Sunday, 25 September 2011

food rut update

Update on my food rut...

Mediterranean chopped salad - good - nice in a wrap too, halved the dressing quantity
Prawns and Avocado with Old School Marie Rose Sauce - easy, quick and tasty
Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce- good but E not impressed
Everyday Green Chopped Salad - good, halved the dressing quantity
Chicken & White Wine Stew - much better the next day, didn't look pretty,
Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham
Banana Tarte Tatin

Saturday, 24 September 2011

knitting to do

I need to finish:-
Baby Miss Greenjeans
Peggy Sue

I would like to start:-
Dew Point
Wispy Cardigan
I also fancy these Peppermint Twist socks by Kate Atherley using Yarn Yard Clan...

I also have some shop samples to do too...

Thursday, 22 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

interchangeable knitting needle wrap using this tutorial
 all done!

I redid the zip but made the same mistake again - cutting the hole too big.  It looked ok but as I fiddled with it the edges frayed and it started to look too messy...  Despite not having a big enough piece of fabric to do it again I unpicked it cut the fabric in half.  and sewed it back together again.  The zip 'hole' is better but its squint.  I daren't unpick again...

I'm really pleased with.  My handstitching is wonky and the zip isn't good but I love the fabric and it works really well with my Knit Pro needles - which I hope to add to...

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

knitting needle wrap update...

so my zip arrived and I worked out how to sew it in... but its my first zip... and it didn't look good.

I managed to patch it but it was bugging me, so I cut the top part of the wrap off and unpicked the zip.  I will try again on another piece of fabric and then 'neatly' sew that piece to the main fabric of the wrap.  I'd rather a 'straight' line of stitching across the wrap than a patched up zip...

Monday, 19 September 2011

three years

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her or you can be full of the love you have shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she has gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she’d want – smile, open your eyes, love, laugh and go on.

Monday, 12 September 2011

knitting needle wrap

I've recently (finally) acquired some Knit Pro interchangeable needles.

These are tips (the knitting needle bit) which screw onto cables.  You get different lengths of cables and also little bits that can screw onto the cables when you take your needles off to use them on other projects.

You can use them as circular needles or just simply knit back and forth for flat knitting.

I only have 3 needle tips and 2 cables (120cm) but I'd like to get more as I like the wooden needles...

So obviously I will need another knitting needle case to store them in, and with my newly acquired fabric stash in mind I found this tutorial.

Despite having lots of other stuff to do I spent a few hours today making this...

I need to get a zip before sewing the whole lot together...

(and insert the zip)

Now... zips, who knew there are so many different types? 

Sunday, 11 September 2011


Margaret Cooter has an interesting offer as she continues her exploration of books, text and the journey they can travel.*

Check it out to take part.

*I wrote that quickly... makes sense to me but perhaps not a complete definition of Margaret's work!

Friday, 9 September 2011

iPad madness (part 12)

SimpleCount (£0.69)
Enjoy Sudoku (£1.99)

stuck in a rut...

...a food rut.

Its a pattern - I don't really cook in the Summer.  So...

Finally bought a copy of Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food (so far just borrowed from library) and with the help of some post it notes I've marked some recipes to try.

School Girl and Hubby have to like them too (apart from the Prawn one - Karen is coming for lunch) and the ingredients can't be too expensive or perishable.

Not all of them are new but certainly ones I haven't made for a while.

So... recipes to try in the next week...

Prawns and Avocado with Old School Marie Rose Sauce
Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce
Everyday Green Chopped Salad
Chicken & White Wine Stew
Parmesan Chicken Breasts with Crispy Posh Ham
Banana Tarte Tatin

There are many more marked... Strange how many of these ones are on the Ministry of Food website... maybe the most populist!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Calendar Challenge - August 2011

bit late...

hasn't photographed very well and there are a few blank days...

big list of other participants in this Calendar Challenge at The Kathryn Wheel.
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