Archive Vintage postcards, photographs, scrapbooks and ephemera from my collection
Hove Daily Photo Photos of Hove, East Sussex, taken from December 2008 to December 2015
Jan Eaton's Book Errata I've listed the known corrections for my crochet and knitting books here - titles include UK and US versions of 200 Crochet Blocks, 200 Knitted Blocks and 200 Ripple Stitch Patterns
It's grown since I took the photograph and I've just started the third repeat of Chart B. The knitting is going very nicely - lovely clear, large charts (which is something I appreciate these days) and an intuitive, easy-to-remember stitch pattern. The designer, Chrissy Fletcher, blogs here.
A break with tradition today - here's a recipe from guest blogger Mairead :o)
What to do with manky bananas
When you get a banana that is 'on the turn' and about to go brown and squishy instead of chucking it, slice it up and put the slices in a freezer box and freeze. Add to the box whenever another banana goes the same way. When you have about six bananas take the box out of the freezer and allow to defrost for about 20 - 30 minutes. They still need to be mostly frozen, but just a little soft round the edges.
Put them in a food processor or liquidiser and tip in a punnet of raspberries. Or strawberries, or other sweet fruit that takes your fancy. Blitz.
You will now have ice cream the texture of an Italian semi-freddo and you can eat it straight away. What you don't eat can go back in the freezer for another time. If it lasts that long, as being fat free it is also guilt free!
I do have a bit of a problem finishing things (not work stuff which has deadlines); it's things for me that get left unfinished. These are some of the ends I darned in yesterday. It took me most of the day while listening to the first half of an unabridged audiobook (all 7 hours 24 minutes of it) to finish the ends on a ripple blanket crocheted in, gulp, 2004. Or it may have been 2003. Said blanket has featured as a photo prop (ends tucked away out of sight) and spent the last few years folded over the end of my bed (ends ditto) and I'm happy to have finished it at last.
Come back tomorrow to see the blanket in all its finished gorgeousness!
Sometimes being a designer sucks. Today's snotty message on ravelry tells me that I don't write crochet instructions correctly in my books - I should watch YouTube vids to get the technique right and then my crochet blocks will look much nicer. WTF?
This blogging-every-day-business is not as easy as it looks. By the time I've posted a day's worth of Hove Daily Photo and Archive (although Archive postings are not as regular as HDP ones) I'm beginning to run out of NaBloPoMo steam. So for today, I'll leave you with this rather wonderful 1947 image of Billie Holiday.
I really like sentimental old postcards, particularly the 'hands across the sea' type like this one. It's amazing how many have survived in good condition - this one's 105 years old. I've uploaded several more to my Archive blog; you can find them here.
Another using-up-my-bits number - this one's for throwing round my shoulders when the weather turns chilly. The shawl is, in real life, just as luridly bright as it looks in the bottom photograph. Mainly Koigu and Jitterbug again plus some Cherry Tree Hill sock.
I'm having one of those if-it-can-go-wrong-it-will-go-wrong sort of days. Nothing major, just a series of minor irritations not helped by Flossie who's following me round the flat getting under my feet. I may have to get out the Dyson to subdue her. ;o)