Long distance biscuit…..

Baking on what is probably going to be the second hottest day of the year after yesterday, is probably not the best plan but it seemed like a good idea at the time!  I’m rather fond of Nigella’s feel good food because ‘it does what it says on the tin’ so to speak.  ‘Simply Nigella’, available as they say, from all good bookshops, came to me as a Christmas prezzy from my brother last year.


I’m always looking for that little treat to add to the picnic I take to work and Anzac biscuits seem to fit the bill.  I’ve also tried Nigella’s breakfast bars (p358) with the odd diversion from her ingredient list!  As the lady herself says, “there are gluten-free, dairy-free and enough seeds to make you start sprouting!”  The Anzacs are not quite as virtuous but we all need a goody from time to time! 


I’ve made mine without the coconut purely because I didn’t have any.  I just upped the quantity of pumpkin and sunflower seeds.  I cannot tell you what they taste like yet as they are still cooling but the house smells glorious!  I’m hoping Nigella won’t mind me sharing, so get to it and make some!

Brum & back…

For a long time my usual Friday ‘gig’ has been Stansted to Birmingham airport and back.  A slight diversion up the A10 to avoid a M11 jam.  A spot of crochet in my break and some very important cargo on the way back! 

In-cab entertainment


Before you ask……they DID reach their destination!

 

Seriously soggy Saturday……

It was a seriously soggy Saturday yesterday when I drove to Manor Farm, Bourn http://manorfarmbourn.com where the Purl Alpaca http://www.purlalpacadesigns.com workshop was happening in the Malthouse.


We were warmly greeted by Tracy and Kari-Helene with tea and homemade biscuits, a great start!  Among the little group of six were a lady who’d driven from Birmingham and another who had combined a trip to visit friends & family with the workshop.  She was over from Malaysia…..a testament to the winning combination of Kari-Helene’s designs and Tracy’s luxurious ‘home grown’ alpaca yarn!


One of the great things about Purl Alpaca workshops (and if you visit them at yarn shows), is that you get the chance to try on the garments as well as to actually see the true colours of the yarn and to FEEL it!  I warn you now this stuff is addictive!

‘cloud’ of alpaca fleece.


I think I came across Purl Alpaca at the Knitting & Stitching Show at ‘Ally Pally’ some 9 or 10 years ago, http://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/london/ and was immediately drawn to the unique designs, soft colours and feel of the yarns.  I tried on the Iago waistcoat and loved it!  It was also an incredibly clever and straight forward pattern, perfect for this beginner! http://www.purlalpacadesigns.com/product/iago-waistcoat-knitting-pattern/ Every time I wear it I receive admiring comments.  (I have to be honest, the pattern photo doesn’t do it justice).

Five balls of yarn and a pattern are included in the workshop so once everyone had decided what they wanted to make we sat down to enjoy more tea and cookies and casted on!  Both Tracy and Kari-Helene were at hand to help and advise and explain new techniques.  

The mini version of mine!


http://www.purlalpacadesigns.com/product/solo-tank-top-knitting-pattern/
I have to admit I already had this so brought it along to ‘dive in’ with the help of Kari-Helene.  

Just before lunch we paid a visit to meet the V.I.P.s themselves!


…….then there was lunch!

All homemade and delicious!


…..and the most delicious chocolate cake with bramble coulis and cream, but it didn’t last long enough for me to take a pic!

Sitting, knitting with friends, tea & cake on a soggy Saturday afternoon is good for the soul….I didn’t want to leave!  But I’ve got this little stash to keep me going till next time!

Soggy selfie!


Someone else I met on the way out at Manor Farm…


……and finally…….


Tracy calling her ‘people’ up for apples.

For further info on Purl Alpaca Designs, patterns, yarn and workshops go to: http://www.purlalpacadesigns.com