November Posy











Spoilt for choice. I picked orange leaves, red hips and berries, black seed pods, purple sedum and rosebuds of peaches and cream. Also a quantity hitch-hiking creepy crawlies.



Tom's hat is finished. A lovely pattern to knit although I haven't done the ribbing very well and one half of my stocking stitches are vertical -why? I think it is too big but Tom seems to love it and has been wearing it constantly including at the dinner table. He says his friends think it is cool which is cool.



And the Christmas cake is made. Mary Berry's classic rich Christmas cake recipe from her Ultimate Cake Book. It's a piece of cake to make, just mix everything together and bake.

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  1. ALL of your posy's look lovely Sue. I just bought all of the christmas cake ingredients I needed today, so baking is on the cards for over the weekend. I bet that your house smells lovely with all the cakey bakey flowery aromas!! xx

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  2. Gorgeous posies (and postcards), just cut some rosehips myself. That hat IS cool, whichever way the stitches go.......and love your fab mud wrap - and the way the yarn subtly changes colour, it appears a different shade of mud in every photo. Many thanks for the link to the Simple Collection (have become completely impassioned with knitting since the summer), it's a great website.
    Niki

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  3. Such beautiful photos and I like the sound of the Christmas cake recipe, so much easier than all that creaming ( and hoping it doesn't curdle!).

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  4. I found a shield bug wandering in the egg bowl yesterday. I love the posies, particularly the tumbling and scattered berries and hips. Happy weekend to you, Ax

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  5. That's it - I'm going to make that cake this year, you've made me excited!

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  6. You just have to tell everyone that the stitches are supposed to go that way. They'll never know.

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  7. I do like the tiny flashes of blue in amongst the mud. I hadn't picked that up in the wrap photos.

    Love the hips and seedpods.

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  8. I have the very same little brown jug, except mine is smaller I think. I live bringing hips into the house, but find them devilishly difficult to plonk in a vessel, because they are so top heavy. They keep hurling themselves back out again.

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  9. too big handknit hats are cool in this house too. also at the dinner table. until you lose them on a scouting adventure that is............

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  10. Beautiful images Sue.

    Everyone knows that a big hat is much warmer than a tight one!

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  11. The stitches sitting that way is just down to the twist on the yarn - nothing to do with your knitting, don't worry!

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  12. Beautiful photographs. I have been reading your blog for a while, and have made a few recipes all yummy! I wanted to tell you, as you have made your Christmas cake, that I made Delias last year and hubby now tells me it was too moist (!!) the one I made before was too dry, and so we have settled on your family fruit cake with lots of brandy added as it's now a family favourite!

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  13. Scrummy flower photos, Sue. Your garden is still producing an amazing amount of colour! Mine has produced nothing but fallen leaves since September. x

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  14. Sue, your posts are such fun to visit! I love the late season's roses, the light in all the flower photos, that really grand knitted hat that well deserves its "place at the table," and...of course, the cake is rather fabulous. I do know that it's going to be very fabulous when its time arrives...gosh, can that time be so near now?

    I'd have to have a close look at The Hat to figure out why it's got the vertical stockinette stripe, but ...that bit is great, so I'd only want to figure it out so that you could incorporate it into The Next Hat.

    xo

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  15. Groan... haven't even thought about the Christmas cake......

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  16. Maybe your cast isn't 'strong' enough for ribbing? Long tail cast on is perfect for hats & socks; if you've not tried it yet, it's great. There are a heap of tutorials on youtube of course. Thank you for the beautiful pics of your flowers!

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  17. Lovely pictures. And I think it's wonderful that the youngsters of today are actually appreciating, no ... loving, hand knits.

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  18. beautiful photographs! I made our Christmas cake last week, I do love the run up to Christmas!

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  19. I too think it's great when one's handiwork is appreciated by the kids, be it cooking, knitting or whatever. That hat is one I must make. I made slouch hats for son & girlfriend last year and they too wore them ALL the time. Only problem was I used 100% merino wool which is lovely but stretches and stretches and eventually goes out of shape and is also impossible for kids to wash. So will have to use something a bit more (slightly) synthetic.

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    1. Oh no, I think my yarn was merino. Oops.

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