What could it be? Answer later.
Next let me apologise for the poor quality of photos. It was a really bright and beautiful morning and the whole kitchen was suffused with sunlight. I just forgot to adjust the camera for that and so the pictures really just give you a rough idea of how industrious we were this week..
|Ann, Penny, Jennie and June in silhouette|
|and on the right our newest member, Lynne.|
Beat 270g soft light brown sugar with 2 eggs. Add 200g peeled, mashed banana.
Sift in 280g plain flour with 1tsp each of baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and ginger.
Melt 140g unsalted butter and stir into mix.
Pour mixture into a lined loaf tin and bake at 170 degrees C (Gas mark 3) for an hour.
Sift 300g rye flour with 200g dark brown sugar, 1 tsp gluten-free baking powder (Doves), 1tsp cinnamon, half tsp each of ground nutmeg and cloves into a large bowl.
Grate in one large apple, including peel, and mix through with 4 tbsps sultanas.
Make a well in centre and stir in 250 ml milk or enough to make a good smooth, thick batter.
Pour into a lined loaf tin and bake 60 - 75 minutes at 180 degrees C (Gas mark 4), until a skewer comes out clean.
We meet next on Thursday November 7th and I have been asked to do a little demonstration of entrelac knitting. This involves learning to knit backwards, but I promise you will get the idea very easily. So if you want to have a go you can either just do a test swatch or you can strike out and have a go at some entrelac muffatees.
You will need 2 colours of double knitting wool. The muffatee pattern can be done in 2, 3 or 4 colours if you wish and part balls will be sufficient. Either a circular needle or a set of double pointed size 3.5 mm according to what you like best will also be needed.
There's no obligation, though, so if you want to carry on with your own project and say soothing things to us as we get in a muddle, please do. See you then.
Answer? Oh, yes...
A wheel of unspun Icelandic wool which Jennie found. It's wonderful. What does one knit with it? Anything really. Prjonaperlur - Icelandic knit-pearls by Halldora Skarphedinsdottir and Erla S Sigurdardottir has patterns for ear-warmers, cardigans, lopapeysa sweaters, mittens, hats, slippers and TV socks. Aaaah, TV socks.....