A Lovely Meshy Shawl

I recently was looking over blog posts and saw Quiet Water Crafts WIP post about a wonderful scarf she was making using Caron Cakes.

It really inspired me to whack out one of my remaining Caron Cakes and get crocheting. This is what I came up with.

Firstly, I have to say, I really love the colour combo. The rainbow sprinkles Caron Cakes I used on Harleys baby blanket back in April was lovely, but unfortunately as it is a mixture of colours there are quite a lot of muddy bits where the dye has bled together. This isn’t the case with this colourway. Its a lot crisper. 

Anyways, Here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Row 1. Into a Magic Loop, Ch3 for the first Dc, then Dc once, chain 3, then Dc twice.

Row 2. Ch 3, then Dc into the same stitch. Dc once into the rest of the stitches in the row, until you reach the chain 3 space, where you shoud Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue with a single Dc in each stitch, until you reach the final stitch, where you should Dc twice into the same stitch. 

Row 3 and 4. Repeat Row 2. 

Row 5. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, Skip 2 then Sc into the next stitch*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then skip 2 then Sc into the next Stitch. 

Row 6. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

If it helps you to understand the mesh pattern, I used this diagram to understand what to do, particularly when reaching the ends of the row. Obviously, I modified the number of stitches but you get the gist. Hopefully it helps you too.

This is not my image, I found it with many other very useful stitch diagrams over at Erga Handmade. Go and check them out!

Row 7. Ch 1. Sc into the same space. *Chain 4, then Sc into the next Ch 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 3 space, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 3 space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. 

Row 8. Chain 5. Sc into the first Ch 4 space. *Ch 4 then Sc into next chain 4 space*. Repeat until you reach the chain 4 space at the corner of the work, where you should chain 4 and sc into the chain 4 corner space again, before continuing to chain 4 then Sc into the next Ch 4 space. When you get to the final Chain 4 space, Ch 2 then Dc into the first Sc of the previous row. 

Row 9. Now we need to create the foundation for the next row of Dc. To do this we repeat row 7, but instead of chaining 4, we chain 3. 

Row 10. To create the first row of Dc, Chain 3 and Dc into the first stitch, then Dc 3 into each Chain 3 space and once into each Sc. Continue this pattern until you reach the corner chain, where you should Dc twice, Chain 3, and Dc twice more. Continue to Dc once into each Sc amd 3 times into each 3 Chain space. In the final Sc of the row, Dc twice. 

Row 11 to 13. Follow Row 2.

Row 14 to 18. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 19 to 22. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 23 to 27. Follow Row 5 to 9.

Row 28 to 31. Follow Row 10 to 13.

Row 32 to 43. Repeat Row 5 to 8 three times.

Row 44. Follow Row 9.

Row 45. Sc into the first stitch, then Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space, until you reach the corner, where you should Sc 4 times into the chain 3 corner space. Continue to Sc once into every Sc stitch and Sc twice into each Chain 3 space to the end. 

Row 46. Sc into the first stitch, Chain 7, then skip a stitch and Sc into the next stitch. Repeat to end to create the final round. 

Fasten off and sew in the ends.

And there you have it! One lovely Caron Cakes shawl! Enjoy! And remember to send me a pic if you give it a go! 

Cherry Bakewell Tray Bake

Hello all! I am popping in today to share with you a recipe for my yummy Cherry Bakewell Tray Bake, which I road tested on my colleagues just this morning and it has gone down a treat! Its so fragrant and lovely!

I used a 9x13ins brownie tin (thats roughly 23x33cm)

Ingredients:

3 Large Eggs

200g Baking Spread (I used Stork)

150g Self Raising Flour

75g Ground Almonds

200g Golden Caster

50g Glace Cherries

A little Icing Sugar For Dusting

50g Icing Sugar for Icing

A Few Drops of Almond Extract

A Splash of Milk

Method:

Preheat the oven to gas mark 6.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar and baking spread followed by the eggs to form a runny batter.

Then sift in the flour, followed by the ground almonds and mix until smooth.

Roughly chop the cherries and dust them with icing sugar. This just stops them from sticking together and sinking straight to the bottom of the cake tin. Stie them into the cake mix.

Pour the mix into a greased tray bake tin and bake for 25 to 30 Minutes or until a pick placed into the center of the cake comes out clean. 

To make the Icing, whisk together the icing sugar, a couple of drops of almond extract and a splash of milk. Add the milk a very small amount at a time until the desired consistency is acheived. It should be thick enough that it does not run straight off the cake.

Et Voila! Now make yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the fruits of your labour! 

WIP Wednesday (09/08/17)

Hello all! Another WIP wednesday post. I am finally getting into the swing of them now!

My Chevron Infinity Scarf is coming on a treat. I have completed another 9 rows taking me to 61.

My Shawl is done! Yay! I just got so carried away with it that it was finished in no time! I just need to block it and type up the pattern and then I will be ready to share it with you in all of its glory. Here is a little teaser for the time being though.

Whilst searching for a hook yesterday I found a little WIP I had forgotten about. An Amigrumi ghost, from the front of one of the magazines, so I plan to continue that.

And I have decided that I will next make a start on the little Cactus pin cushion which came free with  Simply Crochet magazine recently. 

What are you working on?

Giant Cinnamon Bun! 

I love cinnamon a lot. Its so warming and festive. This saturday the weather was atrocious so I thought what could be nicer than some cinnamon buns? A giant bun of course! 

Prepare yourself – its super cinnamony!

Ingredients:

For the Dough:

180ml milk

1 egg

1tbsp Yeast

50g Butter

50g Sugar

1tsp Salt

1 tsp Cinnamon

390g Flour

For the Filling:

70g Butter, softened

60g Golden Caster Sugar

2tbsp Cinnamon

For the Icing:

50g Icing Sugar

Milk

1tsp Cinnamon

Method:

First gently warm the milk in a saucepan and add in the butter. Once the butter has melted whisk in the yeast.

In a seperate bowl mix together the flour, salt, sugar and cinnamon.

Pour the yeasty milk mixture into the dry ingredients, along with the egg. You may need to add a little more flour or milk at this point, depending on the consistency you have acheived. 

When it has reached a soft doughy state, tip it out onto a floured surface, and knead for 10 minutes, or until the dough bounces back when you press your finger on it. Leave it to rest for 10 minutes.

Line your slowcooker with liberally greased parchment paper.

After 10 minutes, roll out the dough into a rectangle. 

Whip the softened butter so it is light and easy to spread then spread it all over the dough, leaving a little butter for later.

Sprinkle with the golden caster augae.

Then the cinnamon.

Then roll it into a log. 

With traditional rolls you would slice the log into bits. For my giant cinnamon bun however, you just give the log a gentle rolling to flatten the top just a smidge, then do thr same prcess with the butter, sugar and cinnamon again. 

Finally roll it into a whirl and put it into the lined slow cooker. Cool on high speed for around 2-2.5 hours. 

To ice, just whisk together icing sugar, cinnamon and milk. Add a very small amount of milk at a time, until you reach a thick glossy consistency.

Enjoy!

Yarndale 2017 Project

Just a quick one today. I am sure many of you will already know of this but if not, please visit the yarndale site here to find out how to take part in yarndales creatibe community display. 

Thid year they are doing it in support of Mind, which is a charity close to my heart so I will certainly be contributing a heart! I hope you can too! There are some lovely patterns on the Yarndale page. 

Birthday Cards for All

July is a busy month for me – 4 birthdays in the space of 7 days. I always find it creeps up on me, and then bam! I have to make 4 cards a bit quick sticks! And this year was no different.

These are the cards that I made.

I got all of the papers from the same pack. They were all double sided papers so in all of these cases I did a bit of cutting and flipping to use both sides of the sheet! 

I used a happy birthday die on two of the cards and a tag die and my own handwriting for the other 2. This is mainly because I realised I still do not have a generic birthday stamp. I need to work on that.

I then embelished with a little golden washi tape (purchased in poundland) and some blue ribbon in some cases. 

I am very pleased with how the turned out. 

WIP Wednesday (02/08/17)

I always like to keep my WIP’s under control. I like to finish one project before I start another. But yesterday I just really had the urge to start a shawl. So today I did. 

I started this today and am 13 rows in. I am using one of my caron cakes. 

And this is the infinity scarf I started work on a few weeks back. I am now on row 52. Thats 37 rows since last week, mainly due to the fact that my colleague called in sick in reception so I had to cover him yesterday meaning in between signing in contractors and issuing security briefs to new station staff, I had plenty of time to crochet and drink coffee. Yaaaay! I also spent a considerable amount of time re-organising my pinterest boards properly and dreaming up the idea for my shawl. 

What are you working on?