13. DECEMBER

The latest freeze didn’t allow me to go to the allotment – not only was it too cold to do anything sensible there but also there was a distinct possibility that I might fall. Interesting how we say about youngsters that they fall over but us oldies ‘have a fall’. So I didn’t  go. But I can’t just sit at home and do nothing. Instead of that I have searched the Internet and found a few nice biscuit recipes.

Also a recipe for a favourite from the past years – babovka. It is a Czech recipe that I was used to make very frequently when the boys lived at home. I’ll start again,  I’m sure it will make a nice present.

 

I have also found a recipe for panettone, again never made it before but why not? I had to wait for my shopping delivery for a few vital ingredients  and as soon as I got everything together I was ready to start.

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Two days later I have a result. I’m sure a master baker would have a few words to say about the result but it smells divine and I have it from an expert on cake tasting – Frank – that it is delicious.

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Beside all this I continue making blankets. To start with I made a number of baby shawls but everybody who had a new baby had one of these so I switched to large ones. It comes very handy nowadays, what with the weather on one hand and the cost of energy on the other.

I started making these at the start of the pandemic. There is a website of a wool company, they have a sale from time to time and when I see that I order a fair amount of random coloured balls of wool, that keeps me going during the winter months when it gets dark quite early. Right now I have just finished the latest one and will start another. But it is only eight days until we have the shortest day, from then on all will improve for me.

BABY BLANKETS

I have got one tried and tested crochet pattern for a baby blanket. In these difficult times I decided to spread a little happiness in the form of a blanket. In the beginning I made full size blankets to snuggle under but before Christmas I got some baby wool and the result is very good, I’m happy with it.

I’m ready for the first baby to arrive – will carry on making them as necessary, got more wool ready.

A BIT OF COMFORT

Most of my gardening jobs are done and now bad weather stopped play. I need to have something to do – I’m keeping my other indulgence, books, to the evenings.

It is my blankets. Way back I started making them out of crocheted squares and then lined them as I didn’t want the ‘not so nice’ side to show. The next step are these latest ones. As the lockdown started I found an online wool company and ordered a bag of wool in a variety of colours. That was the start of a new line in blankets, I’m very pleased with the result.

HANDICRAFT

This might be the last blanket – spring is coming and I will be busy on the allotment. I didn’t think I would make it at all but after a long thought I decided to change the design and make this one.

I am happy with the result – it was much faster to do it this way and I still didn’t use up all the wool. Perhaps next winter?

WINTER ACTIVITY

After the few days of deep snow in Coventry I managed to finish yet another of my blankets. I love reading but some books have to be devoured in a peaceful atmosphere so for the less quiet days I had my blanket making.

My friend not only gave me bags of wool but also some backing material so thanks to her I have two super elegant and warm blankets.

Even though there was more than a foot of snow on top of all my structures the damage is minimal – as soon as I can I will do some repairs. Nothing major, just a question of patching up.

THE LATEST

I have been busy on the allotment but not the ‘proper’ kind of busy. I think all gardeners will agree that in April everything will start and it will gather pace.

That is why I decided to take photos of my latest five blankets before I stop (or perhaps just slow down) during the busiest times.

SPARE TIME ACTIVITY

Yes, there is such a thing as spare time. Evenings when ‘there is nothing on the telly’, during a football game – I don’t have to see them, the commentary is good enough for me or in the winter when I can’t do much in the garden or on the allotment.

It all started simply – I had some large balls of wool from a project that didn’t happen. Granny squares are simple, onceI got the idea I didn’t have to think about it too much and just made oodles of them. To make one of my blankets I need 130 squares – 10×13. To give it a nice finish and also re-inforce it I decided to back it. Simple polyester material from the market and job’s done.

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So far I made nine of them, six have gone already – they make very good presents! – and I’ve just started another one.