Monday, 13 February 2017

The 3 "C"s - Cats,Crochet and Cakes

It has been several weeks since I have posted!  I have been under the weather and had to rest up.  I took the opportunity to get stuck into my obsession – crochet.  One project which only took one hour or so and as a result have got hooked on washcloths!  This dish cloth has been in constant use and I will be making more.

When I was in the wool shop buying some cotton, I saw the many wonderful colours that wool comes in these days.  How I resisted I don t know.  Maybe it was the thought of all that wool in my trunk from my tapestry kit making days.  Needless to say I got some of the wool out and within a week had completed this small throw and a cushion cover  to match (Well to be honest I still have the backing of the cushion to crochet).  I draped the throw on the bed and went to get my camera.  Came back and what do I see my lovely cats firmly ensconced.  What is even more remarkable these two never sleep near each other.

Ever since it has been a battle to get them off it, Bro the black one usually spends the day outdoors, but for the last week he has been inside a lot on this little throw.  I have given up, it is theirs!

So, I fished out of my trunk some more wool, big hanks of Paterna wool.  There will be enough to make a proper sized blanket.  I have already made great inroads on it.  Crochet is so easy to do in bed or listening to the radio.  It is very addictive.

I am feeling a lot better now and yesterday was back firing on all of my cylinders.  But it was pouring with rain so I couldn’t get into the garden.  I have always wanted to make a teapot cozy, so trawled the internet for patterns.  I didn’t really want to do any I saw, I want a homey one!  There are some astonishing  tea cozies out there!  So decided to do a plain one and sew flowers on it.  How to do flowers?  Well I found a wonderful blog Attic 24 with instructions .  So I spent the morning doing Lucy’s tutorials with odd scraps of wool.  I feel quite chuffed; all I needed to do was make the cozy!  Completed last night.  Tah Dah!

So feeling pleased with myself this morning, I duck out in the rain to view what could be picked for dinner (I like to have my main meal midday,) and saw a few stalks of Rhubarb appearing.  Not enough to make a bowl full, but enough to make my favourite cakey dessert that my grandmother used to bake a lot.  The fruit can be varied according what you have on hand.  I didn’t really have enough rhubarb so added one apple.  (It is rather special if the fruit has a tang to it.)

Gran’s Fruity Cakey Dessert


1 ¼ cups s/r flour or plain flour with 1 ½ tsp BP
¾ cup sugar
120g melted butter
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Topping – fruit of choice
2 tbsp. sugar


Combine flour, sugar, butter vanilla and eggs.  Put in greased pan and top with chopped fruit.  Sprinkle the sugar on top and bake 180 Celsius for up to one hour.  Serve with custard, cream or plain yogurt.  This really freezes well.

All in all a productive few days.
See you again soon.


  1. Glad you are feeling better, Sharon! You crocheted all those things in a few short weeks? Amazing! I've been trying to finish a couple of small projects for the past few months. That was very kind of you to give your throw to the cats. And thank you for the recipe. Rhubarb is always the first thing to come up around here and we have plenty. I'm always looking for new ways to use it. I'll bookmark your recipe for April. Thanks again!


    1. Thanks Jane, well I was chained to my bed and I found reading tiring and these squares here so easy just the job. The throw was recycled wool so I dont mind the cats having it, also it keeps their hair off the furniture! Our rhubarb is on the decline, too hot for it, but it comes back for a brief spell before winter sets in. Have a lovely week.

  2. Love that dish cloth where did you get the pattern please or did you make it up yourself?

  3. Thanks, I got the pattern from Ravelry. It makes a lovely spongy cloth but is a yarneater!