Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Granny cushion

I've been practicing my crochet of late, a craft which has taken me many years of frustration to 'get' and I still wouldn't say I've managed to master it.  A bit like my knitting, my technique isn't right at all and I'm sure crochet aficionados would frown at how I go about it, but the result works so I'm not too bothered!

Anyway, I made a continuous "Granny" square to 20" and decided to turn it into a cushion cover, so made a back to go with it.  After crocheting a border to join 3 sides, I was waiting for the cushion inner to arrive, which it did this morning.  I've now closed up the final side, and even if I do say so myself, am rather pleased with the result. I'll probably regret closing it in rather than putting a zipper in it as knowing me, I'll probably spill something on it.  However, I'll cross that bridge at a later date.


One side
T'other side
And this, is the next project.  I discovered a blog called Attic24 and I really like how Lucy, the author, puts colours together.  I would never have dreamed of putting some of these next to each other, but they do kind of work.  I'm using the set of "cosy" colours to do a Granny-stripe blanket.  I've done a few more stripes since this photo was taken this morning, but this one's going to take a while!

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Jam, glorious jam

It's that time of year again when it's nose to the grindstone, or in this case the jam pan as the end of summer harvest comes in.

I've done well with fruit from the allotment this year, with lots of raspberries, red and black currants, and quite a few strawberries - although not quite enough for our annual strawberry jam quota so still had to buy a few in from the local pick-your-own.

Foraged damsons
Elderberries and blackberries
Foraged apples
Now though it's been time to harvest the late summer/autumn fruits of blackberries, elderberries, apples and damsons.  I was lucky enough to happen across an area with an abundance of wild apples, damsons and elder so have been frantically making jellies and enough elderberry cough syrup to hopefully see us through the winter.  It's just a shame that the farmers rounds-about are very vigilant in their hedge cutting, otherwise we'd probably have a bucketful of foraged hazel nuts too.  Sadly, most seem to have suffered the chop :-(

The photo shows only part of the year's jam making efforts; the rest are tucked away in the cupboard.  Have we got enough jam?  Only time will tell!