you may see several pretty fabrics. Suddenly you remember* that there is a big empty space on your dining room table and you have to make a table runner for it.
This was so much fun to make! The front (including the border) is a panel and I quilted around the squares to make it look more like a pieced quilt. For the back they had several fabric options, but I chose the striped fabric from the border, because – as you know – I love stripes. To give the table runner a little loft and make it heavier I used white flannel as batting, which worked really well. For the binding I applied this speedy method.
All in all it was very quick: I bought and washed the fabric one day and finished the quilt the following evening.
*I don’t want to mention names here, but somebody ruined the other table runner, by blowing out the candles so forcefully that red candle wax splattered all over it and it was not me! ( But I did drop the coffee mug.)
I have decided to celebrate Christmas in January and it seems I am not alone.That is why I can sit back totally relaxed and knit a sock just for myself.
The yarn is my own hand dyed in Salsa and the pattern is the Lacy Ribs Socks ( Ravelry Link) from Socks From the Toe Up. It is fun to knit, but I can’t tell you how many times I forgot a yarn-over at the end of the lace pattern.
So who am I kidding? I am so behind with my Christmas stuff that I am close to panic. I better get back to work! I hope you are doing better than me.
But it does feel good to take a break once in a while and knit a bit. Just don’t tell anyone who is expecting a gift from me this year. OK?
Published December 11, 2009
Baking , Recipes
Tags: Irish soda bread, recipe
I made 2 of these last night and there is something about Irish Soda Bread I find quite irresistible. It is quick and easy to make and tastes heavenly with a bit of butter and jam.
Ingredients for 2 small loaves:
3 1/4 cup flour
2 cups ground oat flakes
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups and 4 Tbsp buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 475F. Use a baking stone if you have one and add a roasting pan to the bottom of the oven to make some steam later.
Ground the oat flakes in a blender until you have a mixture of oat flour and oat flakes. It takes just a few seconds. Blend all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and add the buttermilk. Stir until the dough comes together. Divide the dough into two, shape them into a ball, flatten them and push a dough scraper or a knife 2/3 down into the dough to shape a cross.
Bring a cup of water to boil. Slide the 2 loaves onto the hot baking stone using some semolina or cornmeal to prevent it from sticking. ( I prefer semolina because it does not add a different flavour.) Pour the boiling water into the pan on the bottom of your oven and shut the oven door quickly.
Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 450F and bake for another 15 minutes.