Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Another WIP .......

Yes, yet another WIP !!!
I am making the little men blankets for their beds for next Autumn & Winter. I wanted them to be lovely bright colours & also washable so I am using Lion Brand's Vanna's Choice yarn. This is the first time I have used this yarn & I'm very pleased with how it's turning out ! No, it isn't as squidgy & soft as Rowan's Pure wool or Debbie Bliss but I am hoping it will hold up better as it is 100% acrylic. I'm not a lover of acrylic yarns but this doesn't look synthetic & the colours are wonderfully bright & cheery.

I have bought 2 balls of each colour for the first blanket & hope I will have enough to make a single bed size.

I am still working on my Wendy Bliss blanket, which is coming along nicely, so hopefully it will be finished soon.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

New Yarn & A New Project .......

I know, I know, I promised myself not to buy any more yarn until I had used up some of my large stash but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do & in my case it's yarn !!!!!

A new Hobbycraft store has just opened near me so the other day I thought I would go & have a look around. I spied that Wendy has brought out a new yarn called 'Merino Bliss' & it's gorgeously soft so I just had to have some !!!! There isn't a great colour range which is disappointing but I picked out four colour that went well together for yet another granny blanket !!!

I also bought two skeins of 'Rowan Colourscape' as I have seen a great crochet scarf pattern on Ravelry using this yarn. I rushed home to start my new granny & this is my progress so far.
This yarn is wonderful to work with, I'm finding it hard to put down & have even been hooking while cooking dinner !!!!

At this rate this could be my speed record for making a blanket, I can't wait to snuggle under it, watch this space !!!!

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

A Day For Some Home Baking ........
Hello everyone, I'm back after a short break !!!
The white stuff is also back, only a few centimeters at the moment but more is fore casted for later on !!! So I thought I would stay in & try out some new cake receipts. I love Jewish & Eastern European cakes & desserts so I had a nosey on the net & found this receipt that took my fancy. I have changed the measurements from cups to ounces as I couldn't find my measuring cups & I think it's turned out rather well & is very yummy & moreish.

Peach & Cinnamon Cake with Crumble Topping


8oz SR Cake Flour
8oz Softened Butter
8oz Golden Caster Sugar
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
4 Eggs
1-2 tbsp Cold Water (I have always found that by adding a little water & not milk makes cakes lighter)
I Can of sliced peaches (drained & slightly chopped)


3oz Flour
2oz Brown Sugar
1oz Butter

Pre heat oven to 180 oC

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients together until the batter has a light dropping consistency (don't over mix or you will have a heavy cake !!!). Spoon half the batter into a greased & floured 9" cake tin. Arrange chopped peaches over then spoon remaining batter over the top.

Now make the topping crumble as you would a normal crumble mix, then sprinkle all over the top. Bake for about 1 hour, ( my cake took 1 hour 10mins !! ) Leave to cool in the tin for 30 mins before turning out onto a cooling rack.

Then enjoy with a nice cup of tea or coffee !!!!