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I’ve been very lax in my blogging of late, so felt I should show you what I’ve been up to.  I’ve been experimenting with new bits and bobs, including hand spun yarn and buttons…..

single printed buttons to spell out words…..’cosy’

hand-dyed, handspun BFL fleece…..

handwoven, tabby weave covered button.

possible design for cushion cover.

I’m also glad to report that Elena Costella‘s lovely yarn emporium is open again after all the dreadful flooding we had recently.  Elena, Leslie and all the willing helpers really worked hard to get the shop open again as soon as possible, so I hope everyone rushes down to replenish their yarn stash.

My loom is unfolded and ready for action.  I’m going to have a bash at some warp dyeing and have a folder of design ideas to try out.  Not all my activities have been wool related.  I made some yummy scones, using the River Cottage recipe, but replaced the cream with milk, and apple, rhubarb and ginger jam to top them off.  There was also some oranges in need of using, so they were turned into spiced marmalade.

Check out these bad boys!!  Big and crunchy on the outside and fluffy as a fluffy thing in the middle.

I was never keen on Rhubarb and Ginger as a child, but the addition of Apple made this lighter and really more-ish.

I spiced up the marmalade with some nutmeg, two cloves, and a little mixed spice.  I don’t like sweet marmalade, so the spices soften the sharpness of the fruit.

They are all residing in a wee cupboard in the kitchen, which Alan has renamed, ‘Bob Marley’……well there is jammin’.

Well, that was some weekend…..I even missed posting ‘funky friday’.  If I had been firing on all cylinders it would have been ‘fuzzy friday’ due to the over indulgence of this, on Thursday evening…….

So much wine....so little time

Luckily the weather was brilliant and sunny, so we didn’t look out of place wearing our shades when we visited Crail, in Fife, the following day.  It’s a stunning little village on the East coast with views over to the Bass Rock.  I’d hoped to buy a fresh lobster, but we ran out of time.

There was an amazing sand sculpture right next to the pub….

After our wee jaunt to the coast, we headed home for a Thai meal, cooked by yours truly, without wine this time, and some crochet instruction, for Gabs.

Saturday began at a leisurely pace, and as the weather was looking reasonable, we hopped on a bus to Perth.  We stopped into say hi to Elena, in her Yarn and Fibre shop.  Gabs fell in love with some very large oversized knitting needles, which were swiftly purchased, along with some yarn and a huge crochet hook.  I bought some yarn too, just to be polite, you understand, and then we headed into Perth.

The ‘Trove’ Exhibition was on at the Museum, so we stopped in to have a look round.  Some really amazing glass work by brilliant makers, and well worth the time spent.

Just as we were leaving the Museum the rain was threatening….and we are talking the big splashy stuff, so we ducked into the Concert Hall for a wee libation to wait it out,and boy, did the heavens open.

Luckily, the rain soon stopped and we made it to the bus and home without getting soaked.  When I say home, I mean via the shop with more of the local vino calapso.  Well, I *needed* a bottle of Elderberry to put in the steak and stilton pie I was making for tea….honest gov.  While I made the pie, Gabs prepared various soft fruits to have in a pavlova meringue, which I popped in the oven while preparing the rest of the tea.

We ate so much that PJ’s were in order and then we broke out the new needles and yarn…..

I wasn’t kidding….these needles are BIG!  But the great thing is that in no time at all, you’ve knitted loads…

(oops! fuzzy image)

It was a real treat to have Gabs up to Scotland to stay with us, and I hope it will be the first of many tweet-ups.  We hit it off immediately and have more than a few things in common, including our love of cake, and giggling.  Maybe next time Tony will come too, and Alan will have someone to talk camera’s, and lenses and all things photography shaped….or we might even manage a trip down South.