Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Bread

The quantities are approximate as I'm not big on measuring accurately.
3 1/2 cups bread flour
2 tsp yeast
1 cup mashed roasted pumpkin
1 tsp nutmeg
1tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp brown sugar
300ml warm water

Mix it all and together. Knead until elastic.
Let rise for an hour.
Knead briefly and place in a baking tin. Sprinkle with pepitas and let rise for a bit.
Bake until cooked.

Monday, September 29, 2008


I tend to go in phases with sewing. Organising fabrics, cutting and then sewing. I am nearly down to the last of the toys I cut out ages ago. I forgot this doll was languishing at the bottom of the pile. I am glad I found her, those bright flowers match the lovely weather outside.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The Weekend

I'm just planning my shopping list for the week. I figure AFL Grandfinal Day is the perfect time to go shopping. It should be pretty quiet. It will be nice to not have football taking up half the news for a while. Don't get me wrong and I am all for playing and participating in sport, but I'd like to see knitting or sewing lead the news one night perhaps with one of the headlines "Urgent Need For More Knitting Funding" or "Politicians Push For More Sewing in Schools" or "State to build Stitch'n'bitch building".
Rant over. Here's a lovely bag I finished this morning.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sock Bag #2

I took my new sock bag on my road trip and tested it out. Yesterday I made a few changes as it needed to be slightly bigger. So here it is - I've put this one in the shop. Hopefully there should be a few more by the end of the weekend.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Softies Website

I just discovered that the website for the Softies books is up!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Orange Cake

I feel better today after my rant yesterday. I just wanted to write it down so the next time we decide to go somewhere we will remember why it might be easier to stay home.
I thought we would do some baking from my new book today, the Baking Bible. Very hard to choose - so many good recipes in there. (Note to self - don't go book shopping while hungry.)

I suggested an orange cake, grace thought we should make a green cake. The orange cake finally won and I think it was a good choice as they were eating it before it could be iced.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Perth and Back

I'm back from another trip to Mum and Dad's and then to Perth.
Interesting things I have learnt on the way:
  • Taking a good photo of all of your children at the same time is impossible
  • Eva screaming in the car is very loud
  • If your child is not dressed head to toe in pink she must be a boy
  • Just when you are sure you don't need any more cook books you see 2 you just have to have.
  • Eva can scream the entire way back from Perth with only a very short break when I am sure she was just catching her breath and planning her next world record breaking screaming attempt.
  • I'm not sure how she hasn't lost her voice as I have a cold and haven't done any screaming and my voice is gone.
  • It is ok to cave in sometimes and buy them a DVD. Today I am so glad I did. I tried to convince myself that my head cold was getting better, but that didn't work so the girls had a quiet afternoon in from of tv and I tried to stop my head exploding.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Sock Bag

Once you find a good thing you may as well stick with it. I have done this top a few times now and I know the pattern so it was done in less than an hour last night.
Love this Little Red Riding Hood fabric.
A new sock bag - I have once again run out of bags to put my works in progress and things are falling out of the last one I made. So I made one with a zip. Just big enough for 6 inch needles and a ball of wool.

Monday, September 15, 2008


The days are strating to warm up and I Eva needs something to keep the sun out of her eyes and off her head as she is pretty bald. This is a smaller version of the hat I made the girls earlier this year with a slightly different shaped brim.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Clothes for Eva

I finished some clothes last night for Eva by the light of my head torch as the power went out just as I was sewing the buttons on. All are from Ottobre 1/2008. I sized this shirt pattern down to fit her and used some fabric from Amitie I bought at the craft fair I went to in Perth in May. Love, love this fabric.

A top just like the ones I made the girls earlier this year.
Matching pants too.I finished a custom order this morning.

An elephant for the shop.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


A hat for my sister Gemma who is living in Amsterdam. It is a Meathead Hat using Lamb's Pride Bulky. Perfect for a cold European winter. Ravelry Link.

I managed to jog on the treadmill without falling off today.

I have just put Beef Ribs, Coconut Braised into the slow cooker for dinner. My sister made this last time I was at her place and it was divine.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spring Forward

A completed pair of socks. Spring Forward in my own hand dyed yarn. I'm still deciding if this means I can cast on something new or if I should finish one of the many pairs of socks that are on the needles.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Random Things Today

My sister suggested I might like to actually finish something I have started. So I cast on a Baby Surprise Jacket.
I managed to finish something - a new bag that will be in the shop.
Eva has become a napper, the girls were like this and being my first I just thought this was how it was, then I discovered that there are very knowledgeable people who can help with this. They will be getting a phone call.
I had flashbacks when I saw some Guides selling these on the weekend. My sisters and I were Girl Guides and we used to be given boxes of these to sell. My mother dreaded this. I remember one year on a driving holiday up north eating packets of them in the back of the car. I'm sure Mum thought this was great. We got rid of them all and we were quiet for the trip. I hadn't eaten one since until I bought a packet for the girls. They have a chocolate layer now and taste better than I remember.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Father's Day

We are just at the end of a great Father's Day weekend. My sister and her family came for the weekend and also a friend, Jo braved the house full of many small girls. We had a nice day out in Nannup yesterday. I'm not sure what else we have done but eat. Lunch in Nannup yesterday. Lunch at the Cidery today. A good dinner last night (If anyone has the English Country Living Magazine from May the Chocolate Fondant Puddings are divine).
Here is Chris, Amelia and my niece Emme at lunch

Amelia on the slide.
A little bit of exercise after lunch yesterday - thanks Jo for the great photos.

The girls were allowed to wear their new clothes. I finished a shirt for Amelia just like the one I made for Grace.

They both got a pair of corduroy trousers. The pattern is from Ottobre 4/2008. I made them without any of the pockets so they were very quick and easy.

Friday, September 05, 2008


I thought after doing some bargain sewing I would have a little splurge. A wonderful parcel from Clothkits.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Ottobre Shirt

A shirt for Grace. The pattern is from my favourite issue of Ottobre - 1/2008.