Sunday, March 02, 2014


Since I finished my Amery shawl all I have wanted to do is knit all the things. It's funny when I'm being monogamous to a project, all I want to do is cast on more.

The first project I cast on was the Matchmaker by Martina Behm. I'm using Wollmeise Schwarz and Skandal Um Rosi WD in twin.

I then cast on another After thought heel by Laura Linneman. I asked Mike to pick out some yarn for socks, and this is what he picked. This is Ladybug fiber and it is so nice to knit with, and it wears really well.

I then cast on another shawl. It's the Milk run shawl by Cat Wong. After wearing my Amery shawl on Friday night I thought I needed something a little longer, but I also wanted something very simple for home, and I have wanted to knit a shawl with Madelinetosh Vintage in the Antler colour way for such a long time. I'm loving how squishy it is.

And Monkey in her hammock. We bought cat furniture for the kitties, and Monkey has spent most of the weekend like this. Our cats have such good lives.

Have a great week!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Ravellenic games FO

I finished!

My project was the Amery Shawl by Donald Waalen. It was the perfect tv knitting project. My yarn was Little plum Yarns in the worsted  weight, in the "silver" colour way. I have one more skein left, so I'm thinking I'll knit a beanie.

                                         I love the feel of the yarn, it's super soft and squishy. 

I hope everyone has a great week.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yarn and muffins make for a great Monday

I'm not a fan of Monday's, normally because I go to bed late over the weekend, and then I have to struggle through Monday. And because Mondays are super busy, so it means very little knitting gets done.

However, yesterday I had the perfect pick me up, I had a package from Spin Monkeys, it's my first order from Tara, and I am loving the depth of her colours. And to make it a little sweeter, Tara is giving a 20% Discount on all orders, thanks to Molly from A Homespun House. I think the coupon code was "Homespunhouse". If you haven't watched her podcast, you should. Molly also has a Etsy shop of the same name. I am currently looking forward to one of her project bags :)

I am sorry for the slightly blurry photo, I'm not sure what went wrong. The light gray is a DK weight and the dark gray is sock weight yarn.

I also baked another batch of muffins last night, and they are amazing! They are a Banana crumb muffin. I got the recipe from the Lovin from the oven blog. And the only change I made was adding a little cinnamon into the muffin mix. I know they don't look appetizing, but trust me they are worth trying. 

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 16, 2014


The last time I posted I had a batch of mango & coconut muffins in the oven, I used the recipe from the blog My lovely little lunch box, and although everyone seemed to love them I think I would add some lemon zest  the next time I make them. I love both mango and coconut, but together they felt too gentle. And I did love that the recipe only called for half a cup of sugar. I'm always horrified when a recipe will call for 2 cups of sugar in a cake.

I also baked a batch of apple & cinnamon muffins yesterday, and they were amazing. The kitchen smelt so good. I found the recipe on the Add a pinch blog. The only change I made was sprinkling cinnamon sugar on the muffins before I put them in the oven. I will be making these again.

I am still working on my Amery shawl, I started working on the body of the shawl and it's moving along nicely. I'm still loving the yarn and the colour, I'm really looking forward to wearing it this winter.

And because it was raining all weekend, and ignoring the fact that it has 100% humidity, I made soup. Other than the flavour of this is soup, I love that I have leftovers for my lunch this week.

Have a great week.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Bread saves the day

I feel like this week has been a knitting fail. Between feeling like I was coming down with a cold, having a super busy week at work, and Monkey not only chewing my bamboo knitting needles that contained my Ravellenic games project, she also chewed my yarn.

I did try to save the needles, but sadly it was not meant to be. So with the speedy delivery of a new set of needles from The Wool Inn, I am back in business. I have never been to, or ordered from The Wool Inn, but after 24 hour service I will be ordering from them again.

I did have a baking highlight this week, and that was in the form on Banana & Coconut bread, I used a recipe that I found on the Cookies cakes pies oh my website. And it was a huge hit at work. It was low in fat and sugar, but so very tasty. I currently have a batch of Mango & coconut muffins in the oven, so I will let you know how they turn out.

I hope everyone is having a great week.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Where everybody knows your name.

For some people that's the local pub, but for me it's the post office. And, oh the joy of hearing the words ''Hi Kylie, you have a package".

Today I was delighted to receive my first order of Skein worsted yarn. And, it is super soft. I was thinking about a matching stripy cowl and beanie. But for now I'm happy to just pet it.
And last weeks mail included an order from Tangled Yarns in Brisbane. They have a weekly email that drives me a little batty.  I consider myself lucky that I only bought three skeins of Crazy Zauberball yarn.

So today I listened to a podcast, and this is a new to me podcast. It's Subway Knits, by the lovely Maria. And I almost squealed with delight when I heard the intro, an interview with Martina Behm! It was amazing to hear Martina talk about her knitting life, and how she started designing, and how her husband is now involved in the designing process. 

I am still working on my Amery shawl for the Ravellenic games, and hope to be on the body of the shawl by the end of the week.

Have a great week everyone.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Just add winter

I have knitting, baking and my own little Eureka marathon, but I'm missing something. That's right, winter. I love nothing more than sitting in front of the fire with my knitting. But sadly it is currently 34c/93F and set to reach 37c/99F.

So instead of a fire, I have the a/c on. And, instead of a hot cup of tea, I have a cold glass of iced tea.

And a piece of orange and poppy seed cake. I feel that Sunday is a perfect day to bake because I can take the leftovers to work. The joy of baking with half the guilt.

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Let the games begin.

After a great deal of thought, I decided to join the Ravellenic games via Team Sasquatch. The pattern I have chosen is a shawl called Amery by Donald Waalen.

Now Team Sasquatch are going by the original rules set by the fabulous Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. So to participate it has to be a challenge. My shawl is quite simple, so the challenge isn't in the technique it's just trying to finish it on time.

I'm knitting it with Little Plum Yarns in her worsted base in the 'silver' colour way. It's the first time I've knit with Sharon's yarn, and I am truly loving it.  She has a group on Ravelry where you can place an order and she also does updates on her Facebook page.

I will also be following #ravellenicgames on Instgram.
Happy Knitting!

Friday, February 07, 2014

Where does the time go??

It's been a while since I last posted anything here, and quite often I do think about my blog, but like most people I am time poor. I am also now back at work after three weeks off and sadly that holiday feeling is slowly disappearing. I am hanging on to the fact that Easter isn't far away.

Since I last posted my brother & sister in-law gave birth to the very sweet Charlie. Charlie is a very cool and relaxed little boy, it's quite obvious he is a second child ;)

And Mike and I also added to our family in the form of a super cute kitty called Monkey. And, let me tell you it is a name well earned.

Monkey is a rescue kitty from our local vet. She is so very sweet and so entertaining to watch. It's been quite sometime since we have had a kitten in the house, and I think we had both forgotten how much fun they can be.

And I am going leave you with my knitting goals for 2014.

1.Knit as least 14 projects. They can be projects I have already started but they must be finished in 2014. ( I have already finished three projects)

2.The bulk of these projects have to be knit from yarn that I already own.

3.The only time I am allowed to buy yarn is if it’s on sale, a gift for someone, my birthday, if I sell some yarn I am allowed to replace it with new yarn of the same yardage or if it’s a special base or colour that is a one off special ;) (Because I am only human)

4. I would like to knit as least one sweater, start a blanket and knit as least four gifts for family or friends. ( I have already knit one gift)

And so far I am quite happy with my progress :)
Happy Knitting!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday night rituals

I grew up like most children loving Friday nights.

Mum would pick my brother, Alex and I up after work and we would all go and do the grocery shopping. It would start with Mum at the butchers and my brother and I either getting hot chips at the chicken shop or checking out the latest cassettes in our local music shop.

We would then continue down to Franklins to buy the bulk of our food. I remember with fondness the treats my brother and I would place in the trolley when we thought our Mum wasn’t looking. While my brother went for things like Burger Rings and apricot bars, I went after the chocolate and jelly cats.
Dinner on a Friday night was normally chicken and more chips or one of Mums favourites, sweet ‘n’ sour chicken and rice. And of course my Dad wasn’t much of a ‘rice man’, so he would insist on steak, eggs and chips.

When all the shopping had been put away and dinner had been eaten we would all retreat to the lounge room and watch shows like The Golden Girls and other wholesome PG rated shows.

 As time goes on our tastes change, but one thing stays the same. The love of Friday nights. These days I am more likely to be treating myself to a nice piece of cake and a cup of tea. While sitting back with my knitting, watching a English murder drama or catching up knitting podcasts.

So as I sit back with my mini lemon meringue pie and my knitting I  hope you too are building Friday night memories.