Emergency Crochet!

Last weekend I went to visit a friend in the Scottish Borders. However, before I’d even left work I realised I hadn’t packed any winter woolies…disaster in this snowy weather! Luckily I had packed wool and a crochet hook so I quickly got to work on some mitts and a hat. They may not be the highest quality items that I’ve even made but they did the job and kept me warm and cosy over the weekend. Don’t you just love it when crafting comes to the rescue!

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New Crochet Collars

Finally, I have managed to photograph and list some of the collars I’ve been making recently. They are in a range of colours, designs and yarns so hopefully there is something to suit everyone (who wants a crochet collar). I am more than happy to make custom orders so if you have a style, colour, yarn not listed just get in touch and I will see what I can do.

Don’t forget that until the end of January all items in my etsy shop are 20% off with the discount code JAN2013.

Here’s a sneak preview but visit the shop for the full range.

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Pinterest Picks #10

This week my Pinterest picks are all around the theme of winter warmers. It’s been chilly here in the UK and with a winter chill comes the desire to get cosy and warm inside. Here are some of my favourite ways to do this.

Firstly, food…what better way to warm up than with a bowl of something comforting (yes, comfort food should almost always come in bowl form).

red lentil coconut soup  - a house in the hills

Navy Bean Soup

Lentil and Sausage Soup for a Cold Winter's Night by AntoniaJames,  food52:  The beauty of this soup is that it manages to be soul-warming but not overly heavy. The broth is light, and aromatic with wine and marjoram, and you feel like you've won the lottery each time you come across a piece of garlicky sausage. #Soup #Lentil #Sausage

 

Next, what better way to enjoy this lovely food? Of course, wrapped up in something warm and cosy!

Who wouldn’t love to be sitting here right now?

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Banish those winter blues with some bright colours like these!

According to Matt...: Granny Square Blanket.....The Sequel!

 

Santa is Coming!

People, Christmas is on Tuesday!! Why did nobody warn me? How on earth did it sneak up on me so quickly? Oh wait I know, it’s because despite my earlier declarations of getting an early start I actually only started one thing and then completely ignored the jingle bells until December. Now, I know many of you will be aware of this already but that is far too late to begin making Christmas presents for your friends and family! My grand handmade Christmas presents plan had to be rapidly downscaled. Instead of making handmade cards I bought some charity ones to give to friends and family and focussed solely on ensuring that everyone gets at least one handmade thing in their gift. For my Mum & her partner it was this crochet throw blanket,

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For my sister it was a very cute hat and mitten set (which I forgot to photograph before wrapping-raging!) and I’ll be forwarding her bike pannier bags once I actually finish them in the New Year. For my Dad and his wife, and all the inlaws I am making up Christmas hampers with lots of goodies in them including Cranberry Curd, Lemon Curd, Scottish Tablet, Peppermint Creams, Turkish Delight, Treacle Toffee, Honeycomb and Chocolate Truffles. These hampers ensure that my kitchen becomes a sweet smelling wee factory for a few days but they are always so well received I can’t not give them as gifts. This is the last of my Christmas making and I am happy to see that wee light at the end of the tunnel!

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Now, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will be better next year and that I’ll start making Christmas presents in October but we all know what happens to the best laid schemes! 
What did you guys do for your handmade Christmas gifts? I’m sure you were all much more organised than I was!

Happy St Andrews Day!

30th November is St Andrews Day in Scotland and Edinburgh Castle started the celebrations off in style yesterday with a fantastic display of fireworks.

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Here is the picture I took from the back door to my office. What a show!