New Wool Day

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:

It’s arrived!!!!!!!

Its lovely.

I could be away some time……..



Redeeming the 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.



Big Knitting

img_3985So 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.


Beautiful Beach Huts & Bunting

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So much fun up at Blyth Beach Huts last week on the very very very nice day.  Vintage china, cakes and fish and chips looking out over the sea and down to the very pretty St Mary’s Lighthouse.  Homemade bunting made it that little bit more special and drew the attention of the passers by.Blyth (6)

Fun with Pineapples

A little while ago someone gave me this device to magically cut pineapple slices.

A 15p pineapple appeared in my basket at Tesco the other night so it was the perfect victim to try out this wondrous knife.

It cut the pineapple into these perfect rings, but then what to make with them.

Superfood Pineapple and Blueberry Crumble:

take the pineapple rings cut them up and pop into the wok with a dessert spoon of coconut oil.  Add cinnamon, nutmeg, pink & white peppercorns, ground ginger, a star anise and a black cardamom pop and poach for 5 minutes, add a punnet of blueberries and keep cooking until its all juicy and blue.  Remove the hard spices and put in a dish.

Top with a mix of 3 tablespoons oats, 1 tablespoon linseeds, 1 tablespoon chia seeds and a tablespoon of coconut oil.  You can also put more cinnamon in if you like, bake the whol thing in the oven until golden and tasty.

A Winter Sunset

Popped down to the River Wear earlier in the week to catch the sunset, and found this very very localised freezing fog hanging around the bridge.

And a misty shot of the National Glass Centre.

Hands were far too cold by now.


Brr …..


Everything has it’s uses

knowing my love of crafting a very kind client made me this box for a present.

It was a little bit ornate for my taste but I have made few alterations and had it on my desk for a while.

But O happy day!  A perfect fit for my increasing collection of essential oils.

Happy days.

Healthy Fruit Crumble

I had a pan full of stewed plums and apples so I added loads of cinnamon and nutmeg and popped them in an oven proof dish.

Mix together a dessert spoonful each of chia seeds, linseeds and coconut oil along with a handful of rolled oats. I added cinnamon and nutmeg to this too because I love it!

Spread over the fruit and pop into a hot oven for about twenty minutes – well the smell tells you when its ready – simple, healthy and totally gorgeous!