Rainbows, wristwarmers and flapjacks!

18th February 

Rainbow, light shining through a glass of water
creating the rainbow on the bedroom floor

Sunday was such a lovely day after all the horrendous rain we have had, that it was a pleasure to look out of the bedroom window on awakening.  Made doubly so by the beautiful sight that greeted me as I finally arose from bed, having had an unusual lie in without having any children's sports chauffeuring to do. 

There on the bedroom floor was a rainbow...

Sometimes you just know when a day is going to pan out well and this was one of those days.  My
sister had asked me to stop crocheting hearts via my
facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/eclectichomelife and so with Valentines day finished for another year, I thought I had better respond quickly.  She had asked for wrist warmers as she was finding the daily commute on the Metro cold and really fancied a neutral coloured set to keep her toasty warm.  So what does an older sister do but oblige:

Finished wrist warmer outer layer, and towelling inner layer

I chained 30 and triple crocheted (UK term) in the round, slip stitched in at the end of each round then chained two before continuing to triple crochet the new row.   I continued until each wrist warmer was approx 7 cm long.

As I was using stashed scrap yarn (sorry sis) it was not the softest of wools, decided it needed something more snug on the inside and found some old striped towelling material that would do just the job.

I measured the towelling material to fit around the inside of the wrist warmer and then machine sewed it into a continuous loop.


Remembering to turn the crocheted wrist warmer inside out, I placed the towelling material over the outside of the wrist warmer, (see photograph).  Once fully over the wrist warmer, it was important to remember to turn in the edges of the towelling material to ensure a neat edge and to avoid fraying.  The towelling material was then machine sewed at either end to the wrist warmer.

I did not like the end finish so then decided to scallop edge the wrist warmers.  Using the same neutral coloured yarn, I joined at any point and followed the pattern of :  dc, htr, trc, htr, dc, ss and repeated this until I had crocheted all the way round the wrist warmer.  This was repeated on all four edges to produce a softer line to the finished project.


I had already made a very small black heart, see previous post, (for this any many more crocheted hearts : http://eclectichomelife.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/valentines-and-crafting.html  ) and sewed this on just one of the wrist warmers and posted them off to my sister, hoping that they arrive quickly and keep her warm knowing I love and miss her.

But it was to be a very productive day, my daughter concerned for her father, decided to make him his current favourite; flap jacks.  Not being one for doing anything by halves, she looked at a recipe and immediately adapted it to suit her father's taste.  This is what she did:

Ella's Flapjacks 
You will need:

125g butter
125g brown sugar
4tbsp golden syrup
225g rolled oats
1 tsp ground ginger
handful of chopped hazelnuts
handful of chopped glace cherries
handful of chopped apricots

♥  Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/GM5
♥  Grease or line a small tin, approx 20 cm
♥  Melt butter in a large heavy based pan and stir in sugar   and syrup. 
♥  Add oats, ginger, hazelnuts, cherries and apricots and mix well.
♥  Press mixture evenly into tin, best to use the back of a metal spoon to produce an even level finish.
♥  Bake for 15-20 mins until golden brown.
♥  Cool in tin for approx 10-15 mins, then cut into wedges, slices or squares, according to preference
Eat and enjoy!
Do you have any favourite flapjack recipes you would be willing to share?


  1. Good idea to line the wrist warmers, should make then both warmer and softer, sure she will be very pleased.
    Thank you for sharing the recipe for Ella's Flap Jacks, will make them one day next week

    1. The flap jacks were lovely and were devoured pretty quickly! She was very pleased with them ♥ Let us know how you get on and what you add in to your flap jacks. Take a photo too if you remember!

  2. Gosh you have been busy and the flapjack sounds yummy we just used to us the 6/6/8 recipe (ounces of soft brown sugar/butter and oats in that order :0)

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    1. Hello. Give the flap jacks a try. I am not a huge fan normally but even I thought they were ok. Will hand your recipe over to my daughter as she is keen to collect different versions. Thanks for posting it. Selma x

    2. It's the baking to the correct texture that I find hard ..as a child they were baked in a Stanley solid fuel range and I can't seem to mimic them now ..darn it ..I keep making them too crisp!
      I shall have to try your daughter's recipe and see if that works better ..would you thank her for me :0)

    3. She baked them less than the recommended time, about 15 mins and they were really really soft as they came out, but on cooling hardened, hope that helps! Will tell her as she has been ill ever since and that may just cheer her up, thanks in return ♥


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