Friday, 29 July 2011

A Crazy Granny on a Pogo Stick and Baby Blues!

When the sun is shining I find myself working with blues.
I have always lived by the sea and feel happiest when I am near the ocean!
In Spain.


And in the UK.


Now, just lately I have been very quietly hooking!
When exciting news is imminent I tend to find a quiet place in my mind.
A kind of refuge in case anything spoils the excitement.
But yesterday I was according to the " Sporty One" leaping about like "a mad woman on a Pogo Stick!"
I was crying at the same time.
Not quiet and reflective anymore!
The news was good, wonderful and very exciting.
Our son and his wife are expecting our first Grandchild, and yesterday we found out most importantly that all is well.
 And the baby is a little boy!
So all that quiet hooking was absolutely spot on!
I really love it!


Hope our little Grandson does too!
It will be here for a cuddle when he comes on a visit because his lovely Mummy makes lovely blankets too!

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Blanket Whisperer Take Two!!!


So here we have it.
Lappycuddlyghan Number Two!
Soon to be on it's way to give a lovely lady a lovely surprise.
I have really enjoyed squishy parcels dropping through the letterbox from the members of 
So with a bit more of "Operation Stitch Up" Lappy Number Two is finished!


I am quite liking the more manly colours!

Monday, 25 July 2011

Wooo Hoooo! At last 80 Followers!



Thank you so much to all of you!
All 80 of you!
80 Thank you's!
I love to see your encouraging,interesting generous comments!
I was really thrilled today to see such a lovely number on my Followers List.
Hope I get to 100 soon so that I can have a special Giveaway!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Chipples!!!!

One of my earliest memories is having a bowl of Chipples on the table for Sunday Tea!

They were the usual accompaniment to a Meat Pie or Pasty!
My Grandma made them and I have continued the tradition over the years.
I always think of her when I chop the onions!



These days I pop them in a jug and add 1 tablespoon of Creme Fraiche!
She used to use single or double cream or even the top of the milk from the Gold Top!


2 Tablespoons of vinegar,




1 Teaspoon of sugar.

Give it a good stir!



And there you have it Chipples!
Now, I thought it was just a name my Grandma had made up.
Just as I was going to blog about it I got to wondering - so, -
Google,Google,Google -
And look what popped up!
chipples

Definition

  • England The Cornish name for chopped spring onion or shallot tops
  • Now my Grandma was a Devonshire farmer's wife so she must have crept over the border at some stage.
  • Wherever they originated they are as easy as 1,2,3 and so tasty!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

The Blanket Whisperer!


Not my natural waking time, but this morning I heard a whisper in my ear!
It was just after five and it would not be ignored!

Now, I am so glad I climbed out of bed and picked up the latest
"Kiss the Geezers!" project!
Knit Your Square To Give Your Share Emergency Squares!
Became Kiss the Geezers and it makes me smile!
So, some squares have popped through the door and after some real hookiness they have been transformed here at " Chalky's World" into the second blanket for charity.


What a contrast in colours but it really does work!


A simple, pretty edging to tie it all together!


And a little smile, a reminder of how it makes me feel!


Now with that blanket whispering tamed I must go and take my very own Geezer a cup of tea so that he can start his day!
The latest Lappycuddlyghan will be on it's way soon!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

To Be Or Not To Be --- A real Puzzler!

Decisions!
Recently my lovely Charity Knitting Group sent me squares to make a Lappycuddlyghan for one of our members.


It turned out beautifully and she was thrilled to receive it!
BUT
I am a better "hooker" than record keeper and these gorgeous squares which had been promised arrived after I had put the final single crochet in the border of the Lappy!





So beautiful and definitely perfect for a special project but what!!
Well firstly a bit of hookiness!


Next a bit of soft cosiness!


Thirdly a little accent!


Then I stopped, should I make it into a beautiful bag?


Or a roll for keeping needles and hooks?

Well decision making and me --- not easy bed partners!
So, I am sending this project on its way with a letter explaining my dilemma and tucking some extra wool inside the bag roll!


I wonder what it will become!
I know it will be well loved -- after all it is made and sent with lots tucked inside.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Ginghamitis!!! Happy Bunting making !


Gingham!
I have always loved Gingham and I have come to love Bunting!


And I take it as an absolute compliment when my family and their friends want to emulate my style!!
The house changed into a sweatshop tonight!



Even Buster joined in!





My dear daughter, her lovely friend and I worked solidly and made 200 pennants - We were going great guns until the Dark Blue Gingham made an appearance!




All of a sudden our eyes went funny. We could not cut straight lines. We could not sew the sides and actually we realised we were suffering from a new disease!
Ginghamitis!
The symptoms are made much worse by sweatshop conditions and repetitive actions!
Luckily we had made over 200 pennants before the symptoms became unbearable!




The bias binding had to be left until after a good night's sleep.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

My Granny Is Feeling Blue!


Blue
And my latest Granny is feeling Blue too!


When I had finished it I was unsure of the merit of the dark blue!
I have looked at it from every angle and looked at each square and am still not sure.
So -----


Feeling Blue?
Let's try again.
I am really liking it so far.
Dark Blue?
Not this time!

Monday, 11 July 2011

A Very Special Lappycuddlyghan!



"Love Is Something If You Give It Away!"
Belonging to an internet based Charity Knitting thread has changed my life!
That might sound a bit extreme but it really has.
I have loved the knitting, and the giving, but it is so much more than that.
Google Random Acts of Kindness and you will see exactly what I mean.
Every day there is kindness,help,support,encouragement,understanding,empathy,patience,laughter and so much more!
I have been lucky enough to actually meet two of the members, and that experience consolidated my opinion.
Now, just at the moment, one member of our group has a challenging time ahead.
 What a lovely token to help her along the way, a Lappycuddlyghan.
Little parcels dropped through my door.
Lovingly made and kindly given.
And with a few extra finishing touches a Lappy evolved!







I hope every time our friend looks at it or gives it a hug she knows she has special friends right there beside her!

Thursday, 7 July 2011

It's As Easy As 1,2 3 !! A Weetabix Cake! Delicious!



Weetabix!
Perhaps I am the only one, but, I seriously have a love, hate relationship with Weetabix!
It's a bit of the " I know you are good for me BUT I hate you!!!"
However this cake recipe really works and I have even adapted it for my laziest moods.
No need to get the scales out .
Just a trusty mug!

So here we have it -- 3 cakes. 
1 to eat, and 1 to share, and 1 to give away!
Add to that the smug feeling you get when your oven is seriously full of cake.

Step 1 -- Take 3 bowls and add 3 Weetabix to each.



Step 2 --- Add I mug full of milk. 1 mug full of dried fruit and 1 mug full of sugar( any kind) to each bowl.
Give a good stir and leave for at least 2 hours but can be left overnight!




Step 3 -- Add 2 beaten eggs.Stir well
Add 1 mug and a half full of Self Raising Flour. 
Optional -- You can add 1 Tsp of mixed spice mixed with the flour
 Pour batter into tins and cook for approximately one hour.

Check that the cake is cooked in the middle by inserting a skewer -- It should come out clean!


So that is it 3 Cakes created with 3 easy steps!
 So all that is left to do is just sit back, count to 3, and enjoy!


Fat free,delicious and sooooo easy!