Thursday, 29 October 2015


I really had that I want to bake feeling today as well as some afternoon carb cravings. I did consider making pancakes which was closely followed by a wash of guilt that I shouldn't be eating breakfast food after 10am on a weekday. Scones were the perfect choice and perfect afternoon tea bake!

I've tried a few different recipes for scones but I think this is the best so far. They are quick and easy, especially if you use a food processor to cut the butter into the flour. I was actually surprised how well they turned out. I thought to myself as I was squashing down the dough that I may have over mixed it but I was pleasantly proven wrong when they emerged from the oven.

Friday, 16 October 2015

The Crochet Daffy

I love to crochet little bits and bobs and crochet appliqué, including flowers, is the perfect thing to make when you have a little time to fill or you can't quite be bothered to take on a mammoth blanket. 

Here is the pattern for the Crochet Daffodil that I used on an apron as part of the floral bouquet. It's a little confusing so have patience and practice! I used yellow yarn for a traditional flower, but feel free to use any colour you like.

I have written the pattern in US terms, I used a 3.5mm hook. Choose appropriate hook according of weight of yarn.


CH - chain
SC - single crochet
DC - double Crochet
TR - Treble crochet
SL ST - slip stitch

Round 1: CH 2

Round 2: In 2nd CH from hook work 6 SC.

Round 3: CH 3 (counts as first DC of round); working in back loop only of each ST, (2 DC in next SC, DC in next SC) twice, 2 DC in last SC; join in top of beg CH-3. (9 DC total) Finish off.

Round 4: Join yarn with SL ST in any unused loop of round 1. CH 1, 2 SC in same loop; work 2 SC in each remaining loop around. Join with SL ST in beg SC. (12 SC total)

Round 5: CH 4; work (2 TR, CH 4, SL ST) in same stitch as joining, SL ST in next SC; *in next SC work (SL ST, CH 4, 2 TR, CH 4, Sl ST), SL ST in next SC; repeat from * around. Join. (6 petals made) Finish off; weave in yarn ends.