Emma at Silverpebble has rekindled her Making Winter bloghop/hashtag affair. It's a brilliant way to combat the winter blues if you suffer from them or, if like me you positively revel in fallen leaves, dark evenings and gloom it's a great way to enhance the winter experience.
My first contribution to Making Winter is this shawl. It came off the needles a few weeks ago and I finally got round to sewing in the ends and half-heartedly blocking it yesterday. It's not quite the 'quantum physics-like lace shawl' Emma may have been thinking of but it's perfect for wrapping around my shoulders first thing in the morning whilst waiting for the radiators to fire up.
The pattern is called Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West and was really, really easy. The details are here. The colour has not photographed well, it is a much warmer green than it appears here. I'd love to make it again in a multicoloured yarn.
My second contribution is a cake. Of course. I love to make gingerbread around Bonfire Night. Sticky and warm with spices it's perfect with a cup of tea on a late autumn afternoon. I made this one today but I'm not going to cut it until tomorrow when it will have developed its flavour a bit and become stickier.
The recipe can be found here . It's basically a halved version of this one made in a loaf tin. I thought it would be prudent to make a smaller cake seeing as I will probably eat most of it.