Friday, July 30, 2010

2nd Instalment of Winter Sock Club

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.
I also finished my 'Esmeralda Theodora's' these are a gift for my DD birthday soon. Still having problems finding ribbon for these.
I also made a pair of toe up ankle socks for GD they turned out great.
This week I have been teaching my G D to make some of these little cuties. They use a bottle cork and are so easy to make, she learnt how to do purls decreases and cast off. She is very proud of them.
It has been a lovely week this week with lots of sunshine and a few frosts. Made a nice meal last night of Curried Meatballs and Satay Sauce.

Meatballs And Spicy Peanut Sauce

Cooking time 15 mins.

Microwave time 8 mins.

400g mince

1 onion finely diced

1 teas each of ground ginger and chicken stock

Salt & pepper

1 cup fresh bread crumbs

1 egg

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

More Theodora's

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.
I have already cast on for the beret pattern Calvados This is a design by Sheryl Greenfield that I won in a competition on her blog here. I am loving how this is knitting up, the wool I got off of Trademe its a thicker wool than required but seem to be working out okay. It is lovely and soft with a silver sheen running through it.
Been a bit of a sad week this week, my nephew died suddenly in the UK he was such a lovely guy. Times like this you wish you were closer. I am so pleased I got to catch up with him when he visited N Z a few years ago..... good memories.
Well the sun is trying to break though but it is very weak, good weather to sit and knit and get those WIPs finished.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Blessings.....

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Frosty and Sunny Day

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!
I purchased another skein of Vintage Purls sock wool Colourway
Sealing Wax, lovely as ever. I also got some Knit Pro fixed circulars to try my hand at doing my socks Magic Loop. I think it will take a bit of getting used as I have always done them on DPNS. My fingers resemble pin cushions as the points are sooo sharp.

I am trying them out doing my new Daphne sock pattern. I am finding it really hard doing the toe up socks using turkish cast on I suppose it is more practice makes perfect. The wool I am using is Coccon a 4 ply baby wool that I think will suit this pattern. I also finished a pair of Bella's Mittens for Courtney. They were a pleasure to knit I frogged a wrap and knit 2 strands together and got a perfect gauge.
Ive got 2 loaves rising in the warm sun, a Foccocia and a white loaf both out of Alison Holsts Breadbook. This is the best bread book ever......... no failures here.
Have a good weekend all and keep warm!

Oparara Arch

Oparara Arch

Bush Robin?

Bush Robin?
Sharing Lunch

Mirror Tarn

Mirror Tarn

Bush Walk

Bush Walk
Nearly There

Scotts Beach

Scotts Beach
Worth the Walk