Month: January 2011

Knit one, Purl one, Slip one, Chain one.

Well, I can’t believe that we have reached the end of January.  I rashly decided that I would try to do a post a day, and I’m still here at the end of the first month!  In all honesty, I didn’t think I’d make the first week, so this is as much a surprise to me as it may be to you.  I thought I’d celebrate by telling you about one of the lovely shops on Etsy that you may not have seen before.

‘Living in Cornwall is magical – the patchwork fields, open skies, and awesome seascapes can’t fail to inspire.’

The above words are from the profile of an Etsy friend and member of Craftbritannia.  I have to admit that it made me giggle a bit, as my memory of Cornwall is very different, however, it is obvious that it serves as inspiration for SixSkeins.

The seascapes are evident in the colours and patterns of her stock.  For instance

Aren’t these fingerless gloves pretty?  You can see that they are beautifully made, and look very comfortable.

The coast, too, is the inspiration for this lariat and the beads are reminiscent of the open skies.

Patchwork fields can be seen in this choker/headband

However, inspiration obviously goes further than that.

and

Generously, apart from making these beautiful items patterns are also provided so that you can produce your own item.

How about making this lovely little blanket for a new arrival

or making yourself a bag.

There are other patterns on offer too, and you can find them here.

Clicking any of the above photographs will take you to the item, but of course, there is much more on offer, and you really need to take a good look at her shop.  Go on, spoil yourself.

Flora and Fauna

Isn’t it always the way!  I forgot my camera!  Yes, yesterday I had the best possible chance to take two special photographs, and my camera was at home sitting on the desk.

We went to Urchfont Manor.  I’ll be returning there next month to teach a course (more about that another day), but yesterday was something different, we were relaxed and had time on our hands to observe the lovely grounds.

The first opportunity came very unexpectedly.  A tiny bird, at first unrecognisable, flitted amongst the branches of a bush about 6 feet in front of us.  It was visible for well over ten minutes, and although it was cold we were able to stand and watch it.  It posed for us, and the photograph would have been wonderful!  However…..

It was a goldcrest, and I haven’t seen one this close before, so it was very special.  If only I’d had my camera I could have snapped it several times, but I’ve had to resort to the above one from the RSPB website, and if you click the picture you will be able to read what they have to say about the pretty little creature.

The next opportunity was to photograph a couple of deer.  Our vantage point was the same spot from which we had see the bird.  Their position was in view of the road, and at one point they stopped, absolutely frozen, watching as a couple walked along.  They didn’t see the deer, and we were able to watch from about 200 yards.  Our view was once again perfect, especially due to the lack of foliage on the deciduous trees – and a frustratingly missed opportunity.

I must remember to take the camera next time.  Don’t forget to remind me.  If I don’t – it will be YOUR fault.

 

Sharks! How do you feel about them?

I don’t like sharks

Their noses are long

Their teeth are big

Their bite is strong

I don’t like sharks

They silently swim

They weave and they swerve

As though in a gym

I don’t like sharks

What about You?

Have you ever dreamed

They come out of the Loo?

Friday Food

This recipe is just about the easiest mushroom soup you can imagine!  Basically, it’s yet another throw it all in the pan recipe, and makes a good lunch.

So, grab your mushrooms.  Clean them and cut them up a bit.  Gently heat a little oil in a pan, then when it’s hot add a little butter.  Toss in the mushrooms (see note below) as soon as the butter is melted and immediately stir them around to coat them.  Add stock (chicken, vegetable or even just hot water) to almost cover, then add some milk so that they are covered – just!  Pop on a lid and simmer for no more than 5 minutes then season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Now it’s time to give it a ‘whizz’ with a blender, but cool it first for safety (if you don’t have one make sure you chop those mushrooms well at the first step).

Sometimes I add just a dribble of cream, but it isn’t important.  It’s ready now, so grab some crusty bread and enjoy.  (It’s even good without the bread!)

Whatever happened to….

……. the ‘also rans’ who were in yesterday’s little video?  I can’t remember all their names, but, with some help from other family members, here are some of them.

Michael Parkinson, Michael Aspel (my gran used to like him because he married the girl over the road -she went off him when they were divorced, however), Richard Baker, Frank Bough, Kenneth Kendall, Barry Norman, Eddie Waring, Richard Whitmore, and Peter Woods.  Apparently there was also someone called Philip Jenkinson, but I have no memory of him whatsoever.

Hope you enjoyed the bit of fun, and if you missed it you can still find it here.

Colour Collections

It’s always good to do something different, so I’ve started to list colour collections on the Etsy site.  Of course you don’t just have to buy the collection as you will discover if you look here.

This is just one of the current collections – and I just love the orange ………..

You can see other colourways over there too.