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Pretty crochet

So less than a week in and I’ve failed miserably with #BEDN and #NaBloPoMo
It’s not that I haven’t made time or wanted to blog, but I just didn’t have anything to say! I didn’t want to post some tosh just to post something!! So I made the decision not to post. Funnily enough, even in this short time, it has changed the way I see blogging and my blog. I will keep posting but probably not every day!
So stand by for more pretty crafty bits, more yummy food and chatter from me. 🙂 xx

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How to crochet a chainless foundation row

The worst bit of blanket making, except sewing in the ends, is the initial chain. When I made my granny stripe I had an initial chain of 240 which I then had to go back along and do double crochet in every stitch!! Learning how to do the foundationless chain or chainless foundation, halves the job, as you do the chain and the first row all in one go, whoop!! You can work this chain for any stitch, for this tutorial I will be doing treble (uk terms). To start off chain 4 then yarn over go into the first chain and continue from point 2 below.

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yarn over, you are going to insert your hook in the bottom loop you can see at the base of the last stitch

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3 loops on hook. yarn over again and pull through the first loop,

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3 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through 1st loop only

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this creates the ‘chain’ bit, yarn over again and you now complete the treble as normal taking the yarn through 2 loops

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2 loops on hook, yarn over and pull through remaining 2 loops to complete the treble

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completed

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here you can see a few in a row, note the ‘chain’ stitch you can see along the bottom, this is what you work into first.

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your completed chain should look like this, single ‘loops’ at the bottom and the usual ‘v’ along the top

 I really hope this is clear and easy enough to follow, if you have any problems please leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help.

A couple of winter warmers

Pot roast brisket

Joint of brisket (ours was about 1kg??)
Bottle of stout/ale/beer/something that isn’t lager, I used approx 300ml
2 onions
3/4 carrots
Beef stock enough to nearly cover, I made this with a new bisto beef stock pot thingy
Salt and pepper

Chop onions and carrots into chunks, not too small or they will disintegrate! Put in your casserole dish or slow cooker, add the beef joint and season well. Pour over stock and stout. Put in the oven on 140c ish for about 4-5 hours, obviously you can leave it longer on a lower heat or do it in a slow cooker. Once cooked remove meat to a board and carve (if carve is the right word, it’ll fall apart!) Bring gravy to the boil on the hob and thicken with flour if you think it needs it.
Serve with mash and greens. Yum!

Sausage and bean casserole

Quite funny that it’s this as my dad made a sausage casserole once a week for years and really put us all off it but I quite enjoy it now!!

Sausages-quantity depends on the size of your family, I usually work on 2 each-ish! ( Browned first if you are as averse to an anemic looking sausage as I am! )
Carrots
Onions
Tin of mixed beans or bean of your choice, baked beans will work too
Passata/tinned tomatoes
Chicken stock approx 250ml
Red lentils
Salt & pepper
Worcestershire sauce

I’m of the throw it all in school of cooking so the method is just that!

Put everything bar the lentils in the pan, bring to the boil, then simmer for at least 25mins(can be left on low or in a low oven for a good while without spoiling)

20 minutes before you want to eat turn up the heat slightly and add the red lentils, these will mop up any remaining stock and thicken the casserole nicley. It is ready once the lentils are cooked.

Serve with some nice crusty bread to mop up the juices.
Can also be done in a slow cooker
Easy peasy