How to Make a Paper Piping Bag:

This is a lovely video showing how to fold a piping bag
I have become a little obsessed with making macarons; this batch isn’t my best as the almond was a bit grainy.
I used my piping bag to put in the filling- a dark chocolate butter icing.
I tried to dye them pink but it all faded during cooking


Watch this space for further installments! As Raymond Blanc says, you won’t get it right first time but persevere, and the mistakes are still delicious 😋



I always buy my mum a magnet for her fridge when I’ve been on holiday. This year we were staying at her house and we went to Stonehenge. I bought a little kit for a cross stitch magnet and put it together for her. It’s been a while since I’ve cross stitched as I’ve been a little distracted by knitting and crochet 😉
It was a kit produced by English Heritage, which manages the site, so I don’t know who designed it. I’ve kept the pattern as my children would like a little Stonehenge miniature. The DMC/Anchor colour numbers weren’t provided, just names but I have enough thread left over to be able to match it.
I enjoyed it so much, I might start a little tradition of buying a little miniature cross stitch kit of places we’ve been on holiday.

Well I don’t have idle hands at the moment… Sorry I haven’t posted for a while but this is the reason:


Pretty colour, eh? I was inspired by the ballet top I made for my daughter in the ballet school uniform baby pink and decided I needed one too!

This is my first go at making a cardigan in one piece on a 80cm circular knitting needle set but turning on each row as if they are straight needles; it is growing slowwwwwly. I had a 2 hour train journey on Tuesday and did 6 (count them- I did say 6) rows! But if you think it’s 2 fronts and a back all at once, that is more like 18 rows 💪

I do like the waffle effect though and it will be lovely when it is done as it is a waterfall cardigan (hence the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of stitches in a row.)


I’ve actually had the pattern for years, started it with wool that was the wrong weight so I accidentally didn’t buy enough so I’ve restarted with enough now 🙂

Always read the pattern twice and then you’ll only buy the wool once 😉

I’ll let you know how I get along when I get to the sleeves; I’m planning to follow a very traditional Scottish approach and keep all of that seamless knitting as well….wish me luck/ call me bonkers 🙂 ❤


Just saw this on Facebook, come on bloggers, what would you create a wheel cover with?
Personally, following my fascination with Irish crochet, it might have to a have flowers approach….

Why disguise the wheel?

Woodlands inspiration:

…. Or why stop there?


They always say that on planes don’t they? Well, I purchased this pattern in 2012 and then got some wool, then started it and after about 2 1/2 inches realised my wool was chunky and not DK so then I bought some new DK yarn and I’ve got almost back to where I was on the back but also on the right front and left front.
Yes, I’m knitting a seamless cardigan! Thinking of trying to do the shoulders and arms using small cable knitting needles.

The nail polish bottle is to give a sense of scale

By the way, check out the needles, perils of shopping on line, I ordered and got exactly what I asked for, though to be honest, the shortness of them makes it easy and faster to knit as you don’t have to keep stopping to move stitches onto the needles.

Really teeny tiny knit pro needlesimage

Still loving my knit pro kit though, the only way to circular knit or knit enormous cardigans in one go 😉

Easy! –

It’s Easter time again. I love this season, the few days leading up to Easter Sunday with the quiet meditation that my church does so well. We are going to have an Easter egg hunt. Each sibling will help hide the other’s eggs. There is too too much chocolate so I’m trying to reduce the amounts that they will eat by not hiding chocolate (well, a few little ones!)




Crick crack!


Cheep cheep

It’s made as a pretty standard amigurumi staying with 6DC (Am. SC)


The beak is made by making 3 Tr (Am. DC) , holding the first loops on hook, then pulling the loop through the 4 loops on the hook. Cut yarn, sew in the end, preserving the triangle shape.


Continue the main colour behind the beak by chaining 3. Make a second beak the same way.


Make the wings by making stitches in each double in the row below in the following order (the ones between || should be in the same double crochet):
|DC,HTr|Tr, dTr| Tr, Tr, Tr| chain 3 DC in next row. If you would like an American translation, please ask in the comments 🙂
On the next row, make your DCs into the bar of the trebles


If you’d like a fuller pattern, please ask in the comments and I’ll post one.

So, following on from the debacle of showing my daughter a pansy that she confidently identified as a daffodil, I’ve decided to add one to her poncho.
I’m on the train and the reception isn’t very good so I decided to make it up as a doodle rather than finding a pattern and I’m quite pleased with the result.

First I crocheted the cone using a darker yellow


Then I added petals using the same basic principle as Irish roses.


Daffodils have 6 petals and they are quite pointie so I adjusted my trebles (Am. Double crochets) accordingly.

I know you are all waiting with baited breath to hear my daughter’s verdict, unfortunately she is asleep as it is well past her bedtime but I will ask her when we Skype in the morning and add a P.S. to my post.

For those of you who have cried, “My life will only be complete with the pattern!” (And I know there will be many for how could you help yourselves?)  how could I keep this from you? It is in UK crochet but I can translate on request.

Row 1 (dark yellow):
Chain (ch )6. Join with a slip stitch (ss)

Row 2:
Chain 3. 1 treble (Tr) , *1 doubletreble (dTr ), ch 2, ss into first chain. 2 Tr.*
Repeat between * 3 more times.
1dTr, ch2, ss into first chain. ss into third chain at start of row. fasten off.

Row 3:
Join light yellow wool at back of cone. Chain 3, ss into back of 2nd or 3rd treble at the base about 1/6th along the circle. Repeat 5 times so that there are 6 evenly spaced loops. Ss to join to first loop.

Row 4:

Work the following into each loop:

1 dc,  1 half treble (hTr), 1Tr,  1dTr, 1 triple treble, 1dTr, 1 Tr, 1 hTr, 1 dc.

Fasten off.


and here is a picture pattern, which is my preferred way to get instructions

Those of you who have been following my meanders will know about the poncho I made myself this summer for my sister’s wedding.  You may also know that my daughter requested one too like mother like daughter.

It will be pink and I made a decent start on collecting the completed motifs last night in front of the telly.


My 4 year old looked at the flowers and had a melt down because she wanted lots of different flowers (in fact identical to Mummy’s). I realised that I didn’t have enough wool for an entirely pink poncho and I’m am determined to stick to my new years resolution. So we have gone multicoloured and added a few insects for flavour 🙂

I simplified the butterfly compared with the one I made for my poncho



It’s a bit hard to see the green leaves with the dark background but I think this makes the pink, yellow and white flowers easier to see so here’s a picture of the leaves with a rather pretty espresso cup to show the scale


So for all of you lot on tenderhooks to see me hooking the net again (no pun intended 😉 ), we are approaching that exciting part of the poncho at speed…. Watch this post….

As I posted earlier, I’ve been making an Irish Crochet poncho for my 4 year old daughter and I made a pansy last week.


Since then, I’ve spent some time in the garden dead-heading my real life pansies and violas. As I moved from pot to pot,

<<whisper>> <<I’m a bit potty about violas>>

I’ve come to the realisation that the pansy I made could be better, biologically and also more in keeping with the Irish rose, the other main flower in the poncho.

So I tried another pattern from and made this:


but it still didn’t feel or look pansy enough for me.

So I stared at pictures of violas for a long time and made this little character:


It is small but it has the fused lower petal and the 2 small petals in front of the 2 overlapping large petals and it is more in keeping with the tiny viola in comparison with the large blousy pansies that the other flowers are.

So, feeling very pleased with myself, I Skyped my daughter today (at present I work away from home during the week) and asked her if she liked this little flower. She replied,

“Yes, it’s a nice daffodil.”

If anyone would like to make a viola/daffodil, here’s the pattern: