Archive for November, 2007

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DIY chaos knitting

November 27, 2007

I just thought I would show you a picture of the environment i’ve been knitting in since april.

me knitting in amongst the wallpapering! (with disgustingly long hair!)

the picture that is a work of art in itself: (yarn drying at the top, bras acting as weights-whilst drying too!)

life is decidedly less chaotic now, but will bore you with before and after pics some other day!

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Colour

November 26, 2007

Having just left a rambly message at Ysolda‘s, I thought I would blog my thoughts on colour here too. (need to find a word for blog though too…)

I’m currently waiting for Simon to get home before I can continue on a sweater that is being made out of wool for that was originally meant to be a hoodie for me. I decided the colour really wasn’t going to magically grow on me (for me-i love the colour, it just doesn’t suit ME!). I have VERY strong tastes when it comes to colour.

My mother-in-law once gave me a colour consultaion for my birthday (by far the most generous, best present from her). The colour consultant was suprised that all the colours I was wearing really suited me*. For years mum and I have been walking round shops saying things like “no, it’s a yellow red” “is this a blue, red?” etc. *On the colour consultation I came out as a winter-suits clean colours and is lucky to suit white and black too.

Venturing into the fibre world, I have had to tame my love of certain colours somewhat. Variegated wool, in my opinion, looks sensuous and gorgeous in a ball/skein but when worked up has a tendency to granny-itis.

I learnt the hard way that computer monitors and photography lie. A colour named “salmon” really isn’t going to be a pretty pink colour like I saw it, but is going to resemble cooked salmon more. (hence my first sweater became one for my grandmother)

So, picking up the phone on internet orders and discussing colours would seem appropriate. Yet, whether it’s phoning a yarn store or chatting to friends, no one other than my mum and I use the yellow/blue based colour analogy. I suit blue based, don’t suit yellow based colours.

What did I find myself buying at the knitting show though? Grey. Haha. I have such a love hate relationship with grey. I have a hoody that is now in holes that kept me so cosy warm. Recently brought myself to charity shop a slouchy cowl neck mohair sweater and a polo-neck too. I feel so boring wearing grey, yet it’s something that come winter I can pull on and wear with anything.

Anyway, I shall go add extra lengths to my Denise set up, to allow Simon to try on his sweater. This evening I think I shall continue with that and not the second hat I promised to crochet for my sister (to give as presents).

On the muffin front: I made sweet ones (apple, currants) for mum’s arrival. Day 2 I prefer the savoury ones, so in future will have to eat all of the sweet ones on day one (NOT!). Yesterday evening I made some “oops, we have no oats left-use cornflakes, oats and flour” with carrot and mustard muffins to keep Simon on the happy boat this week (he gets down in winter, so extra carbs can only be a good thing!). Ha I didn’t take them out of the oven so I didn’t even see them, but I had a text saying “they are really nice”. Ooh I made both the above with orange juice instead of water-off to adjust recipe.

PS: OOh Simon made chocolate crispies (with cornflakes+70% min cocoa solids) yesterday-he better hurry back from work so we can eat some!!

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Here’s to more

November 19, 2007

Instead of waiting around until I have a site that I like the look of, or I’ve purchased a domain name (undecided about whether to do that or not) I thought I should just get my act together and start keeping my creative journal at last!

Today I bring you pictures of comfort food that did wonders for stress in the cooking as much as the eating!

Cheese and walnut muffins with Carrot and Potato soup

cheese muffin and soup

cheese muffin close up

Recipes:

Muffins:

1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup oil
1 egg slightly beaten
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarb
1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup water (may be replaced by orange juice for sweet/other savoury combinations)

original recipe: 1/2 cup sugar 8 oz summerfruits
MY version: 2 oz strong flavoured cheese (grated) 1/2 cup walnut halves (chopped after measuring) approx 1/4 cup milk (until it has a texture which is not sloppy or stiff…)

mix all together and spoon into greased and floured tins.

Fan oven 190 C

mini muffin tin size=18 mins

yorkshire pud tin size (what I did) about 20 mins

skewer comes out clean when done.

Leave in tin for 10 mins before putting on cooling rack.

Soup:

2 potatoes, 5 carrots 2 sticks of celery 1/2 litre stock-pressure cooker for 8 mins, blend.