25.04.17

Hi all,

I know it’s been a while now, almost a month, but sometimes you just need a break from blogging and time to get back into the real world and all that.

I have been rather busy this past month, having started a weight loss scheme run by my local council I have been making use of the 12 week free gym pass it comes with and actually turning up at the gym. I even went after work yesterday and did a spin class today – maybe that’s why it decided to hail as I got out of the gym?! I have lost a tiny bit of weight, quite a lot more to go, but it’s a good start. 🙂

I have caught up with old friends, made some progress on blankets I am knitting and crocheting, started reading Daniel Deronda again (couldn’t get into either last year or the year before, which is quite rare for me to put a book down to one side once I’ve started it). I finished Game of Thrones up to season 4 so I just need to watch 5 and 6 now (payday on Thursday yay!).

Speaking of books, I saw this article on the BBC today.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39653776

Apparently almost half of people asked in a survey were too busy to read and 35% struggled to find a good book they wanted to read.

To which my reply is…don’t be so damn fussy! Some of the best books I have ever read are those I have either heard mixed reviews about or those where I have literally judged them by their cover. And it’s not school. It’s not university. You don’t have a set amount to read every night so there’s no excuse!

Now, it’s time to write up my gym planner and get sorted for tomorrow, pics of stuff to be posted tomorrow, I cant be bothered now…too tired from the gym lol!

Ellen x

Stuff

Happy Tuesday everybody!

Had a busy week last week and was so tired just forgot to post anything! Oops!

First and foremost I have got a new job working in a kitchen – yay! Long hours on my feet but that’s a good thing as it means I’m moving more and not just sitting and static all the time.

On the WIP front, I haven’t done any more to many projects except the Storm Trooper Crochet Blanket. I am now at 11.52% of it done (that’s 72 out of 625 squares). Not much else has moved with things in the last couple of weeks as I have been working and watching Game of Thrones, which btw am I the ONLY person on the planet that hasn’t seen the whole series?! I read the first 2 books ages ago before they made the TV series and I wasn’t overly impressed with them, but the TV show is much better to get into, currently at episode 3 of season 3.

And I have my pottery pieces back too now! They look much darker after being fired and glazed.

I haven’t tried out the tea light holders yet but I will soon! 🙂

And now off for a nap and to get sorted for tomorrow! xx

Easter Decorations Found!

I used to live in Germany as a little girl and for Easter we would find branches with buds just about to open and bring them back home to put in a vase. Once they were in the vase we would hang Easter decorations on them and either put the vase on the centre of our dining table or on the window sill, where the sun would help the buds open.

A few years ago when I lived in Germany for my year abroad whilst doing a university degree, I bought a few packets of decorations. Since then, over here in England people seem to have caught on to the whole German wooden decoration trend and I’ve seen them sold over here too.

The big box is from Paperchase in the UK, all of the others are from Germany (Galleria Kaufhof if I remember correctly). I haven’t used them yet (living with parents and all that) but I will one day!

I think they’re quite sweet and I used to love getting our set out as a child and looking at all the eggs and seeing which ones were my favourite.

Who wore it better?

I’m not happy, Bob. Not happy!

If you were to ask me why I would scream at you “BECAUSE MY KNITTED BUNTING ISNT WORKING!!!”

I have knitted all 12 triangles and now I am crocheting around the edges in the same colour, but it just doesn’t look right. The decreases were all k2tog and there is a few holes at the edges. I haven’t taken pics coz I have BUNTING SHAME. Yes, that’s a thing now. ACTUAL BUNTING SHAME.

I will block them on a warm day so I can leave them outside in the sun to dry into the right position, but I am not liking how I spent so much time working out a pattern, knitting them and then not loving the outcome. Disappointing.

BUT

Silver lining.

With last issue of Lets Knit magazine there was a crochet supplement with a crocheted triangle bunting pattern and I tried a triangle, and it was quick and actually looks alright.

I didn’t do the last round of fancy picot edging, but it was just a test.

So, who wore it better? I think the square, but I like them both.

Who knows, maybe I can have some bunting after all! 🙂

Listen to Your Muse!

Ignore your muse at your peril folks.

Sometimes you have a list of WIPS and things to make as long as your arm – some have been on the go for ages and some have deadlines and some you like better than others.

And sometimes your muse says “Nope. I’m going to crochet a bunny jam jar from the latest issue of Mollie Makes magazine! So there!”

Why?! I asked it.

My muse just shrugged and said “I dunno – coz bunny ears! That’s why!”

And she was right. Bunny Ears! 🙂

And the ears even have wire in them which makes them…wait for it…FULLY POSABLE!

Please excuse terrible pic – tried resizing and it got all confused! xx

Citrus Cream Clouds

This is a recipe for a really nice orangey-lemony biscuit that I made yesterday. Every time I make these they turn out perfect, especially if you make the yummy icing to go on top.

It’s from a book called Mum’ Favourite Bakes, edited by Jane Birch and published by Bounty Books (in the UK). I have made a few recipes from this book (a white bread cottage loaf, onion tarts, chicken pie, lemon tart…) and they have all turned out yummy. It’s great to find a cook book that you would actually do more than one thing out of.

I should point out that in the recipe it says to make a sandwich with the filling in the middle, I just use the filling as buttercream icing on the top and do one layer.

Ingredients

For the biscuits:

180g (6oz) unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest [I use lime, lemon and orange all together and add a squirt of juice from each for extra citrus-ness]

80g (3oz) icing sugar

225g (7.5oz) plain flour

40g (1.5oz) corn flour

For the filling:

125g (4oz) unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon each of finely grated lemon, lime and orange zest

160g (5.5oz) icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

Method

Beat the butter, icing sugar and citrus zests together in a bowl until smooth. Add the corn flour and plain flour to make a dough and knead into a ball shape, wrap with Clingfilm and chill for 20-30 mins until firm enough to roll out.

Either grease a couple of baking trays or line them with non-stick baking paper. Roll out the dough and cut into whatever shapes you like. The recipe in the book uses flower shapes, I just used traditional cutters. Just remember, the bigger the shape, the longer you bake it for.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350F or Gas Mark 4) for up to 10 minutes, checking on them to make sure they don’t burn. [They are quite light cookies anyway with the corn flour and icing sugar used] Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.

Make the filling by beating all of the ingredients together in a bowl [I like to add a squirt of the juice to the filling too, but not too much as it won’t set enough and will be quite sloppy].

Spread the filling onto the biscuits and enjoy with a cup of tea!

I didn’t make the filling yesterday so here are what mine looked like straight out of the oven. They do keep a couple of days in an airtight container as well.

Granny Of The Day

And Granny Of The Day goes to….A colour scheme I like to think of as ‘Country Combo’ [You’re not allowed to call this exact selection of colours anything else – that’s the Crochet Law Of Naming – I make it, I name it!].

The de-stashing of wool continues…

Cream, Dark Brown, Tan, Cream. This combo would look good as a granny blankie I think. Or a cushion.

And now…

I am going to have my tea!! 🙂

But before I go here is something to make your brain explode – a mash up of Mighty Boosh and Star Wars (for those of you not from the UK, The Mighty Boosh was a comedy series from about 10 years ago which ran for 3 series, and was the WACKIEST and MOST BONKERS show EVER!!!). You tube it and be confused – my favourite episode is nanageddon if you’re interested (the villain is a demon knitting granny).