Quilt, pic, 20 yrs, lav, cake, hat, BOW

The quilt finally hanging. Click for close up.

Backed in the curtain off-cut I bought in a closing down sale last year. The leaves are edged in gold.

I put this pastel picture I bought in Oxford on the wall by the quilt. It’s rich colours go with the quilt I think.
Duck and hoi sin pancakes for our “China” anniversary. One of my favourite meals. 🙂 We had all sorts of dim sum like prawn toast with sweet chilli too. The main course was beef in black bean sauce, and chicken with mushrooms. Delicious!
I racked my brains to come up with a china something hubby would enjoy, then I found this set with lots of goodies he’d love- jams shortbread and tea by Mrs Bridges.
Later we had desert in the living room: cakes and fruit. I loved the fresh strawberries and clotted cream.
Time for a little lavender sesh- lavender added to the hall table (treadle sewing machine from 1920s) in the hallway.
Lavender on the little dresser’s jug.
Have I introduced this chap before? He is a replica of the mouse carving Lucy M. Boston wrote about in her Green Knowe stories.
A couple of lavender bags for a friend’s birthday.
Tied together with a matching bow.
I also made a lavender “wand” after Pat pointed me at this link. It was made from this year’s garden lavender. Anyone else know of anything I can make from lavender? I like Lush‘s “Angels on Bare Skin” which uses almonds rose and lavender. The company don’t test on animals and things are often made in the shops which smell wonderful.

With the off-cuts from the wand I made a pot pouri to dry in a bowl. I don’t think I’ve shown you this charity shop bargain? It’s an old hand embroidered table cloth with bonneted ladies on the corners. Again click on the pic for a more detailed look.

Yesterday I made a carrot cake.

Carrot Cake
2 heaped teaspoons of baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
6oz flour
4 oz soft butter
4 oz grated carrot
4 oz soft dark brown sugar
Grated zest of an orange
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon of milk

1. Mix dry ingrediants together. Add grated carrot.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add zest. Add egg.
3. Mix the 2 bowls together.
4. Greace ad line 6″ round cake tin, tip in mixture.
5. bake at Gas 3, 325F 160C for 45 mins-1 hour

4 oz sifted icing sugar
zest of orange
4 teaspoons orange juice
butter if you want it rich.

1. Mix together and spred over cooled cake.

Decorate with wallnut halves if required before icing sets.
Hat for daughter to match the scarf I made earlier in 4×4 moss stitch in DK yarn. My hands felt empty last night so I made this quickly.
Cast on 100 stitches. Do 1×1 rib for about 8 rows.
knit 4 purl 4 to end keep stitches the same for 4 rows then do the opposite for 4 rows so you form little squares. I did 10 squares before shaping in knit stitch only. (40 rows)
Knit 7 Knit 2 together, (Knit 8 knit 2 together) x9 knit1
Knit 6 knit 2 together, (Knit 7 knit 2 together) x9 knit 1

Keep shaping as set.

Knit 1 knit 2 together (Knit 2 knit 2 together) x9 knit 1
Knit 2 together (knit 1 knit 2 together) x9 knit 1
Knit 1 (knit 2 together) x8 knit 3 together (10 stitches)
Knit 2 together to end (5 stitches)
Knit all 5 together and fasten off.
Sew row ends together.

Block of the week for the Summer Stash Challenge. I made it at Patched Pumpkin this morning. The fabrics are “At Water’s Edge” layer cake and the stitcheries are Polka Dot Girls.

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