More socks…

Easy knitted socks free patternI’ve finished another pair of socks. Sock making is really lovely, the effortlessly magical way the wool creates its stripy pattern continues to fascinate me 🙂
Easy knitted socks free patternChild number one is very happy with them…Easy knitted socks free patternOf course, as I’m sure those of you with children know, that means I am being asked on an almost hourly basis how I’m progressing on the socks I’ve promised to make for child number two:DSC_0398 (1)Not too badly, I reply…Carters socks 2As I laze with my feet up and knit away the hours, Carters sockspausing only to nibble on feijoas (notice anything in the spoon?), feijoasand smell the sweet scent of this beautiful blue hyacinth…Hyacinth 2 HyacinthThen I wake up from that daydream, roused by the call to get back to preparing breakfast/lunch/dinner/ washing laundry/ cleaning/ work/ finding some lost doodad/ chauffeuring children to music/ friends/ sports –  did I mention I’m coaching a soccer team now too?

So yes Carter, I’m working on your socks love, they’ll be finished… soon, I promise.

J xx

Pizza night and a bunny

The school holidays are coming to an end this weekend, come Monday we’ll be back to the school/work routines. It’s lovely to take the time together to make some meals a special celebration of the season, the holiday and just being together.

We love a pizza in this family, and now that autumn is here and the evenings are fine but cool, it’s the perfect time for cozying up in front of the pizza oven.DSC_0247Ready to come out…
DSC_0211Maia set the table for us, including picking a bunch of autumnal leaves and flowers and making little place setting name tags…DSC_0215Of course, the pizza was delicious… there are never any complaints about eating dinner on pizza night!DSC_0234And as you might have noticed in the first photo, dessert was also cooked over the open flame – well the marshmallows were anyway 🙂DSC_0255If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen that I recently taught Maia to knit. She picked it up really quickly – I’ve tried and tried to teach her to crochet but it just hasn’t stuck – but she’s taken to knitting like a duck to water…13010748_1170263153026284_6216425662650888505_nDon’t you love the look of concentration?

I found this really easy pattern to make a knitted bunny, which is basically just  a square which you sew up in a triangle to make the head and then along the seam to make the body… that doesn’t make much sense, but  you can find a much better explanation here!

Stuffing the body…DSC_0204And sewing the final seam:DSC_0208Love that tongue!

Here’s the finished bunny, cute huh…DSC_0279Pretty nifty how two of the corners make the ears! Im thinking it would work just as well with a crochet square, and even better if you had a furry yarn. She was very pleased with herself, and I am very proud of her yarny creating 🙂

For me, Im working on sock two of my second pair of socks, this pair is MUCH easier than the first was!DSC_0293This is taken this morning, while having breakfast. Green smoothie and blueberry and apple pancake squares… the raspberries have finally finished for the season.DSC_0295Don’t you love the colors, these self striping yarns are awesome!

What’s going on at your place, what are you working on?

Have a great week everyone!
Janette df

An autumn walk

For  those of you that have been following for a while you will know that we live in Hamilton, New Zealand, very close to some spectacular gardens, maybe even best gardens in the world! This afternoon we took a family walk through them, and in the fading  afternoon light I took these photos – which I thought I’d share with you…

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Do children always have such boundless energy?

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I love this photo, but for the leaves, the fish could be swimming in the sky!

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Maybe that should be verdant autumn…Hamilton Gardens April 2015 13

Lots of fun with looooog shadows…

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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 🙂

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Autumn

  The weather is getting colder and the leaves are falling… Autumn 4Autumn 5Autumn 3 Autumn 2 Autumn Leaves I love how these two photos capture the beauty of the last few moments of the autumnal sun:Autumn 7 Autumn 6We took a stroll along the river and through the gardens this afternoon between 3 and 4pm, it’s amazing now how much shorter the days are now. It was a beautiful sunny day, but as the sun faded the chill night air moved in, so we headed for home.

How’s your week been? What’s the weather like where you are? J xox

A quiet moment…

Goodness me, it’s been a while hasn’t it? No real reason for a lack of posts, except that I have been waiting for topic inspiration to strike – which hasn’t really… Lots has been going on, but nothing that has struck me as truly inspirational and write-about-worthy – or maybe its the added pressure that more of you are now following me and I feel like I should say only noteworthy and sensible things?

This week I’m loving cups of tea from my new dragonfly cup… the weather is cooling, not during the day so much but cooler mornings and evenings, which signal that autumn is indeed here. Dragonfly cup and tea potMy blanket is coming along ~ slowly ~ but I promise you, progress is being made. I’m working on the last round of edging… in gorgeous duck egg blue. tea and crochet 4Once the edge is complete there’s only the ends to sew in, so I’m hoping to have a finished throw to share by the end of the week (sooner if I actually start crocheting more and procrastinating less!).tea and crochet 5So on that note, now that the children are tucked up in bed and the evening is closing in, I’m off to sip my tea and crochet a little more. How’s your week going, what are you working on right now? Do tell… Janette xox