The Sicilian and I had plans to spend this relatively quiet time at the cookery school getting the garden at home prepped and ready for Spring planting. But the ground is frozen solid, so I've been busy using up left over yarn and the Sicilian has been pottering back and forth to our lovely neighbours Andrew and Claire at Cedar Organic where he has been carefully attending to some woodland pig that is becoming salami, ham and other delicious goodies. Here is some of the fabulous pancetta, just perfect for a tasty winter risotto, which is exactly what we had for supper last night - combined with some peas and a little parmesan, it was spot on.
Taking advantage of the cold weather, I've been hooking away - the wavy baby blanket is finished, Dorset buttons are emerging from the remains of my fine pearl cotton crochet thread and I've even whipped up an apple cosy or two! I have been photographing the stages of my button making, so I'll post a mini-tutorial soon (basic, I hasten to add, unlike the expert I learnt from!).
For more pictures of the blanket, have a look at my Etsy shop - yes, I must part with it, my babes are growing up fast and no new ones on the horizon! Pipi did ask to keep it, but I reminded her that a lot of the same yarns were in her beautiful (single bed sized) blanket that will be featured in my forthcoming book - the blanket is with the publisher at the moment, but I promised her she would have it soon. I guess two and half years is quite a long time to wait for a home made blanket - two and a bit years crocheting a square every so often and now it's been whisked away to be photographed. Let's hope she's not disappointed when she finally gets to snuggle up under it! x