A new discovery

It is extremely rare that I see a garment pattern in crochet that I could envisage wearing.

That is until I came across this!!

Isn’t it lovely? It is by Vita of the etsy pattern shop ¬†monpetitviolon and is completely in keeping with the things I like to wear.
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Making mincemeat of the mincemeat

Making mincemeat of the mincemeat

Good old Delia Smith came out at the weekend for the first of her annual contributions to Christmas.
It was that time again. Time to make my mincemeat.
I remembered to use vegetarian suet so as not to repeat last year’s fellow work colleague alienation!

The ingrediants

The ingredients

Just the easiest of recipes. Read the rest of this entry

Morris the monkey

Morris the monkey

Just to prove that old adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, I give you Morris, the crochet sock monkey.

Crochet sock monkey.  Pattern by Craft Passion

Crochet sock monkey. Pattern by Craft Passion

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Sock monkey

Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, I have been crocheting a sock monkey.
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It is by far the most boring crochet I have undertaken in a long time but I’m sure the monkey-mad mother-to-be will love it. Read the rest of this entry

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Here, in Yorkshire, we are incredibly lucky to live a mere couple of miles away from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The park is free to enter, although paying the astronomical car parking fees always make us wonder about the venue’s interpretation of ‘free’!

We always make a point of visiting this time of year. I love the changing colours in the trees and it was a beautiful Autumn day once the mist had lifted, last Sunday.

The ‘sculpture’ is laid out both in the park and within several purpose built galleries. Read the rest of this entry

Blackberry jam and Brownies

Blackberry jam and Brownies

When Freya was small we would bake together.
Biscuits were her favourite thing. We had a box of 101 cutter shapes. People, stars, flowers, people, boats, cars and of course many letter shapes; an initial for all the people in her life.
After the baking came the decorating. Tubes of coloured icing, teeth breaking silver balls, sugar flowers and edible glitter.
Always a fun but exhausting afternoon, finishing off with a mop of the floor.
But times move on. These days we cook and bake alongside each other, happily sharing the stove, singing along to the radio. I still get to do the washing up. Read the rest of this entry

Needle case production

Needle case production

I love my needle case. I use it all the time and it has saved me hours in hunting down needles.

Needle case in Liberty Lawn

Needle case in Liberty Lawn

My mum loves her’s, requested after she had seen mine.

my mum's needle case

my mum’s needle case

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