Archive | November, 2010

Knitting

18 Nov

I’m very much a beginner, so please be kind.

I’ve been taking knitting lessons for six weeks now and, sadly, tonight is our last class. I think we’ll be able to schedule a few more for after Christmas, though, so I won’t have to wait too long. I look forward to Thursday evening so much and will really miss our little gatherings at Knit Wits in Penzance!

So far the lovely (and extremely patient) Julia has got us to knit a long garter stitch scarf, a stocking stitch shrug and a cabled bag. My in-progress cabled bag is above. Since I took that photo, I’ve actually finished the knitting part of the project and only have to attach handles.

I’m completely addicted to it now, which I’m sure those of you who knit will understand. There’s no better way to while away a chilly winter afternoon than sitting down with a cup of tea and some knitting, preferably without too many dropped stitches.

Drop Scones

3 Nov

Today I came across this wonderful Stuart Gardiner bag (and matching tea towel):

The perfect gift for the peacenik/foodie on your Christmas list!

Of course, that picture immediately made me hungry for drop scones, which I haven’t had in years. My mother used to make them for me when I needed comforting (i.e., school trouble, boy trouble or work trouble). Most people say they’re best warm and freshly made, but I always liked them cold, slathered with butter and strawberry jam.

Drop Scones

Ingredients:
225g self-raising flour
50g caster sugar
1 egg
50g butter, melted
300ml milk

Method:
Mix all the ingredients together to make a smooth batter. You may not need all the milk, or you might need a bit more.

Heat up a griddle or heavy frying pan. Grease it if needed. Drop the batter in by small spoonfuls. When each drop scone bubbles, flip it over and cook until the other side is golden brown.

I make mine small and dainty, so I got about 30 out of the mixture.

Simple, delicious and peace-loving.

All Things Dodo

2 Nov

I’ve been using a Dodo diary for about five years now, ever since my dear friend Barbara gave me one for Christmas back in 2005 or so. And now I can’t imagine using any other sort of  diary or planner. Ever.

So today was a grand day at my house. My 2011 diary was delivered. I swoon at the thought of all those gorgeous empty pages to fill up!

I use the DodoPAX system, which is a three-ring binder with a looseleaf diary in it, along with all the other information I need to run my life. All in one place. It sits in a place of honour on my kitchen worktop, and is the first thing I look at every morning. If I didn’t, I’m not sure I’d ever know where to go or when to go there!

I also have a pocket sized Dodo diary to carry around with me in my handbag.

And, over the years, I’ve invested in The Dodo Book of the Big Day (for planning my wedding), The Dodo Household Stuff Book, The Dodo Book of Dates and The Dodo Book of Christmas. There are also Dodo books for cooking, gardening, pets, etc.

I now have my eye on a gorgeous Italian leather slipcover for my diary. Damn you, Lord Dodo, for inventing so many lovely things!

The very best thing about Dodo pads is that there’s loads of room for doodling. In fact, that’s the whole point of them. For each day, you get a lovely big page, usually including a joke or some pithy quotation, and all the space you want for drawing pictures, jotting down phone numbers or just general squiggling.

Quirky yet highly-organised. The Dodo pad. Buy one now.