Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sewing for knitting - peas in a pod!

Yip ... I've been working on these for a wee while - and some of you may notice that the material looks oddly familiar | They do indeed match my bag ;) but hey i love it so that sall that counts right!

So the big one was made following Jo's Pattern for a Interchangeable needle case - really easy to follow and is a great case. I altered bits to use the material i had the best and made small adjustments in how some bits were sewn together. But they are the first zips i have sewn in since Form 3 - so its not to bad ;)

Emma chose the buttons - again my trick of sewing to together for something a bit more unique :)

And the smaller one .... is a design I've worked on so keep checking and soon i let you all know more about it - but its the perfect hold 'most' for any knitter!

Now back to that knitting ..... I have a few finished items to share in the next post

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ..&.. Things I'm Loving

I MUST stay away from craft shops .... and craft my way through stash!!

some of my favs in there though

Monday, June 7, 2010

Completion, leftovers, and a new family favourite

YUM - Emma making mud pies

Yes, its when your at the right place, at the right time, that memories can begin to be made.
And today was no exception.

After a hard days work finishing the glass house - yes that's right finally and in time for winter vegetables, our glass house is finished

Doesn't it look great!!

Anyway .. all I had planed for Dinner was leftovers
(a dinner I always look forward to as it never takes much preparation)
and I was looking forward to a easy/lazy evening when I came across a request for a Apple Crumble Pie recipe on a Forum I frequent.
Now those that know me would know that I love to bake - puddings being no exception ... so when the recipe was posted and I knew we had apples to be used, I felt compelled to try it! and boy oh boy how lucky we are .. this has now been entered into our family favourites and I can see it being made over and over to 'use up' those apples! .. and who wouldn't enjoy a serving when its complimented with cream and custard.

It even looks divine!

And I'm not sure if it breaches copyright ... but here's the recipe for you all to enjoy as well.

Apple Crumble Pie

Ingredients for the base
125g butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour

For the filling
Stewed apples

For the topping
4 tablespoons brown sugar
8 tablespoons flour
50g butter
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves

Mix base ingredients together and press into a greased dish or individual cups. Press some of the mixture up the sides as well. Fill the dishes with stewed apple. To make the crumble, mix dry ingredients together and rub in butter. Spoon topping over stewed apple; bake at 180 centigrade for 30 minutes


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Free Pattern: Easy Kids Hand Warmers

I'm just updating this post as I'm hoping that the PDF Link is now working correctly from Ravelry, and i have also been asked if I can publish it on my blog ... so here it is

There have been many pairs knitted which were just amazing for the competition i ran in conjunction with the pattern release.
Thank you again to all the help people gave me with this xxx

Easy Kids Hand Warmers

By Samantha Goodin

This is a quick basic knit pattern to fit 1 - 5 year olds and can be easily adapted to ones uniqueness with addition of different colour yarns, cables, increasing ribbing / stocking stitch length, embellishments or addition of different stitches. It can either be knit in the round or flat then seamed and what better way to use up extra bits of yarn, or keep the kids that extra bit warm in winter.

This is the first pattern that I have put together so all feedback is appreciated,


Abbreviations used:

k = Knit

p = Purl

sts = Stitches

sm = Stitch Marker

Needle Size: 4mm

Yarn: 20 grams 8 ply

1 Stitch Marker required when knitting in the round

Gauge: 5.5 stitches and 7 rows

= 1 inch in Stocking Stitch

Instructions for knitting in the Round:

On either DPN’s or Magic Loop

Cast on 28 sts (Cable or Long Tail cast on) (in contrast colour)

Place stitch marker, Join in round

Row 1: [k 2, p 2] continue in pattern to sm

Row 2 - 7: Repeat row 1 to establish ribbing band

Row 8: p all sts

Row 9 - 13: k all sts (in main colour)
Row 14: k to sm, turn work
Row 15: p back across row to sm (to make thumb gap)

Row 16: k to sm, turn work

Row 17: p back across row to sm

Row 18: k all sts

Row 19: k all sts(this row closes the thumb gap)

Row 20: k all sts (in contrast colour)

Row 21: p all sts

Row 22: [k 2, p 2] continue in pattern to sm

Row 23 - 26: Repeat row 22 to establish ribbing band

Row 27: Cast off in pattern

Tie in ends

Then repeat for 2nd Hand Warmer

Instructions for Knitting Flat:

Then seam to create Hand Warmer

Cast on 28 sts (Cable or Long Tail cast on) (in contrast colour)

Row 1: [k 2, p 2] continue in pattern to end

Row 2 - 8: repeat row 1

Row 9: k all sts

Row 10: k all sts (in main colour)

Row 11: p all sts

Row 12 - 20: repeat rows 10 & 11 (using contrast colour on row 20)

Row 21: k all sts

Row 22: [k 2, p2] continue in pattern to end

Row 23 - 26: repeat row 22

Row 27: Cast off in pattern

Use tail yarns to sew edge seam, leaving a 6 row gap for the thumb between rows 12 - 17

Tie in ends

Then repeat for 2nd Hand Warmer

© This pattern is published in recognition of My Nana Brown, whom is my inspiration in knitting and I know it has been a joy for her to see her great grandchildren wearing this design.

It has been written for personal use only. It may not be reproduced for sale or any other reason without permission of

Samantha Goodin @

Thank you for respecting this.