Nasty things like washing, dusting, cobwebbing and ironing have happened, in a somewhat desultory fashion.
No Crafting Whatsoever, Boo, Hiss.
I thought that you may like to see my version of Bara Brith,
It is not merely speckled with fruit but positively bursting with sultanas, apricots and prunes. I used what I had, there were also dates in the cupboard but I want them for a date and walnut loaf. I like to put plenty of fruit in, there is nothing worse than playing "hunt the currant", I would rather have no fruit at all. To make 2 large loaves I used 1 Kilo of bread flour, half white, half wholemeal, 3 rounded desert spoons of mixed spice, 900 grams of fruit, 3 tsp fast yeast, 40 grams brown sugar, 2 tsp salt, 2 eggs, 40 grams butter and enough milk to make a soft dough.
I also indulged in some chocolate, I saw this written up in my local paper, there are more flavours, I also bought Flame roasted hazlenut and Apple and Cinnamon Curd. The hazlenut is very tasty although the nuts have been pulverized but the curd was not very nice at all. I am reluctant to try this as I suspect to be disappointed.
I love chocolate, from Dairy Milk to "How much" from Fortnums, but this, to me, is very much a nothing chocolate that should have cost 50p from a corner shop. Well you live and learn.
I am now off chocolate again, until I see something worth bothering with.
I have a sewing pile a mile high so tomorrow it will be "pedal to the metal" sew to speak.
I have been watching some random sewing videos on line and have treated myself to a set of bias tape makers and a foot that sews the tape on, both sides together. That will save hours of stitching and sucking of perforated fingertips. I did look at a foot that attaches binding to front and back of a quilt in the same way but I like the method that I use now with no visible stitches. I made sure to check that the foot would fit my MC 8200, I had to pay a bit extra but it will be worth it.
I was out on Wednesday and saw a little jacket, exactly the same shape as the ones that I made with bias bound edges, that will be on the agenda once I have finished what is on my cutting table now.
I looked for a full circle slip to wear with the skirts that I made. All the ones I saw were frothy and scratchy with net and tulle. I wanted something to support the skirt but not make it stand out, I used some reclaimed curtain lining, it does the job perfectly. I also did not want gathers and elastic so used the same pattern as the skirt, just shortened it and put a bias edge on the waistline and a button and ribbon fastening, no need for a zipper. Sorted.
Now it is time for more tea and a walk for Ben, it is too warm for his usual lunchtime walk, much better now.
Have a good weekend.