Battersea Doggy Blanket 1

And its finished! Yaaaaay!
I already blogged about it in my first WIP wednesday post, so I wont waffle on too much.

I started it whilst I was on holiday. Mostly whilst chilling on my balcony in the sun. I finished making the squares whilst on nights a week ago. The sewing up was the most boring part, but now it is finally done!

More importantly, I am sure you are dying to know, this blanket used up a total of 425g of yarn. So if we add that to the 75g of yarn from my sandals, we reach the magical 500g! And since I have started a new blanket before finishing this one, I believe I am now closer to the 600g mark! And you know what that means? NEW YARN! YAHOOOOOO! I am off to oogle at the yarn on wool warehouses drops yarn sale! I will pop in to share with you my haul as soon as it arrives!

WIP Wednesday! (24/05/17)

Ok, well perhaps I published this on the thursday but heck, I have been working nights the last week, and I am thoroughly exhausted, so I fell asleep before I reached pressing the publish button…

I am finally glad to welcome you to my first WIP Wednesday post. 

I have been managing to get quite a bit of work done this week, on account of me working nights. On monday night we started a new train schedule which meant we no longer have any trains running from the station between 0037 (to Gillingham) and 0452 (to Brighton). Whilst we still have work to do, contractor montoring and security checks and such, we now have a 3 and a half hour period where the station is locked up to the general public, which means I can sit there with my crocheting and get some bloody good progress on. 

As you will remember, I promised myself I could buy some new yarn from wool warehouse if I could work through 500g of old rubbish yarn before the end of may (when the drops yarn sale ends). So this has been my main focus!

So I had a good rummage through my rubbish acrylic yarn stash. I decided that I would finally get started on my battersea doggy blankets. Now I know doggies and kittys dont see colour in the same way that we do so they probably wont give a monkeys about colour, but I still wanted them to be at least somewhat visually appealing to humans too. So I got out my hugh acrylic stash and sorted it into piles. I ended up with a red/orange/yellow shades pile, a shades of blue pile and a pinky purpley pile.

I took all of the blues first, and holding two yarns together, I wound them into center pull cakes.

I am almost finished with this blanket.

Its about 60cm by 60cm. I just have to crochet it all together. But that is really boring as ia sewing in all the ends, so instead of being a sensible human being and just getting it done and dusted, I decided to start a bew blanket…

This time it was the turn of the purpley pinkey yarns. 

Sorry about the pic – the lighting was terrible when I took this shot, but you get the gist. 

I hope to complete both blankets within the next 7 days, as I have a week off! YAY! 

Chocolate Orange Tarte

When I was in Mallorca we had some tasty chocolate tarte. So when I came home, I had this real urge to make a chocolate tarte. Here is what I came up with.

Doesnt it look devine? Thats because it is! Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

30 ginger biscuits

80g Melted Butter

1 Jar Marmalade

200g Plain Chocolate

100g Milk Chocolate

200ml Double Cream

40g Butter

Method

First we need to make the base. Take the biscuits and crush them up into crumbs. Mix with the melted butter and press into the base of a greased and lined cake tin. Place in the fridge to cool.

Once cool, spread marmalade onto the base generously, leaving just a small amount of space around the edge.

 To make the chocolate filling, break up the chocolate into a bowl. Place the double cream and butter into a pan and heat until it just starts to bubble. Take it of the heat and pour over the chocolate. Leave for a few minutes, then use a silicone spatula to mix it all together. Pour over the marmalade and biscuit, then leave to set in the fridge for around 4 hours. 

Dont forget to lick the bowl, which is of course the best part of making ganache!

This is best enjoyed with a lovely cup of coffee. Enjoy! 

Sunny Sandals

So I finally made some sandals! 

I had been toying with making sandals for a while, and I had been collecting flip flops so I decided, before I went on my holiday.

Unfortunately, I completely forgot to take any pictures of them. I am kicking myself! I totally could have had some beautiful sandy shots of them. But alas, all I can offer you is these boring shots.

I started by piercing holes every 1cm around the sole. Then I did a single crochet into each hole, then for the next row I Sc twice into each Sc. 

Unfortunately, as these were a sort of trial, I forgot to write down a full pattern, but as I have large feet I do not know how I would write the pattern to allow for different sized feet. I guess a bit of experimentation is required. Perhaps I will have a pattern to share with you soon. 

I am definately pleased with them but I can tell you there are a few issuss that need ironing out before they are perfect and wearable for every day use. 

Regardless, this project used up around 75g of Drops Lima. So thats just 425g to go to meet my target allowinh me to buy new yarn! Yahoooo!

A Lovely Holiday

Hello all!

I have returned from my lovely relaxing holiday in sunny Mallorca. I had a lovely time away and feel quite energised now.

Just popping in the share with you a few holiday pics!

We had a lovely time. I got a very minor tan (unfortunately I am very pale, and I dont really enjoy laying about in the sun so I am quite pleased with it) I did unfortunatley get quite sea sick (but so did many other people as it was a particularly rough boat journey). Vut we had a lot of fun exploring, climbing rocks, and generally chilling!

We arrived back on friday, to our kitty who we were just so happy to see again. My Step-mother in law (to be) had been looking after her whilst we were gone and they seemed to bond quite well!

Last night we enjoyed some Eurovision fun. Apart from Christmas day, Eurovision is my favourite day of the year! How did you all feel about the winner? Personally my favourite was Norway and I was dissapointed that they didnt do better. But Portugal was in my top 5 so I wasnt wholly dissapointed. Here was my final order of preference for anyone who is interested! I would love to hear what you thought and who you thought should win/ come last. I thought spain were awful so I was actually quite annoyed that they got any voted at all! 

Anyways, I hope to share with you some craftiness soon. I managed to crochet 200g of yarn whilst on holiday which takes me past the half way mark on my 500g target, with half a month to go! Yahoo! I also have been baking since returning and I aspire to get some painting done and some spinning started before I return to work on wednesday. Watch this space!

Oh Dear…

I have just been scrolling through my inbox and I came across something very… upsetting…

Now you will all remember that I pledged to not buy any more yarn until I used up some of my old yarn! 

Well, I am this close to throwing that pledge out of the window…

Why, you ask? 

This is why…

Yes that is right – wool warehouse are having a 35% off sale on all drops yarn! 

Eek!

Drops is my favourite yarn brand so far, I have used lima, alpaca and eskimo and they have all been wonderful! The colours are so beautiful and the textures are so nice, and just look at the bargains!

I think I need to make a deal with myself. 

If i can use up 500g of yarn by the end of may, I will allow myself a splurge on yarn. Deal? Good. 

I am already 75g down, with a project I will share with you when I come home from my holiday. So I just have 425g to go!