Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Pevensey Cardigan pattern now available!

Sorry about that - I disappeared for a bit there, didn't I. Mainly, to be honest, because the weather has been so lovely, and I've been forced to spend my time keeping everyone covered in suncream, filling the paddling pool, pushing the swing and refilling sippy cups.

But today! Today I finally finished, and launched, Pevensey.

Pevensey is a summer cardigan for a little girl, sized from 12 months to 5 years. The plain stocking stitch is made beautiful by the addition of lace at the hem and cuffs, and a pretty bow or button as fastening. It is worked in one piece from the bottom up with minimal finishing required. The double-knitting weight yarn means it knits up quickly.

Made in cotton this would be a lovely summer cardi, in something warmer it would be perfect for winter as well.

Click here to buy the pattern now!

Now I need to finish writing up the glove pattern because I know mother is eager to get started on test knitting them! Fifteen minutes before the school run. Hmm.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Recipe: Orange & Ginger Flapjacks

On Saturday some of my friends came for an afternoon visit, so Laura and I got baking. We made scones, and chocolate brownies, and fairy cakes, and we also made some orange and ginger flapjacks. This recipe is adapted from my normal flapjack recipe and very loosely based on some orange and ginger flapjacks I got in a Graze box one time. I've found that with these, the pan you select makes a big difference to the kind of flapjack you get - a larger pan will mean thinner, crunchier flapjacks, and a smaller one with mean thicker, softer, cakier flapjacks. So choose wisely.

Orange & Ginger Flapjacks

4oz caster sugar
4oz margarine or butter
2tbsp golden syrup
zest of 1/2 large orange*
1/2 tsp ground ginger
8oz porridge oats

Melt the sugar, margarine and syrup in a large saucepan. Mix in the orange zest, then the ginger and the oats. Press into a lined pan. Bake for about 20 minutes (until golden) at 170C. Leave in pan to cool, marking into slices while still warm.

*perfect excuse to make double quantities, or make one batch, eat them all up, then make another

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Pevensey cardigan

Last week got away from me a bit. Very busy, and then the busy bank holiday weekend with lots to do, and not much time for blogging. I did have time for knitting, though! And this is what I made.

I've called this cardigan Pevensey. It's a cardigan for a little girl and has lace at the hem and cuffs, and a ribbon fastening. I think it's so so pretty. It finally turned out just how I hoped! It's being test knit at the moment and should be available for sale hopefully by the start of the summer.