Sunday, January 27, 2008

Blanket love

I have been thinking about blankets, quilts, afghans, throws, shawls, pashminas,wraps, in fact anything that can be wrapped around a loved one, or to cover them in bed, or to wrap them up in warmth and comfort whilst having a sickie on the couch.
For me personally, I find this to be an ultimate expression of love for that other person. To make them them a shawl , afghan, wrap (any of the above) and to see it giving warmth and comfort brings such delight and satisfaction. Nurturing !

Talking about nurturing make me think about Joan ( Ian's Mum)
My mother-in-law didn't sew, knit, crochet, spin or do any of those handcrafts that other rural women , raising a family in the fifties, and sixties did.

She grew up being fostered by a relative who didn't make time to show her those skills. Instead she showed her love by enveloping everyone that came to her door with wonderful hospitality, and marvellous meals, and a sweet graciousness.
She was a wonderful teacher to me in the early days of my marriage. This cake was a firm favorite of ours when our men were out in the paddocks haymaking.

Pineapple Christmas Cake
1.5 kg mixed fruit
450g crushed pineapple
3 cups flour
1tsp.cinnamon and mixed spice
225g butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp.each of vanilla, almond and lemon essence
6 large eggs

Place mixed fruit and pinapple in a large bowl and leave overnight in a warm place.
Mix spices with flour. Cream butter sugar and essences then beat in eggs one at a time, adding about two tbsps of spiced flour with each egg.Toss tog. the prepared fruit and the remaining spiced flour in a large bowl. Stir in creamed mixture. Put mixture into a paper lined 23 cm cake tin and bake at 150c for 1 1/2 hours then 130c for approx.2 hrs.

I am loving every minute spent making the ripple afghan and am already thinking about the next crocheted project..uuum yes another blanket. I might have a go at this one, the Babette Blanket in the Interweave Crochet mag 2006

Of course I should finish this woven blanket for Alexander , although as it is his birthday on 1st April, I still have plenty of time. It has been a little too hot to sit at my loom for very long.


Suzan said...

A warm and lovely thought!

Anonymous said...

alexander's loom made blanket is just stunning - keep up the amazing work.
Kate/ fossage

caireen said...

loving both those crocheted wraps - would love to do something like that one day! Cx

Tamsin said...

love the op shop finds. Photos of the loom are great and the afghan looks a wonderful next project.

pebbledash said...

That ripple blanket is so beautiful, love the colours. Will try that recipe sometime, too! Dx