Hello! I’m making an effort to get back in to weekly blogging but I seem to have lost the ability to type sentences. I think the best thing to do is just dive right in from where I am now and what I’ve been doing this week. I’ve had an amazing crafty week! That’s why I enjoy writing this blog because sometimes, I don’t feel like I’ve done much through the week and then I put it all together and think: Wow! I accomplished quite a bit!
This week it’s all been about the socks with my knitting. I now have not one, not two, but THREE pairs on the needles! This is the first time I have ever had multiple pairs on the go but weirdly it seems to be making me more productive as I can pick up the ones I feel like working on.
Here is a picture of my current progress. I have my October socks using Biffsugar yarns ‘Leaky Cauldron’; Christmas socks using West Yorkshire Spinners ‘Candy Cane’ and ‘Cayenne Pepper’ for the contrast. Both of these are using the Basic Sock pattern by Winwick Mum. Then on Saturday, I cast on the Lola Socks (pattern by Jooles of Sew Sweet Violet) as this is the official Strictly Sockalong pattern. The Strictly Sockalong in organised by Ali of Little Drops of Wonderful and this is the first year I’m taking part. And Strictly has started! I’m so happy. I love it so much. To make it extra fun, my mum and I watch it together (her in Cornwall and me in Staffordshire) and we text each other all the way through. This does make the knitting part more tricky! But if I’m honest, I only knit through the talking bits anyway as I can’t knit and look at the screen at the same time!
I’ve enjoyed a bit of impromptu crochet this week too. I blame Instagram! I saw that Kate Eastwood of Just Pootling had shared her mini pumpkin bunting pattern and I couldn’t resist. I made it in an evening and I love it. It’s so cute!
Making the bunting reminded me that I had the lovely book by Kate Eastman for my birthday, so I made a few crochet pumpkins to add to my autumn display. I decided to finish them with some twigs for the stalks instead of crocheting them.
We had a request through the community craft group for poppies for a planned display, so I downloaded a free crochet pattern by Catherine Adamson from Ravelry and got 20 finished this week. They need to be in by the end of the month, so I’m hoping to get more done (as many as I have yarn for!).
I managed to get some time on my sewing machine last weekend and finished my patchwork cushion covers for our bed. I made these up as I went along using stash fabric and leftovers from the curtains I made at the beginning of the month. They are far from perfect but I’m still pleased with how they turned out. Each finished project gives me a little bit more sewing machine confidence.
I have baked two new recipes this week. Both recipes were from the autumn supplement from this month’s BBC Good Food magazine. I don’t always buy it – usually around autumn, Christmas and Easter – but I always enjoy reading it. I put post-its in and mean to have a go at them and then never seem to get around to it. So, this month, I promised myself I would make something and I’m so glad I did. These recipes have turned out beautifully and I would definitely make them again.
The first was a Dorset apple cake. Perfect for a hot pudding with custard.
The second recipe was for chocolate fudge crinkle biscuits. These are a family favourite. Everyone LOVED them!
I’ve pretty much finished up in the garden for the winter months now, except I still need to empty a few pots and plant out the tulip bulbs. However, my dahlias are still going strong and I was amazed to find one of my roses is still flowering!
Cosmo, our border collie pup, is 4 months old now! We’ve been enjoying some lovely autumnal walks (and some soggy, wet ones too!)
Having a puppy is full on. It’s lovely and fun, and I do feel like we’ve been very lucky. He was house trained within two weeks really. He always sits by the back door and gives me ‘the look’ when he needs to go. If he’s really desperate and I’m not paying attention, he does a little jumpy dance accompanied by whining. Now, he’s realised that if he sits there, I will let him out, so sometimes he’s a tinker and just does it so he can escape across the garden at great speed and wants me to chase him!
His fur is thickening up so much now and he has lost 3 baby teeth this week. He loves playing and is so good at tricks, but he will not bring the toy back yet. Trying to teach him fetch is challenging!
I can’t remember what our life was like before he came along now. It means I rarely get a lie in and have to do more washing, mopping and hoovering. But it also means I have an amazing reason to get out for walks every single day. It means I have a little cosy body snuggling up to me on my chair each evening. It means we laugh every day at the daft things he gets up to and we all just love him so much. And I think he loves us too.
Happy crafting! xxx