The Handcrafted Home

september 20th 2013This week I’ve been able to indulge in all my favourite activities. First, I managed to finish “The Teen’s” Owls jumper. No buttons on this one either, but she has worn it almost every day so I judge it’s a success. The yarn is gorgeous Artesano British Wool, not only is this lovely to knit with, but washed successfully at 30 degrees on a wool wash! Practical and stylish, just what every student needs in their wardrobe. The Artesano yarn comes in some gorgeous colours, I’m tempted to make another (yes, another) for myself. This is such a great pattern, ideal for tv knitting on cold winter evenings. If you’re not familiar with the “Owls” jumper, click through to Kate Davies page on Ravelry and see for yourself how fabulous it is.

Next on the agenda was baking, a delicious trifle cake. I have promised the recipe to so many people, next week I will post it here for you all to enjoy. It really is a very simple pudding, but it is a bit of a “show stopper”. I made one last week for a barbecue and it was demolished within minutes. It’s also gluten free, which is a bonus if you need to please a crowd.

The highlight of the week was an early birthday present, a willow weaving course at Nettle, a gorgeous little shop near Tattenhall in Cheshire. Our tutor, Juliette was both inspiring and encouraging and much to my delight I brought home a rather wonky obelisk to grow my sweet peas up next summer. Juliette runs courses and sells at venues across Cheshire, check out her website for details.

With all this activity, you might think I’ve had an easy week – far from it – four samples posted off, a pile of paperwork and a gorgeous delivery of new books to review. Top of the pile of books on my bedside table right now is the newly published Mollie Makes Crochet. I’ll tell you more about it next week, but if you have friends who love Mollie Makes Magazine, this should definitely be on their Christmas list. So far I’m loving the clear instructions and pretty projects.

Lurking in my local news agents today I noticed I have some patterns out in: Love Crochet (handwarmers), Handmade (Christmas Stockings), Homemade with Love (a rather gorgeous headband), Inside Crochet (stool cover)) and the very new and very fab Crochet Gifts for Christmas, a special edition from Practical Publishing which has some rather stylish ways to decorate your christmas presents this year! It was also quite a thrill to spot one of the ladies at knit group today knitting my tea cosy pattern from Let’s Get Crafting, I hope she brings it back when its finished for us all to admire.

We’re off to Cumbria this weekend, I’ll be taking a basket full of knitting with me and hoping for some autumn sunshine as we’ve planned a couple of walks. Whatever you’re up to, have fun and be happy.

T x

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