Monthly Archives: November 2008

The good news … and the bad news

The good news: I finished my Bacall Shrug! Yay!

The bad news: it really, really does not suit me. Boo.

This is a classic lesson that I should have learnt through bitter experience long ago: DO NOT rush to start a garment without carefully measuring ALL aspects of said garment. I did check the bust, the shoulders and the arm measurements, and it does fit nicely across all of those areas. The problem is with the length. Instead of flattering my waistline, as other shrugs I have made do, this one just makes me look as if I have two red fluffy balloons stuck to my chest. Not good.

If it was any other yarn, I would rip it out and make it longer. But, you know, mohair and frogging are really not a happy combination…

So, I have never done this before, but I have decided to sell this shrug. It is made in medium size (to fit bust 36-36″) and would look lovely on someone who is less busty than me (contact me for more details on this!)

I used 11 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Aura, in the Quarry colourway and I am prepared to sell it for the actual cost of the yarn. I had fun making it, and I didn’t make it with a view to selling, so I am not looking for a profit. I just don’t want this shrug in my cupboard reminding me of my measuring-fail whenever I open the door.

If you are interested, contact me and I can give you any more information you’d like.

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Chai latte

Since going on a yoga retreat a couple of weekends ago, I’ve been totally hooked on chai, or spiced tea. Traditionally it is made with black tea and loads of suger, but here’s the recipe I’ve been using for a caffeine-free, slightly healthier verision.

1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp fennel
4 star anis
4 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
4 cardamom pods
1/2 inch fresh ginger

Add all the ingredients to 4 pints of water and bring to the boil, take off the heat and add 4 Rooibus tea bags. Steep for fifteen minutes, strain, then add honey to taste (about 2-3 tablespoons).

This can be kept in the fridge for a week or so. To serve, pour the required amount into a saucepan, add milk to taste and reheat.

It looks just like ‘normal’ tea, but has a deliciously warming and comforting spicey flavour. Enjoy!

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