Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Stashbuster Sweater

It's started and I'm in love with this pattern and yarn. As you can see from the picture the sun came out for my lunchtime knit. The Stashbuster Sweater is an over sized comfy sweater and can be knitted in a number of sizes, I've chosen the second size.

gorgeous Debbie Bliss Yarn 

its addictive!

I love how quickly the front has grown, knitting quickly to reach the next colour change. The Debbie Bliss Rialto DK yarn is soft and gives good stitch definition. I was lucky to have most of the colours in my yarn stash and bought some in the sale. Most of the colours are now discontinued so this is the perfect project to put the colours together. I'm really happy with the way its working out. If you fancy raiding your yarn stash and started your own you can find the pattern by Rosee Woodland here on Ravelry Stashbuster Sweater

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Another Hitchhiker shawl in ocean blue Batik Swirl

I finished my second Hitchhiker shawl on Saturday evening and I have to say I just love it in this Ocean Blue colour. I decided to add the eyelet row to row 8 of the pattern and I wasn't disappointed, just look at that drape! You can find my first Hitchhiker shawl in Batik Swirl HERE

Ocean Blue shawl

If you are in need of a hug in a shawl then pop over to my Etsy account, its now listed and needs a new home.

In the meantime I've started a new project for me, a Stashbuster jumper using the fabulous Debbie Bliss Rialto DK and Heathers range. Pure luxury just for me.

This is the main colour Denim in the Debbie Bliss Rialto Heathers range, isn't it lovely?  (now discontinued but I managed to gran the last 7 skiens in C&H Canterbury) oh happy days.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Hitchhiker shawl in Stylecraft Batik Swirl

Have you ever bought yarn and not had a project in mind? Of course you all have. My yarn stash is growing rapidly. I bought the Batik Swirl in colourway stargazer ages ago from Lynn at Lusciouslyloopy and its sat on my office desk waiting for me to dive into it. I don’t know why it took me so long, maybe its because I have so many UFO or WIPS or because the right pattern hadn’t found me.

Last weekend when I was supposed to be finishing a new daisy cowl for my Etsy shop I decided to play around with the Hitchhiker shawl pattern, I was amazed at how well the yarn knitted up. So much so I’ve not really put it down and spent most of Sunday knitting, like you do when you get new yarn you love. Its grown to 27 teeth with another 120 rows left to knit. As the rows get longer the stripes get narrow, I love the way the shawl is evolving and the colours are just so lovely together.

Last night I finished the green stripe and started the pink, the two colour combinations together remind me of rhubarb when it grows in my garden in late Spring, some photos are shown here.

I’m not being paid to write this but its my honest opinion that this yarn is well worth trying. If you have the Hitchhiker shawl pattern in your Ravelry projects list then give it a go. It knits well on KnitPro symfonie needles 4mm but for a tighter look you could try 3.5mm needles. The colours are pretty, its soft and durable, it will wash well in the machine at 30 deg, it has 20% wool with 80% premium acrylic and its reasonably priced (it won't break the bank). 

I've not really put this down since last Sunday, every night and lunch breaks adding another 8 rows making a tooth appear and knitting faster to get to the next colour. Its very addictive, easy and soothing and hopefully I'll be able to wear it early next week.

Happy knitting 

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Sea Salted Caramel sauce

Ooh you know its Christmas when you make sea salted caramel sauce. I serve mine with home made mince pies, vanilla ice cream and dusted with icing suger, perfect. You can find the recipe here

I'll be making two jars this weekend so its fresh for Monday (here's a photo I posted a few years ago)

If you make it, be careful, you'll be going to the fridge with a spoon to try it!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

chunky crochet V stitch cowl (a weekend project)

I thought you would like this easy project, its perfect for a last minute Christmas gift or birthday present. But this one is for me!

It uses chunky yarn (I’m using Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky 200g (4 x50g) but you should be able to use any chunky yarn, amounts vary. I'm using 200g and a 6mm hook

The origianl pattern credit is Bellacoco link here but I've added my notes that I think are easier to follow.

So this is how you make it ....

Foundation chain : Chain 23using a 6mm crochet hook

Round one: one tr into 4th chain from hook, ch1, tr into the same chain space (this is the V stitch) *Skip 2 chains, tr, ch1, tr into the same chain space* repeat 6 times, tr into last chain space. Chain 3 turn

Round two : *tr into chain 1 space of V stitch from the previous row, ch1, tr into the same chain space* repeat 7 times, chain 3 turn

Repeat round 2 until you reach your desired length. 65 rows should be enough until you almost run out of yarn but leave some to sew the two ends together.

Connect the two ends of your cowl together using slip stitch or you can sew the ends together using the long yarn end and a darning needle (use your preferred method).

That’s it, a simple weekend project to keep you warm!

Amanda x

Friday, 24 November 2017

make your own Christmas Cranberry Gin

I have a lot of friends at this time of the year and this is why! My Christmas cranberry gin infused recipe. Its so easy and so lovely to gift to your gin loving friends. Wrap it up with a bottle of tonic water and a hand made gift tag, perfect and the recipient will love you forever!

Christmas cranberry gin

So set aside an hour or less this weekend, hunt out some lovely gin bottles and sit back and let the gin infuse ready to bottle in just two weeks. I bought my sloe gin bottles on eBay for £12.95 for 3. Large Kilner jar £7.50 from The Range or Dunelm (3.5 litre for blending) I used Gordon's gin for this batch, so many supermarket offers this week. And I've crochet some cute twinkle stars for each bottle in gold thread, you can find the pattern here

  • 500g fresh cranberries (minimum)
  • 1kg granulated sugar
  • Peel of a large orange
  • 1.5 litres of good quality gin (I used Gordon's or Lidl!)

Get one large Kilner jar (I sterlilse mine with hot water but don't seal it, you won't get it open again!!)

Add the gin, the orange peel and fresh cranberries (prick each one, I use a vintage tomato fork I bought in Whitstable as its perfect for this job) and 1Kg of granulated sugar and stir. You can add some herbal tea bags, I used two Marks and Spencer spiced ones, they come in lovely organza bags perfect for infusing)

You can stir this every day until the sugar has dissolved and set aside in a dark room for a minimum of two weeks. Plenty of time for a last minute foodie/gin friend kind of gift. Mine has been infusing for 4 weeks now and perfect to bottle up for Christmas gifts this weekend and start another batch. 

Twinkle crochet stars

ready to bottle up

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Orla Kiely granny square blanket

After making a silly mistake I had to frog about 12 rows, but I'm back on track now and loving the new colours combination I've picked up. Its so lovely and very autumnal, I think I'll make this for my brother and sister in law to keep them warm this winter. But must make another for myself!

Its all Stylecraft Special DK using a standard granny square, two rows of each colour but I might change this as it grows.

Friday night catch up with my blanket

Sunday morning quick crochet fix