Creative Living means two things today:
First of all, thinking outside of the box in terms of food - following our dear friend's heart attack last week, I have made yet another resolution to be more healthy and so this morning starts with a wonderful smoothie:
Take a selection of gorgeous fresh fruits:
baby carrots (okay I know this isn't a fruit!)
These were just what I happened to have in the house.
Add a generous helping of superfoods:
he shou wu
suma (Thank you The Smiths)
purple corn flour
Drink and enjoy!
If you would like to know more about any of the superfoods I use, have a look at Rob from Funky Raw's site:
My second creative outpouring is my new crocheted cardigan and I am so pleased with it - all you amazing crocheters out there, just to let you know - I LOVE CROCHET!!!! I am hooked .... no pun intended! And I also love Nicki Trench's books - they are easy to follow and the items turn out as expected. That reminds me, don't forget my give-away at the top of one of Nicki's lovely books!
This is the pattern I chose:
And here is the end result. You work this cardigan from the neck down and I must admit it took a few goes to get the hang of the instructions from the yoke down, but once I did the cardigan was finished very quickly. At the end of the yoke section, you do a row of double crochet including some single chains - these chains later become the arm holes. You then continue with a shell pattern ignoring the chains, which are picked up and crocheted later, making the sleeves. Simples!
Add little flowers......
I am off to find three little buttons.............
I used 100% cotton instead of the recommended Rooster Almerino Baby and a 3.5 hook. The garment took 2 100g balls at £3.99 each, so under £8 to complete. I used Wendy Supreme luxury cotton double knit. Knowing that using the cotton, the cardi would turn out bigger, I followed the instructions for the first size and ended with a garment age 6-12 months which was what I wanted.
Have a splendid day
Love Mrs Thrifty