These little felted bowls are so useful for storing or displaying various knick-knacks around the home, and I even take a couple on holiday with me to keep my stuff organised on the bedside cabinets in hotels.
_Specially designed for a call for Objets d'Art from a local department store, this is a set of 7 nested bowls that I dyed, crocheted and felted in the colours of the rainbow.
This is Jack, our Hallowe'en pumpkin. As cat owners, any naked flame in or near our house is an absolute no-no, but I've always wanted to have a go at a pumpkin lantern. I've since discovered the wonder that is the Battery Operated Tea Light (with realistic flickering light effect), and what with Hallowe'en becoming more and more commercialised, I even managed to find orange ones!
So, I dyed a load of wool orange with some Tropical Punch Kool-Aid, crocheted and felted up a bowl and lid, then carved out some scary eyes and a mouth. Jack then took pride of place at the top of our stairs doing whatever it is that pumpkins with a candle inside them do. He's now been put away to hibernate for the year and I'll wake him up again next October.
In a recent River Cottage programme on the telly, we watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team develop a homemade Pot Noodle, and my husband decided to try this for his packed lunches. We experimented with various drinks flasks, but eventually plumped for these screw-top plastic beakers. The idea is to pour boiling water over some fine dried noodles and shredded vegetables, leave them for 2 minutes, season, then eat. However, these beakers didn't hold the heat very well. Wool is a natural insulator, so I made these covers to help keep the heat in and cook the noodles. They also have another function once the noodles are cooked - protect the eater's hands from getting burned!