Monthly Musings - March

My Easter Bunny Socks
Goodness me, what a month!  I'm not even sure where to begin given what's been going on lately.  I think, if I can remember back that far, that the month started off quite calmly.

I do recall doing a few 'sorting out' type tasks around the house early in the month, simple clearing out and tidying jobs.  On the making front, I know the 'Big White Beast', or the Bright Star Blanket as I eventually ended up calling it, was what I was doing most of the time in the first weeks.

Little Miss is in Senior School now and she discovered, much to her disgust, that they have dispensed with the simple pleasures of 'World Book Day'.  So she and a few friends staged a minor rebellion of going to school 'dressed up' as Harry Potter characters.  This basically consisted of printing out and wearing Hogwarts School House crests over their ordinary school badges and, in my Little Hufflepuff's case, stowing a secretive wand in her blazer pocket!

I've been continuing my bread baking and enjoying it, although I've had a few disasters too.  I seemed to struggle with over-proving a few times.  I'd been using the 'proving' setting on my oven which gave a little bit of warmth, and worked well to start.  Then seemed to suddenly not to work.  Not sure why that changed, but suddenly I was getting deflating or flattened loaves!  I'm now proving outside the oven.  It's taking longer but is at least working.

Now that the Big Beast, (must stop calling it that!) is done, I've started another jumper project.  I enjoyed my Trescao so much that I've been wanting another simple, soothing knit to work on.  Soothing kits seem fairly essential at the moment, so I've gone for the 'Understated' pattern by Joji Locatelli.  It's essentially a DK weight boxy I think.  I loved how it looked and couldn't get it out of my mind.  I'm hoping the fact it's DK weight means I won't get too bogged down in endless stocking stitch.

I don't actually have an awful lot else crafty on the go at the moment.  No doubt like a lot of you, my mind seems to be too full of thinking about virus related complications, food shortages, and also home schooling.  I'm lucky that I have a mostly willing and capable student, but the sheer volume of information, worksheets and instructions coming through is a little overwhelming.  Some teachers send through a week's worth of work, other's have sent two.  There are numerous different computer platforms to log on to and all in all it's quite confusing.  We're starting to get a bit of a handle on things now though and I'm hoping it'll settle down and seem less daunting as we do more.

Making the most of the sun, however small the patch may be!

In the free time we have got, we've been kind of throwing ourselves into house projects.  Partly because we are stuck at home, but I think mostly because it provides a good distraction and keeps our minds occupied with something other than the dreaded virus news.  So a little craft room re-shuffle for me and an office shuffle for him (Hubs) are going on at the moment.

On the plus side, the abundance of spring sun in the last week or so has meant I've was able to get out into the garden last weekend.  I've been reading lately about how good gardening is for you, as exercise, as stress relief and in generally reducing anxiety.  That seems like a good place to focus some energy right now.

I hope you are all coping with all that's being thrown at us right now and are managing to keep safe.  Look after yourselves lovely readers.

Home School! 

Once a day dog walking

S x





  1. The Big White Beast is stunningly gorgeous! Good luck with the bread; I always prove outside the oven (don’t have a proving drawer!) and it works well - time to do others things while it’s growing.

    1. Thanks so much on the blanket! And for the advise on the bread, I was wondering if that was the right thing to do, but I wasn't quite brave enough! I'll try it next time it happens though. I've abandoned the proving draw too now and seem to be getting better results without, so fingers crossed!

  2. If my bread overproves I knock it back and let it start again. It usually works!

    1. Ooh thank you. The thought did cross my mind, but I wasn't quite sure of myself, or quite brave enough! Good to know that is right though.

  3. Preciosos todos tus trabajos, ,las fotografías muy bonitas, a ver cuando podemos volver a disfrutar de la naturaleza....

    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I'm so glad we can get a little outside time. :)

  4. Hi Sandra,
    Your big beast looks gorgeous, it's so beautiful. I laughed really hard about the Harry Potter thing your daughter did, it's really funny. I hope you and your family are doing well.
    Have a lovely weekend.

    Sweet greetings,

    1. Hi Lovely! Ahh thank you so much. Ha ha, yes, I thought that was quite ingenious of them! ;) Safe safe my lovely. S x