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Potter’s Blanket

This week I have mostly been eating failures of chocolate biscuit cake attempts. Luckily when this sort of thing is a disaster it’s still edible. After three pretty much complete failures I have now given up on that particular item!

On the crafting front I’ve finished my cat’s blanket, the first of my blankets in the square a day leap year blanket group I’m a member of. Some people are making one large blanket with 366 “squares”, I’m making a few smaller ones, which means I can experiment a bit with styles, types of yarn, and colours. Plus it means my blankets will be a reasonable size! This one was made with some aran weight acrylic I had lying around. I had 6 colours, so there are 6 colours in the blanket. They weren’t purchased to go together all in one item, but it actually worked out well (although at first I was a bit nervous about pink and orange next to each other!). The whole thing worked out about 1.3m wide and 85cm deep – partly because I wanted to put his name on the blanket and the squares I made for that were a little larger than I had expected originally. Good thing he isn’t called “Marmaduke” or “Voldemort”, although I would have worked out a method of fitting them in. The granny squares are Attic24’s Summer Garden Granny Squares, the letters are from a baby blanket pattern and the other big orange square is dreamweaver. I filled the spaces with some granny stripes in the same colour sequence that I made the letters.

Here’s a picture of the blanket sitting on the floor:

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A gratuitious garden shot (the colours are more accurate in this photograph):

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And finally, the “man” himself (as taken with my smartphone and filtered with pixlr-o-matic):

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Brass Bands and Biscuit Cake

We went down to the Irish Brass and Concert Band Championships in Cork last weekend. The boy was dropped off with his Grandparents, and by all accounts had a whale of a time. (They seemed fairly glad to hand him back, though!). Since I was hyperemetic when I was pregnant I had to stop playing, and I’ve not started again yet (getting a babysitter for every rehearsal would currently be too difficult), so my role was purely supporting the band (Drogheda Brass Band) that Mr. Skirty plays in (and I used to). They were excellent. I can only say that they’ve improved massively even in the last 2 years since I left (hopefully this is purely coincidence!) the band. I haven’t really managed to hear them since then as the wee guy isn’t too keen on brass bands (yet). He does love music in general, he just likes it on his own terms, without too many people around. As I said, they were excellent, and they won a clean sweep – they won Section 1 brass, best brass band, best overall band (including concert bands) and there was a 4th trophy that I’m not sure about. Needless to say, everyone was pretty happy! There are many photos floating around from the bus home of people posing with trophies and lots and lots of smiles. This sorry excuse for a photograph was taking using my phone when they were getting ready to play.

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I did a spot of “baking” again yesterday. Mr. Skirty isn’t really a cake person, so as he mentioned before that he really likes a thing called “biscuit cake”, when I came across a recipe for same earlier in the week, I added it onto my “to do list”. This recipe, to be precise. I did alter a couple of things, like adding some rice krispies instead of maltesers, and totally missing out the dried fruit and nuts, however the texture is not what I expected, and it’s so sickly that I could only eat one piece last night when it was deemed “set”. I think I’ll turn to a different recipe next time. I can’t see any reason that it turned out this way.

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Oh well, I shall have to find some more recipes and give it another go. In the meantime, I expect it will be nicer if it’s cut into little bits and eaten with ice cream. Shame!

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Krispie Cakes

Yesterday I made a “dry run” of some rice krispie cakes. They were quite nice, I used this recipe.

And this is what they looked like:

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There are hardly any left and I wanted to take some to the boy’s Gran, who we’ll be seeing tonight, so we’ll have to make some more (shame!), although this time he’ll be able to help me stir them in and put them into the cases. I think I’m going to use slightly less butter and syrup and slightly more chocolate this time.

We’ve had lots of walking fun this week, and watering plants in the garden fun. I forgot to sow some cucumber, and as it’s a vegetable we go through loads of I’m going to get hold of some small plants from the local garden centre and get them growing in a grow bag or something. I’ve made a List of one-off things that need to be done in the garden, so I plan to try to get some of those things done every week. (This week I can get away with making the List…).

Knitting-wise, over the weekend I knitted and fulled (felted – it’s called “fulling” when the item is knitted first) a bag for the little guy. The strap is still in the works so he isn’t using it yet, hope he likes it!

And let’s not forget the shop – I finished a shawl also over the weekend. It’s quite a bargain considering the number of hours it took me to knit!

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Man Flu (and Other Animals)

Well, today has been “one of those days”. The presence of Man Flu in the house has meant some change of plans had to occur, and thus there was no sewing machine session today, as Man Flu really prevents the sufferer from being able to entertain toddlers. Poor Mr. Skirty, hopefully he’ll feel better tomorrow.

So, the alternative plan kicked in:

make cookies to celebrate my Weight Loss. I’ve been actively fighting the flab since the beginning of the year and so far have managed to get rid of 10% of my original body weight. There’s still a long way to go, but I just love looking at this graph (scale not shown, sorry!):

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Obviously very rich chocolate cookies with chocolate chips in them are going to create one of those little peaks in the ongoing graph over the next short while, but I promised myself I’d make them when I got to around this weight. Next target, lose 10% of my current weight in another two months. I can do it, yes I can! Apologies for the “taken with my smartphone” picture, but I thought it might be nice to show said artery hardening items and this is the only picture I took:

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On the crafting front, I had a go at making some polymer clay buttons this evening for the lovely multicoloured item that I gave a sneak peek at in an earlier blog entry. Unfortunately they’re about three times too big, even though I think they’re brilliant, so I’m going to have to rethink my button making method, but in the meantime I’ll probably buy some for this particular item.