Sunday, 6 April 2014
Birthday, Bug, Books
This week we celebrated Cameron's 14th birthday - where do the years go? In many ways Cameron is so mature and grown up and yet in other ways nothing has changed at all...
The birthday cake request this year was a Malteaser cake. I made a sponge flavoured with Malteaser hot chocolate (adding in the same quantities you would for cocoa powder if you were making chocolate sponge) and vanilla marscapone icing (marscapone cream cheese whipped up with a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract) and then decorated, of course, with Malteasers. It wasn't the prettiest cake I've ever made but it tasted divine!
Birthday celebrations were swiftly followed with that sickness bug that has been doing the rounds (for me, anyway, Cameron has the strongest immune system of anyone I know and rarely gets ill). I'm doing ok now but it means I don't have much to show for my week. I did, however, get some interesting things from the library so I thought I'd share those with you.
I'm itching to get started with a quilt and so I borrowed Jane Brocket's Quilt Me! from the library. This is a follow up to The Gentle Art of Quilt-making and has some less conventional ideas for fabrics.
I'm really loving this simple idea from the Kitchen Sink quilt and I'm hoping to give it a try with some jelly roll strips.
Nicki Trench's Geek Chick Crochet has so many lovely ideas in it.
I fancied making this cowl for Cameron for next autumn but he's not feeling the cowl idea - even when I called it an infinity scarf. I thought the colours were quite Doctor Who-esque but no. Never mind - it's better to know these things before you've spent yarn money and a week making them, isn't it?
This dress with contrasting features also caught my eye but disappointingly the sizes only go up to a UK 14 and I'm not clever enough with crochet yet to adapt it.
I also borrowed The Thrifty Gardener and The Thrifty Forager by Alys Fowler - looking forward to diving into those as I own a copy of The Edible Garden and really love it.
Hook, Yarn and Crochet was also in my stack and has some pretty ideas but nothing really jumped off the page at me.
We're looking forward to a nice quiet week ahead after a very busy period and before a new one begins. I'm definitely ready to establish a new routine and rhythm to my days now that there is the extra light and a few tasks that had been consuming time are out of the way.
Wishing you a wonderful week!