Archive | August 2016

A knitting basket repurposed

Milly in a basket

So far Milly has been a little shy about attending the weekly meetings of the Fenton Knitting Group. This is a bit strange as it is quite clear from her attachment to my yarn and needles when I am trying to knit that she absolutely adores knitting, just like me.

But today we had something of a break through. My crocheted knitting basket was perched on the table where the knitting ladies meet. I was just having five minutes of knitting and Milly decided that she’d take advantage of those moments to take over the basket. It’s the purrfect (sorry!) size for a kitten and the handles make great look out posts for a kitty sniper on the prowl for passing dogs.

I made my basket using yarn from Wilkos from the Diamond Trellis Basket pattern.

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Great British Bake Off first timer

I realise I must be something of a rare breed, but I have never watched GBBO before. Yes, I make cakes (a lot of cakes!). Yes, I watch TV (mostly whilst knitting!). But a TV programme based on the premise of competitive baking?!

So why have I decided to give this season a go? The answer is simple! Nadiya! I was vaguely aware that Nadiya was the winner of the last series … and then I heard her speaking on Dessert (sic!) Island Discs and I thought ‘If someone as engaging as this is involved in that show then maybe I am seriously missing out!’

So tonight I will be watching and I will even put my knitting aside. Mel, Sue, Mary and Paul – I am (finally) ready. Let the baking begin!

cakes

Here’s 2 I made earlier! So far this week I have already baked a Victoria sponge for my husband’s lunches and a jam swiss roll for my knitting ladies. And yes, I even have the gingham!

 

 

One more upcycling project

I promise I’ll get back to my knitting again soon, but there are so many other projects I wanted to get done first. Here’s just one of them. For ages we’ve had our TV hidden away in a pine media cabinet. The wood was dark and the cupboard loomed when the doors were closed and the TV packed away. So I wondered whether I could remodel the cupboard to make a more up to date TV table which blends rather more seemlessly with the rest of our decor.

Out came the jigsaw. Not my favourite power tool with that scary blade that tends to rip through wood leaving ugly, gnarled edges. But I gritted my teeth and set to, slicing the old cupboard in half.

The next phase was to remove the top from the original cupboard so that it could be replaced on top of the base section.

Then the fun bit – painting with my favourite Rustoelum chalk paint in clotted ceam and sanding back to give that distressed look I love. A final coat of wax, a little wood glue and hey presto our ‘brand new’ TV cabinet was born!