Sunday, 18 February 2018

An almost perfect Sunday

Yes, it rained. This is Wales after all and it was forecast pretty much country wide.

I did get the dogs walked in the nearly dry, even if it was boggy underfoot. None of the dogs that we met were off their leads, far too much mud and slime for that.

I spent a great part of the day knitting away on my shawl, I have passed the half way mark and am still loving it. I do have the next pattern lined up and Francesca will be here on Thursday. That means her Anouk will be cast on.

I have to chose yarn for the next pair of socks as the current pair will be off the needles this week.

Dinner was a small beef roast, extra veg was cooked and there will be bubble and squeak tomorrow, sometimes the leftovers are equal if not better than the first meal.
I have been watching Nigel Slater in Turkey, he cooked a meal of roasted veg with butter beans and green beans. That is my ideal type of cooking, simple and good ingredients cooked without faff.

I do believe that something very similar will be on the menu later this week. 

Food figures large in many blogs, some frugal, some extravagant, some floating around the middle.

The age old ritual of gathering the ingredients and cooking for your family and friends is not only about fuel for the body. It is about pleasure, conversation, sharing ideas and experiences. Building memories of good times and using the pleasure to heal pain. To come in after a hard days work in the cold and wet and small a pan of soup simmering away with some bread toasting is an uplifting moment, I have been there many a time.

I read a comment on a blog recently from someone who did not understand any of this focus on food. Sad.

Any how, I am  off to make a brew and then do a little search for some more information on traditional Turkish recipes.

                    TTFN                                        Pam

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Did the earth move for you?

It certainly did for us, at around 2:30 there was an earthquake in the Swansea area and all the china on my dresser danced around. There have been a few reports appearing on news online but so far no reports of damage.

It has been a mixed bag of weather here, heavy rain overnight and a chilly start to the day. By 10:00 am it was warm and sunny with not a breath of a breeze but by mid day the sky darkened and the rain returned. 
No playing with the new toys today. We are both still trying to rid ourselves of the remnants of colds and getting wet in the garden would not have helped.
And as Scarlett said "tomorrow is another day", stupid girl to turn Rhett down. Any girl with a ha'porth of sense would have jumped on him there and then, mind you Clark gable was as famous for his halitosis as his smouldering good looks.

That is my bit of nonsense for the day. Dinner will be something light and easy as we had a substantial lunch.
I have reached the end of the increase rows on my shawl and will be working on the straight back section this evening. Not that I am in a  hurry but I have another shawl pattern in mind. I don't know where this fascination came from but I will just go with the flow and enjoy the journey.

Toodle Pip for now, it is almost time to get the dogs out for their afternoon ramble, rain permitting.

                         TTFN                                      Pam

My make 9 knitting list seems to have evaporated, although there is time yet.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Happy day in Llandeilo

A, I was in The Flying Geese and B, the sun was shining. Then of course there were the lovely shoppers who were happy to talk fabric.

A new quilter came in to get a starter kit together and we had a great time talking about balance of colour and print.

I filled in the empty shop bits with some fabric stroking and the mental shopping list was astronomical. I was not sure whether I was happy or sad that the Liberty fabrics were out at a pop up shop.

I have finished Anouk, no photo yet but I was wearing her today.
I am working on a new shawl for a complete change, I have some drops Merino/cotton blend yarn from Wonderwool last year and it was shouting to be used.

This is a new to me construction method, rather than starting at one point and working across the work starts with a squared off bottom. Then increases are on every R/S row until the work reaches from shoulder down to your desired length. You then work straight across the back and begin decreasing down the other side. This shawl is not designed to be wrapped round the neck, just round the shoulders.

The lace border is very pretty and is only a 6 row repeat, it is taken from a Rita Weiss book, 50 fabulous knitted borders.

I have the usual pair of socks on the needles, I have just completed the heel turn, and there will be another cast on as soon as these are done.

Dinner was a very simple meat balls and beans, neither of us were particularly hungry. Ben was very interested though, normally he completely ignores our meal times.

The SO has a new toy, 2 really, he has a new chainsaw and a new incinerator. The forecast is for sun tomorrow. I predict sawdust and smoke.

I may have to be very, very busy indoors. Once I have been suitably impressed and made all the correct noises.

Not really, we have a small area that was a dumping ground when we moved in. All that we did was push it further back and then fence it in. Now the time has come to raze it to the ground, burn everything wooden and remove any man made rubbish to the recycling centre. That will give us a space of around 10' by 18', I can make better use of that than a midden.

I hope to be out there helping. (and making sure that nothing gets put into a "we'll keep this just in case" pile.) It will be burn or remove to the tip only.

Now it is most certainly time for a brew.

                             TTFN                                        Pam

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

I lost a day.

Not so much lost as passed through carelessly.

I did make it to Knit and Natter, regardless of the weather, and though we were thin on the ground it was still a lively afternoon.

The dogs had their walks, it was a bit wet at one point, and the fresh air was most welcome.

Dinner was a pasta sauce,  in the slow cooker all afternoon, and the evening slipped away in a knitty sort of way. We watched a little telly, Back in time for Tea was very interesting again. Many memories resurfaced, not too much changed in our rural community during the late 40,s and 50,s. There was a difference from North to South East, mostly in the food, but that could be down to the fact that we always grew most of our food. I expect that things were not so different in Norwich.

It was not until this morning that I realised that I had not posted. As today is hospital day it had to wait.

 The latest Miette, I have buttons for her now so once sewn on she will be blocked.

My Christmas Eve cast on, she is also waiting to have buttons attached before blocking. I am not too sure about the finished (almost) garment, care I say that I find it very old fashioned in style. In the magazine it was a bright, light yellow, perhaps I should have stuck with that. BUT this was about knitting the stash.

The stitch definition is good, once the lace is blocked out it will look better. It is the overall shape that is bugging me, I am certain that it will be too baggy for my comfort zone.I will see how I feel once the buttons are on and it is blocked.

I have almost finished the trial version of Anouk, I bought the buttons at Deb's shop yesterday. She has an amazing selection of all shapes and sizes, I was spoilt for choice.

I can not decide whether to cast on another cardigan or plump for a sweater. I hate picking up the button bands, it usually takes me a few attempts before I get the balance and count right. I quite fancy the Chuck sweater, I like a bit of cabling.
I have plenty of time to knit it before Fran comes home and I get her measured up for the Anouk. There is, of course, a good chance that she may leave with the trial version as well. I will get a photo up as soon as the last bit is cast off, I have both sleeves on cables with stoppers as well as the body on needles. It makes it a labour of Hercules to even think about putting it on the model.

I am reading a few blogs about living on rations from WW11, mostly that seems to be how we eat, of course we do have weeks when there seems to be cream coming out of our ears. But it is swings and roundabouts. The main stumbling block for me would be the tea ration, I think a weeks worth would last me a day.
I remember my Mother telling us that she swapped her sugar ration for her friends tea ration. It suited them both, but tea was always in short supply even with the extra.

I have Fran on the phone now,so will say toodle pip.

                       TTFN                                    Pam

Monday, 12 February 2018

A Very Happy Elevenses.

It was in this house, I can tell you.

Brilliant sunshine with a touch of frost to start the day, both dogs were excited to have their walk, it was lovely to feel real warmth on my face.

Back home and got the sheets etc pegged out, finished off a little bit of ironing and it was 11:00. Kettle on.

The tea was up to my lips as somebody rattled on the door, I may have muttered something not nice.

A delivery of a small parcel, mmmm, addressed to both of us, double mmmm.

Inside was this.

A little tin no less, very pretty and most certainly All Mine

I opened it up and almost swooned.

There were 12, no, we were not that greedy, I nibbled  on the corner of one and still swooning took 2 straight to W.

Good things have to be shared. It is the law in this house.

We had one each with our rapidly cooling tea and they were very swoon worthy. Very chocolatey, very rich and we decided that it will be half each next time. If I was hosting afternoon  tea I would cut them into 4 or maybe 6 and pop each piece in a sweetie paper case, they are that rich.

Inside was a little gift card, you may notice the chocolatey finger smudge, it was me. I did lick my fingers but I missed a taste, sulky face.

I have shared the card both to show how thoughtful my lovely girl is and also that the rest of you (in the UK) can also have a taste of this utter bliss.
There are some really scrumptious things in the shop and I have my eye on one or two things for some special peeps.
I have so far resisted the urge to google the location, I am afraid that it may be within a comfortable drive. I don't suppose that they sell at the door and I do not fancy being accused of stalking. But it is tempting.

I have just realised that I forgot to photo the knitting, blame the excitement and a chocolate high. Tomorrow.

Now the new ironing calls and then it may be knitting time.

                   TTFN                                         Pam

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Snow. Again.

I wandered along with both the dogs,
through sunbeams, high and low,
When all at once we were in a crowd,
A swarm, of dancing flakes of snow.
Along the path and through the trees
Swirling and dipping in the breeze.

Apologies to Mr Wordsworth. I had to recite that in my third year at school and it has stuck ever since.

I is on the mend. I is feeling a bit twitchy. But, I is being a good couch potato.

The sneezing has more or less abated, but I do have a hacking cough. It caused me intense chest pain yesterday evening, I took my painkillers and was in bed (probably snoring) just after 8:00.

6:30 this morning and my eyes popped open, I was delighted to find myself in the land of the living.

I have not been idle though, I finished off the Christmas Eve cast on Cardigan and the blue Miette. I just need to find buttons for them both.
 I have made a good start on the next Andi Satterlund pattern, Anouk. I have some glorious gold yarn for Francesca but, after reading that several peeps have had issues with the fit I cast it on with some stash yarn. The body is knit down to the bottom band and I am working on the first sleeve.
 Fran will be here in 2 weeks and she can try it on (of course it will be finished) then I can see if I need to amend it for her. 
I was planning on knitting Salal next but have read that some knitters have struggled with that. I will get Anouk done and then see.
The yarn that I am using is a very sturdy Aran weight, fairly heavy, in a glorious deep red with tweed neps and will make a perfect top for Autumn and Winter. Forward planning by chance, Serendipity that,s what it is. Although the yardage is greater than the pattern asks for it is a heavier yarn, soooo I will knit the sleeves to just long enough and then go back to the body and the button band. I have checked on line and the dye lot is still in stock, phew.

I will take some photo,s tomorrow, just need to locate the camera.

I hope that all is well with you, where ever you may be. 

Sheila, I have those Thangles all ready to stick in the post, hopefully I will make it tomorrow.

                      TTFN                                           Pam


I completely forgot to say thank you for all your well wishes, it did cheer me up.

Pam xx

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The Lurgy Struck.

2 boxes of "man sized" tissues, vaseline for the nose area ( no red nose here). That's 2 days worth. sigh.
Throat soothing lozenges, parrotseatemal every 4 hours, hot drinks and cold drinks. No Ice cream, boo hoo. 

Sneezing, starting to abate now and a smattering of coughing and spluttering.

That is the reality show here folks. Hopefully normal service will be resumed very very soon.

Thank goodness for a well stocked freezer, although we are not eating much.

                          TTFN                                       Pam