What's On?

1) On the hook.
Ravilious blanket progress

I began by making small granny squares in solid colours. I made one in each colour.

I played around with them for a while but they didn't really work for me.
I decided to make big granny squares instead using each of my sixteen colours.

I like the way a granny square allows you blend the colours.
Once I'd finished this one I reversed the colour order and made another.
Then I used my stack of little squares to determine the order of the next pair of squares.

I'm very pleased with the way they are turning out.

2) On the box.
The prospect of a new series of Lewis starting tomorrow is making me very happy.
 I love Lewis even more than I loved Morse. I especially like spotting actors in episodes of Lewis who were also in episodes of Morse. I continually and annoyingly point this out to Charlie, 'He was in a Morse, and she was'.
Why doesn't Lewis notice? 
The best thing about Lewis is his sidekick Hathaway. The fabulous Laurence Fox is just wonderful in this role and his character perfectly complements that of Lewis, just as Lewis complemented Morse.
 In tomorrow's episode we have the marvellous mellifluous voiced Juliet Stevenson to look forward to. She hasn't been in a Morse so maybe Charlie will be spared.

3) On the hips

Nigella's blondies (from Kitchen) made blonder by using white choc chips instead of plain ones.

Sausage and bean stew spiced with ground cloves and cayenne. Brilliant one-pot meal.

Keema curry - a family favourite and another great one-pot meal. Minced lamb (beef is just as nice), a carton of passata, cubes of potato, peas and curry spices. .

Rhubarb and ginger crumble (chunks of crystallized ginger added to the fruit.)


  1. Hi Sue
    My rhubarb crumble is in the oven right now!!

  2. Goodness me, you have been very busy. The food looks delicious. Thank you for telling me about 'Lewis' I love that programme too. I occasionally see Kevin Whatley in my local Waitrose.

  3. I am looking forward to Lewis as well - if I can bag a tv to watch it on. It is not the detective programme of choice of the majority here - they prefer Midsomer Murders....hence when Lewis comes on, I have to battle it out against whatever they are watching....not fair, as the kids would say!

  4. I was given a large bundle of rhubarb today from an oragnic garden and I've made Nigella's rhubarb schnappes and Nigella's rhubarb tart! As long as Nigella absorbes the calories and hangover I'll be fine!!!!
    Love Tickety-boo

  5. I agree with you about Lewis, I prefer it to Morse. Love the blanket.
    We have Rhubabr Crumble tomorrow!
    Julie xxxxxx

  6. I love all your grannies even the solids! Yumm - more scrummy food. Rhubarb crumble is my fave. xx

  7. Pati from London9:06 pm BST

    WOW! You've made very quick progress on your blankie and it's looking cozy! I love one pot meals too, they are so yummy and quick to make. I wish my kids loved rhubarb, though!... they don't like it at all and therefore I hardly ever buy it :-(
    I followed your instructions to make marmalade the other day and it turned out to be really yummy. Will definitely make more in the future! Enjoy Lewis tomorrow! Pati x

  8. Anonymous9:38 pm BST

    I do like the way your granny squares are turning out, they look great.
    Today I discovered a rhubarb plant I didn't know we had, so that'll be on the menu soon, too!

  9. We love Lewis and Saturday night is re-runs of the first series night. I love Hathaway he's so drool and I love that he defiantly smokes, what a great combination they are. So a new series, if you get it soon, then we should get it by the end of the year. fingers-crossed then.

  10. Someone has been busy!!! The grannies are gorgeous xx

  11. What a deleicious weekend you're having. Looking forward to seeing your blanket in all it's subtle glory.

    Absolutely can't wait for the return of Lewis. Hathaway=swoon.

  12. Hi Sue , love your granny squares, those colours are gorgeous :0)
    Jacquie x

  13. It all looks fab, and you make me laugh.

    Love the way the crochet is going. It would be great as stipes, but it's hassle - big squares in the round are fast and i like that, easy rewards. Must post some of my bits, sometime.........

    BTW am I commenting better now, Sue?

  14. I am really looking forward to Lewis too! At last, a bit of good TV! Cx

  15. This is a post of my dreams Sue, gorgeous crochet and wonderful food. Big happy sigh.
    Anne xx

  16. This is a post of my dreams Sue, gorgeous crochet and wonderful food. Big happy sigh.
    Anne xx

  17. Your crochet granny's look beautiful and that crumble to die for xox Enjoy!

  18. Gorgeous colours of your squares. I was thinking about making bigger ones too, you feel like you're getting on a bit quicker with them I think.
    We'll be waiting a while for Lewis I reckon, we love Hathaway too.
    As for that food - it's breakfast time here but I'm feeling decidedly hungry for curry!
    Enjoy your Sunday
    Sandra x

  19. I love Lewis too, we have re-runs of Morse at the moment and I just can't get into it. I do like Midsommer Murders but not sure when it is on. I am left in peace to watch as my kids are older and off doing what they do. I made rhubarb and apple crumble the other day, was delicious.
    Granny's are lovely too. Hope your weather is getting warmer and sunnier.
    x Sandi

  20. How funny, I made blondies this week and I burnt the top! Yours look so much better!
    On a positive note I made a rhubarb orange and almond torte which was/is yummy!
    As for Lewis, yes I am very fond of Hathaway but I am still firmly in love with Morse and I suspect I always will be. I adored the original episodes with the golden light and dreamy spires.....
    Whoops, I am rambling!

    Sarah x

  21. Everything in this post looks delicious and that includes the gorgeous crochet!


  22. Yum, yum, yum. It's going to be curry and rice in our house tonight. Bean and sausage hotpot is one of my favourites, as is rhubarb crumble. I've just had lunch but reading this has made my mouth water.
    Those big granny squares are beautiful.

  23. Hope you've not got anything on today (ie that you're being spoilt and waited on hand and foot, not that you're running round QuinceTowers naked).

    Have a good Mothering Sunday, Ax

  24. the food looks lush and so does the crocheting

  25. I love kheema. Never put potato in it though. You learn something new every day.

  26. Yum Yum! Sue you clever thing.
    The granny squares look brilliant!

    Love Carole from Rossendale xxx

  27. Anonymous6:42 pm BST

    I *heart* Inspector Lewis! Here in the US I have to get them at my public library. Sometimes they show them on PBS on sunday. I've watched all that my library has and also just recently finished watching all they had of the Blue Murder with Caroline Quentin. but i think my favorites are the Midsummer Murder.

  28. I crocheted a heap of squares during Lewis last week, looking forward to tomorrow's episode. Sometimes I feel a lot older than 24, in a good way! :)

    What size crochet hook do you use for the rowan pure wool dk? I want to make a multicolour blanket for the reading chair in my office so it needs to be fairly chunky but also quite tight so it doesn't stretch.


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