Friday, May 25, 2018


The oranges on the little tree on the front lawn are ripening rapidly.
Time to make marmalade. I don't have a really big pot for jam making, so I had to 'make a plan'. I cooked the peel until it was soft, then drained it, added sugar to the liquid, and cooked that to jell point.

 I used a digital thermometer, a first for me. Since the recipe seemed to have a few inaccuracies, I checked online that it was right about the temperature for jell point - everyone said 105 degrees Celsius, so I aimed for that. Then I mixed the two and bottled it. I finished up with 3 and a half jars. I reused jars that  originally had pepperdews in them, if anyone is wondering why it says 'hot' on the label!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Starting Over

On Tuesday afternoon I showed my crochet and beaded knitting to the competition fundi(expert). She says the pattern I'm using for a crochet top will work, but I'll have to add beads and ribbon to make sure it qualifies as 'evening wear'. Right. I decided to start over, mainly because I realised that my crochet is smaller than the pattern, so I will need to make adjustments. I'm going to use an existing top as a template. I'm doing 10 repeats on the front panel instead of 8. I've made the central 'ladder' bigger to make it easier to thread a ribbon through it. Let's hope I"m on the right path now and this is the real deal!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


Well, my demonstration of beaded crochet yesterday was not really a success. The lady who had asked me to do it wasn't there and I lost the others early on by being over complicated. Ah well, there are a few more people in the world who know what a beaded crochet rope is.

Some knitting instead. I saw this pattern on Pinterest and I had to try it. The pattern calls it a dishcloth, but I'm sure it could be used as a pot holder or mandala or something.
The pattern said 7 repeats, but when I'd done 7, my circle was not complete, so I had to do some more. That may be because I left the 'holes' caused by turning for short rows as a decorative feature.

I used 4-ply cotton for this. I bought it thinking that it was double knit. I still haven't learnt that in the low cost yarn shop I need to check the label of every single ball, because the different thicknesses are muddled on the shelves. I do like the colour and of course I can always find a use for a ball of yarn, whatever its thickness.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

All Set

I hope I'm all set to demonstrated how to crochet beaded rope this afternoon. I've chosen a pattern that is easy but interesting, with a repeat that is not too long. I've worked several repeats and threaded some more beads. I scribbled myself a few notes to guide me, but I'll see how it goes and where ( if any!) the audience interest lies.

Monday, May 21, 2018


I made a couple of  bright bracelets to add to my stock of beaded crochet bangles. In this stocking up exercise, I've stuck to patterns that I've used before. Sometimes patterns don't work up as well in practice as they looked on paper. I'll do a couple of repeats and then decide I don't like them and abandon them. But I didn't have time for that, so I used patterns I knew would be successful.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

A Couple More

I've made a couple more beaded crochet bracelets. The one on the right is 5 beads in circumference, the other one 8. The 5-beader works up very quickly, but the 8-bead is more substantial.

Friday, May 18, 2018


I'm going to demonstrate how to make beaded crochet ropes on Tuesday. I've given away most of my beaded crochet bracelets, so I thought I'd better make a few before Tuesday. I've threaded beads for a third one: