festive events, shopping, baking, wrapping, annual meetings, and volunteering to help the needy. They all seem to happen in the first few weeks before Christmas.
This week there are a few things left to do...
delivering gifts, food shopping, making cranberry relish, a trim at the hairdresser, lunch out with the girls, wrapping a few last minute presents.
I have been working on a new project for darling Miss Isla,
our 7 year grand daughter...
she wanted me to knit something with "flowers" on it
so I thought that the Boneyard shawl pattern might do the trick and I could add my own flowers.
I've caught the cold and cough that is making the rounds so by staying home a few days and I managed to finish her shawl.
The Boneyard pattern is available on Ravelry free to download.
It is a versatile pattern and you can use a variety of yarns.
I used cotton (the weight used to knit dish cloths) as I had in my stash
5mm circular needles with a 30 inch wire.
It looks quite cozy.
Hope she likes it.
I am going to make another one
using a fingering weight wool yarn as it will drape well.
With the lighter yarn I will be using smaller needles
so it will take longer to knit up, but the time spent will be worth it...
knitting is very meditative and soothing
and it goes well with mugs of tea!
Having a knitting project on hand helps me stop and sit for a bit in the afternoon after I have been busy in the kitchen or garden...
when the weather is inclement and I stay home
it is wonderful to have something to keep my hands busy.
Jude the Obscure
David Austin Rose
The fall weather has turned this usually pale yellowy rose a rich apricot.
It is so unusual to see it blooming at this time of year.
I tried picking one of the blooms but the petals scattered like confetti...
Our weather has been mild recently
but the news forecast tonight
says there is a cold snap on its way.
(more time to knit!)
Are you looking for a last minute DIY gift?
How about one that is a quick and easy?
This spiced nut recipe is super tasty.
In a large bowl :
6 cups mixed nuts
(I used pecans and hazelnuts)
handful (maybe 3/4 -1 cup) dried cranberries
4 tbsp. maple syrup
grated rind of two large navel oranges
5 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp light oil
1 tbsp vanilla
3 tsp ground cinammon
pinch each of cayenne and nutmeg
Pour over top of the nut and fruit mixture mix well.
Bake at 350 degrees on a Silpat lined sheet pan for 20 minutes.
Turning the nut mixture after about 10 minutes return to oven.
packing it into jars
tie with a ribbon and add a tag and perhaps a sprig of holly.
Makes a tasty Hostess gift...
I sampled a few mouthfuls just to make sure it was up to the usual standards!
Hope that you are enjoying these last few days before the holidays.
All the best to you
thank you for stopping by
The Humble Bungalow Blog.
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