CAMPER CAPERS…

On the road to recovery!

We were all set to spend the weekend at Stone Valley festival. Our camper was all loaded up. I had wine and knitting to last the weekend and we set off.

We got half an hour up the road and broke down on a busy roundabout.

Our first rescuer moved us to a safe place. And then after some time it was taken to the garage where she sadly waits.

I am using the unexpected time at home to have a sort through my crafting clutter, I’d forgotten I had half of it πŸ˜‰

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

APRIL FOOL’S DAY

And April showers β˜”

April has arrived but it is bitterly cold and we had snow yesterday, perhaps that is the April Fools Day prank – January weather! I have managed to avoid the pranksters so far this year!

Years ago I worked in France where le poisson d’avril was celebrated and much fun was had by children sticking paper fish on each others backs 🐑🐠🐑

How do you celebrate the 1st of April?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

SELF-HELP 2022 NO.1

Fingers crossed that this is the first of many ..

As I have already said friends and family gifted me some very mindful gifts for Christmas πŸŽ„

And as I have already said I received a sampler from Aldi

So so far I have done : quite a few French knots; satin stitch; stem stitch; back stitch and blanket stitch.

This takes me back forty years and I have to say I am enjoying the memories of working on printed linen.

Mindfully yours and woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

WINDING UP MAY

Gosh what a lot of rain β˜”β˜”β˜”

I have just read through my May posts as my brain seems to be a bit of a blank as to May mayhem!

On the whole I had quite a productive month and finally finished the cable knit WIP WIP HOORAY! But that means I am on the look out for a new project to get my teeth intoπŸ˜„

I’m still interested in bags and storeage which has been a fun way to improve my stitch knowledge. My efforts have been quite organic as I have been making the shape up as I go along so I only need to concentrate on the stitches – very mindful!

A string thing!

And I am still making woolly covers for jam and pickle jars to turn them into attractive desk tidies πŸ˜‰

Mustard and aubergine repurposed jars!

And my really exciting news I have some of my items are for sale at a local craft hub HS ART 😊

So the new month sees me on the look out for a new project…

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

WINDING UP JANUARY!

A new year, same old challenges. ..

January has been a month full of challenges. We have had floods and heavy snowfall as well as being locked down.

COVID-19 has been rampant so other than work and a bit of walking life has been spent indoors. A great excuse to attack the stash some might say? But my time has been spent finishing off Christmas presents and doing bits and pieces.

Not the first place you’d look for a fox!

I have been making little woodland creatures from a kit supplied by Let’s Knit.

And I have been dabbling in storeage:

Cabled cosies covering jam and pickle jars

Pattern taken from Let’s Knit issue 166.

Moss stitch little and large baskets

The larger basket is made with double moss stitch and the small one is made in moss stitch. They are both made from one cake of Aldi yarn originally bought to make a cowl.

New month looking for new inspiration with the stash πŸ€”

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

THE SCHOOLS CAN’T OPEN SOON ENOUGH?

Instagram lessons? ??

Not really in the mood to get stuck into anything major at the moment so I made this little hedgehog from one of the many kits littering my houseπŸ—

And I feel I have to let people know that as it was Burns Night on Monday we had haggis for tea on Tuesday (I was at work on Monday). Now I am sure most of you know it was Burn’s night and no one is really interested in what we had for tea but here comes the point of the story.

As we were finishing the haggis B announced he hadn’t realised that the haggis was actually an animal! N and I looked at him aghast! When we had recovered the power of speech we explained that it was made from offal and barley and that in the past it was wrapped up in a sheep’s stomach etc. But apparently B had read on instagram that it was an animal 😲

My hedgehog pretending to be a haggis running around in the heather! !!

Since then I can’t get ideas of what a haggis might look like in the wild?

Exasperated woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

AND LOOK WHAT WE WOKE UP TO…

Tackling floods and snow β˜ƒβ˜”

We brought everything up from the bottom of the garden because of the flooding.

Pictures taken from my lounge window. I have walked to the petrol station this morning to get a loaf of bread, not what we would normally eat but Bewdley bridge is currently closed to traffic and pedestrians. Beggars can’t be choosers!!!

Frosty wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

A SURPRISE ROUND THE CORNER

The rest of my walk…

I was at work all day yesterday so no chance of a walk or any fresh air unless you count taking the bins out πŸ˜‰

So thoughts went back to my mooch around Jubilee Gardens on Wednesday and look at the other chainsaw sculpture I found.

What a handsome hare!

And that makes the pair!

Many thanks to Julia at Words and Stitches for taking the trouble to Google the wood sculptures in Jubilee Gardens, thanks to her I know a bit more about my little town. It just goes to show you don’t know what you have on your doorstep.

I have the weekend off now so my plans are to get on with the knitting and a few more walks to find more Bewdley treasures.

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘

A RANDOM BAKE

Or an icing sugar storm 🌬

It is B’s birthday todayπŸŽ‚ Can’t believe my little cherub is now old enough to drive! I thought I would try to be one of those yummy mummy types and make him a cake πŸ€”

Now in my defence I haven’t done any proper baking since B was small when we used to bake together. In recent years I have made brownies and the like with my good friend Betty Crocker. And I have had a very temperamental oven and baking on my own was never much fun😯

But I have a new oven so thought I would have a go. I measured the ingredients from memory, probably not one of my better ideasπŸ˜‹ I made an 8oz sponge mixture but new baking tins so think I probably should do a 10oz mixture. And new oven so need to experiment with that. My cake looks a bit flat and is a bit crisp around the edge but it did have a nice spring to the touch. I have sandwiched it together with raspberry jam and vanilla butter cream.

Note to self:

Soften the butter before attempting to cream it

Make sure the mixer is on its lowest setting when using icing sugar – everything ended up with a fine dusting of the stuffπŸ˜‰

I don’t think I will be doing the Great British Bake Off any time soon….

I am going to stick to my knitting. Anyone for a cuppa and cake?

Woolly wishes,

Jane β™‘β™‘β™‘