Christmas crafted gifts

I was crafting gifts right up to the last minute this Christmas Eve, finishing the blanket, a rainbow version of Wool and the Gang’s Good Times Blanket. I also ‘finished’ two embroideries as gifts that evening, I say ‘finished’ as one of them the colour ran 😱 when I washed off the Sulky Solvy so…

Sneak peek – almost there

(Early morning knitting in my pyjamas) I’m almost there with blanket 3, I’m knitting the last stripe and I should get it done in time to wrap up, Christmas Eve. I set myself a target at the beginning of the week of half a stripe a day (each stripe is around 40 rows, with 120…

Embroidered patchwork cushion

My final tutorial for 20 Embroidered Flowers is a patchwork cushion using two repeating patterns that you can find in the ebook; Camassia and Elderflower (I altered the elderflower pattern for this slightly, changing the suggested white to black). The cushion pad that I used for this 50cm x 30cm, each patchwork square (not including…

Dragon Hot Water Bottle Tutorial and Free Pattern

A hot water bottle cover I made for my dad years ago, is finally wearing thin, so he asked for a new one for Christmas. Whenever I think of crafts for my dad, I think of dragons, as he lives in Wales and well dragons breath fire – hot water bottles, kinda loosely connected. I…

On the menu – squash, potato and chilli cakes

Tuesday I know that it’s a bit difficult to see what’s going on in that photo but those are squash, potato and chilli cakes from The Savvy Cook and they were really nice, vegan too, which is worth a mention as a lot of fritter type recipes use eggs (says the person who then put…

Meet Me Under The Mistletoe

I couldn’t resist doing Dropcloth’s Christmas pattern (sorry, no link, Rebecca’s shop is currently closed as she’s on maternity leave). Yes, I used to work as a biologist and yes, I did just embroider mistletoe berries red 😳.

Good Times Blanket

I’ve finally finished the first of two Good Times Blankets, both (hopefully), Christmas presents. I’ve been working on this one for months, taking it with me when commuting, outside appointments, waiting outside after school classes, in front of the TV, etc etc. It’s been (until the last few stripes), a great portable project, although thanks…

Embroidering on washable paper

This week’s 20 Flower Embroideries tutorial is more of an experiment. I had been really intrigued by washable paper*, so I thought I’d give it a go. I’d seen pictures of a few things made with washable paper, but I had yet to see anybody embroider on it, so that got me thinking, “is there…

On the menu – 3 ingredient Mac & Cheese

Monday This was made with my daughter S, it’s a good student-y recipe, and although I’m pretty confident that she can cook, I’m starting to bear in mind good recipes to show her for when she probably goes off to university in a bit over 3 years time. The recipe is from Tasty and is…