Can you believe it, two posts in a weekend?! I'm avoiding doing some work for school!! It will have to be done at some point today, but I don't feel like doing it right now! I told you yesterday that I actually had some knitting to share with you. First of all, a simple shawl knitted in some of my own handspun. This was a present for a friend. It seems ages since I knit it, you can see snow on the ground in the photos. It was the last thing I made before we moved. The patterns is a very simple one from knitspot called Les Abeilles. I like it because it starts at the hem and gets smaller. The lace pattern is easy to memorise too.
This pair of plain vanilla socks has been on the needles since the end of last year. They are for one of my University friends and have been knit using a Zauberball. One of them is quite tweedy while the other one is quite plain. I hope she likes them!
We went for a look around our local farmers' market yesterday. There was a queue at the bread stall, and talking to someone else who was waiting, it sounds like it's very popular and often sells out quite quickly. We bought a red onion marmalade loaf and a cheese and onion bread, as well as a Norfolk apple bun for elevenses! The cheesy loaf was absolutely delicious. We saved some and froze it for another weekend.
I have been busy in the kitchen this weekend too. Yesterday I baked a ginger cake. The whole house was filled with that wonderful baking aroma. Mmmmmmmmmm. The cake has been sliced and frozen. We don't eat a lot of cake, but it's nice to have some handy when you fancy a slice.
I also made a recipe from the Hairy Dieters cookbook for lunch today (just to counteract the effect of the cake, don't you know!) It was called Spanish-style Chicken Bake and it was really delicious. You would never have thought you were eating something healthy. It has peppers, tomatoes, onions, garlic, potatoes, chicken and chorizo with some herbs and spices. I know we will be making this again.
And because it's the weekend, I also made a good old fashioned rice pudding. I love the top when it's all brown. Grab a spoon and help yourself!
Florence is not a happy girl today because 'Operation Cat Collar' has begun. She is going around the house with a look of abject misery on her face. Little does she know that the collar is her key to freedom. She will get used to wearing it in a few days I expect.
I have just taken over as a joint moderator of the ThreeBagsFull group on Ravelry. All of the members are great fans of Michele's wonderful project bags which she sells from her Etsy shop here. The bags are beautifully made - fully lined with co-ordinating fabrics, ribbons and handmade beads. Michele has just started making dpn cases too and I may have bought one!! Before long, she will be celebrating her 4000th sale, and that bag will be free! Why not pop over to her shop and treat yourself. Your knitting projects deserve a nice home, don't they?! Also come and join our group on Ravelry. We are planning lots of fun things over the coming weeks and months. Hope to see some of you there! Bye for now! xxx