Monday, 26 November 2012

Stir Up (a day later)

Traditionally the last Sunday before Advent is known as Stir Up Sunday when Christmas puddings and cakes are baked. It's based on 'The Collect' from the Common Book of Prayer:

Stir up, O Lord, the wills of your faithful people, that they bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by you be richly rewarded: through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

Whilst I don't personally follow the religious aspect I do appreciate the tradition involved and have long attempted to have all my cakes for Christmas made before the end of November (mainly to give them all feeding time). It's one of the first signs for me that it's just around the corner and really heralds in the festivities with the wafting scents of baked fruits and spices.

This year I've not baked the multitude of large cakes of old but have exceeded my total number of cakes made by at least 20. I chose to make a 7" cake for home and used the rest of the mixture to make 30 cupcakes. I lightened up my mixture quite a bit to help reduce the cooking time as didn't want them to dry out being much smaller and kept the decoration simple but cute. They're bound to be a hit with those who aren't keen on the icing and marzipan this year as there's much less to contend with.

I love the season and what it stands for and am enjoying the calm of baking before it all gets very busy and exciting. This is the first and only year my Son will perform in the School Nativity production and we have parties, festive lunches, catch ups with friends and family galore to come.

I hope you are all feeling calm and collected and ready to face the joy of Christmas time, with all it's rich rewards.

Sunday, 25 November 2012


Another speedy knitted project finished and modelled by my gorgeous little sister who can be found over at Cartwheels and Bubbles.

A looser fitting beanie with simple button detailling that could easily be a brooch, flower, feather or other adornment instead. The written pattern shows an average adult sizing.

In case you're wondering the yarn used is the lovely King Cole Riot DK and I chose the colourway as it reminded me of the fireworks from this years bonfire night. It's great value to make and will easily get two hats from one skein.

The pattern is available to purchase and download in PDF form through Ravelry and is directly linked through the Patterns tab above as well. You don't need to be a Ravelry member but will need a PayPal account - this pattern is available for just £2.

Thanks Sisterro for modelling for me x

Thursday, 15 November 2012

medren hat

A new design just in time for last minute gifts, it's a quick knit and available in 3 sizes, Adult/Teen, Pre-teen, Toddler/Baby. Also included is a recipe to tailor the circumference more specifically too.

I suggest using King Cole Merino Blend Aran for a snuggly knit as the range comes in jewel brights and muted shades too.

This pattern is available now from the page tab above, it's sold through, you won't need an account with them but you will need PayPal to purchase. It's on sale for £2.00 now here.
Thank you x

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Man Knitting

A number of years ago now I made my first pair of socks (below) destined to go to my sister as a gift, they were a bit baggy but I was proud with my first attempt. As it turned out she found them great for slouching down and wearing at home as a slipper sock, and so did her boyfriend.

Sadly 3 years later and they've been darned a number of times - he requested a new pair of super sliding socks (apparently they're also great for whizzing along laminate in)!

I did a bit more research for mens footwear accessories specifically and came across Nola's Slippers on Ravelry and through Christmas at Sea pages below - wow what a quick knit, I altered the pattern to be knitted seamlessly in the round and finished off with a Kitchener Stitch along the length of the sole so they didn't irritate the wearer. I used King Cole Big Value DK held double and 6mm needles to get the tension needed. My finished ones are at the top of this post.

The Christmas at Sea website has more really lovely patterns that look well written and are for a good cause if you like to knit or crochet for others x

I have it on good authority that these are great for sliding in too!

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Halloween round-up

Grave Worm Cupcakes (ok Lemon sponge, Coconut icing and Fondant 'worms', 39 were made and iced by myself and littlest man to give to family and neighbours)
 My attempt at scary pumpkin carving - there were two smaller friendlier ones that the boys chose as well...
 We went trick or treating in our cul-de-sac as a Skeleton and a Giraffe (pronounced Jarf and it was that or a Racula but the D racula had a cape that was "too scary")