Friday, 29 October 2010

Just Ribbing!

Just Ribbing!
When Anne came to visit she came bearing gifts, all of the woolly variety.
She also bought a few patterns and I decided to give the Tea Cosy a try.
But I fancied a little fruity variation!

Very reminiscent of my childhood, and afternoon tea at 4.o'clock, with bread and jam and the teapot in the middle of the table.
Well I had never knitted this pattern before and if I am honest get a bit fed up of ribbing but actually I am really enjoying this stitch and you can make so many lovely things with it!
Clara of Clara's Crochet Room has asked for the pattern and as it's so old I don't think copyright would still apply.

Plain Tea Cosy
I knitted mine in DK but you could use the yarn doubled for extra cosiness
Cast on 33 stitches
1st Row K2,p2  to last stitch, K1
Repeat this row until work measures six and a half inches..
Decrease as follows:-
1st Row - K2, ( p 3 tog, K1) 10 times .p2 k1.
2nd Row- K2,p2 (k1,p1) 10 times, K1
3rd Row - K1 ( slip 1, knit 1 psso) 11 times,k2tog.
4th Row - K1 p, to last stitch ,K1
5th Row - (k2 tog ) 6 times K1.
Break off yarn leaving a tail. Thread through remaining stitches.

Work another piece in same manner and sew up leaving a hole for both your spout and handle.
 The leaves you can find the pattern here!
The stalk is just a little rectangle of garter stitch .rolled up and sewn to make a stalk and then sewn into the gathered top of the cosy.

Smaller versions-- egg cosies --- Oh but I hate making pom poms!
Cast on 33 stitches and rib for two and three quarter inches until the decrease.

Wrist warmers . Lovely and stretchy which really do spring back into shape after they have been pulled on and off.
Just work on a cast on amount of 45 stitches and rib for as long as you want the wrist warmers.

So Clara thank you so much for leaving a comment and becoming a follower --- I am nearly at the magical 50 mark!

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Let's Cosy On Down!

My Dad was a great collector and hoarder!
I am glad I have not inherited that trait.
The older I get the more tired and exasperated clutter makes me feel.
Dad loved Torquay Pottery and collected it over many,many years.
I love the pieces I have, which remind me of him.

Teapots definitely do seem cosier with a cosy and I love this cheery Apple pattern

My love affair with hot water bottles is long standing and constant.
I even take one on holiday -- just in case!

Nicer in a cosy!

Cold hands in winter!

Nicer to be cosy!

And my very favourite bit of cosiness!
I have finished the soothing ripple blanket and for the first time been decisive enough to set it in a border of single crochet!

So as the winter days get nearer, what a lovely sight, -- just cosy down!

Charlotte has been busy too making some lovely things -- just perfect for the cold days ahead.
Have a little look at her gorgeous crochet here.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

I Have always wanted to be -----

Tall !
Or at least a bit taller!
The other day I was - even if it was only for a moment!

What would you like to be?

Friday, 15 October 2010

If I were an animal -------

This would be my definition! 
"A kind of arboreal rodent having a long bushy tail !"

So a squirrel it is!
I just love making chutney and storing it away.
But not these jars.
They are for Charlotte who is having a Craft stall at work.
I hope these go well.
In the Churchyard near me there is a beautiful apple tree which is laden with fruits.
A good start to this lovely recipe.

Apple Chutney.
6 lbs of apples  ( weight after peeling )
2.5 lbs of Soft Brown Sugar
1.5 pints of vinegar
4 ozs salt
2 ozs garlic
2 ozs mustard seeds
2 ozs ground ginger
1 lb raisins
3 heaped tsps cayenne pepper.
  • Soften the apples with the brown sugar. ( Keep stirring at this stage or the sugar may weld to the bottom of the pan!! )
  • Add all the other ingredients and simmer til pulpy and reduced. ( if you run the spoon across the surface of the chutney the vinegar should not fill the channel)
  • Stir frequently
  • Bottle in warm sterilised jars. ( Either wash in a dishwasher or stand freshly washed jars upside down in a warm oven for 10 mins)
Makes about 12 lbs.

I do think squirrels are lovely!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

East meets West -- a little meander!

Where East meets West - a little meander.
The weather has been so gorgeous here over the last few weeks. 
A true reward for a later return to Spain than usual!
I love West Ogwell and I love blogging -- It is teaching me so much!
I have learnt all these things--- How lazy, that I did not know them before, but no matter.
I know them now, or at least until I forget them!
The place name Ogwell (Wogganwylle in 956) Originally referred to Wogca's or Wogga's stream.
A lovely walk to our neighbouring village!
Can you see the wooden swing in the garden?
 There are only about 20 dwellings in this lovely hamlet?

Geese on guard!

Beautiful Barn Conversions.

Signs of the mixture of old and new!

I love this old post box tucked amongst the granite stone work.

The old boots waiting to be planted up for autumn.

We actually often wonder " Who does live in a house like this?"
It is enormous,imposing and posh!

A little way down the lane we come to my favourite part of the village . Fields on one side,
And a magnificent building on the other.


In 1589 Thomas Reynell built West Ogwell house next to the Church, supposedly with the labour of Spanish captives from the Armada!
He and his descendants lived at West Ogwell until the 18 century.
In 1925 the house was sold .
It became a diocesan centre for conferences and retreats.
From 1939 to 1942 the Anglican Community of the Companions of Jesus ran a school in the building but in 1943 it became the mother house of the order. 

When we first moved to our house in East Ogwell our neighbour introduced himself as the Chaplain to the Convent in West Ogwell.
The Convent closed, and in 1996 the house once again became a centre for meditation and retreat.
Renamed Gala House.

You can still see the old bell in the bellower which would have called the Nuns to prayer.

And right next door, the Chapel of West Ogwell.

The sister's burial ground is in the south-east corner of the churchyard.

There are 3 bells in the bell tower thought to be cast in Exeter c.1400.

What a view across the valley from the back of the little church.
It is of exceptional interest as it is essentially an unaltered building of c. 1300.

Concern at the small population of this rural parish ( only 50 in 1831)  limited the rector's income and led to a union of West and Ogwell Churches in 1846.
In 1981 West Ogwell became redundant and the building was vested in the Chrches Conservation Trust.

The Churches Conservation Trust is the National Charity that cares for and preserves English churches of historic,architectural or archaelogical importance that are no longer needed for regular worship.

In 1994 the plastered ceilings were removed  when the roofs underwent reconstruction.

The octagonal wooden pulpit is early 17th century.

The south transept formed a singular family pew with a fire included.
Fitting for the squire!

At the West End there are rows of tiered seats presumably for humbler parishioners.

Boxed pews.

There are hat pegs under the seats.

I can only imagine how many hymns would have been played through the ages!

A visitors book is full of comments from all over the world.
I read it every time I go and amazed how many "far flung" people have meandered like me to this special little hamlet of West Ogwell!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Just spending a couple of days ---

Late afternoon at Northam Burrows.
Catching up with lovely people!
Look, even the Sunshine Bus made a friend!

It has been so lovely!

Will be home in a few days!