Wednesday, 22 September 2010

A Closer Look at Tweed

A Closer Look at Tweed
Have been knitting with lots of lovely vibrant colours of tweed yarn recently. Here's a selection of tweed in various forms from flickr favourites.

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Plum and White Chocolate Tray Bake

Plum and White Chocolate Tray Bake
Any recipe with white chocolate in the list of ingredients usually catches my eye. I thought I'd give this one a try, it's in the September 2010 edition of Country Homes and Interiors magazine.

75g butter
200g white chocolate
125g light muscavado sugar
3 medium eggs
175g self raising flour
250g ricotta cheese
65g castor sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
300g plums stoned and cut into wedges

1. Preheat the oven to 190 c/375 f/ gas 5. Grease and line the base and sides of a shallow baking tin measuring about 28cm x 20cm. Break the white chocolate into pieces and melt with the butter.

2. In a separate bowl, beat together the muscavado sugar, whole eggs and flour to make a paste. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Spread into the prepared tin.

3. Beat the ricotta with the castor sugar, egg yolk and vanilla extract and spoon over the top of the chocolate mixture . Use the end of a round bladed knife to lightly marble the two mixtures together. Bake for 20 minutes.

4. Scatter the plums over the top and bake for a further 25 minutes until set in the centre. Leave to cool in the tin before cutting cutting into squares and serving.

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Weekend Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

These cable fingerless gloves are knitted flat on straight needles and can be knitted over a weekend. Made in two sections and then sewn together. Make longer for arm warmers or keep short for hand warmers. The stitches used are knit and purl.
Download available to purchase from Ravelry.

This pattern prints out over 10 pages including the instructions for the cable stitch.

You will need
x1 pair 6.5 mm needles
x1 cable needle ( or spare double point needle)
Blunt tapestry needle for sewing

Hand Warmers
Fits small to medium women's hand
Size - 7" x 3.5" (18cm x 9cm)
Arm Warmers
Fit small to medium women's hand/arm
Size - approx.13" (33cm) long
Will fit approx. 7.5" (19 cm) circumference around knuckles.