Saturday, 30 January 2010

Easter Chicks!

I have started knitting some homemade Easter gifts this week.

They are so easy to make and I have been using up odd balls of wool, although I have ordered some fluffy yellow eyelash yarn to make some more.

The pattern is kn
itted in one piece of garter stitch.

  • Cast on 26 sts.
  • Knit 28 rows in Garter stitch
  • New Row – K2 tog, all across row.
  • Break off yarn leaving an end long enough to thread through remaining stitches.
  • Pull up remaining 13 stitches tightly and fasten off.
  • Stitch with a back seam then thread a running stitch through at this point to form neck.
  • Stuff head then pull up thread at neck and fasten off tightly.
  • I have used stick on goggle eyes that I had but you could easily just stitch them on. I also used some leftover felt to make beaks.

Thursday, 7 January 2010


Today I have been baking cute teddy biscuits for my little boys 1st Birthday on Saturday. The recipe is lovely and easy and I have never had a batch not turn out delicious.

350g plain flour
200g butter
1tsp bicarb
300g sugar
1 egg
1tsp vanilla essence

  1. Cream together butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  2. Add the flour and bicarb, mixing well until it has a doughy texture. You may need to add more flour, see how the mixture looks.
  3. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough and use a cutter of your choice or form into little balls.
  4. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper, allow a little space between each as they do expand a bit. If you made little balls push them onto the tray so they flatten.
  5. Bake at 180c for around 10-15 minutes.

My latest batch looked like this:

Perfect for the Teddy Bears picnic!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow Day!

I thought I would take advantage of the snowy weather to complete number 59 on my list: Make a snowman.

So here he is!

He is called Simon.

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Bucket List day!

Today I am going to begin to give some thought to 100: Start to write a Bucket List. I am not going to finish it obviously, I see my Bucket List as being a fluid thing that can change and be added too as life takes me. I will spend some quiet time thinking of what is important to me and what I want to achieve from life.

I have also began on 52: Make my Best friend a 30th Birthday Lucky Dip. Later in the year my best friend turns 30 and I am making her a little basket with 30 individual presents inside. Some are small gifts some are larger more special ones. I have picked up a few items in the sales that I think she will like and I have begun to wrap them in different paper. Already she has 7 little gifts and they look very cute being all different colours.