Three Things Thursday: 22 December 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Ms Emily’s Home for Full-Grown Nerds (and others) for Three Things Thursday. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, I’m grateful to the folks who sent me biscuit recipes as a result of my post on the subject. Yesterday I had fun making digestives using a recipe from Kate Murray and shortbread biscuits from a recipe sent by Sue, both successful… perhaps I should coat them with chocolate?



Second, I’m grateful for the inspiration I’m getting from a new crochet book. I was getting a bit bored with familiar patterns and I love having a real book to browse through rather than the internet… the results will all go into a blanket for charity and I’m still using up left-over yarn.

Third, I know the days are only going to get longer very gradually, but I’m grateful and enjoying the beautiful morning skies we have seen recently without having to leap out of bed at early o’clock.


no need to get up early to see the dawn

So, those are three things making me smile this week – what about you?

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  1. I hope your solstice meal made you happy yesterday too. I am certainly smiling because the days are now getting longer, my son and fiancee have set the date and the apple and almond tart I baked this morning looks alright.


  2. I’m grateful my back is up to several weeding sessions in the back yard, I’m grateful for overcast weather to stop the sun sizzling me while I work, and I’m grateful for the mad ingenuity of the tiny sunbird, who has built a nest dangling from a string of fairy lights exactly a foot from my front door, so my guests will have to troop round to the back so as not to frighten her off…


  3. Joyce Foster

     /  December 22, 2016

    Yummy looking cookies! That looks like a really neat book of patterns! However, on Amazon there are quite a few reviews that state there are a lot of errors in the patterns which would be especially frustrating to more inexperienced crocheters. They also fault the binding stating that the pages spill out easily, Have you found any of these issues to be the case? Also, can you tell me if these are written with US stitch directions? I am planning on borrowing this book through library loan to get some idea before I decide purchase it, but would like to know your thoughts. Thanks very much. Happy crocheting!


    • It uses US terms. I have made four of the squares so far and found one mistake and one of my other squares does not look exactly like the picture in the book! As for the binding I chose the book partly because of the spiral binding – so far is seems quite ok, but I’ve only used it for a week. So far I’m enjoying trying out the patterns, but I have to say that I disagree with some of the difficulty ratings – and this would be very frustrating for a beginner. I have to say that if I had read such negative reviews first I would probably have been put off, but the only reviews I did see (not on Amazon) were positive. I suggest you go ahead and borrow it before deciding to buy it as I don’t think I’ve used my copy enough to categorically recommend or warn you off this book. I am an experienced crocheter so just the inspiration is good for me.


  4. Your squares are great, hurray for real books! Lovely sunrise too. I am grateful for the trip we have just made over the Nullarbor Plain, 3,500kms across Australia. It was a long way, but a fascinating environment. Now I am grateful for not having to travel anymore for a while 😊


  5. I love your granny squares. And I’m with you on real books, too. Yay you! I’m happy about the rain that fell today. I love the rain and we are in desperate need of some.


  6. New recipes are always fun to try. Your cookies, biscuits, and granny squares are all wonderful I used to love making granny squares. Too many other irons in the fire these days.



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