27 February 2011

Flying off the needles

My sister is expecting her second child in just over a week, so I've been knitting frantically to get a few bits finished for her.

I made this little coffee bean cardigan in Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran, which is so soft and just right for a little baby.
This apple blossom cardigan was another free pattern (as was the one above) and I though yellow would be just right for the spring. It was supposed to be in worsted weight yarn, but I used DK which actually gave a better size, more like a real newborn size.

Finally for her I made this little cardigan, which I have made before for Evie and Leah, and I chose to use something other than pink. I think she likes it!
I also made something for leah that she actually doesn't mind wearing. The yarn is the yarn that I got from sirdar as a replacement, so the only cost to me was the pattern.

I think it turned out rather well.

24 February 2011

What better to cook than cookies............

Leah's friend came over yesterday, so we baked some cookies together. You are supposed to use chocolate chips for the recipe, but I used mixed fruit instead.

Here is the recipe.
4oz butter or margarine
2oz caster sugar
3oz soft brown sugar
8oz plain flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, beaten
4oz of choc chips (white and brown) I used mixed fruit instead
set oven for 180 degrees and grease 2 baking sheets
cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
add egg a bit at a time, along with the vanilla extract.
sift the flour and baking powder together over the mixture and stir in with a metal spoon. Stir in the fruit.
using 2 spoons, place the mixture on the baking sheets, wide enough apart to allow for spreading whilst cooking. makes 15 cookies.
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden, moving around in the over after 10 minutes for even cooking if necessary.
Leave on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack for cooling.


23 February 2011

Look what I made!

It's not that often that I experiment with making something completely new, but last week I did.

I made some lovely bath bombs and I was so pleased with the results. I think that Leah aand I will be making some of these later in the year for Christmas presents, especially as she will be at school and everyone seems to give their teachers a gift these days.

07 February 2011

Happy birthday Evie May!!

Who would have thunk it? Little Evie is a whole year old today.

We had a party for her on Saturday and today she's been with her sister to a friend's birthday party and had a great time. So great she's having a little nap now.....

She's changed so much, I really don't know where my little baby has gone. Doesn't time fly!

She's still no good as modelling her clothes, so I have had to post a photo of her latest cardigan without her wearing it. Not as cute, I must admit, but at least it shows what I've made.

A really nice easy pattern, although I didn't fancy embroidering the flowers as the pattern suggests.