Sunday, 8 May 2011

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day.

I've eaten beautiful Chocolate Caramel Brownies.
I've walked the dog and had a giant dog playdate for her.
I have delicious home cooked Salt & Pepper Squid for dinner.

Great day wouldn't you say?

Chocolate Caramel Brownies

I used The Pioneer Woman's recipe for these brownies with some Aussie ingredients instead of the american suggestions. To say they are divine is an understatement!!

Monday, 2 May 2011

Thanks but never again

I started this knitted dress for my daughter over a year ago and it's been an on-again, off-again love affair. During the process, I've discovered I'm a very slow knitter or perhaps an unmotivated knitter. But when my poppet kept growing taller and taller and taller, I thought I'd better get my proverbial skates on and finish the dress before she outgrew it!

There were only three balls of this delicious yarn in my stash and seeing as how they are hand dyed, I wouldn't be able to get another ball to match. So I took the project with me on our Easter holidays to Blanchetown and knit away furiously by the river, being watched bemusedly by our friends who are definitely not craftily minded. Funnily enough, the blokes got quite excited when I got to casting off and queued up to watch me knit the final stitch!

Suffice to say, I'll not attempt such a large knitted garment again. I'm a fast crocheter but a slow knitter. I've enjoyed the process but being short on time, I'm always happier with a quick finish project! On Ravelry here.

Rainbow Dress finished

With only three weeks to go till my second Lollipop Market stall, I thought some vintage style boys hats would be a nice addition to the Silly Gilly stock. Here's the first test run, made from courdroy and lined with a cotton. This is a super cute hat made with a pattern by Butterfly Tree. Fully reversible and quick to make. And I've got to say, my poppet doesn't make a very good boy impersonator!

Newsboy Hat

Newsboy Hat lining