Aisling Shawl

Monday, 17 September 2018

I realised I have quite a few knitted and crocheted items I haven't written about so expect a few crafty posts over the next couple of weeks.

I knit this shawl a few months ago for a lovely neighbour's birthday.

I vastly underestimated the amount of time it would take me to finish this, each lace repeat on the border took over an hour and that wasn't including the ridiculous amount of tinkling back as I made so many mistakes. Tinking lace back is crazy difficult and takes forever.

But it was such a lovely outcome. I used some bamboo yarn I bought a couple of years ago so the drape on it is just lovely.

Ravelled here.


Giant Granny Square Blanket

Friday, 14 September 2018

Oh my goodness, I’m a little in love with this one! Who doesn’t love a granny square blanket, don’t we all have one in our childhood?

This one is from a tutorial by Sandra from the Cherry Heart blog and I only made one change in the colour scheme, swapping a very pale peach for a more vintage, muted peach.

It is now gracing the back of the lounge in my studio (more on that in the next post) and it still needs a bit of a block and the ends woven in but let’s ignore that for a little bit longer shall we?

Details ravelled here.

Easiest and Best Ever Muffins

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Big call I know but they really are, as well as being ridiculously versatile. So many muffins out there are incredibly cake-like but a perfect muffin should be somewhere between bread and cake in texture. This is a recipe that has been in my family for as long as I can remember although I have made my own changes along the way and is a favourite Saturday morning wake up.

2 cups self raising flour
1/4 sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1 cup milk
1 egg

Place the flour and sugar in a bowl and give a quick stir with a fork or whisk to ensure a lightly and fluffy mix.
Add milk and egg (in that order) to the melted butter and mix until well combined.
Add wet mix to dry mix and stir until combined, the mix will look quite lumpy but that's normal.
Gently stir in your favourite flavourings and then fill muffin tins approx 2/3 full. For sweet ones I also sprinkle a little raw sugar on top.
Bake at 180 degrees for 15-20 minutes for small muffins and 20-30 for large ones.

Our favourite additions are:
Chopped bacon or ham and grated cheese
Grated apple and cinnamon
Chocolate chips
Chopped strawberries and white chocolate

If you have a favourite muffin flavour,  please let me know, I'd love to try some new ones.


Garden diary

Sunday, 12 August 2018

The loquats will be ready soon

The poor vegetable garden has been terribly neglected over the last few weeks as we spent almost every spare second building my studio (squee! more on that later) but this week I was able to spend a little time up there.

Most excitingly I have planted these very-hard-to-see sticks!

So they're not really sticks but raspberries! I ordered them a while ago and have been waiting rather impatiently for them to arrive and this week they did. I put them in one of the raised beds, no doubt they will need to be moved next year but for now I hope this spot will be adequate.

We still have 3 weeks of winter left and we had a severe frost a few weeks ago, so bad that some of the trees around the house were even damaged so I have very nervously planted some seeds in the shade house.

I have sown the following:
Tomatoes (Rouge de Marmande and Beefsteak)
Zucchini (black and green varieties)
Cucumbers (Lebanese, Crystal Apple and Long Supermarket)

I've had a bit of a problem with rodents eating my seedlings during the winter months and have taken some steps to prevent this happening again but it's a wait and see game.


Another Boy Sweater

Monday, 23 July 2018

Over the last few weeks I whipped up another Boy Sweater, this time for our neighbour's little munchkin's first birthday. I love this pattern, it’s quick and easy and looks wonderful. I think this will be my go to gift for little boys for a long time to come.

Details ravelled here.


A New Front Door

Thursday, 19 July 2018


Well not really, just the old one given a new life. I have disliked the front door since we got here but recently decided to paint it until (if) we get a new one.


I must say I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.


I still need to finish around the door and change the lock but every little step gets me closer to finished!


A Garden Arbour

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Last week Mr Homespun and I spent a couple of days putting up an arbour over the veg patch gate. We bought the arbour at an auction a couple of years ago when a property down the road was going up for sale. It originally had 4 individual arches but one was twisted so we decided to just use three, two outside the gate and one inside.

Mr Homespun has a collection of ducting sitting around waiting to be put to use so we are cutting them up to use as beds, some of which will go around the base of the arbour legs so I can grow some kind of climber in them to eventually cover the arches. At the moment the money's on roses, possibly something like a Pierre de Ronsard or Shropshire Lad, but I’m also considering grapes or passion fruit. I have to make up my mind soon as if I decide on roses I must order them very soon as this is the time of the year to get bare root plants.

More soon