A catch up and some lovely Parkin

So, I was rather overwhelmed by the number of visits my post on Yarndale received!! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve been a bit quiet since, I know, truth is I’ve been sulking! I currently have a very sore hand/finger and am UNABLE TO CROCHET!!! sob ūüė¶ As you can imagine this has left me feeling rather bereft. ¬†However I have seen the doctor and she is confident that an anti-inflammatory will sort me out, at least short term, so I’ll be back on the hook very soon I hope! ūüôā

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In home news, it is very nearly the end of the first half term back at school, we finish on Thursday next week. It has felt rather Autumnal round here lately and so the fire has been lit! This last few weeks have seen a lot of changes round here. MY eldest has started in Year 10 (4th yr to us oldies!) which means the start of the GCSE course she will do over the next 2 years ending with exams in June 2015.  Lots of changes going on there which means much more focus on exams and a complete move away from coursework and modular testing.  My 2 boys are still enjoying their time at primary, year 2 & 5, they recently went on a whole school trip to a local landmark, Hoghton Tower, a lovely place to visit and it has a great farmers market each month.  Which just leaves little Miss, she has started pre school 3 days a week and is loving it! Thoroughly ready to learn, she is more than exceeding our expectations! More importantly she is happy there and has made some lovely little friends already.

I’ve just come back to this to add in the pictures and found this one,

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Lovely Parkin

so I thought I’d share my recipe, well its Delia’s really but I’m sure she wont mind! I love Parkin, I remember making it, using this very recipe, with my auntie when I was little.

Oatmeal Parkin

4oz/110g Golden Syrup

1oz/25g Treacle

3oz/75g Marg

6oz/175g Medium Oatmeal

3oz/75g Self Raising Flour

1.5 teaspoons Ground Ginger

a pinch of salt

1 small egg

1 desertspoon/10ml milk

Preheat oven to 140′ gas mark 1

This makes enough for a 6″ square tin, which is enough for nobody so I usually make a double batch in a bigger tin! the one above was made in a 7×8.5″ silicone ‘tin’.

Put a small pan on your scales and weigh the syrup, treacle, marg and sugar into it. Place on a gentle heat and mix until the marg has melted. Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, slowly mix the warm mixture into the dry, until thoroughly combined. Next add the egg.and the milk. pour into the tin and bake for 1 1/2 hours until the centre is springy to the touch, remove from the oven and cool in the tin for half an hour before turning out. Don’t worry if it sinks a little in the middle! This cake tastes better the longer it is kept so keep in an air tight container and it will be even better after a week, or 2 if you can make it last that long!!


Finally, check out what my eldest made as a prototype for her Art GCSE work!!

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Pink Elephants on parade

How fab is that!! Her chosen topic is Elephants so she has to draw/make/construct them in different ways. This is her crochet version. ¬†Cool hey! I’ll find out where she got the pattern and edit it in later in case any of you need one!!








20130928_102045I had planned to blog about visiting Yarndale weeks before we went but now it’s over I don’t know where to start! It’s taken me a few days to gather my thoughts about it¬†but I know this will still end up being a load of old¬†waffle!!
I took my eldest with me and we had a fantastic time! We went on the bus from Preston to Skipton, getting off at the railway station so we could catch the Yarndale bus. Obviously!


Yarndale bus


a yarn bombed interior too, so cute

We arrived not long after opening time and got in quite quickly, we seemed to beat the rush, definitely no waiting an hour to park for us!! We already had our bags but we stopped to buy a badge and a programme/guide.

I’m not sure either of us really knew what to expect but we¬†were overwhelmed by the size, the number of stalls, the colour, the people, everything! We wandered aimlessly for a while just trying to take it all in. We found Danielle’s stall A Stash Addict, wow, what a feast for the eyes! We told her we had been lusting after her yarn for months on Instagram but stupidly I forgot to take a picture of her or the stall! Muppet! She is even prettier in real life!! And so lovely! I bought my daughter some Electric Watermelon yarn but I don’t think she knows what she’ll make with it yet.

We found the Knit and Natter lounge, so I got a coffee and we sat and looked at the guide and admired Lucy’s little set up. I was too shy to go over and say Hi to Lucy, which I kind of regret now but never mind. I wasn’t sure what to say without sounding like a slight stalker!!



Here she is with some ‘fans’ and Heather , The Patchwork Heart, one of the Instagram ladies we met up with.

I loved these crochet houses. Amazing!


My daughter and I in the knit and natter lounge


We set off again to look around the other side of the hall, mainly getting carried along by the crowd and missing lots of stalls!

Eventually we found Laalbear‘s stall. I ‘met’ Laalbear on Twitter and discovered we only live a few miles from each other, but this was our chance to meet in real life! She is as lovely as her yarn!¬† I bought some gorgeous dk and my daughter got some aran and a pattern for a hat.

Cannycrafty’s photo Thank you! x

Lunchtime arrived and it was time for #YarndaleIGmeetup Nervous!!¬†We chatted away for ages, it was a really strange feeling meeting people you feel you know but don’t! I needn’t have worried, everyone was lovely. We all said we wanted to tell Lucy how she had inspired us, and taught us, to crochet and I know a few were brave enough to say Hi. So if by any chance you do ever read this Lucy, here’s what I would have said, I just want to thank you for sharing your life with us, ¬†you inspired me to learn to crochet and after a few false starts I learned thanks to your detailed explanations of each stitch and what it should look like at each stage, just brilliant! I have since taught my daughter to crochet and a few friends too! its given me a new passion in life and a new found yarn addiction love! Who knows, maybe a new business will come of it too.

Of course, I wouldn’t have said all that, I’d have waffled on about the weather or some other rubbish and she would have thought i was mad!


My haul

My Laalbear yarn and some gorgeous baby alpaca chunky and Merino aran I have no plans for!! My daughter has now decided she wants at least 2 Alpacas since the lady at Yarndale said she couldn’t just have 1 as it would be lonely!

All in all a brilliant day and I was quite sad on Sunday morning that I wasn’t going back! I certainly intend to be there next year!


I do hope so!!

Claire xx