Friday, 1 April 2011

Busy Fingers (Just not typing on the computer keyboard)

Most of you put me to shame with your prolific blogging; I just don't seem to be able to get a round tuit (the old ones are the worst aren't they). It's not that I've been off doing exciting/interesting things, just life gets in the way sometimes. My littlest has been very poorly with tonsillitis so I've been under house arrest ministering cuddles and dvds galore. Now I love watching films, but usually just once or twice. The capacity for young children to watch the same thing over and over and still find questions to ask about it absolutely amazes me. But she was too poorly for me to leave the room so I pretended to watch Dr Who with her for the 254th time, but cracked on with my knitting:
Using the organic wool and alpaca mix I mentioned a few weeks ago, I'm knitting this Seachange Gansey. It's absolutely gorgeous to knit with and not a smidge of itch or scratch about it. At £2.50 for 100g from Kemps it's a bargain. I finshed knitting last night ( used less than 500g) and have blocked it this morning

Just need to sew it together tonight and then I'll be ready to go out on my trawler (not really!)

I've also managed to make some sheepskin booties for a friend's newborn:

Born out of necessity, I've discovered a cough / sore throat medicine to add to my supplies ( although one bottle's disappeared already).
Take 50g (ish) fresh thyme and juice of a lemon, pour over 300ml boiling water and leave to infuse overnight.
Strain off the liquid and add 500g sugar and a small jar of honey (2-300g). When dissolved, bring to the boil and simmer until it thickens a little. Pour into sterilised bottles and seal. I added a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme and strips of lemon peel to mine for extra infused goodness. Thyme has excellent anti bacterial properties as does the lemon and honey. Take either by the spoonful, or a generous amount topped up with hot water until symptoms start to ease.


maggie said...

Ah bless. Hope little 'un feels better real soon. Your magic potion should do the trick !
Love the knitting. I only took a couple of crochet hooks and weaving sticks with me to Oz. I'm looking forward to getting stash and stuff out, and start creating again.;once I've got over the jet lag !!

Cathy said...

Those round tuits are certainly pesky aren't they Tammy. I don't ever get many myself.

I love those sheepskin bootees. They are to die for, and the sweater looks great.