Saturday, 21 February 2009

Death and Crochet

While I have been badgering away on a pale yellow summer top for a friend I have generally not been spending much time as an extreme housewife recently. The crochet goes on as it must in order for me to be able to give out birthday presents to all those whose birthday's I will miss when we go away in 6 weeks time. However, one of my friends lives ceased to go on about a fortnight ago and while we have been generally business as usual I have noticed a tendancy for me to crawl on to the sofa and veg sliding on instead of being productive, proactive or even doing something as simple as reading.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Weekend off

I've been using my free weekend to great effect. I made a granny square shoulder bag in record time last week, but don't know what I've done with my yarm needle, so that will sit unfinished with mucky ends for the time being. That's OK though as it is a birthday present for a friend which I have started early so I can give it out before we go on holiday.

Since finishing that I have begun my most ambitious crochet project - a two colour jumper. This may also be a birthday present or I might keep it, depending on the finished size - I still haven't really figured out the whole gauge thing and just tend to make things in the hope that it'll fit. I reckon this'll be quite funky when it's finished as it'll be green and purple blocks of colour, random but cool. I've nearly done two of the four main panels so far - I would be further ahead but redid the first panel as I messed it up at the beginning a bit as I wasn't used to the pattern. One of the things I am struggling a bit is getting the edge straight - I am working the front panels long wise and I think I'm gonna end up with a slightly wonky bottom, but I reckon I'll be able to put on an extra edge when I've put the whole thing together that'll sort it out.

Also, in my role as extreme housewife today I have created an exciting new item for roast dinners - Meanloaf! I blitzed up some bacon, kidney beans, spices, peanuts and some stale baguette then baked off in a loaf tin. It was pretty darn tasty! And we got some duck fat from Tesco yesterday so had lovely crispy potatoes. And to finish a blueberry and blackcurrant cake which is quite heavy but good. I think the problem is that I only had cheap spread to use not butter, but it still tastes good.
Can't decide whether to ice the cake now. I've got lots of sprinkles and decorations and whatnot, but I've already ate some now cos I wanted some while it was hot. It's probably sweet enough but it seems a shame not to use me sugar sprinkles and that. Mind you, I'm so full from the extra stodge dinner I don't know if I can be bothered now!

The roasted beetroot didn't work :( - needed cooking for longer. Ah well, not done that before and it was a bit of an afterthought so doesn't really matter.

So, another evening of jumper making before me. Onwards and upwards, I shall attempt to solve the problems as they crop up!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Naughty, forgetful housewife

I have been terribly neglectful of this blog. Sorry about that, although I was conscious it existed, I never seemed to think about it whilst on the computer.

The extreme housewifery for Christmas went well as you can see.

Bin looked mighty fine in his custom produced Mad Scientist/Devil hat and the girls looked just lovely in their Straight From New Look style slouch hats. Huzzah.

Unfortunately, the extreme housewifery I was attempting for Bin's birthday has had some teething problems and frustrated me to the point where I have got bored with it. I shall have to find Mike's phone to take a picture and then explain further.

In other extreme news, I am getting the urge to cook something cool, as we seem to be in a permanent state of no-foodness at the moment in the house. The desire to cook will surely drive me to the market and then the random combinations of ingredients will begin.
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