Saturday morning

Navy crochetA wander in the garden, a little crochet and a cup of tea… is there a better recipe for a Saturday morning? I think not!

Navy crochet 4I was asked yesterday what I was going to be doing this weekend… and I’ll admit I felt a little apprehensive about admitting my lack of grand plans. But the truth is I relish weekends just now because I feel like the weeks are passing by in a blur… school, work, after school activities, and even birthdays (Carter has turned 6, 6! How can my baby already be 6?).

Navy crochet 5It’s a welcome relief to have no deadlines to meet, no school bells to beat and no alarms to snooze. Even if it is only for two days…

Navy crochet 2And I am pleased to report that my top – in stylish navy, don’t you agree –  has grown, to more than double the size pictured here… one side is now complete and the next has began. Bliss!Navy crochet 6

What do you have planned this weekend? J – xox

Pancake squares

Pancakes are a Saturday morning tradition in our house, and for those days when I can’t be bothered standing in front of the stove flipping pancakes, I whip up a batch of super easy pancake squares. These are simply a modified pancake batter cooked in the oven (all at once in a tin). To eat you just remove them from the pan, slice and serve… Easy! Pancake squares 2

Because we have a plentiful supply of raspberries at present we are really enjoying raspberries in our pancake squares. But the pancakes don’t have to have fruit – they are perfectly delicious without – and you don’t have to be limited to raspberries, through the winter we enjoy frozen blueberry or grated apple, or feijoa pancakes… all equally YUM YUM YUM! Pancake squares What could be easier, or more delicious?

Easy Oaty Pancake Squares

Heat oven to 180 C. In a medium bowl mix together well:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar

Add:

  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 50g melted butter

Stir through approx 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit (eg raspberries, blueberries, grated apple) – if using.

Pour into a lined baking dish and bake for 20 – 25 minutes until lightly golden. Test with a toothpick to ensure it’s cooked through.

Remove, slice into squares and enjoy topped with a little maple syrup and fresh fruit :)

D is for Dishcloth…

Crochet dishcloths  free pattern I Do Declare, a Darling crochet Dishcloth is Definitely going to transform your Dreary Dish washing….  Delivering you and your Dishes from Dirty and Dull  to  Divine!

Crochet dishcloths  free patternI Dare you to find someone who Doesn’t Deserve a Delectable Dishcloth aDorning their kitchen, Dashing Duty into Delight.

Crochet dishcloths  free patternAnd Don’t despair, you can soon have a Dozen of these Decidedly Delightful Dishcloths too!

Delightful Dishcloths

Using a 5mm hook and worsted weight cotton, chain any multiple of 2 stitches + 2… I used 30.

  • Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * to end.
  • Row 2 – 30: Chain 1, turn. Sc in the first space, *ch1, sc in the next space* rep from * to *  across. Remember to chain one at the end of each row and turn. Continue working in rows until your square looks square! Fasten off and join a new color.
  • Round one of edging: Repeat pattern, working AROUND the outside of your work (That’s sc in the chain 1 spaces, ch1) and work sc ch1 sc at each corner. Join with a ss to finish the round.
  • Round 2: sc in each stitch around putting 2 sc’s in each corner space. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

If this was in any way confusing, you can watch a video to see how to do this stitch in  more detail here (the pattern sc, ch 1 creates woven stitch – a very useful stitch pattern to have in your crochet repertoire! )

J xx

I am…

In my world right now I am: ConeflowerGardening… making the most of the summer that has officially extended into Autumn. These echinacea have been a feast for my eyes all summer long!

Coneflower 2Giving up in the battle to eat all the zucchini. My family now flat out refuses to eat anything containing zucchini – but as their palates are not yet refined enough to  detected it grated, it’s surreptitiously making its way into all manner of meals undetected heh heh heh. Question, at what point does a zucchini officially become marrow?? These: Marrows.

Marrows 2Potting? Potterying?? *Making* a whole menagerie of clay animals! Loving getting my hands dirty each week at a hand building pottery class I’m taking this term…

This is Petunia. If you follow my face book page you’ve probably seen quite a lot of her!

Pottery pigTie Dying… Deciding to tie dye with two children = reckless… There was dye, it was EVERYWHERE. Some even made it onto items of clothing.

Tie dying I have to admit that for the most part, the results (on the clothes) were fabulous. The same can’t be said for my hands… That black thumb lasted for days! Tie dying 2Crocheting… a little easy sweet crochet in sherbert cotton. More on that soon!

Crochet in cottonEating this  taste sensation! My current favourite toast topping? Natural peanut butter, banana and chia seeds. Once made it doesn’t last long! For the most part no body in my close vicinity shares my love of peanut butter creations… Do you?

output_NkY7fFWishing that summer could last forever, but knowing that as the nights begin to close in that its going to be gone soon… So Ill leave you with this gorgeous monarch one of many loving it up at our place right now before summer slips away.

Monarch on dahliaSo now I’d like to know, what are you…

Making

Giving up (it is Lent after all)

Crocheting

Eating

Wishing

Doing?

xoxo – J

Raspberries and a new crochet top

Despite a lovely long hot summer, this year our raspberries are ripening rather slowly… a little like my blogging of late, the pickings so far for 2015 have been pretty slim!!!

crochet top free patternLife just seems to be getting busier and busier. The lovely relaxed days of summer have become all but a distant memory and now that  school is back (actually they’ve been back for two weeks), there is so much more on and after school activities are back in full swing. Ive also been working more (and traveling with my job) which makes spare time a rare commodity.

crochet top free patternHopefully this lovely crochet and chiffon top makes up for the wait!

Ginko crochet top 5Simple and easy to make, this top is lovely and cool – perfect for the hot weather we are experiencing. It took a while to get the hang of a small hook and fine cotton in my hands, but once I had the knack, it was lovely to work with. Working with heavy wool in the summer = not my idea of a good time!

crochet top free patternThe only modification I had to make to the pattern was to add a lining/undershirt. Because the crochet lace at the top is so fine, and the bottom is so sheer, I needed a little something underneath – so I whipped up a knit (t-shirt type material) singlet in a similar pale blue which I attached to the inside at the shoulder seams. It worked perfectly, and using the over-locker (serger) means it only required a few seams to complete. If you didn’t want to make something specially, I’m sure a slip or singlet in a complementary color would also work just fine. Ginko crochet top 4I love the rose fabric, which took quite  lot of hunting to find – I almost purchased something else but decided it wasn’t quite right, I was so glad when I found this because I knew it was just what I had been looking for. I was so glad that I waited!

If you’d like to make this lovely top for yourself, check out the pattern and most excellent tutorial over at Genuine Mudpie, thanks Trish I love it!crochet top free patternI really wish I could share some of these fabulous raspberries with you all :) Of all the fruit and veges I grow, they are my favourite crop. Requiring no special treatment and not much water, they give us a huge return –  and the taste, did I mention how good they taste? Honestly they are to die for. Luscious little pearls of sweet AND tart that just burst on your tongue. Bliss!

Hope you are having a wonderful week, and enjoying a small (and healthy) treat where ever you are!

Love Janette xoxoxox

Lacy

Summer is in full swing here, its hot, but not only that, the humidity is verging on ridiculous. Needless to say the thought of crocheting wool isn’t that tempting just now :)

So instead I’m working on something suitably light and lacy… in a lovely cool shade of lightest blue 2ply cotton:Lacy crochet 6 Lacy crochet 5 Lacy crochet 4 Lacy crochet 3 Lacy crochet 2 Lacy crochetWhat are you working on at the moment, something seasonal? How’s the weather where you are? Janette xoxo

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