I have the privilege of contributing to a hamper of goodies for a friend who is having major surgery. I spent ages thinking about toiletries, food treats etc. but it was all a bit same old same old.
Of course she is a fantastic crafter so I have put together a bag of fabric, hessian and other lovely bits so that she can make her own little clippy heart while she recuperates.
First I need a nice bag to present it all in and for a bit of inspiration – loved making this and definitely better than my first attempt. Loved the trimming down at the end it looks like petal confetti.
I love learning new skills.
I started a textiles course a few weeks ago, learning traditional skills and I have to say…..
IT IS HIGHLY ADDICTIVE!
In the way that a jigsaw draws you back and back until it’s completed.
This lovely raggy heart is my practice project and I am so pleased with it.
Saturday morning cooking session. I made some chicken stock a couple of days ago so time for a quick pan of soup, with what’s in the fridge, while I am doing the Saturday morning tidying up and getting organised thing.
Melt some coconut oil in a heavy bottom pan on a low heat.
finely chop some celery and add to the pan
a large carrot, two leeks, trimmed and sliced and two medium potatoes peeled and chopped.
stir them round gently in the oil until they start to soften then add a tablespoon of onion seeds (nigella) some white pepper and some pink salt.
Black Onion Seeds Benefits
top off with the chicken stock (of course use whatever you have ) and cook until the veg are soft. It will be tasty today, but if you can wait it’s even better tomorrow somehow!
I like to take a few cupfuls of the soup out and blend it smooth once it’s cooked.
I wanted to try something new and found this nice easy to follow video on our favourite online Tube.
It’s looking good
I’m a bit of an avid internet shopper but I never thought about buying wool online before. My friend just casually asked me if I had bought the wool for my big knitting project online and I had one of those “aha” moments as I confessed ” No – B & M”.
So, eyes open to new opportunities, I found Lovekniting and ordered some buttercup wool on Sunday evening.
Here’s a 15% off code they gave me to share:
I could be away some time……..
Spurred on by my Big Knitting experience and in fact missing it when it was finished
I have ordered some very pretty wool but while I’m waiting I decided it’s time to use all the “bits” which are in the knitting bag.
I found a great board on Pinterest with ideas to knit for Operation Christmas Child. Here is my first attempt at a little bag to pop into one of those much loved shoe boxes.
I just picked it up when I had a spare minute and I love the simple knitted flowers.
Cast on 31 stitches. Knit 1 cast off 5 then draw up the remaining 5 stitches with your starting bit of wool. Seems a shame not to have them.
So it’s been a long time since I had the chance to do anything creative, then I went on a textiles course and met someone who gave me a simple idea. Big Knitting. Beautiful soft chunky wool and massive chunky needles got me started again. That lovely creative addiction of “just one more row” all kicked back in and here is the fruit. A soft warm blanket in a few days but, better than that, inspiration to keep going.
Next stop – clippy mats.