As much as adventures to London are fun, sometimes it’s nice to stay at home to bake, knit and drink copious amounts of tea. In the Guardian yesterday I saw the honey recipes and couldn’t resist. The madeleines intrigued me as I’ve never made them before. Having all the ingredients helped too (well, I switched the orange for lemon, but apart from that). I was really pleased with how they turned out, especially since I don’t have a Madeleine tin and the mixture was looking suspiciously un-aerated during mixing. The recipe is here, but be warned, the amount of icing suggested is huge. I only made half the quantity and still ended up with plenty to eat straight from the pan – well I couldn’t waste it, could I?
As well as baking (and eating) tasty honey lemon buns, I finally got round to getting photos of a hat I made last winter. As anyone who crafts and reads crafty blogs knows, crochet ripple blankets are gorgeous. Personally I get a bit twitchy about buying enough yarn to make a blanket though. So, some time last winter, I decided it was about time I learnt to crochet, and where better to start than with a bit of light rippling? I had a ball of Noro sock yarn and decided a hat would be a fun thing to make – small enough to use only one ball of wool, big enough to learn to ripple. The only problem was, apparently no-one out there had done this before (or if they had, I couldn’t find it). There was only one thing to do – make it up as I went along.
For details on how to crochet your own rippled things, check out Lucy’s brilliant instructions at Attic24. For the hat, I crocheted a chain that went around my head and then rippled. Once deep enough (10 rounds) I added an extra decrease for each pattern repeat. I did one round of this then a couple of rounds of 3 decreases and no increases for each pattern repeat. By this point the hat was starting to look hat-shaped so I decreased all the way round for three rounds and finally sewed up the last few stitches.
Since the hat, I have actually made a ripple blanket. Baby-sized in blue and grey. I was surprised by how quickly it grew – but then babies don’t stay baby-sized for long so I had a deadline.
Currently on the needles is my fourth sock of the year. Second sock of my second pair from a book I got for Christmas – Interweave’s Favourite Socks. There will be photos at some point. The only problem is, socks seem to be addictive. As soon as I cast off, I want to cast on the next, not stop for photos. Maybe next weekend…