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New on the needles

Refraction Shawlette (rav link) knitted in my hand dyed merino 4ply. 


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!