Thursday, 25 February 2010

Yarn, Snow, Cakes, Crochet.

I really enjoyed making my round crochet cushion and was rather missing making one now it was finished. I've decided therefore to make one for A's bedroom, this means I can go a bit more crazy with the colour...

... and these are the yarns A and I have picked. They're all DK but are a mix of cotton, acrylic & acrylic/wool mix and are all from the pound shop or an ebay bundle - I wanted to make sure I was actually able to crochet before investing in any more expensive yarns. As it is, I rather like the mixture of textures and for me the colour is the most important thing - if it was for something to wear I expect I'd probably feel differently.

While on the subject of yarn...

I come across these while out on a big walk with the pram. The pack of 6x50g cotton balls was £3.99 from Lidl and seemed too good a bargain to miss. The huge acrylic ball was £5 from poundstretcher, I just loved the colours in this one.

I also pop into the charity shops while I'm there. No treasure to be found in two of the shops, but in the third I come across all these books, £2.50 the lot, excellent!

Before embarking on the new cushion cover I have a go at making some of Lucy's little flowers just with yarn I have to hand. I think I'll be making a few more of these in more colours!

Plums...

...made into a plum tart using a recipe from Sarah Raven's Garden Cook Book. Very sweet!

Yesterday it started to snow...

... and snow...

It was also hubby's birthday. This cake tastes better than it looks (I forgot to chill the icing before spreading it on). The recipe is from Red Velvet & Chocolate Heartache, I was a bit sceptical while making it as to how it would turn out (there is no butter in the cake, instead grated butternut squash and ground almonds are used), but it's quite delicious! I would definitely make it again.

Even more snow this morning. It's wet soggy snow - not as nice as the snow we had at Christmas time.

And I'm loving the bright colourful colours in this cushion cover!

12 comments:

The Garden Bell said...

WOW... a day inside with you is just a fun as a bike ride. Just look at all those colors. And some goodies from the Attic too. What more could I ask for as a way to start my day. All of you across the water are making want some chocolate cake here at breakfast time...icks... Can't wait to see you cushion cover and pillow come together.

Hugs,

Kate - The Garden Bell - <3 <3 <3

VintageVicki said...

Poor you - more snow :( Spring was trying hard here today - been quite warm :)

Love the colours in the cushion.

Marie said...

Lovely colourful post, your new cushion is looking great. I love the wool from Lidl, I will be checking that out tomorrow!

thelinencat said...

Fab colours for A's cushion, bright and cheery, just what you need when it's cold and frosty outside. I do quite envy your snow though, we just have rain.

Glad you get your report back on the cake as I bought the book and am looking for a use for the squash from the garden (still sitting in our hallway!) and hadn't felt very enthused yet to cook anything from RV & CH. I have been making full fat cakes from Mary Berry's Baking Bible instead.

Hope the weather warms up soon!

Bx

Lyn said...

What a lovely post. I always enjoy reading what you have been up to.
Love Lyn
xxx

rockinloubylou said...

Love the colours of wool you have lined up for the next cushion cover, and your hubby's birthday cake sounds delicious made with butternut squash. I've been meaning to have a go at the Lucy flowers too - they are the nicest ones I've seen, not too loopy or holey. Did you see the granny circle/square Lucy did? I say I will do these things but never quite get round to it. You are very productive and a great inspiration!
Louise xx

Jenny said...

Yes snowy here again too, thank goodness for yarn and chocolate cake.

Queen B. said...

i simply adore the colors you use in your crochet projects !

periwinkle said...

happy birthday to your hub --- we were forecast for snow but have had 3 days of rain instead ... good luck with the crochet :-)

Yiota said...

so many lovely things here!
First of all, Happy (belated) Birthday to your hubby!
Love the colours of the new yarn!
And all these books at such a low price! Lucky you!

kirsty said...

Love, love, love those vibrant colours! Look forward to seeing it finished! x

Pomona said...

The cushion cover looks lovely - and you have some great yarn bargains there. I have read the Mr Whicher book - really good stuff. Hope you are keeping warm!

Pomona x

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