Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Beautiful Soup

In my veg box this week was double quantities of beetroot. It's in season. So I made a batch of my beloved beetroot soup.

I scrubbed the beetroot and cooked it first. Then the skins slides off easily.

I diced the beetroot and added it and potatoes to a softened onion in the pan.

And then poured in two pints of stock, and simmered it for about 45 minutes. The soup needs to be whizzed in a blender. The soup is such a beautiful colour. Almost it's too pretty to eat. But not quite!

I froze quite a lot for future soup eating at cooler times of the year

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Library Trip

I'm very lucky to have an excellent library near me with a very well stocked crafts section. I called in there yesterday morning and picked up these two titles.

I had the booties book before and it is full of adorable patterns, but the Topsy-Turvy one I hadn't seen previously. But I know the work of Susan B. Anderson already, owing to Itty Bitty Hats, which book I have made about six hats from.

So, what to knit?? So much choice, and free time too, and plenty of yarn in hand (only not enough red to tackle the strawberry booties that was my first choice, I discovered last night after knitting half a bootie!)

So I'm knitting the pigs in a blanket. Spent a pleasant couple of hours out in the garden with my needles. This is the life! Shame I have to go to the office tomorrow, but I'll still have the evenings :)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Ladybird, ladybird

A combination of work commitments and trying to avoid paying out for school holiday care has led to separate holidays for me and dh, with the result that I now have a whole week at home on my own. This is a rare treat to be enjoyed! I can leave the house in the morning and come back to it in the same state I left it. My sewing machine can stay out on the dining table all week. No-one will grumble about food, or whether I'm going to get off the Internet soon. I've got to go to work, of course, but still!

This first afternoon, I got out the trusty sewing machine and sewed this little coin purse:

Here he is with some coins for scale, although to be truthful, he's more likely to be a keeper of stitch markers and the like than actual money. I have another purse, with pockets for cards and a zip compartment, for that!

While I had the machine out, I fixed a tear in a duvet cover and sewed a load of scouts badges onto ds's camp blanket, that he'll be taking with him when he goes off for some scouting fun under canvas in a few weeks. I can't think why it didn't occur to me I could machine-sew those badges before. There were four in my box to sew - I'd been putting it off for a while, but it was unbelievably quick by machine.

What to do this evening?? I think a little knitting may be in order :)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Lace Scarf

Last November, I bought a lovely skein of madtosh fingering in Loop in Islington. And this month, I knitted it up into a lovely lace scarf:

The pattern is free on Knitty: Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery. I really love this yarn colour. It's called vishnu. You can see it better in this photo, which also shows the lace:

I'm very pleased with it, not least because I was able to correct the odd mistake by dropping down and using a crochet hook. I've come a long way, baby! A couple of years ago, I would never have been able to do that.

I was going to give it away as a christmas present, but now I'm not sure I can bear to... I'll see what else I knit between now and the Autumn!

Friday, 18 July 2014

Wallaby sweater

At last I knitted a sweater that fits and is practical for every day wear. At least when the weather gets cooler. It was rather hot the day I took this photo, so the modelling was just for a few minutes.

I made this sweater out of 1079 yards of Bergere Magic+ yarn and from a pattern called The Wonderful Wallaby, that I bought on etsy. It was a really nice pattern to knit and comes in a range of sizes, so when ds outgrows this one, I'll knit him another. And, even better, this one also fits me, so when he outgrows it, I will get the hand me down!

I made two adjustments: one to make an overlapping placket at the neckline, with buttons, and one to make the hood a bit less pointy. It was the very first time I made a kangaroo pocket or an overlapping placket, and so I can call this one a learning experience too.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Lazy Sunday

Knitting in the garden today. I started work on a lace ribbon scarf.

It's going extremely slowly, and it must be finished by 27 July (House Cup deadlines!) I've knitted about 10% so far.

Apart from knitting, I've been watching the Tour de France this weekend as it speeds through my home county of Yorkshire. I must say, the Yorkshire Dales landscape looks utterly ravishing on TV and I long to go back for a visit.