Tuesday, 29 April 2008

Gosh, it's been a long time.

I hadn't intended to leave the blog for so long. Actually, I hadn't intended to leave it at all, but my pc started playing up and I was offline for about a month, then life got busy and I got out of the habit of blogging.

So, I'll just jump right back in with both feet and tell you what I've been doing lately.

Like, learning to crochet. I bought just 3 balls of Debbie Bliss' cashmerino wool a few months ago, and finally got around to sitting down with wool, hook and instructions just over a week ago.
The resulting scarf is almost finished, I'm just adding a picot edging. I've been really enjoying doing this. It's great to have something I can do whilst sitting watching TV with hubby.

Of course, now I've almost finished that, I have another project planned. With a few ebay wins of some more wool (cotton angora this time) I have enough to make a ripple blanket. Can't wait to get started on that!

Another first for me was making marmalade. One of the books that hubby got me for Christmas had an easy recipe for marmalade, so when seville oranges were in season, I had a go. And it was a success! Yummy homemade marmalade! The original recipe said it made about 23lbs but that the amounts could be halved. I didn't think that I would be able to get through that much marmalade, so I halved the recipe. Should have made the full amount because I'm now down to my last two jars!
I'll have a go at jam next-strawberry season is nearly here.

This weekend (weather permitting, which of course with it being a bank holiday weekend, the weather will probably be wet and windy!) I'm hoping to go to my favourite car boot fair. There is an indoor all year round one near us, but it seems to be mostly people selling their baby stuff and kids toys, so we don't go there very often. Our favourite one is in a great location with views across the Bristol Channel to Somerset and Devon, and there are loads and loads of stalls selling all kinds of wonderful items. It was where I got those bolts of fabric and the old sewing box amongst other things.
Oh, I hope the weather is good!

Anyway, it's good to be back. I'll get some photos to upload tomorrow when it's not dark.