Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Well I had a busy week last week spent a few days housesitting pets for my daughter..... that was fun! A 3 month puppy and a Sphynx cat it was like looking after toddlers. They both wanted my attention all the time. We had 2 cool days so the cat,who has no fur cuddled up to me wrapping his arms around my neck even when I was on the computer really must knit him a little coat. Every chance he gets he sits in the sun and is sporting a lovely tan!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Its nice to go away but its nicer to come back home. I have just spent nearly 4 weeks in Christchurch visiting my daughter and family. I was lucky enough to get a lift to Hanmer Springs then was picked up from there by the family.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Haven't got much to report on the knitting front except 2 little tops knitted from the top down which I love, with no seaming which is always a bonus.
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
Well finally it feels like spring is in the air. I do so love this time of the year,
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Today has been quite cold with gales, rain, hail also sun at times so that was nice. Been out a bit this week, went to my friends Ruth for a catch up, when I returned 2 parcels were waiting for me. I seem to be blessed this last week or so with unexpected parcels. One was from my other daughter in Christchurch who sent a big bag of my favourite Earl Grey tea-bags, 2 Sherbet Dabs and a Walnut Whip to remind me of my childhood in England, some makeup and perfume samples and nail polish, I am really spoilt. The other parcel was from the lovely Morag from Vintage Purls, with 2 lovely skeins of sock yarn in a blood red so scrummy and a nice blue not sure what I will be doing with them yet, have to be something special for that red!
Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
I really mixed this pattern up, in a good and not so good way. Made a few mistakes but was liking the colours and decided to do a few stripes on the top I really love it but the tension was a bit too tight and barely fits Joel. I have already started another for Georgia as she thinks it is trendy. My gauge so much better and will probably fit me now I decided to go up a size! cant win..... but I will get it right.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Dull rainy day today just right for baking and some knitting. I have got a loaf of bread rising and have just made some Date Scones. I just added a cup of chopped dates to dry ingredients
450 gr S.R flour (eg 3 1/2 cups flour 6 tsp B. P
50 gr butter
350 mil milk
Stir mixture of flour salt B.P. Rub butter into flour make well in centre and add milk I usually put a little water in the milk. Stirring quickly and lightly to soft dough. Turn onto floured board and knead lightly 10 times with fingertips. Roll to 15mm 3/4-inch thickness and shape as desired. Glaze tops with milk and beaten egg Bake 230 (450) for 10-15 mins.
Been trying to use up some of my odds and ends of sock yarn and found this pattern Mini Mochi Fair-isle Hat and Mittens Pattern. Trying to practice stranded work it takes me ages to do a row and my finger is full of puncture holes! and my yarn is all tangled I suppose practice will make perfect . It will be interesting to see how the gauge goes as it is looking quite small.
Well the sun is trying to come out to brighten up the day cant believe that we have had quite a mild winter and it is the first day of spring in a couple of days!
Friday, August 27, 2010
What a super pattern, very clever. Sunday Market Shawl Stockinette quite boring but how lovely is it to unravel those dropped stitches!. Cast on 36 stitches and only used about 65g and it measures out at 62”x12” with a lovely drape will be making this one again for sure.I didnt even block it just washed it and laid it out straight! Only took me just over 1 day I used 4 ply for this but you could do it any weight. Love the colour of this "Sealing Wax" from Vintage Purls as always
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Yesterday I decided that I needed to try some stranded colourwork before I tackled any of the V P designs for birds and bugs from the Sock Clubs.
Friday, July 30, 2010
These arrived this week and the colours are lovely as usual, the pattern more than a little challenging but really amazing. I have never done colourwork before but would like to give it a go perhaps one day soon. In the parcel was some lovely chocs and some gift tags, which I am sure I will use! Well done Morag.
Meatballs And Spicy Peanut Sauce
Cooking time 15 mins.
Microwave time 8 mins.
1 onion finely diced
1 teas each of ground ginger and chicken stock
Salt & pepper
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
I add a few more dried bread crumbs if mixture is wet
2 tsp curry powder
½ cup peanut butter
2 tlbs soy sauce
1 tlbs hot chili sauce or ½ tsp chili powder
¼ cup tomato sauce
1 cup water
400 grams Spaghetti
Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Use wet hands to form into balls.
Bake 180 for 15 mins.
combine sauce ingredients heat until almost boiling. Pour over the meatballs, serve with noodles or spaghetti.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
This week has been all about socks. I was lucky enough to get this delicious yarn from Vintage Purls called Esmeralda, I was looking for something to knit the Theodora pattern again and this is how they are turning out. I really like this pattern and I am getting used to toe ups. I am in a hurry to get them finished for R s Birthday, hope I have better luck finding some ribbon this time have none in my stash that works. I also finished a pair of plain socks in another V P yarn, lepanto, lovely shades of blue black and green. Which looks even better knitted up, goes great with Jeans, this one is for me.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Hard frost this morning -2 deg Brr! Been fighting a cold this week but finally on the mend. Have been eating lots of kiwifruit and hot lemon and honey drinks. The lemons came from Lindsey's friend Kathy's tree ....... thanks Kathy!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
These popped into my mailbox this morning, seems like history repeating itself again but this isn't a sock club just some goodies ordered from Morag from Vintage Purls.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
This arrived in my mailbox the other day. The 1st installment of the Winter Sock Club from Vintage Purls. There was some lovely goodies awaiting. The Notebook is very useful having small squares to do your workings out on. A very clever construction going on with the pattern.
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Woke up this morning and decided the plan would be to do some baking, the weather was bleak and drizzly so just right for it. Soaked the dates in hot tea while I walked up to the shops early( 9 am) to get supplies. The Date and Walnut Loaf recipe came from The New Zealand Women's Weekly. I doubled the mixture and it made 2 good sized loves., this recipe is a keeper!