Saturday, 28 May 2011

Sweet as honey

Hello again, hope your weekend is enjoyable so far, time for rest and relaxation, time to reflect and put your feet up a little?

Can I firstly say a big thank you to all of your who have put up and commented on my musings over the last week. Possibly a little bit self indulgent some might say but then I guess I see my blog as a journal of sorts where I can be myself. So thanks once again and I can't tell you how jubilant we were to see Alice again yesterday, she ran into my arms and it was sweet, sweet as honey to hold and cuddle her again. She had the most amazing time and has come back a little wiser, a little more independent and no less loving and beautifully natured as when she left xox

So, can I show you what I've been knitting this week while she has been away? I showed you a photo of it in my second to last post and spent the week knitting away and thoroughly enjoying the harmony and therapy this pattern gave me.

So here is the honey cowl...

It was very appropriate that I finished knitting it today as it's been grey, blustery and rather chilly here today.

The pattern is a Madeline Tosh pattern and can be found here as a free download. I have been desperate to knit myself a cowl and was very pleased when I found this very easy pattern ( definitely for any beginner - I promise)and loved knitting on circular needles (all 220 stitches per row). The amazing thing is that it's designed to knit up creating a waffle-like effect that is so insulating and warm and toasty to keep any chilly winds out.

I love it. Definitely a winner as far as I am concerned! 

I used some Debbie Bliss yarn that I've had stashed away for a while which in hindsight hasn't given the best drape but I know better now and can go for something softer next time :0)

While I am on the subject of honey, here is a simple and delicious Rose Elliot recipe I made today. Rose Elliot in my eyes if the Queen of vegetarian cooking. Her recipes are simple and easy to follow with everyday household ingredients, nothing too exotic or extravagant but always delicious.

I made her red cabbage (1 small/medium), celery (heart of celery), walnut (couple of tablespoons) and apple (2 medium) salad

Chop them up roughly (or however you like) and mix together. You can also add a handful of raisins / currants if you want a sweeter salad.

Make the honey dressing with 2 Tablespoons honey (I didn't have clear honey as the recipe states but I don't think it matters very much), 2 Tablespoons Olive oil, 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar and some salt and pepper.

Pour over the salad to make a glossy slightly sweet and very deliciously crunchy salad.

Perfect to take to a bring and share meal with friends

Hope your weekend is as sweet as honey
See you all soon xox


  1. Hi Penelope, I'm hoping blogger comments will work this time . I wrote a message on your last post but was unable to send it ! So pleased your lovely daughter is back safe and I was interested in the meaning of nostalgia . Your cowl looks great and I thought the button idea was so effective. Have a relaxing family weekend :0)
    Jacquie x

  2. Such a sweet post, Penelope, as sweet as honey! I'm glad your precious child got back in your arms, that's really sweet! Love your cowl, it's gorgeous and thanks for the link, I will give it a try some day! Your meal looks so yummy and it's such a sweet meal for welcoming Alice to be back!
    Enjoy your sweet time with family!!!
    Love and hugs, xoxo

  3. So so pretty! And that last part... So so yummy! Wishing you a happy week Penelope. :)