Annie Gray, my first pattern, was released on Monday!
A delicate top for a girl that loves comfort. The rib bodice will expand with your child as she grows and allow free movement when playing in the warmer months. The top can be dress length for a younger child & as she grows it will become a tunic top. The lace is simple yet effective & with the addition of a ribbon tie it will dress up well for a party or special occasion. Your Annie Gray can have fixed straps or buttons for the straps to customise fit, ribbon or no ribbon and a singlet top or a babydoll tunic dress.
My Nana was a talented and prolific knitter who knitted for many a tourist and local as they visited her at the small craft market in my hometown. This pattern is named in her honour – Annabel Hewett nee Gray. Nana passed on tips & tricks to my Mum (her daughter in law) and in turn passed this information on to me. There was one jersey that all three of us worked on so Nana and her knitting skills are to be thanked!
Some of the beautiful Annie Gray’s created through the testing phase.
The pattern is available to buy as a PDF file on Ravelry. See the link on the left hand side to go to the pattern on Ravelry.
We were so lucky to get some free ticket’s to see Taylor Swift in concert on the 1st of December. Taylor Swift had kindly gifted alot of tickets to members of the NZDF and families. How awesome is she?!
Many names were entered into a ballot and with tonnes of luck our family was one of the lucky ones. My husband & I decided to keep the news to ourselves to surprise them. I think that Ariana would have worn herself out in anticipation anyway.
Very excited girls!! Outside Vector Arena, not long after we told them where we were going.
The show was amazing! Lots to look at with all the dancer’s on stage and screens. Taylor did a great job going around the crowd and making herself as close as she can to the 12, 000 people there to see her.
The girls and I.
At our special ticket pick up point, the girls were able to write a special message to Taylor Swift to say thanks!
Ariana writing a message to Taylor Swift.
Some photos of the concert.
Girls with Dad.
A few months ago I had a knitting design pop into my head while on school holidays. I saw a little girls hip wee top and thought that would be cool to replicate into a knitting pattern. Well, that idea sat bouncing around in my head while I rushed other test knits and projects. I sat down eventually and nutted things out and then another idea worked it’s way out onto paper. Annie Gray is the babydoll/singlet top that is now a reality and is in the process of being test knitted by a group of knitter’s to iron out kinks and make it an easy to read pattern with a great result. It is a nerve wracking time!
Here is a sneak peak of Annie Gray:
Right, off I go to knit another sample for Makayla. Be back later.
School term is back (YAH!) and the last one for the year. The school holidays speed by with lots of fun and family times.
We had my nephews Christening ♥ and then in the first week the kid’s found the sprinkler and they had a blast on the lawn.
We went to movies and the girls went to the Zoo and then we visited my husband’s parents in Central North Island. Beautiful place!
One morning the two big girls and Dean went for a ride on horses and a play at the play ground. The girls picked flower’s for Grandma from her garden and they helped Granddad get the free range chooks into their coop and feed them.
While my hubby took the two big kid’s to the Auckland Zoo, my friend & I attacked my garden. The weeds were banished quick smart into heaps which Holly loved carting around “helping”. The big spade was used to aerate the soil and break it up to plant seeds.
The stink part was transporting some fresh compost to the garden from our compost bin. Oh lordy, did it honk! We mixed this in with the soil already there as it would have been too much for seeds. We added in some seed raising mix and planted some rows of baby carrots, lettuce and radish and planted the lavender bush into the garden. The rectangle garden then had some flower seeds around the edge to help combat bugs attacking the vegetables.
In some cut up milk bottle container’s we planted a range of vegetable’s and some more butterfly enticing flowers. Now the fun is watching these all grow!
In the butterfly part of the garden we moved one swan plant from last year to be closer to the other two. Some butterfly enticing seeds were planted at the driveway end. We planted some more butterfly flower seeds in some containers and I will plant them in this garden later on. Some of these seeds were so delicate. The butterfly seeds were from a packet from the Butterflies for Tara showcase in June.
Butterfly Flower Seed Mix
I had a play with my new DSLR camera and captured these photo’s of flowers in our garden. The rose & lavender were my gift’s from Mother’s Day from the girl’s and the other flower’s are just natural (wild) flower’s around the section.
It was quite therapeutic to get outside and do this. It looks great now and the kid’s were super impressed when they came home. My friend and I will sort out the front of the house and get some sunflower’s growing out there.
This was a recipe my Mum and Jo used to make for sale at Mainline Station. Mum wrote out lots of recipes from my childhood and the cafe into a special journal recipe book. It is one of the best Christmas present’s ever.
Chocolate Almond Slice
Cream 6 oz butter & 3/4 C sugar
Add in 2 small eggs, 1.5 C flour, 1.5 tbsp cocoa powder & 1.5 tsp baking powder.
Put in a greased slice tin and bake for 20 minutes at 170 degrees.
When the chocolate base is cold or nearly cold put the almond filling made up with:
Cream: 6 oz butter, 12 oz icing sugar
Mix in: 2 egg yolks, 6 oz cornflour & 3 tsp almond essence
Chill for a little bit and then top with chocolate icing.
Chocolate Almond Slice
These tasty morsels have a funny name but are quite moreish so be warned.
1 cup Olivani
1.5 C sugar
2 & 1/4 C flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp sugar
Cream the olivani, sugar & eggs.
Add flour, cream of tartar, baking soda & salt.
Mix until well blended.
Roll into balls and roll into the mixed cinnamon & sugar mix.
Place on baking paper tray. It will flatten slightly when they bake.
Bake in moderate oven for 8 – 10 minutes.