Well, after all the rain last week, and the bootfair Sunday morning having been cancelled because " the field was too wet ", ppffft, and Poppy not being well, I felt somewhat under the weather and decided I needed to start a new project. Even though I have one or six on the go already. And even though I should be making soaps and gift packs etc.
Do you remember the pile of pastel knitted squares I found in a charity shop a few months ago? Probably not, lol, so here is a quick reminder -
At least this photo shows the proper colours. I have been trying to take pics this morning, but despite the decent weather, the light indoors is crap and the colours just don't look right, so imagine all the following pics with the colours shown above.
I dug them out yesterday morning, feeling thoroughly in need of cosy comfy woolliness, and decided to crochet them together. I thought it would give the little lanky a bit of texture, to have those little ridges connecting all the squares. Hmm.
Then I thought it could really do with some more texture, so the obvious thing to do was..................... crochet flowers to sew onto the squares!!
I spent a few hours with my work-in-progress yesterday afternoon, and one or two more in the evening after dinner and felt much better for it. It didn't get too boring either, making up a strip, then a flower or two, then back to making strips again, another flower....... you know what I mean. It is coming along nicely and of course I'll keep you up to date with my progress. Here are a few pics of what I have done so far ( errrmmm, try and imagine it all without all those pesky loose ends, lol, )-
Oh, and as we are talking about knitted stuff, I might as well show you these two knitting bags I found at a jumble sale a little while ago. I love these bags, so useful for all the projects one seems to have on the go all the time, and they look pretty, too.Hey look, one of the bags even has a " Buy British " on the wooden handle-
Another thing, when the weather turns horrid grey and wet, thoughts often turn to food, strange that, eh? Well, Juanitatortilla was talking about tortilla de patatas in one of her posts last week, here, I think, which REALLY got me in the mood for making tortillas again. Hadn't done that in a while, because it is fairly labour intensive. But we all love them a lot, so I sacrificed some crochet/doggiecuddle/charityshop time and made a couple-
Looks pretty good, doesn' it? I was taught how to make proper spanish tortilla de patatas by a Spanish student, who stayed with us for a while many years ago. He had to admit in the end, that my tortillas were much better than his, teeheheheee. ( If anybody is interested in how to make tortillas properly, let me know and I'll put up a quick tutorial ).
A few months ago, Lucy over at Attic24 posted a recipe for the most delicious Tiffin. I just had to try it out with my granddaughter, and we all thought it was extreme yumminess. Friday our little darling was with us again for the day and we decided to make some more. I changed the recipe a little again, using macadamia nuts and walnuts instead of pecans, using slightly less butter and golden sirup and adding some cream instead, and it was gooooooooorgeous. So gorgeous in fact, that my sons, my grown up sons, mind, forced me to make some more on Sunday! Goes without saying that it all disappeared very quickly again, lol.
Must go and look after my Poppy girl again now. She has been poorly since Friday and we were a bit worried about her, because usually she is such a boistrous and mischievous little madam, and the last few days, she has not been herself at all. Wouldn't play with Hector, wouldn't come up on the settees, didn't jump up to greet us......... She was eating ok though, so we ruled out anything bad in her tummy. I took her to the vet first thing this morning, and after a very thorough examination, he found that she had damaged a muscle in her back, the silly cow, probably playing too roughly with Hector, and that obviously made her very uncomfortable. As upsetting as that is, it is very good news, at least its nothing serious, and with painkillers, careful walks on the lead, no jumping and lots of massages (!!!) she should be right as rain again within a week or so. Of course we just have to spoil her a little while she is feeling sorry for herself ( she is very good at looking very depressed in her bed ), perhaps a little roast chicken will cheer her up..........