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Roll Up, Roll Up, Rocking Dog Huddle Tonight!

Haberdashery,Rocking Dog

Haberdashery

Yes it’s Rocking Dogs May creative huddle this evening 7-9pm. Bring along curtains to hem, buttons to sew, knitting, a crochet project or simply turn up for gentle nurturing chat. There’ll be coffee and cake, it’s Chocolate & Sweet Chestnut Turinois tonight. Perhaps i’ll even get to sew, i’m looking forward to using some of the vintage fabrics I bought at the recent Vintage & Handmade Jumble Sale. I particularly love the 50’s fish print towel, it would make a funky beach bag.

The house smells of caramelised sugar, with large batches of meringues heading into the oven. Rocking Dog is making a hundred large snowy white meringues for a fabulous wedding meringue pile up. They will be “glued” together with a summer fruit mascarpone cream. The tower will then be adorned with fairy lights and garden flowers. Look out for Rocking Dog’s blog next week for images of the sugary edifice.

I would love to see you at the huddle this evening. As ever donations go into the tea pot with a generous proportion going to Fine Cell Work teaching and supporting prison inmates to sew and embroider.

New Fabric Stash,Rocking Dog

New Fabric Stash

Fifties Fish,Rocking Dog

Fifties Fish

Eggs For Meringues,Rocking Dog

Eggs For Meringues

Come For Coffee,Rocking Dog

Come For Coffee

Thank You To The Rocking Dog Huddlers

Chaotic Creativity,Rocking Dog

Chaotic Creativity

Poor Rocking Dog had to steady herself with a G&T last night. She wasn’t sure if anyone was going to come to the first Rocking Dog Huddle. She needn’t have worried a steady stream of lovely ladies crossed over the the kennel threshold. Thank you to all those who came. Sometimes it is all too tempting to settle in a comfy chair at home and not brave the near zero temperatures outside.

Cranberry zinger, hot chocolate and tea was drunk as we tackled projects. There was beautiful knitted bunting, a gorgeous crocheted blanket, stuffed rabbit and knitted top being crafted.There were also boring but necessary hems to be turned up and sewn. Other huddlers chose to make lavender crooked hearts.

A group largely made up of random strangers to each other, it was an evening of amazing coincidences. There were folk who had been growing up in the same Kent town and a neighbour who had been treated in the same German hospital that I had worked. Later in the evening I was talking about the dusting room at school. Yes, a room where GIRLS learnt how to dust, make a bed, lay up a tray for an invalid, arrange flowers etc.. grrrrrrr!!! It transpired that another of the huddlers remembered that same dusting room and in fact was in the same class as me at school! 1978 was the last time I saw her and here Diane was, very probably realising that me and dusting was a lost cause! It was so lovely to meet you again.

Your Abel & Cole recipe for haggis sausage rolls was appreciated by us all Sorrel. Thank you. Nigella’s cake was crumbly, chocolatey and calorific! The jury’s out on that one.

Thank you again to all who came last night and a special someone who attempted to make it but unfortunately had a little bit of a car bump. Look forward to seeing you next time.

Love Rocking Dog x

PS Mrs Mack (the present from Fleetwood) has returned to old Toby. Does this mean she saw what was under Wee Tam’s Kilt?!

Cranberry Zinger,Rocking Dog

Cranberry Zinger

Sew, Chat, Eat,Rocking Dog

Sew, Chat, Eat

Crumbly Cake,Rocking Dog

Crumbly Cake

Crooked Hearts,Rocking Dog

Crooked Hearts

Who Ate All The Pies?!,Rocking Dog

Who Ate All The Pies?!

Mrs M Back In Her Rightful Place,Rocking Dog

Mrs M Back In Her Rightful Place

Tonight! The First Rocking Dog Huddle

Are You Ready To Sew?,Rocking Dog

Are You Ready To Sew?

Last call for the first Rocking Dog Huddle! 7-9pm tonight (sorry about that very cheesy link, for a staunch Rubettes fan I truly was!) at the Rocking Dog Kennel. Come to sew, knit, chat and eat cake. Feel free to have a moan too!

This is no “Great British Sewing Bee” so you won’t be expected to make a pair of Theresa May style leather trousers or a boned bustier! Come with trousers that need hemming, knitting that has been lingering on its needles or another long forgotten project. Shamefully I have an unfinished Kaffe Fassett needlepoint that has been on its frame for the best part of 20 years! Don’t despair if you do come empty handed Rocking Dog has organised some mini projects. Beloved Berlina will be on hand, please treat her kindly!

Of course it’s not all about the sewing. Lovely warming drinks and delicious Rocking Dog cake (this month, Peanut-Butter Squares, thanks Nigella!) will be offered.

A teapot for donations to cover cost of refreshments etc..will be in situ. A proportion of donations will be given to Fine Cell Work, a charity that teaches embroidery and needlework to prison inmates. Their amazing work is sold on the website.

It would be great to see anyone who wants to join the huddle this evening. It will be very informal, friendly and fun. Please contact me by e.mail lizferg@btinternet.com if you need any further information.

Love Rocking Dog x

P.S. Wouldn’t it just be SO lovely if “Great British Sewing Bee’s” Patrick was to turn up!

Pretty Patching,Rocking Dog

Pretty Patching

Inspiration,Rocking Dog

Inspiration

Fragrant Stuffing,Rocking Dog

Fragrant Stuffing

Needle Pulling Thread,Rocking Dog

Needle Pulling Thread

Cuppa.....,Rocking Dog

Cuppa…..

& Cake!,Rocking Dog

& Cake!

The Rocking Dog Huddle, Wed 25th January

Sew On A Button, Rocking Dog

Sew On A Button

I have felt slightly overwhelmed by January greyness and sadness, so the time has come to plot some positive things onto the new calendar. I have had a good response for starting an informal sew/knit/etc.. group and therefore will be hosting the first get together on Wednesday 25th January 7-9pm at the kennel. I still haven’t come up with a name for the gathering, so for the time being it’s the Rocking Dog Huddle. I intend to host the huddle on a monthly basis, the last Wednesday of the month.

Anyone contemplating coming please do not feel shy or intimidated, you will be made to feel very welcome. You may have a garment that needs a button sewing on, or hems that need altered. It may be a piece of needlepoint or quilting that needs finishing or indeed knitting that needs to finally leave the needles! Don’t worry if you arrive empty handed I have a shelf full of books and templates, small fabric remnants and cottons etc.. to inspire and utilise. We will have fun.

My hope is that in time we can learn new skills from each other. If there is somebody who can rid me of my zip insertion phobia that would be simply perfect!

Of course the chat, the homemade cake and warming drinks will be just as important, and I hope we’ll laugh a lot! A donations teapot will be in situ to cover cost of refreshments, materials and to help support Fine Cell Work, an amazing social enterprise that teaches needlework to prison inmates and sells their products.

If anyone would like any further information or needs directions (I am based in Hambrook, Bristol) please get in touch with me lizferg@btinternet.com.

I really hope you can come! Love Rocking Dog x

Coffee....,Rocking Dog

Coffee….

& Cake,Rocking Dog

& Cake

Share Beloved Bernina,Rocking Dog

Share Beloved Bernina

My Stash,Rocking Dog

My Stash

Haberdashery Stash,Rocking Dog

Haberdashery Stash

Choose A Project,Rocking Dog

Choose A Project

Ribbons....,Rocking Dog

Ribbons….

& Lace,Rocking Dog

& Lace

Make New Friends,Rocking Dog

Make New Friends

No Calorie Cakes

The No Calorie Doughnut, Rocking Dog

The No Calorie Doughnut

Yes NO calories, but completely tasteless and completely knitted! The fridge is cleared of almost everything naughty and the plan is to try and be good.

However, it is Andyman’s Birthday at the weekend and we have a lovely gift of money to spend on a meal. SO we are heading to “The Pig” near Bath, and yes we probably are going to be greedy little piglets! The food is really yummy as is the decor (sorry to be so superficial, for me that’s almost as important). It will be lovely to see “The Pig” in daylight, apparently the grounds are beautiful. There’s a kitchen garden, smokery, greenhouse and hens. I love the fork to plate ethos.

Back to knitted cakes. They, at grey times of the year brighten my kitchen under various glass domes. Bought in different places some cakes are hand knitted whilst others are store finds. Also pictured is a lead chocolate (a fudge perhaps?), an old shop display item. Definitely not one the Milk Tray Man drops in with!

Trying to be good I can definitely recommend one book “Cut The Carbs!” by Tori Haschka. Gorgeous recipes which are generally quick to prepare and cook, and are very flavoursome. I particularly love the Chicken San Choi Bow (page 96) and Black Bean, Chorizo, Sweet Potato and Coconut Bowl (page 82)

The Dryathlon continues in our household and the tempting Christmas bottle of Baileys remains untouched.

Cake Assortment, Rocking Dog

Cake Assortment

Knitted Wedge, Rocking Dog

Knitted Wedge

Lead Fudge, Rocking Dog

Lead Fudge

Carb' Bible, Rocking Dog

Carb’ Bible

Rocking Dog’s Busy Weekend.

ho ho ho, rocking dog

Ho Ho Ho!

The Vintage & Handmade Christmas Fair is here!

10am – 3pm Chipping Sodbury Town Hall. Should be a really lovely jolly event with gorgeous treasures to buy and wonderful cakes to gobble! Other attractions in Chipping Sodbury apart from this fantastic vintage fest include one or two good butchers, a great bakery (Hobbs) and I love the coffee served in Coffee 1. Waitrose has fairly recently arrived in this busy little town.

On Sunday I have a Rocking Dog sale at my home, an opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and treats to eat, together with meeting up with a friend or two. My friend Stephanie (aka Buttered Cat) amongst other things has some beautiful Christmas lavender cushions and covetable knitted coat hangers (pictured) for sale.

On Monday I am planning to be a couch potato!

pines and cushions, rocking dog

Pines and Cushions

festive knits, rocking dog

Festive Knits

Nigel, Boris, Elvis, Ronny, Kevin and Pete

Three Happy Knitted Boys
As the Beautiful South lyrics go “Jennifer, Alison, Phillipa, Sue..Deborah, Annabel too……” Rocking Dog has got “Nigel and Boris, Elvis, Ronny.. Kevin and Pete”
These Knitted Boys were not crafted by the Dog but rescued from a multi-coloured woollen mountain hell. Now well fed, psychoanalysed and named, these boys are seeking caring new homes. Great company, you can cuddle up and watch The Only Way is Essex together.
Your adopted boy can help you dip your Custard Cream into a steaming cuppa!
And yes, my fence could really do with a paint- maybe I’ll get a Knitted Boy or two on the case!

Friendly Knitted Boys

Friendly Knitted Boys

Nigel, Willy + Boris

Nigel, Willy + Boris