It's the 5B now: The Big Bad Baby Blanket Blocking!! I had been putting off sewing in the ends, and then today I remembered that there were only 3 ends. So I sewed them in, washed the 4B and now it is 5B. I am pretty much hoping it will be dry over the next few days and then I can parcel it up and post it away. I am, despite the excellent blanket, glad to be finished and too many more rows with a 5mm needle would have worn out the blanket's welcome. You can see the recipient of the 5B here, whereupon MrsDrWho is an Uncle!!!!
Sitting atop The 5B areEaster presents for some children. I was inspired by The Bunny Toss, so I went ahead and drew a circle and sketched some ears (there are two kinds of ears: long and then, and shorter and fatter!!!) and I was away. I thought pink and white were not child appropriate colours and so I've gone for colours that might stand up to a bit of dirt. They may need a wash or a sponge every now and then so I'm filling them with plastic pellets and not rice!! I have 4 more colours to finish to the Ear Stage and then it's just a circumferential whip around the edge with the sewing machine, a bit of filling and a puffy white pompom tail and they're away!!! I do have to buy a plastic bucket as well, so they can have a place wheretofore in the Bunnies can be tossed!!!
Last Sunday was Neighbours Day, not the show ( all sing along with Barry Crocker now), but your next door neighbours. I knitted a Mason-Dixon Ballband Call-It-What-You-Will dishcloth, though I use my dishcloths for face flannels, for The Nice Lady Next Door: she who cut down the rampant blackberries!!! I used the lovely Eco Cotton in Natural and Pale Green, using 4mm needles.
Harki went to The Vet for her last arthritis injection and she was a bit shaky and nervous, but I think she thought I might be leaving her to donate blood again. A needle and a dog treat from Dr Tim later she was all smiles and happy again!! Not to be outdone, Peri has a raised kind of lumpy thing under her eye, in her fur. I prodded and poked it a bit and if it doesn't disappear soon, or it changes, she will have her turn to go to The Vet!!! The weather has turned Autumnal and it has been cooler at night and we have had some rain. It rained today when we went for our walk and The Labradors were very happy to run in the slight dampness!!!
I have finished Season 1 of The West Wing and now require the other 6 seasons, stat.!!! There was a cliffhanger ending, and obviously I know the outcome as I have seen other seasons, but I am still anxious!!! I whipped up some scones for MrsDrWho from my new book, bought to cheer me up. They are very nice, I hear. I forgot to take a picture.....any chance of one MrsDrWho??? Yes, there is, she sent me a photo so I have posted it below!! Thanks!!!I didn't buy a pair of mallard coloured boots yesterday. They were a soft teal green and of a medium length. I am now whittling away my indicator goal!!! In my special world I am allowed to buy books, but not wool or unnecessary clothes. Books are never, and could never, be unnecessary!!! I found 4 Tamora Pierce books I had forgotten, still in their nicely wrapped parcel, from the bookshop. I am devouring them: 2 down, 2 to go. Scone recipe for devouring follows.....
Strawberry Snails, more or less, from Mix and Bake
- 300g self raising flour
- 80g butter, cubed
- 1 tbspn sugar
- pinch of salt if you like
- 3/4 to 1 1/2 cups milk
- 50g butter extra
- 80g strawberry jam
Preheat the oven to 200*C and line a tray with baking paper. Cream the extra butter and jam together till smooth and combined and set aside. Sift the flour and add the sugar and salt. Rub in the butter with the tips of your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. I lift the mixture as I rub it in and let it fall in the hope of extra aeration!! Make a well in the centre and pour in 3/4 cup of milk. Mix with a knife, adding more milk if needed. It should come together and be just a tad sticky. Scatter some flour, and knead 3 or 4 times until smooth. Roll out into a rectangle 30 x 20cm and then spread with the butter and jam mixture. Roll up from the long side and cut into 2 or 3cm pieces. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if you can, glaze with a beaten egg yolk if you like, and then bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool slightly, dust with icing sugar and serve with extra butter, jam and cream. Makes 12-15 snails!!! You can use any jam or sweet filling you like: fresh fruit, tinned or stewed fruit, dried fruit and nuts, as long as it is not too moist.