Cat Appreciation Day is a week late this month! So, without further ado, here are cats keeping cosy.
Darker days see me wanting more comforting food. Nothing beats good bread for comfort food; whether it’s still warm from baking alongside a bowl of soup or a thickly buttered doorstep topped with home-made jam, it’s food for the soul as well as the stomach. This loaf isn’t quite as rich as my Honey and Walnut Loaf but it’s still good autumn fare.
As usual the instructions are for a bread machine, my hands and kneading bread don’t mix well.
For a medium loaf
- ¾ teaspoon dried yeast
- 4 oz barley flour
- 10 oz strong wholewheat flour
- ½ oz butter
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon heather honey (it really is worth using heather honey if you can get it)
- 4 tablespoons sesame seeds
- 300ml water
- 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
Put all the ingredients except the sunflower and pumpkin seeds in your bread pan, in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
Select the Whole Wheat Raisin setting.
Add the sunflower and pumpkin seeds at the raisin beep.
Whether walking the dog or waiting for a train, autumn and winter offer plenty of opportunities for getting a cold head. A friend of ours had been asking for a bobble hat for a while; it took me a while to actually knit him one as it needed to be just the right shades of green. Eventually I found merino yarn in just the right colours and all that was left to do was come up with a pattern… I give you the Platform 5 Hat.
Knit in DK yarn on 4mm needles, I used 1 ball of Katia Merino 100% and 1 ball of Patons Merino Extrafine DK.
k=knit k2tog=knit 2 together
p=purl skp=slip1,knit1,pass slipped stitch over (ssk if you prefer, I just found I get neater results with skp)
Pattern: (Very stretchy, should fit most teens and adults)
Use whichever technique you prefer for knitting in the round, I started using travelling loop and switched to using 2 circular needles at the decreases.
In contrasting colour, cast on 110 stitches and join in the round.
Ribbing: (k2, p3) repeat to end of round. Continue ribbing for 3 inches.
Switch to main colour.
Knit all stitches of each round for 4.5 inches.
Round 1: (skp, k18, k2tog) x5
Rounds 2 and 3: knit all stitches
Round 4: (skp, k16, k2tog) x5
Rounds 5 and 6: knit all stitches
Round 7: (skp, k14, k2tog) x5
Rounds 8: knit all stitches
Round 9: (skp, k12, k2tog) x5
Round 10: knit all stitches
Round 11: (skp, k10, k2tog)x5
Round 12: knit all stitches
Round 13: (skp, k8,k2tog) x5
Round 14: knit all stitches
Round 15: (skp, k6, k2tog) x5
Round 16: knit all stitches
Round 17: (skp, k4, k2tog) x5
Round 18: (skp, k2, k2tog) x5
Round 19: (skp, k2tog) x5
Cut yarn leaving a reasonably long tail. Using a yarn needle thread tail through remaining stitches and pull tight, secure as you feel happiest, weave in ends.
Using all remaining yarn of both colours, make a 3.5inch diameter pompom.
Attach pompom to top of hat.