Tuesday, 22 March 2011

For Lucy Elizabeth.

A friend of mine has just had a little girl and I wanted to make something for the new arrival. After looking through my wool that I have left I decided on a shawl, a bit old fashioned maybe but pretty all the same.

The only wool suitable came on a cone and worked up a bit like using string due to the lanolin still covering it, smelly too. I wasn't sure what it would come out like once it was washed but I persevered, making lots of mistakes along the way, with lots of undoing and redoing going on.

Before washing

After washing - much softer 

A bit of a lurid pink but at least some of the colour drained out upon washing and hey it is for a girl. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

A retro dinner

It was Rhiannon's birthday on Friday, 26! How did I get to be so old? To celebrate we were having dinner and to make it that little bit different we were going back to the 70s. 

We had the 70's dinner service in the form of my still held onto Poole pottery, 70's music and of course 70's clothes. All okay for the oldies but a little bit more difficult for the younger members of the family as none of them were actually around at the time but a good effort was made all the same. Lots of blue eyeshadow for the girls, dungarees for me and a lovely jumper for dad.

Rhiannon is the one in the middle, yes I know she only looks like she should be in school but she really is 26, well I guess strictly speaking she is still in school, but as a teacher and not a student!

Same picture but with a bit more of a 70s feel.

For hor d'oeuvres there were twiglets and things on sticks.

To start prawn cocktail and for the non prawn eater egg mayonnaise.

Main course was Chicken Maryland, with all the trimmings. So fried chicken (with neon coloured bread crumbs), fried bananas, corn fritters, salad and jacket potatoes.

And for desert homemade sherry trifle.

After dinner the poker set came out and at about 1.45am I finally got to bed.

Good fun and definitely a nice change having a bit of a theme. 

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Finished blanket.

My little scrap blanket is all finished and I am a lot happier with it than I thought I would be.

A lot of ends to weave in, there must be another whole ball of wool here!

It's about 46 inches square, thick and warm, perfect for those cold nights that we still seem to be getting, isn't Spring supposed to be nearly here! 

The flower pattern was picked up from here at eggbird designs, aren't they just so pretty? 
 To make them slightly bigger for the blanket I just altered the petal stitches.   

Now my only problem is that my colourful wool stash has all but run out and I don't know what to have a go at next....