Sneak peek – intarsia blanket progress

(It’s difficult photographing a blanket in progress) I’ve been really enjoying working on this, I have made some mistakes, I lost count on the peak of one of the blue mountains and so the shape isn’t as smooth and, during a very rare argument between my kids (I know that I am extremely lucky that…

On the menu – spelt salad

Sunday This is Spelt Salad with Squash and Fennel from River Cottage Veg Everyday and it was really nice. The veg just right and garlicky and cheesy and lemony. I will make again and I’m not even that keen, normally, on fennel.

Sneak peek – learning intarsia

When the weather gets cooler, I pick up my knitting needles, I only knit in the Autumn – Winter months so I am not a brilliant knitter but I find it (mostly) relaxing and I like seeing me very slowly pick up new skills. For years I was scarves and that was it but over…

Mended jeans

Note to self – maybe wear a slightly more flattering jumper when taking blog selfies. I so wanted the Make + Mend book by Jessica Marquez, that on seeing how difficult it was to get hold of in the UK (the release date keeps changing and although it’s currently listed as released on the UK…

On the menu – aubergine parmigiana

Friday This is Aubergine Parmigiana from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Veg Everyday and it took ages to make (although actual hands on labour was not that intensive). The result was nice and I enjoyed the welcome pottering in the kitchen but I don’t really live a making aubergine parmigiana lifestyle, so other than the other portion I’ve…

Make It In Design Summer School

Last summer I took part in the Make It In Design Summer School, I did the intermediate track. Anyway, there were two briefs, Jungle Bugs, by piece for which is above 👆 and an etched flower theme and for that, considering I’d just spent all spring and summer embroidering flowers, I adapted one of my…

A book inspired walk – Alperton Tube to Paddington Basin

I recently read Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie, close (ish) to the beginning of the story, one of the characters walks from his posh flat in central London to an area near Wembley and he walks along the Grand Union Canal. In one bit of his journey, he walks along an aqueduct over the North…