Saturday, 21 June 2014

Gin and Crochet!



With Hubby away for a few days this week I decided it was a good time to dig out the crochet blocks that have been sitting unfinished for over a year and get on with turning them into a blanket at last.  I've looked at them so many times, but couldn't face doing all that cream and kept putting it off.   Deciding to use lots of colours instead suddenly made it more "me" and I love how they're turning out.  72 done, 72 to go!


Lottie's not very impressed, but perked up at the mention of walkies.


It seems to be a good year for elderflowers, the garden full of their musky scent.  My daughter made some wine with them a few years ago and it was delicious.  I thought about having a go, but decided to try some elderflower gin.  The stems are toxic apparently so I pulled off the flowers from a bowlful of heads and just added them to a couple of clean jars and topped up with gin and a bit of sugar. (4 tbsp for each 70ml jar)  




The flowers near the top did turn brown, but I don't think it mattered.  After leaving for about a week I strained it through some muslin and returned it to the same bottles.  I tried it with lots of ice in some sparkling lemon flavoured water rather than tonic and it was lovely and refreshing and delicately scented.  Just the thing for the hot weather.


Cheers!
xxx

29 comments:

  1. The crochet squares are just beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing them all made up. Good on you for finishing a project. It is my plan this year as well....two done already out of a number too large to mention!!!
    I have never heard of elderflower gin and it sounds lovely. I thought I should try it too but remembered another WIP in my freezer. A ton of sloes....so rather than start something new, you have inspired me to make up some sloe gin, and create some freezer space! Liz
    PS Hope Lottie loved the walk.

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  2. thank you Debbie the pictures of Lottie are adorable, psst we have just bought a bottle of Elderflower licquer from M and S delicious with gin and soda water

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  3. I have been waiting in anticipation for updates on those gorgeous gorgeous motifs! I can just tell it's going to be the most beautiful blanket when all put together. The colours are a dream, and your work so neat. I'm so excited to see it all finished!!! Lottie is always such a cutie pie too. Enjoy those refreshments Debbie :)

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  4. Gin and crochet sound like a match made in heaven! :)
    Your squares are so beautiful!
    V x

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  5. Your crochet is looking gorgeous. I think it looks so cheery and lovely with the different colours around the motifs - it's going to look beautiful when it's all put together - I can't wait to see it!
    Maria x

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  6. A perfect post for summer solstice - elderflower gin and crochet certainly go hand-in-hand!! Those squares are simply beautiful, the colour palette is so lovely! Chrissie x

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  7. Completely loving the soft colours of your blanket! They say mellow and summery just as the gin does! Gorgeous! xx

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  8. I am impressed by all the crochet blocks you made, but most beautiful is your Lottie, she is a real diva on the couch. Great idea to make elderflower gin, I just made syrup of the elder flowers.

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  9. The crochet squares are absolutely beautiful. I love the colors. The elderflower gin sounds amazing. And pup is a cutie!

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  10. Your crochet squares are very pretty.. and Lottie has such a sweet face :o)

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  11. I like the sound of the gin, there are not very many Elder trees in this part of Wales, at least I have not found many. I do have my eye on 2 but am hoping to get berries for jamming from them.

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  12. A very nice post for this days! I have never heard from gin with elderflower, a good new idea for me.

    Sigrun

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  13. I made sloe gin last year - still haven't tasted it - must remember to do that. Elderberry flower gin sounds very refreshing so I should give it a go too - I'm off to Sainsbury's for the Gin.....

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  14. Hi, I love your craft, is beauty, I love a colors, I follow your blog, hugs from Brazil.
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  15. Your crochet squares are so pretty. I like the sound of elderflower gin!

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  16. We made elderflower cordial last year which was delicious even if non-alcoholic.

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  17. Yes I admit it you hooked me with the post title straight away lol
    Now why didn't I think of this before, especially since Ive bought some of the Gordons with elderflower and liked it : )
    I always nip out and gather in sloes to make myself some sloe gin so why not try elderflower too!
    Hint - use last years sloe gin, if you can bare to leave it, with the next years sloes and you can have an amazing liqueur but its strong I warn you lol
    AND I adore the subtle colours in your crochet, very calming cough cough - as is the gin of course lol
    Lyn

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  18. Ohh my gosh, the colors of your crochet are so beautiful. Do you like a brand? Or is it all from different brands?

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    1. No, it's a mixture of several brands. All merino or wool dk.

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  19. I made some elderflower cordial and intend to make some more. There are definitely a lot of elderflowers this year. The crochet blocks are lovely - I really like your colours.

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  20. I just discovered your lovely blog. The colors you are using are so lovely. Your dog too cute. I'm wishing we had elderflowers growing here. Glad I found your blog. Best, Kim

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  21. Lovely colours of the crochet squares:) I'm looking forward to seeing the result!
    Have a wonderful week:)

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  22. I'm on blog catchup at the moment. The granny squares look absolutely lovely and the sorbet colours are so fresh. Hope we see a photo when its altogether. I've never tasted elderflower "anything", so must see if I can find at least cordial here in Oz. Maybe next time in the UK, I'll be able to taste it. Take care.

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  23. Haha probably the best combination I have seen sofar! And what beautiful squares. That blanket will be a dream when finished. Have a lovely week! Anna x

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  24. I've heard that Elderflower wine is delicious, Elderflower Gin has to be very more'ish! Love the squares and the Willow pattern is one of my favourites xxx Pat

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  25. Chin chin!! I am not allowed to drink gin as it makes me cry and depressed :-) I think it is just the hangover afterwards!! I love your squares, you are nearly there xx

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  26. The colours of your squares are just gorgeous and the pattern you chose is such a subtle and beautiful one. The blanket will turn out marvelously pretty. I just came across your blog right now and it is such fun because this morning I learn the word serendipitously and in the beginning I had a few pronounciation difficulties. But I very much love this word and it's been in my head all day. It is such a nice word! From now on I will follow you blog . Have a serendipitous day! Viola

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  27. Your squares are absolutely beautiful, I cannot crotchet but learning is on 'the List'.

    From one gloriously spoilt pooch to another, Daisy says "hi" to Lottie :}

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  28. the colours of your sqares are beautiful.also the pattern.mmmh i love elderflower sirup!
    hugs regina

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