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Knits and Bits

Now that I have all that technical wisdom stuff out of my system, I can get back to what I have been up to.

Making Mozzarella Cheese

Christmas 2015 – my parents bought me a cheese making set to make either mozzarella or ricotta (you provide the milk and there’s enough rennet and citric acid to make 10 batches). I think they got it from Steamer Trading which sells kitchen stuff in the UK but here is a link to the actual cheese company’s website.


The kit has lain around the house in various places and it’s only now I got the oomph to make it (with a little help from my lovely assistant aka mum). It was quite easy to do too although I didn’t really take a lot of pics and document the whole process as a lot of it is literally looking at milk! In the picture below my balls of cheese are in ice water cooling down and the white stripe across the pic is the reflection of the light above! Just in case you were wondering…don’t think you were, but anyway. I also added a few chilli flakes to a few balls so we will see how they turn out.


Knitted Spring Bunting

Just got one more triangle to do, weave in ends and make a long strip to attach them to and hang up, also they are quite twisted so will need blocking first. I think I am going to go down the edge them with crochet route so that should help them stop curling too. I changed my mind slightly on colours, sticking with 4 triangles of 3 colours – pink, yellow and green. I was going to do light blue as well but decided it just didn’t fit. Also I may do the strip in blue to denote the sky! And since I had to throw 3 triangles away after realising I had done them in 4mm needles and not 5mm ones….this project has taken longer than it should have!


New stuff

Yesterday bought Let’s Knit magazine and a few more stitch holders since mine has gone walkabouts. The knitting mag came with a free crochet pattern mag and I actually like a few patterns from here, so not a bad buy I think!

The stitch holders were from Wilkos which I never think about for knitting supplies.



Mollie Makes

Magazine through the post today, will look at later. 🙂



I am reading Daniel Deronda at the moment, tried to get into it a couple of years ago but lost the will, so am trying again. Of the 13 books in my Read What You Have Challenge in the pages above I have now read 4 so only 9 to go! Most are classics which as we all know are never a quick read, especially when, with some of them it’s a case of here is a paragraph. Three pages later the paragraph has ended. The style of the writing itself can make a book very hard to read, even though the story may be fantastic.

I am also having a look at the ones below. Coz I have a whole shelf of crafty books. And sometimes we just need pictures!


Using up my stash

The only problem with knitting magazines is that a lot of the time for me the free gifts are either naff or just what I wouldn’t make. So I had LOADS of leftover yarn and nothing to do with them. Finally decided to make a few knitted squares as I think I showed you in a previous post somewhere and some crochet granny squares which are a heck of a lot quicker to make. Will darn in the ends and maybe find a charity to donate to or make something simple, don’t know yet, just wanted the pile of tiny balls gone!



And it has suddenly got REALLY dark and rainy now. I’m British, so a dark overcast afternoon means only one thing – time for a brew! 🙂


Book Challenge Update

Hello there!

Things have been really busy here the last two weeks but I am pleased to say I am on the way to completing this year’s book challenge (which is to read all outstanding books on my shelf).

I wrote my goals for this year in a previous post https://chronicleofellen.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/bye-bye-2016-and-hello-2017/

And out of the 12 or so books listed I have managed to get through 3, as well as a re-reading of The Carpet People by Terry Pratchett which was small and light to carry around with me last week.

The 3 I have finished are:

  • Women in Love by DH Lawrence
  • The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
  • The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy

I was not at all impressed with Women in Love, I believe it was written in the 1920’s and I’m not struck on books of that era generally, although I will give anything a go when it comes to books. Apparently this book was banned for obscenity for 11 years in England and so had to be published in America first. I didn’t like the characters, they weren’t personable, they didn’t make you want to root for them, and I was left with a question at the end…so is Birkin gay or not?!

The Return of the Native I really enjoyed, it seemed a quick read in a day compared to a week and a half reading Women in Love. I have mixed feelings about Hardy’s books generally but this one was alright, I was waiting for at least one of the characters to die, which, lets face it, was the only way anyone was going to get a happy ending here. The villain I didn’t find too villainous, not my favourite classic but worth a read.

The Riddle of the Sands was written in 1902 and is scary in it’s predictions in a way. 2 amateur British spies realise Germany was practising / planning an invasion. The two of them get to grips with the boat they are in and with trying to lie to the locals, figure out who is on their side and decide what is best for England, whilst getting the girl on the way. A good adventure story, I enjoyed it, but the end was a bit rushed, it felt like a lot of lead up to a very quick finish.

So, that’s a good start to my reading this year. I can cross off a few books on my list on the books page above finally.

Hopefully I will continue with this eager reading momentum!

Ellen xx