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Recipe - Bramble Berry Vodka

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This hot weather has been doing crazy things to our berry patch at the kitchen garden.  We have so many berries ready for picking and many more ripening on the bushes.  Little T has been really enjoying picking them and enjoying the berry crumbles even more.  A couple of years ago I made some blackberry vodka and it was delicious, so I thought I might have a go at a mixed berry version.  He's how I made it... Bramble Berry Vodka You will need... A few handfuls of berries (we used blackberries and the mystery berries, you can read about them here ) Sugar to taste (around 150 g) Vodka (the cheap kind is fine) A large jar First give the berries a good wash... ...then add them to your jar... ...tip in the sugar... ...and cover with vodka.   Give the jar a good shake and leave in a cool dark place for a few weeks shaking every day until the sugar is dissolved. When your vodka is ready it will be look all gorgeous and b

Pattern Testing - Granny Square Summer Bonnet

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Hello everyone!  I have a new pattern ready for testing.  It is a cute granny square baby bonnet perfect for keeping little ones cool in this hot weather we are having.  This is the first of 3 sun hat patterns and will be released as part of an e-book.  Granny Square Summer Bonnet If you would like to take part in testing this adorable pixie style sun hat, head on over to  The Testing Pool  on Ravelry where the test will be taking place.  You need not be an experienced tester or crocheter.  This pattern is suitable for beginners and I will be available to help all the way through the process. Enjoy the sunshine! Catherine x

Pattern Testing - Gingham and Daisies Baby Blanket

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Hello everyone, I have a new pattern ready for testing.  It is a cute baby blanket featuring a lovely gingham pattern dotted with daisies.  What new baby wouldn't look gorgeous wrapped up in this?   If you would be interested in helping to test this blanket you can sign up  here  on my Facebook page or head on over to  The Testing Pool  on Ravelry.  All testers will receive a free pattern chosen from my store as compensation.  You don't need to be an experienced tester as long as you have some crochet experience I can help you with anything else you need to know... Look forward to hearing from you Catherine x This pattern can be found in my Etsy Store...

Lullaby Lodge Kitchen Garden - June

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With this gorgeous weather we have been having recently, things seem to be finally taking off at the allotment.  What with the really cold winter and late start to spring and also the pesky birds and slugs, we haven't had much growing this year so far.  We have had a few strawberries but everything else has been playing catch up...  Even though we have not had any great harvest, it is lovely just to sit in the kitchen garden and enjoy the sunshine.  Living in a small flat really makes me appreciate the space we have at our allotment. Last year (our first year of growing) was a constant battle with the weeds.  One which I cannot say we won...  So this year we are trying things a little differently and keeping the majority of the ground covered in black plastic.  We have a lot of perennial weeds to tend with including bindweed and nettles.  Also the previous tenant was growing horseradish which has spread over most of the plot.  It puts out really deep tap roots and is impossibl

Crochet Bobble Edging Free Pattern & Video Tutorial, How to Add a Bobble Border...

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Making blankets is one of my favourite pastimes, especially baby blankets.  My favourite part is adding the crochet border , then you know that all your hard work is nearly over and and a finished item that may be cherished is almost here. It sometimes takes me longer to decide what to do for the edging than it does to choose the yarn.  Do any of you also spend hours deliberating?  If you are looking for a border that is both perfectly pretty and super simple, then this is the pattern for you.   This pattern is ideal for those blankets where you don't want anything too girly but still want something interesting.  No matter if you are an experienced crocheter or a beginner I will provide you with everything you need and a free pattern , to crochet a bobble border . Buy the PDF!  (this will be available soon...) An ad free pdf version of this pattern is available in my online stores... Free Crochet Bobble Border Pattern The Cute Bobble Edging can add a decorative touch and lots o

Pattern Testing - Knitted One Ball Shawl

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Hello lovely people!  This is just a quick post to share with you a new pattern that I have been working on.  It is designed for beginner knitters and uses the popular yarn cakes which come in a variety of gorgeous colours.  The shawl is knitted in garter stitch making is very easy for newbie knitters.  It features an asymmetric shape with cute sewn in tassels and a shawlette style.  A larger shawl may be maid simply by using 2 balls instead of 1.  The shawl can be worn in many different ways, around the shoulders or as a cowl.  Caron Cakes is recommended for this project, however any similar yarn may be substituted... The pattern is currently undergoing testing over on my Facebook page and if you are interested, I have space for a couple more testers.  Testing is very easy, you simply follow the pattern and report back with your views on ease of understanding, clarity etc and check for any mistakes.  As compensation for all your hard work you will be gifted a finished copy

How to add a simple shell border to a granny square baby blanket - Crochet Tutorial

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A pretty shell border is the perfect way to finish off a crochet project.  You can use it to edge a blanket, a hat or even the cuff of a sleeve... Simple Shell Edging Abbreviations US Terms dc - double crochet sc - single crochet sl st - slip stitch ch - chain sp - space Adding your border to a granny square... Starting on any odd numbered round, join your yarn with a sc, 3 spaces to the right of any corner, then work 7 dc into the next sp... ...and sc in the next sp. Now working into the corner sp.  Into this and every corner make 9 dc... ...and then a sc into the next sp. Continue in this fashion around your granny square until you get back to the beginning.  Join with a sl st to you starting sc. A row of simple shells makes a great edging for a baby blanket... ...and I'm sure you can thing of many other uses for this pretty stitch. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. See you soon Cat