking books today - I made sure I didn't create the opportunity to do that! I haven't had too many more thoughts about Gosforth Show, other than to consider another item to enter. Last summer I made a lacy summer hat. I remember going wrong so many times and tinking it. This was mainly due to how tired I was in the evenings. The hat ended up being a bit big, even for me. I may get away with wearing it, I'm not sure. It still needs blocking though. That should be an interesting experience!
We have had more rain today. More is forecast. Rain and Showers is the phrase apparantly! I have never known a place to rain so much as here. I am thankful we haven't had the winds and the actual temperature hasn't been low. But all the blessed rain! I think I shall not ever wear light cotton skirts ever again!
I have posted off the cloth today. No pictures for a week or so, until it arrives at it's new home. I was glad to see it on it's way. I won't be signing up for swaps for a few months to give me time (and head space) to do these two Mystery Shawls - and maybe some of the other tons of things I want to do. There are always additions to this list at least every day or two. I have seen a beautiful cape that a raverly/blogger friend has done for her daughter. She is only a month younger than Mary-Jane. I have already been inspired to do one cape - the red riding hood one - and now I like the look of another! Now we just need to blessed weather to be okay for MJ to wear a cape before she grows out of it.......
Sunday, 1 July 2012
My cakes went down well at Fobbles. I have an order now for their Open Days/Exhibitions. I was highly delighted! I am going to take a day or two reprieve from looking at any cupcake magazines or books, just to give my poor nerves a rest. I shall plan and decide what to make next time, much more in advance.
I looked though the schedule for Gosforth Show. At this undecided moment, the classes I may enter are looking a bit like this:
- 57 Handmade Christmas Decoration - the bauble from last christmas
- 58 An item in crochet - maybe the hat I made in the spring, maybe
- 61 Counted Thread Embroidery - Fairy and Wizards, or even the gold, orange and green celtic sampler
- 66 A handmade bag - might be the one I'm doing now, depending on how it turns out
- 70 A bookmark - only if I find a pattern that knocks my socks off
- 77 A hand knitted scarf - the blue one I knitted last summer that I've yet to block
- 78 A HAnd knitted premature baby item - I'd like to do this, but it will be time dependant
- 79 Hand knitted tea cosy - again, time dependant
- 80 Hand knitted item in any ply - golly gosh, this could send me spiralling into orbit! Contenders are - Lydia Shawl, Spiral Doily, winter apple shawl, to name a few off the top of my head.
I think I may leave the Baking Section till next year. I do believe that it would seriously mess with my fragile karma if I entered this year. I would like to. I'm not saying it won't happen, I'm just not planning to. My stress levels will probably be through the roof and I have to think of my poor HK during this time!
Talking of knitting and such like - have you seen the footage of the Knitting Woman at Wimbledon during Saturdays match with Andy Muray? Knitty and the Daily Mail (seperately) are trying to find out who she is. She was knitting something pink and was wearing a Citron Shawl - I have one knitted by my Ravelry Friend Sue in Italy.