Friday, 18 November 2011

This Week..........

I've been turning this ball of chunky yarn........

Into soft snugly rows .........

I picked up this odd ball from the £1 bin outside my LYS in the summer. It didn't have a label so I don't know what the fibre is but as soon as I touched it I knew it would be lovely and cozy worn around the neck so it's now a cowl .Really quick and simple to make, just rows of U.S. double crochet. I made it quite long so you can loop it twice around your neck for added warmth and I'm really pleased with how it turned out :0)..........

I've also been doing some baking with the boys. Last year I made my own mincemeat for the first time, and it was so easy I decided to make some  this year. I used this recipe again.
I think I love the smells that fill your house when you make this as much as the finished product. Orange,Nutmeg, Apple, Cinnamon, Lemon , mixed spice .....together they are so Christmassy and gorgeous .
 I'm sure it won't last long as the whole family love mince pies and homemade ones, still warm from the oven, are divine..........

Fresh indoor flowers have also made a very welcome comeback this week.  At this time of year when the garden is looking dull and the days can be dark I feel the need for some indoor floral goodness and some candles to cheer me up.......

I LOVE these simple white  chrysanths with yellow and green centres............

The days are getting so short on our side of the world..........this picture was taken at three thirty wasn't quite as dark as this photo taken into the sun suggests but you can see how low the hazy sun is. By four thirty it is dark.

So to cheer up the long evenings I've been making this......

To use with this.........

I also added these..........

Inspired by this post I decided I needed some crochet and candle cozyness of my own. This is what I ended up with..........

Yay, another quick make that made me smile this week ...........

You can find a tutorial for a similar cover HERE.

Have a great weekend

Jacquie x


  1. Lovely cowl and cover for your candle, the beads really add a special effect with the candle.
    Have a great weekend,

  2. Such a beautiful cowl. I've been meaning to make one for an age - thanks for reminding me!

  3. A pound for such a cute snuggly cowl? Bargain! x

  4. I have some chunky yarn that I wasn't sure what to do with. The cowl is a great idea. I like that you are doing something to keep the shorter days from getting you down. Enjoying all your pictures!

  5. The yarn looks like Marble Chunky from James c Brett. I love the candle jar cover!

  6. Ooooh, so many lovely things to look at! My mouth is watering at the sight of your gorgeous mincemeat, and the cowl is fab! The beaded crochet is absolutely lovely, I'm off to find out more. Thank you so much for sharing, and for the recipe too. Christmas is coming...yippee! :)

  7. Oh yummy scrummy....what a delicious post!

    I ADORE that cowl. A beautiful shade, and it looks so snuggly!

    The only there were smelly-vision!

    Love the votive too! I used the naturenotes tutorial a couple of weeks ago and went a bit crazy! I don't have any spare jam jars left, but they are quite addictive. I love the addition of beads, what a fab idea!

    Have a super weekend!

    Vanessa xxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. wow! i Love the candle lantern! So creative!

  9. Gorgeous things as always! I really like the candle cover, the beads are perfect.

  10. Oh Jacquie, your candle jar is just beautiful! And I do love your cool evening photo.
    Jane x

  11. Oh I've bookmarked the mincemeat recipe :) Love the little jar cover too - wonder if my skills could cope with that yet??

  12. I LOVE mincemeat... I'm going to give your recipe a try this holiday...

    What a great candle cover... wonderful idea!

  13. The cowl is very cuddly looking and a great colour. I love the addition of beads to your jar cover - very pretty.

  14. The cowl looks really snugly.
    Thanks for the mincemeat recipe, will give that a try

  15. That cowl's great - I never knew they were so simple to make! And I love the candle cover - must have a go at crocheting one for myself:)

  16. Your cowl is lovely. Great candle galss too

  17. I love your cowel, I made myself a few last winter just because I love warm cuddly winter things. Unfortunately, here in Southern California we don't have much need for them. Even so, I take advantage of the few cold winter days that we get to wear them.

    The candle idea is very pretty, I saw similar ones in a magazine this last summer, never did get around to making them. Maybe I'll whip up some in Cristmas colors to decorafirths the holidays.

    Have a great weekend!!!!

  18. Oops, please forgive the spelling, (above) what I meant to say was, " decorate for the holidays". Oh well, I guess it's the Friday thing. Teehee. ;)

  19. What a lovely make! You've inspired me. Would also make a lovely gift! Jxo

  20. What a pretty candle-cover. And your cowl, it looks so nice, and soft and warm and cosy. I've been making some cowls myself recently,as can be seen at and they do come at hand in our cold Dutch autumn!

  21. Yummy cowl, i just love them at this time of year!!!
    The jar cover is stunning, one of the nicest i've seen, really lovely.
    Have a sweet weekend Karen x

  22. Home made mince pies, may have to indulge, yumm. Your cowl is , I almost need one today, it has been raining all this morning and getting colder. The jar cover is so pretty, think I will have to make one.
    x Sandi

  23. I am a self admitted cowl FRRRRREAK! I have made SO many...and I like each one better than the one before it and I don't want to give ANY OF THEM away! I love yours! It LOOKS soft and wonderful! And the candle is beautiful! Hugs, Annette

  24. Oh, so beautiful! I can see a row of those on a mantle, perfect for the holidays. Thank you for the inspiration! :)

  25. What a lovely warm post. Im loving the candle cover that looks beautiful and so fine. loving your cowl to you are so quick at crochet. I have never made mincemeat but that looks and sounds lovely. I am making my xmas cake today finely. Have a lovely weekend, dee xx

  26. All very beautiful Jacqui, you have been busy with all your lovely crochet. I am loving burning candles and having fairy light on at this time of year xox

  27. Your crochet is so lovely, your whole post made me feel warm and snuggly. Have a lovely weekend. x

  28. I love your trim, is really delicate. I like the cowl too, but I'm a scarf girl. Your crochet is always so inspiring, thank you!

  29. Mmmm yummm... I missed mincemeat so much and could not to find a good receipe but now thanks to you. Delia is generally good and I am sure this recipe is good too. Thanks.
    I was lived in Cambridge and your photos memorised me there...

  30. The cowl looks so cosy, and the candle holder is gorgeous.
    The bunnies seem very interested in what you were going to make!

  31. Hey Jacquie, love the little candle jar cover, looks so sweet with the beads added to it.

    Your cowl looks perfect for the coming season, I'm sure it will get plenty of use and do the job beautifully...........

    Aren't those Chrysanths stunning. the lemon and lime green centre......gorgeous.

    Home made mince pies, ooh, now I'm feeling peckish, but I have just finished my bowl of brekky cereal...........oh well.

    Have a great week,

    Claire :}

  32. The cowl is beautiful, I would love to try it! Just wondering what size needle you used?


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