Crochet and Cookies

Random | Wednesday December 1 2010 | 7:25 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , , , , , |

So the snow continues!!!  I’m resigned now to just sitting this out at my sisters and enjoying the break.  Nothing’s going to happen fast and when the snow does stop falling it will probably take a while to get the local roads clear enough to get out.


In the meantime I am starting to put my time to good use.  As I showed briefly last time, I have started crocheting here.  I never travel far without some sort of crochet and a few days away from home usually involves lots of options so I’m not forced to work on something I don’t feel like.  So I have rustled up a pair of wristwarmer mittens!  Just the thing for this weather obviously!  Pity they are not thermal, but hey, who needs thermal when there’s pretty!!!

The snowball is an optional extra!

I used Austerman Step sock yarn (shade 133) that I bought a month or two ago for just this job!  I did start with a 3.5mm hook but just didn’t like it so frogged it and used a 4mm which I’m much happier with.  Isn’t it funny how 0.5mm makes all the difference!  There’s no pattern, just a rectangle of crochet to fit the length and width of your hand / wrist, slip stitch up the sides leaving a gap for your thumb, then add a picot edge!

This morning the kids wanted to bake so my sister rooted around in the storecupboard and improvised a little and we made choc chip cookies.  The main improvisation was that the chocolate chips came from a left over Halloween lollipop and come Christmas chocolate coins.  They went down a treat with a cuppa when the job was done.  Happy kids, happy grown ups: and well fed too!!

From this:

… to this!  All in the space of 30 minutes!


The White Stuff

Random | Tuesday November 30 2010 | 12:12 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , , |


If you are in the UK it won’t have escaped you’re notice that Scotland and North East England are experiencing some very severe snowy weather are at the moment.  Guess where I am?  In Scotland right in the middle of it!!!  I have been here for a few days visiting family and on Saturday I left my Mum and Dads in Strathavento come to my sisters in Cumbernauld, planning to leave on Sunday to travel back to Manchester!  Well, that plan did not come to fruition.

On Saturday it started snowing and by Sunday morning there was about 12 inches of the white stuff.  Not always a problem in itself, as most of the main roads and motorways were clear.  However, my sister lives at the bottom of a very steep hill and it is the only way in or out!  I prepared the car and packed up my luggage and tried, with the help of my brother-in-law, to get it out.  It was pretty clear that wasn’t going to happen!  So back we came to the delight of the kids, who are now off school as there has been about another 10 inches of snow overnight.  Looks like I might be here for a day or two to come yet.

There are worse places to be stranded than with your family who have heating, provisions and plenty to do!

Yesterday we played outside in the snow and had a lot of fun.  I can’t remember when I last played in snow! 




We then got cosy indoors, watched Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I got some crochet done.  Has there ever been a better excuse!!

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