Tuesday, 29 July 2014


We've been having some fun painting the last little while. I've been making up edible paint for the kids to mess about with. 

The recipe I've been using has been - 

1.5 cups corn flour
2.5 cups water
A few drops of food colouring

Mix the corn flour and water together. Then heat over a gentle heat until it thickens. You want thick custard consistency.

This amount makes about 2 jam jars full. I just store it in the fridge and then pour out a little and add a few drops of food colouring. It keeps well for about a week or so - well that's how long I've had it before it was used up. It does separate a little by the end but a good stir (and a little heat if necessary) gets it back to the consistency you want.

The kids love it and when the littlest one inevitably decides to see what it tastes like there's no worries about anything nasty.

Friday, 25 July 2014

Composite Test Knit

I've just completed a test knit for Kelly Brooker. It's a cute little slim fit sweater with lace cap sleeves. It's written in 3 yarn weights (fingering, DK and worsted) and 16 sizes (newborn to 10 years) so a wonderful pattern as to be expected from Kelly.

I knit the 50 cm (18-24 months) size in Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk in shade 346 Dusty Pink. It took a little under 2 balls. Little lady is only 13 months but is a bit big for her age and as you can see this size fits nicely.

Pretty as a Picture

A little while back my friend Kerry sent me a surprise parcel in the post with a sweater and t-shirt for the little lady and little man but also some fabric and a book of patterns for me. The book was Handmade Beginnings by Anna Maria Horner. Leafing through it my eye was immediately drawn to the "Pretty as a Picture" dress and decided to make it for the little miss. I've been meaning to try sewing some clothes for a while (especially kids clothes as their small) but have been a bit daunted by it. I figured that this would be a good project to jump in with.

A couple of weeks ago I got time to cut out the pieces and yesterday I finally got them sewn together. The instructions in the book were laid out clearly step-by-step, so perfect for a beginner like me. It may not be perfect but I'm quite proud of the result as I've never sewn a garment before.

Little lady seems happy with the result too!