“The knitted blanket is a glorious expression of any grandmother’s soul; it is the colours of her dreams woven in delicate and loving hands. She would sit in that old rocking chair, hands moving, brain at peace, and from those delicate fingers would come the blankets.”
Reading this paragraph in a book I was reading inspired me to knit a patchwork granny blanket. I had a box full of odd wool ends in a multitude of colours.
I decided right from casting on the first stitch that I would knit six squares one after the other in different colours rather than individual squares.
All my wool was double knitting and I chose a pair of needles in size 7 for a 9” square using garter stitch ( knitting every row) and casting on 35 stitches. I’m so pleased with the result I’m knitting another in black ( as I have lots of this wool).
On a regular basis Sandra Coote demonstrates craft and baking workshops on Facebook almost every day from her farm in County Cavan, Ireland.
Hundreds of people check in to follow Sandra making crafts or baking cakes. Anyone watching can type in questions and Sandra would reply in the video.
Facebook Live is not new but just being used a lot more during the lock down. Sandra likes to keep it easy and make doable and recently made a coffee Swiss role ( yummy). At the same time Sandra had posted on the Facebook page about their oldest cow in the herd who had delivered twins and was going live to meet them later.
At the moment there are a number of demos going around non crafts and baking but I have to say watching Sandra in her craft or baking mode it’s always great to watch and with the added birth of the twins it’s a great watch.
Last minute handmade gift ideas that are great for #christmas. Easy to follow these lovely teacup candles infographic from Pinterest.
If you haven’t got any tea cups to use how about these shells instead, also from Pinterest
If you are handy with the knitting needles and have some spare wool around why not get this free tea cosy pattern from Love Knitting on Pinterest.
Or copy this DIY cup cosy also found on Pinterest
There are lots of easy handmade gifts all around tea which could soon be knocked up for any tea lover. These were just a few I found on Pinterest. It has inspired me to quickly knit up some of the cup cosy for my friends.
Seven ways to make a traditional egg sandwich for that special afternoon tea from selected Pinterest posts…
Deviled Egg Salad Finger Sandwiches
Mini Bacon Jalapeno Egg Salad Sandwiches
Spicy Avocado Egg Salad Tea Sandwiches
Downton Abbey Egg Tea Sandwiches
Classic Egg and Cress Sandwich
Perfect Easy Egg Salad Sandwich
Avocado and Quail Egg Tea Sandwich
1. Welsh cake – A traditional Welsh snack which is made from flour, sultanas, raisins and currants.
2. French Fancy – A very British iced sponge cake topped with buttercream and fondant icing.
3. Fat Rascal – A rough domed-shaped type of cake, similar to a scone, made with currants and candied peel.
4. The Victoria sponge – this was named after Queen Victoria who favoured a slice of sponge cake with her afternoon tea.
5. Lemon Drizzle – A classic sponge cake made in many parts of England for Easter Sunday.
6. Bakewell tart – Bakewell pudding (a puff pastry and almond paste delicacy) is thought to be made as a mistake by the cook of Derbyshire landlady Mrs. Greaves who misunderstood her instructions.
7. Battenburg – it has a distinctive check-patterned marzipan-covered cake is alternately coloured pink and yellow.
8. Eccles cake – A small, round cake filled with currants and made from flaky pastry with butter and can sometimes be topped with demerara sugar named after the English town of Eccles in Manchester. (My Dad’s favourite) 🙂
9. Jaffa Cake – An orange-flavoured snack which is either a cake or a biscuit.
10. Chelsea bun – Made of a rich dough flavoured with lemon and cinnamon and rolled into a square spiral shape, which was first created in the ’18th Century’, at a Bun House in London.
What’s your favourite British Cake?