So whilst I haven’t been crafting today, I have been busy in my tiny kitchen sorting out food for the week and stocking my freezer. I usually don’t do food posts but I am so chuffed with myself that I had to today! Nearly 4 hours chopping and cooking
and crying from chopping 5 onions. That was after clearing out my kitchen cupboards and going through my clothes. Busy Bank Holiday Monday!
I really wanted a roast dinner, and roasts are actually great for making things that usually take forever and doing them in bulk, saving the effort next time.
So; I’ve made/sorted for the freezer:
6 cashew nut and carrot roasts (one for dinner)
4 bags of 2 portions of sliced carrot
5 vegetarian cottage pies
Enough caramelised onion to go in the gravy (bisto’s, not my own gravy!)
360g of sweet potato chopped and ready to cook for something dhal-like
4 bags of 2 portions of mashed potato
Enough roasted veg to make sweet vegetable pies topped with pastry, which I’ll make on Wednesday.
I love it when a bulk-making day goes well! Especially when it ends with an awesome Roast Dinner, haven’t had a home made one since Christmas.
So, Nick worked it out. His birthday present. We live in a tiny flat and he managed to sneak a peek of my notebook with all of the plans because I was silly enough to work on the plans whilst he was home, so I can post about it now. However, he doesn’t yet know how many hexes I need and nor will he realise how big it will be until it has been given to him.
We got back late last night from a lovely honeymoon in Spain. This morning we picked our rats up from the wonderful rat sitter and now we’re home and relaxing, as is the plan for the rest of this Bank Holiday weekend!
So, I thought that I’d share my main holiday project, a gorgeous shawl pattern that I cut short to make a scarf instead.
I am going on a short break as I’ll be in Spain on my belated honeymoon! See you in a couple of weeks!(The last dino I did, one for my husband! He’s not too scary though, as you can see…)
Another project on Operation De-stash! We’re going on holiday on Sunday and my husband bought a new suitcase yesterday, so he asked me to make something that would make it stand out, preferably something colourful. The result was this quick bit of crochet:
I’m quite impressed with myself. Usually when I use double crochet I drop stitches, mess up the ends and generally it looks awful. I should have taken a photo before I stitched it on as I didn’t drop a single stitch and managed to reach the ends without forgetting my turning chain!
This wasn’t one of the balls of bonus DK, it was something I got in a bag at the charity shop. I’ve been trying to find a use for it as I’ve used it on a dinosaur before and it was awesome, but I didn’t have enough left for much else! I was lucky and had just enough for this.
I now have some neon yellow that I’ve been desperately trying to get rid of. That will become a handle and possibly some horrendous flowers for my suitcase. I’ll also cover the other handle on this one too with some blue or red or something.
This is my first stash-busting project to get rid of this Bonus DK that I have. I will happily take suggestions for more stash-busting projects!
Ravelry pattern page: Clock Cozy
Ravelry project page: Nikki’s Clock Cozy
Direct link to pattern: Retrobaby design
I’m probably one of those people. Meet Ashitaka, one of my rats.