A strange title for a post I know, but when I was looking back over the weekend I realised that rather bizarrely my weekend had quite a few goings on all beginning with B...
Firstly , and sooooooooo excitingly, the venue for Meg and Adams wedding has been Booked !
It is the most beautiful converted barn, tucked away just outside Bath and being totally set up with weddings in mind it offers every single thing that will be needed on the big day.
So, let the planning begin !
Next, a bit of Blocking.
This was a new one on me as although I have crochet blocked before this time it was for the knitted wrap that I have just finished and the pattern advised using blocking wires.
Having not heard of these before a quick Google later and I had found a set on Amazon.
The first step was to soak the garment in water for about 15 minutes.
This kind of went against the grain a bit but I ploughed on and kept fingers
tightly crossed that it wasn't going to shrink.
When soaked its more a matter of squeezing gently to get rid of the surplus water rather than
wringing, so as to avoid pulling it out of shape.
This done it then needed to be laid out in shape on a towel and gently rolled.
Quite hard to demonstrate gentle squeezing with one hand whilst taking a photo with the other,
but you get the general idea.
And then for the wires.... so impressive and so clever, you simply feed the wires all around the edge of the garment, shaping as required and then pin the wires, rather than the wrap, to hold it in place. In the kit there are different length wires to make life a little easier.
And then it's all about being patient and waiting a couple of days for it to gently air dry.
So, we shall see what happens. Photo's to follow....
The next B was Breakfast at the lovely Merkins Farm Cafe on Sunday morning. They have recently added a new room, all in the theme of a vintage caravan called Bertha ... its gorgeous !
Home for a bit more hibernating in this 'lovely' spring weather we're having, and some comfort Baking.
Now, I can't honestly claim that things all went swimmingly here
because what should have been sultana fairy cakes turned out to look like scones in paper cake cases.
Lovely hubby walked in at this point;
" What's scone wrong here then ?" he says
" Ha Ha " I said.
But that said they tasted very scrummy and I figured once sprinkled with icing sugar,
arranged on a plate and placed in front of some lovely daffodils no-one would ever know !
Weekend nearly over there was just time to start a new knitting project...
Bobbly wrap Mark 2,
again from the wonderful Juju's Loops book.
I am using a new wool that I haven't worked with before, and I have to say I am loving it.
Its Millamia Merino in a Sportsweight, which if I'm right is somewhere between a 4 ply and a DK.
Its such a lovely yarn to work with and because the wrap is made with a chunky wool I am using 3 strands together to get the right tension.
And there you have it .... a weekend of B's.
Maybe next weekend I could try c's...
Any suggestions ?