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Date & Gingerbread Biscuits

Date & Gingerbread Biscuits

Print Date & Gingerbread Biscuits These traditional gingerbread biscuits are for celebrations and the occasional treat. They contain both sugar and syrup in small quantities, but the sweetness and toffee-like flavour is also helped along by the addition of finely chopped dates. These biscuits were […]

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

Knitting Talmadge: Does My Head Look Big In This?

June’s pattern knitalong for A Year Of Techniques is Romi Hill’s Talmadge Cloche, which introduces the element of knitted on edgings as this month’s technique. A knitted on edging is a fantastic way of providing a decorative and/or functional edging to a piece of knitting […]

Hyacinthus Arm Warmers

Hyacinthus Arm Warmers

Finished in early March, the first project from A Year Of Techniques was a pair of Hyacinthus Armwarmers knit in my favourite yarn, Zauberball.

Knit over the course of a week, this simple little project pretty much flew off the needles. With minimal shaping and simple instructions, the technique (single row helical stripes) is really allowed to shine through perfect pairing of yarn and project.

I wound the ball into two smaller skeins using a ball winder and a large pyrex bowl. I have found that as long as the bowl containing the zauberball is smooth enough to allow the ball to bounce freely around whilst being wound, the re-winding is very simple. A spare hand used to guide (rather than tension) the yarn helps avoid any knots or tangles forming as the yarn is wound.

For the first time in all my Zauberball knitting projects, my yarn had a knot with a large colour jump, requiring a bit of yarn surgery. If it hadn’t been for the leap in colours, there would have been enough yarn for two pairs of armwarmers, even at the extended length to which I knit mine (6.25″ before thumb gusset increases).

Sometimes a simple design is the most effective, and this technique and pattern both offer a fantastic way to make the most of a beautiful yarn with long colour transitions, such as my most darling Zauberball. I’m not going to wish away my summer, but I know at least that when the colder weather does arrive that I’ll be meeting it with a burst of colour.

Toddler-Friendly Oaty Bars

Toddler-Friendly Oaty Bars

No matter where I travel, I always have a couple of oaty bars with me. You can buy them ready-made in shops, but they are an extortionate price for five small finger snacks, and making them yourself costs next to nothing, is amazingly quick and […]

Baby Awesome reading a book

How To Be Brave

‘He is very thoughtful’. He is. My son is very thoughtful, and he likes to figure things out. He excels at puzzles and learns things very quickly. ‘He is very quiet’. Yes, he is that, too, at times (though, at other times he is tearing […]