Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Woyww - a boob and a new snake head

WEDNESDAY. WHATS ON YOUR WORKDESK. Crafters from all over the world go HERE and see photos of over 100, sometimes over 200 desks of fellow crafters. AMAZING!

My desk has been used for Christmas wrapping recently as presents have been winging their way from across the pond and I have been wrapping them before little eyes see them. After I tidied it up (honestly you would not have wanted to see it!) and organised my handmade presents (I have to wrap and send by Monday - arrrggghhhh), I took a photo.

At the front is a knitted boob. Unfortunately a family member had to have a mastectomy and when asked WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? She replied "a boob". So I am knitting some for her. For Christmas Day I have made a candy cane coloured one and I am going to add a bell for a nipple. This is just a silly Christmas present to lift spirits but I have some wool at the back to make some proper ones too.

I have big silver bells and tiny green, red and gold ones - which do you think?

I finished my Christmas Stocking and that is on the right almost out of sight but you can see it here. I also finished the snake for baby. I wasnt very happy with either. Last night I chopped the snakes head off and made a new one. I like it much better though Smallest said it looked like a Fat Worm! The other one looked like a Willy!! Not good!

The only other things on my desk of interest are the pile of socks. These now need blocking, sewing in, wrapping and sending. So you SHOULDN'T see them on my desk after today.

Right, I am off to see if Miss Julia has posted yet so I can add my name to her linky. See you on the blog-hop ; )


Monday, 25 November 2013

There's a snake in my stocking

This weekend I managed to finish two projects.

The first was the snake I was making for a friends baby. Oh my goodness, she had this baby ages ago, what have I been doing (apart from being a sock machine!).

This was knitted on four dpn with lots of colours to make the stripes. I wanted to keep it girly looking because she is a girl. No buttons for the eyes as I didn't want her biting them off and swallowing them. I hope it is cuddly enough and easy to get hold of. Now I have to wrap it up and send it to Scotland.

Goodby stripy snake, enjoy your flight.

The next project I finished was my Christmas Stocking.

I really enjoyed knitting the fair isle parts but I got very bored knitting the rest.

The heel is too big, the leg too short and the toe went wrong. It doesn't really hang well but as long as the big man (Santa) can get some goodies in for us all, it doesnt really matter. Maybe I will have another go when I have less things to knit.

This was knit on two circular needles with three colours. The fair isle part was knit a bit tight as I pulled the red and white over each other at the back. Then when it came to the leg bit I knitted looser so you could see the samll white bits, hence the strange shape.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christms...............


Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Grandad Socks

I don't think Grandad reads this blog so I think I might be safe in posting a picture of the finished socks for him for Christmas.

Beautifully modelled by Huffle. I am a bit worried that Grandad's feet aren't as big as Huffle's and yet these seem quite roomy. Oh well, I'll tell him they are to go in his wellies!

This is the work sock with a slight twist in colours (the red and cream are the wrong way round as per his request to have them the same as Smallest's socks). They are knitted on 4dpns from the rib down to the toe. This is the easiest sock I have knitted and in fact is the fourth one in this style. I still haven't made myself a pair and yet it is by far the comfiest one.

Right, time to finish another project.


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Woyww - a collar and two feet

Today I am joining in with "What's on your workdesk Wednesday" which is the brainchild of Julia at Stamping Ground. For all the information, please go here.

I photographed my desk on Tuesday afternoon after I finished clearing it after a mad 11pm sewing job was needed on our shower curtain (that Grandma grabbed before falling over in the bath! It was ages ago and she is fine). I really should have taken the photo before but I needed to orgainise my knitting so I could see what I was doing.

On the front left is half a collar for my cardigan but I ran out of wool so had to stop. Middle front is my Christmas Stocking, coming along well though I haven't done too much more, just the foot needed now. Front right is Grandad's sock. No1 done, no2 just the foot needed again. In the background is the poor snake and my dishcloth which hasnt really moved since last week.

I think I got round to most who visited me last week but there were still some I coukdn't leave comments on which is annoying but I did visit you I promise.

Right, I have two soups simmering ready for tonight's dinner. Toodlepip x



Tuesday, 12 November 2013

WOYWW - a whole lotta woolliness

Hello. It is snowing here and -3*. After a brisk walk in the forest I happened upon my desk, realised it was nearly Wednesday and took a snap. Surely you know what all this is about by now, but just in case you are new or just happened upon this post, click here to find out details and how to join in.

At the back of the desk, looking like a big mess of wool, is my baby snake - ahhh now I feel I guilty, this should be finished and sent by now (eeeeekkkk). Next to that some wool for the sock front left (this is a Christmas present for Grandad). My tin of 'bits'. A big pile of socks, all waiting to be blocked, wrapped and given away. My Denby coffee cup with coffee in to keep me going. Some Christmassy cotton I picked up yesterday to make another dishcloth (not sure if I like it or not!). Centre Stage is my Christmas Stocking. I am so very proud of this. It is being knit on two circular needles and is fair aisle, which I have never done before and I AM LOVING IT. I started it last Friday and I can't put it down, hence everything else is just sitting there. Left is Grandad's sock, coming along nicely. I am actually on the foot part now so will hopefully get it done before the UK posting date. And that's it except if you want to see the Stocking up close or the pile of socks.


Ridiculous - there are fourteen socks there (okay 7 pairs!).

....and my good friends, I leave you with a photo from my forest walk. The floor was amazing, like all the individual leves had been frozen and coated in a dusting of snow. Just lovely.


Sunday, 10 November 2013

2 hour dishcloth

On Friday when I was at my knitting group, Owner El had made a Christmas Dishcloth and said it was just a two hour project. I thought I would have a go.

It didn't take long (I didn't time it but it could have been two hours). It was a basic pattern of knit and purl and I I think if the wool had been one colour, the Tree may have stood out more.

I have just designed a Union Jack one and once I pick up some more cotton I will have a go. It makes a nice stocking filler.

I was going to write the pattern down but it was taking me forever. I think it is on Ravelry. If you can't find it and you really want it, let me know and I will scan it on. Plus, if you do make one, please let me know how you get on and maybe show me a photo. I would be very interested what it looks like in different wool.


Thursday, 7 November 2013

Baking Bad

Today I helped a fellow Brit out with making a cake for her husbands birthday. She has never made a cake before so armed with my beloved Mixer, cake tins, spatulas and cooling racks I drove to Whitby. We started with a long chat and a cup of tea.

Her Husband is a big 'Breaking Bad' fan and she had seen a recipe for a cake which was Blue and White marble with white icing and blue Rock candy on the top (to look like crystal meth).

This is the outcome

We started by making a lot of cake batter and split it in half and coloured one half blue.

We had lots of help from Little Batch, in between feeding, cradling and loving Baby Batch.


We filled six tins with blobs of alternate white and blue mix and then swirled them with a fork.

Once baked and cooled, we made cream cheese frosting. (Icing sugar, cream cheese, vanilla essence and butter).

The cakes were piled, frosted, piled, frosted. We had a problem with one layer and had to take it off and eat it - WHOOPS.

Batch, her boobs and some serious frosting

Once they were all layered up and frosted we cooled it in the fridge before placing the rock candy on top. Batch actually made this using cornflour, water, peppermint essence, blue food gel and sugar - very clever and quite tasty.

This is Batch's daughter before she put her finger in it!

Job done. Now I have to go and watch Breaking Bad to find out why we made the cake the way we did. I brought some home (from the layer that didn't work) and it tastes good. Batch promised me she would take a photo when she cuts it so I know it worked out okay.

The recipe came from http://17andbaking.com/2013/08/11/17-and-baking-bad/


Socks, Cookies and Bread

Last night I finished Smallest's socks. Wow they were quick though they are not quite the same. One seems a little longer (even though I counted the rows) and one is a bit wider on the foot. Nevertheless, Smallest tried them on and asked if he could keep them. NO they are for Christmas!

Yesterday Smallest and I made Oatmeal Cookies. They are yummy. Here is the recipe.

1 cup butter, 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup of soft brown sugar mixed together. Add two eggs and 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence. Mix in 2 cups of all purpose flour and 1 teaspoon on baking soda, 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix in 3 cups of porridge oats and 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Make walnut sized balls of dough and place on baking paper on a tray. Take a fork and squash slightly and bake for 10 minutes at 375*F.

Leave to cool before moving them and EAT. Mine made approx 30. This cookies freeze really well and you can almost eat them straight from the freezer. Perfect for putting in lunch boxes.

This recipe was originally from AllRecipes.com

I also made a bread. A light wholemeal with seeds - Sunflower, Pumpkin, Sesame and Poppy. It is for my lunch today. YUM.

The recipe was taken from my bread machine book, let me know if you want it.


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

WOYWW - two and a half pairs

Yes it's that time again (apologies, I missed last week - visitors from UK again). You can find all about WOYWW here and how to play along.

So, does the title make you think of socks? No? Well it does me, but maybe that's because that's all I have been doing. I'll show my desk first because that is why you are here and if you can be bothered to read to the bottom you will see some finished socks and the start of some new ones.

Well what a mess! To be fair (as I share this space with visitors) I haven't really been here at my desk for over ten days.

Tea cosy (no further crocheted) and in front of that a finished cosy sock for Smallest (a slight twist on the original ones as the red and cream is switched - his request). Many circular needles and balls of wool. A pattern, a snake still being knitted but not much further on. My knitting bag, sewing box, scissors, tape measure, cellotape, remote, IPad (mid blogging) and lamp. I think that's it. Now I have to tidy it up because it is bugging me!

Now for the things I finished.

Finally, I finished my Temperance Sock. Lattice pattern with right and left twists and knitted in a Regina Angora Merino - very soft. This was a toe-up sock using the magic cast on and a short row heel (wrap and turn stitches) using two circular needles.

I made a Cosy sock for Smallest for Christmas. Originally he didn't one which is why I made him Leftover Leo. When he tried this one he said "ooooh it's lovely can I keep it on?". Then he said "I would like another one exactly the same". Bless. Easily pleased.

Now Grandad has asked for a pair exactly the same but bigger obviously. Next job. Plus the next sock in my Sockalicious group is for a Christmas Stocking - should be interesting as it's using a Fair Isle pattern!!!

Hope to get round lots of you as I am all by myself with just a pile of washing for company.