Autumn has definitely arrived here, the weather is greyer and we come home from our dog walk soaked through despite the raincoats. This is when I like to pull out a crafting book or two from my shelves or even treat myself to a new one. On Friday, to my great excitement, my copy of Making Winter by Emma Mitchell arrived. I had to carry on working and wait until Saturday to actually take a proper look at it.
It's a beautiful book with projects ranging from baking to sketching to crochet. There is a quite exciting project in it making silver clay pendant using fire! There's nothing like having fire involved in a craft project to spark the interest of the rest of my family!
I decided on a simpler project to begin with - baking. I can't think of a nicer thing to do on a cold wet day so I chose the lemon, ginger and thyme bars.
I love love love lemon anything and I love ginger. These are delicious! Very very lemony with a (as my son likes to quote) buttery biscuit base. I had to hide half of them so we would have some left for today.
I said no stitching but I have to qualify that, no embroidery stitching. I have been stitching samples all week so I wanted something relaxing to do with my hands that wasn't embroidery. I remembered that I had started the 'granny puff blanket' from my copy of Granny Chic by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel and so I pulled out the beginnings of the blanket and my Cornish wool and crochet hook. Then I had to go and find my notes on crocheting as it has been so long that I couldn't remember how to treble crochet (UK style). But once I was settled with it the rhythm soon kicked in and my blanket (well it will be more of a wrap really due to a bit of a wool shortage!) is slowly slowly growing.
I'd forgotten how much I love crochet (and knitting) in the winter. It's lovely to sit on the sofa with music playing quietly working with my hands while my mind is free to think. Various members of the family stop by for a while and chat before going back to their homework or whatever Netflix series they are watching at the moment. And even though the dinner will still need cooking and the dishes still need doing it feels as though the world slows down for a little while.
Do you have weekend routines so that your weekend doesn't end up disappearing in busywork?