Thursday, January 22, 2015

Olaf the Snowman - straight needle knitting pattern

For ages people have been asking for a straight needles Olaf.... And yes, I finally managed to find the time, and the mental clarity, to make this happen.

I've updated my Etsy store listing for the pattern to include the instructions for a straight needles Olaf along with the double pointed pattern. You can find him here: Olaf Knitting Pattern



Recently I have noticed a wee change in my popular patterns. Last year I was selling so many Edith beanies, well, I started to go a little nuts! This year it is Olaf, Minion toys and Animal Ear Hair clips taking the front seat. It's a nice change of pace.

I'm toying with designing patterns for Big Hero 6 or not.... So we'll see how that goes.

But keep watching this space for updates. :)


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Happy New Year!

Well, I know it is waaaaaay into the new year already, but it has been chaos with hospitals, beagles and family. But all seems to be settling down now.


What's he plan for 2015 you say? Well, mainly to get sorted... Lol. The plan involves posting far more frequently, more recipes and knitting patterns.... As well as more garden.


Soon you will see an undated Olaf pattern for straight needles.... Recipes for eggplant and potatoes, greenhouse updates and probably more doggie pics.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Seed planting calendar

I'm obsessed with seeds at the moment, but I'm still a seedling novice at heart. All the Pinterest seed planting calendars I find are for America.... Which has backwards seasons to us down here in New Zealand. In my desire to help others find a good planting guide, I'm linking here to Yates... Who have a nice easy planting guide for New Zealand.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Apple Pie made in the Apple!

Goodmorning…. here in New Zealand it is autumn. Apples are fully in
season, and the cooler days make warm apple pie such a delicious option.

Here is a recipe for Apple Pie…. made IN THE APPLE.

But I am being sneaky… this is my recipe, but I currently have it in a
pie making contest.  If you would like to make this pie, and I
recommend you do, please pop over to my Instructables account.  Here are step by step instructions on making the pie.  If you would, I would love it if you would vote for my pie. Instructables is free to join, and well worth it in my mind.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunglasses Case with Cables - Knitting Pattern

Well, it's about time for a new pattern methinks. Long overdue infact. I blame the app I usually use for blogging.... Which for some reason keeps crashing and losing my very witty comments. So I've changed.... Goodby "posted using blog press" and hello "posted with bloggy".


With Cyclone Lusi being a bit of a let down around here, all I get is a lot of humidity and heat.... It's time for a sunglasses case... Or glasses case. And I do love me some cables. This one is seamless, made on 3 needles, and best out of 100% cotton (something that won't scratch the ol lenses)


You will need:

3 x 4mm double pointed needles

Cable needle


100% cotton DK yarn


Sunglasses case


Cast on 20

Knit front and back of each stitch, placing each alternate stitch on different needles. This will give you 20 stitches on each needle.


Knit 1 rotation


The pattern repeats over 6 rows

1. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

2. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

3. Knit 5, purl 2, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

4. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

5. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.

6. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 5 - repeat on second needle.


Repeat these 6 rows 7 times.


Cast off 20 (all stitches from first needle.)


Complete on remaining stitches, knitting back and forth.

1. Knit 5, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit

2. Purl 5, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 5

3. Knit 5, purl 2, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 2, knit 5

4. Purl 5, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 5 - repeat on second needle.

5. S1, knit 1, psso, Knit 3, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 3, k2 tog

6. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 2, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 2, purl 2 tog


7. S1, knit 1, psso, Knit 1, purl 2, knit 6, purl 2, knit 1, k2 tog

8. S1, purl 1, psso, knit 2, purl 6, knit 2, purl 2 tog

9. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 1, place 3 on a cable needle to the back, knit 3, knit 3 from cable needle, purl 1, p2 tog

10. S1, knit 1, psso, purl 5, knit 2 tog

11. S1, knit 1, psso, knit 4, k2 tog

12. S1, purl 1, psso, purl 2, p2 tog

13. Cast off. Using the last stitch, chain 6, attach to make a loop to act as a button hole.


Sew on a button and darn in tails.


What's Growing: March 16, 2014

This weekend we were set to feel the effects of Cyclone Lusi. So, we were up late on Friday night dealing with firewood that needed stacking in the shed, and I was planting until it was too dark to see, then again as soon as day broke on Saturday.
Then the rains didn't hit until late Saturday evening.... I even managed to dry 2 loads of washing before the weather looked like turning. It was fortunate that Lusi was downgraded to a depression, but the flurry of productivity in the threat of her arrival was pretty amazing.
In the Greenhouse
Currently the greenhouse has the doors closed all day, but the windows open. The taro is thriving, as is the watermelon and cucumber plants. Actually the cucumber plants are covered with baby vegetables, so I think the bees have been doing their thing. The temperature gets well over 30 degrees in the day, and hovers around 12 degrees overnight. Soon we will have to look at closing the windows... And making preparations for warming it in winter.
The tomato to plant moved into the greenhouse from the flower garden is doing super well, so maybe I'll have late tomatoes. The mescaline is going to seed- don't tell the husband as he always pulls plants at this stage. I want it to self seed.... And the lettuce is amazing. Coriander loves the conditions, and yesterday I added peas. We shall see what happens there.
In the Raised Beds
The corn is nearing the end of the season. I'm just waiting for the last few cobs to yellow and that bed will be destroyed. It needs serious manure. I'm not sure what to plant in it for winter, or if I should just mulch and cover it.
The chillies are magnificent. We have already frozen enough for the year, and we have both garnered the staff at our place of employ with chillies to great applause. So definitely a good move. Giving away vegetables is the biggest joy in my mind, as often it's reciprocated. A neighbour gave us carrots and cabbage, which I loved, as our carrots are still wee and the cabbage became a sacrificial crop to the white butterflies.
The pumpkin is growing slowly, so I want soup on my horizon. The leeks are doing well, and I am now trying to just chop the top off, leaving the roots in the ground. According to a thing I saw on Pinterest, this should grow new leeks. I have my doubts, but it does save the other leeks having their roots disturbed. I am tempted to plant more leeks in the greenhouse, as I do love them so.
I was given bird netting to put on my strawberries... But I haven't seen that project through yet.
In the Flower Beds
I discovered before heading to China last year that a garden with edibles in it was more likely to be watered by the man than a garden with just flowers.... So every garden bed will have edibles before too long. There was a neglected bed in the front garden. Neglected as it's full of bulbs, so usually has great blooms with no effort. However, someone decided to cover the garden with grass clippings.... Killing most of the blooms, leaving it looking lacklustre.
Enter a lemon tree, 3 bags of compost, and a whole host of flower seedlings. This is what I was doing into the wee small hours of the night on Friday. During the week I have been pruning back the hedge that fell over a while back, trying to find a shape again... And then weeding. Last nights rain will have done it a great deal of good, as it was in a bad, bad way. The soil was tired and the land so dry. Hopefully it will be a great bed in the end.
Next thing to do is sort out those hanging baskets!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

We've Moved!

We've moved!

Not moved house- that would be far too much work... though, almost as much work is moving this blog.

While I won't be taking any of these posts down, I will be posting here less frequently.

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