Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Testing, testing 1,2,3


Testing fibres is important to me, I sample lots of my blends, this picture is of some of my pick n mix batts spun and knitted.
Each ply is made of one of the different colour batts, when you knit with it you get a tweedy type fabric.
All the colours above were made with variations of just 6 batts, each is a blend of Merino, Shetland and nylon for strength. If you knit it up at the sort of tension I have then you would get great socks, but you could do lot's more than that as it's still a relatively soft blend.

If you can't decide what colours you like I've put some ideas as the last photos of the listings, or I'm more than happy to take photos of 3 colours you have in mind.
You can buy pick n mix batts by clicking on the link to the right.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Making Monday- Mojitos

This post will be sadly lacking in pictures, for which I apologise, but we drunk the drinks I made last night before I remembered to get the camera out...oops!

I love a nice cocktail, living in rural mid-Wales my opportunities for cocktails are rather slim unless I make them myself. At this time of year nothing beats a mojito, minty, limey, refreshing, and made out of ingredients that aren't that hard to keep around the house.

To make 2 large tall glasses you need-

A handful of mint leaves
2 Limes
Some white rum
Soda Water

I start by grinding up the mint leaves in a pestle and mortar with 2 teaspoons of sugar (I don't like it too sweet, feel free to add more sugar). When the the leaves and sugar have formed a paste divide the paste between the 2 glasses, squeeze a lime in to each glass, add a slug of rum, 6 ice cubes, top up with soda water and give a good stir.

Not quite as good as the ones in a cocktail bar, but quite close, and definitely cheaper!