Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Things to do when your children are asleep

I have cut 200g of rosehips in half, and am making rosehip syrup. It is as interesting as it sounds.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Some things about knitting

Margaret Atwood, who I admire enormously (obviously), is on Twitter. A while back, she announced she was joining ravelry, as she is a knitter. She is also involved in this project:


She mentioned on Twitter, and I wondered whether dodos knitted on socks would count. She messaged me (!) to say that they would indeed count, and so I searched the internet for a suitable picture to translate into a knitting pattern and ended up with the picture at the top of this post.

Anyway, they are going to go on a pair of socks, on the legs. I will use Stephanie Pearl--McPhee's basic pattern but with a short row heel. I think I will use a pale blue as the main colour. I had to buy the yarn as I have no grey sock yarn. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

In other knitting news, the Swedish fish mittens are super easy to make. Hurrah for SpillyJane.

Mostly abou tcooking

Today, as I don't have to look after the girls, I have been doing a mental amount of cooking. I've made three pots of damson jam, which has set to perfection, and a pot and a half of a chocolate sort of fudge spread, which tastes a bit strange. I'm also going to bake a plum cake using the plums Maxine gave me over a week ago; only three of them had gone bad, so that's pretty good.

I've also scalded my finger sterilising a jar. Bum.