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it’s all in the planning . .

January 27, 2017

It’s been a funny old day. Super Girl didn’t have school, so we did a bit of faffing about at home and then went down to the village to go to the bank, and exciting things like that – made a lot more exciting by the prospect of a scone at the eponymous café. We unexpectedly bumped into the Domestic Goddess theoretically doing some work (she switched on her laptop and wrote a word on a pad and underlined it, so that definitely counts), and I was telling her about my plans to revamp our dining chairs. Essentially – our current chairs are wicker and a bit rickety, so in need of replacement, our neighbours were getting rid of their old dining chairs, so got rid of them our way so now, obviously what I have is two dodgy sets of chairs, and the plan is to paint and re-upholster the new (to us) chairs and then dispense with the others. You’ve spotted the flaw in this, right? The DG saw it straight away, the word is “plan.” She gave me a very knowing look and said it will be interesting to see how far I’ve got in five years time. Cut to the very quick, I went right back home and did a bit of knitting. These things can’t be rushed.


Thing 4

January 25, 2017

I’m not sure this really counts as a thing, it’s a part of a thing, but it’s the closest I’m going to get this week. I’m knitting a fox hood for Super Girl, and it’s been going beautifully – the wonder of knitting with treble aran on big needles, but that meant I suddenly started to panic that I had enough yarn so I had to pause while I went to get some more – no idea whether the dye lots will match, so want to phase the new ball in.


In the mean time, having become just a tiny bit obsessive about knitting, I’ve made another of these Lizard Ridge squares with Noro Kureyon. I’m having slight doubts about the contrast (doesn’t show much on this bit), but there’s no point worrying about it now although, since I’m going down the random route, I am going to have some really amazing combos from the ends of balls, and I’m thinking that I’ll combine them with a plain dark grey, rather than just mashing them all up. Anyway, for now – here’s Thing 4 aka Square 6

Thing 3

January 22, 2017

img_2214I’m not sure how I ended up with an upside down hat, but I’m much too lazy to change it!

This is another hat to the same pattern as Thing 1, but without the ridiculous pompom. I’ve also used a better quality wool, Thing 1 was just a fun hat that I can wear whenever, this one is a gift for an ex colleague. The yarn is Rowan baby merino silk, and it was really nice to work with. I like the way that it has been dyed doesn’t give a flat, even colour and I think it brings out the surface texture rather nicely, I hope he likes it.

Thing 2

January 16, 2017

img_2134I couldn’t resist the Failynn Fox Cowl when I saw it, and so decided to make one for SG2. I can’t say it was an overwhelming success, I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out but it was on her and off again before I could even think of taking a picture. Maybe she’s like Boy Wonder and she has to acclimatise herself to something first. We used to have to leave things just lying around in his room until he was accustomed to them and didn’t think of them as new!

Still, Super Girl (the original) has put in a request for one, so that should get a bit more use. One of the great joys of knitting it was the speed with which it was done – such a nice change knitting with doubled aran, rather than sock yarn, so I should be able to show you Fox 2 pretty soon. In the mean time, the finishing of Thing 3 is in sight, so the knitting’s going well, and maybe I’ll be able to get a better picture of that, rather than a hurried snap on the car seat, as I remembered before handing it over.


week 2

January 15, 2017

I am slightly startled to report that I have managed two whole weeks of my new plan! This week’s new recipe was the lovely cheese and celeriac bread, that I would certainly make again, I have finished Thing 2 (I’ll show you that tomorrow) and we met a new member of the family.

We all set off to take Boy Wonder back to university, did a bit of a detour and called to see Mr Pict’s nephew and his family, complete with their newest addition BW2. Being up in Pictland we don’t get to see the cousins as often as we’d like to, so this was a particularly lovely afternoon. I hope we get to do it more often this year.

cheese and celeriac bread

January 11, 2017

A new recipe for me, and the first time I had made bread using self-raising flour.  I found Delia’s recipe for Celeriac and Lancashire Cheese Bread in her vegetarian collection, and if you want to give it a go you can find it here. I made a couple of changes to suit our tastes and what we had, so switched in cheshire cheese for the lancashire, missed out the cayenne since Mr Pict isn’t a fan, and added black onion seeds.

It was really quick and easy to make, none of that tiresome waiting around for proving and rising, and although I think it’s probably at its best fresh and warm – I don’t know, it didn’t stick around long enough, it made a great lunch with some tomato and pepper soup.

Adventure 1 – on the importance of wearing a good Sports bra

January 8, 2017

img_2095Last September we had a Swede staying with us – obviously the nation, not the vegetable. (At least I hope it’s obvious, I did remember to use a capital letter after all. It was the second half of an exchange programme that Super Girl took part in, and while the Swedish teenagers were visiting a large group of them and their hosts went to visit Jump Nation. Now this is a slightly odd concept but it is a large industrial unit filled with trampolines.

It all looked like fun, in a potentially slightly hazardous way (Super Girl managed to twist her ankle 3 trampolines in, and although she went back and bounced after a bit of a rest, she was then hobbling around for the remainder of the day), so ever since then I’ve been looking for an excuse to have a go.

It’s not occupied my every waking moment or anything, but having Boy Wonder home seemed the perfect excuse for us to have a family outing, and yesterday the opportunity arose. So this was my first “adventure” of 2017. Not a huge adventure I grant you – but I was never going to be going up Everest or anything, and it’s something I hadn’t done before. I went on trampolines when I was little, and somewhere we have one of those little rebounder things, and I must admit I do rather like a bouncy castle if the opportunity arises (great fun playing the day after the Statistical Guide’s birthday party), but I had never been anywhere like this. It turns out I lack the skills for this sort of trampoline layout, and was useless at bouncing across from one to another, I only actually successfully managed it once, and neither of the Pictlets was watching at the time which was rather a shame, but it was really good fun. Super Girl is now hoping to persuade friends to go bouncing on a regularish basis, and Boy Wonder declared the outing a success, having demonstrated that he is in fact half boy, half kangaroo.

Who knows, I may even hitch up my bra straps and do it again myself some time!