Baa-me Kniits

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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sunday Smile

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Does this make my butt look big??? 


My beautiful boy Tadpole, he's a star!




Saturday, April 28, 2012

A Beautiful Book






Recently this book was released and did a blog tour where various bloggers reviewed the book and offered up a copy for a giveaway.


I entered the giveaway over on Tiny Owl Knits blog as I am a follower of hers and have purchased way too many of her gorgeous patterns which are still sitting on my to do list.  I just couldn't resist, her patterns are so lovely.  Have you seen them?  POP over and have a look!   These are my little Hopsalots that I made in summer and have been waiting months to wear, they are so snugly and warm and they make me smile....





I was super lucky enough to win the giveaway.... 

What a beautiful book!!  Thank you so much Stephanie for the opportunity to enter the giveaway and the generosity of Taunton Press.

Here are some of the divine patterns in this lovely book by Jean Moss, British  Knitster and designer extraordinaire....










 Are they not beautiful knits?  I drooled over the whole book and it was such hard choice as to which shawlette to knit up first but I loved one from the start and so I am about to order some lovely Rowan Colourscape Chunky  and knit up this....




Hooray more short rows!

If you would like to see more of Jean Moss's book  'Sweet Shawlettes'  here is the link to her Picture Gallery,  just lovely! 

I have been busy driving this week but I did manage to finish the baby bonnet, modeled by Luke Bear.   It is so cute.... 




And bake some yummy Sourdough Wholemeal bread, which was so nice it only lasted 10 minutes before it was all gone....




Have a lovely weekend everyone,










Saturday, April 21, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I have caught the bug




Technology has taken over again and I am having a great time playing with Instagram and the new filter apps for my phone.  I have decided to journal my year in photographs and this application makes it so much fun.  I carry my phone everywhere these days as I use the camera all the time.  I hardly ever use my phone as a phone, just texting, FB and the camera.   And now Instgram!!


There are some lovely old Queenslander style buildings up in the Far North Tropics and I love photographing them, here is a sample of what I can do with a bit of fun photo editing on my phone...


                                         Original






all with just the touch on the screen....




i LOVE it!  Such fun! 


Want a peek at what I get up to in my daily grind? Come and join me, my moniker is Baamekniits of course  :-)







Sunday, April 15, 2012

Oh Sweet Baby



I saw this adorable little baby bonnet over at The Purl Bee and I knew that it would be the perfect present for my new nephew who is due to arrive in July.


Its a lovely construction of short rows, just like a sock and there is an icord edging that is knitted on.  Two styles of knitting that I really enjoy.




I have chosen a wool/cashmere blend that I am also making a baby blanket from, it is such a soft yarn.  Perfect for little babies.  I have finished the hat and now just have the icord edging to do, it looks so sweet!


Here is the matching blanket...




All snugly and soft.  My brother lives down south near Sydney so it will be cold when my nephew arrives and I think hand knitted wool is the perfect baby present don't you?

Enjoy your weekend, my males are outside splitting firewood.  It seems winter has started early this year!


 






                   



                                                                                       

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Saturday Smile

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My two new babies....lets hope I got one of each and that they survive the change of address. :-)






Saturday, April 7, 2012

Saturday Smile

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William Morris, "Brer Rabbit" block printed furnishing cotton, manufactured by Morris & Co., 1882, England, museum purchase.


Have a lovely Easter everyone,


Friday, April 6, 2012

My Gluten Free Sourdough experiment

I have been blocked from blogger for ages now and today it seems to be working so a long rambling and lots of photos from me if you care to read.


I have recently put myself onto a healthy eating plan and have consulted a Naturopath to help me get my wayward body back on track.  Too much rushing around and not eating properly combined with hormonal imbalances has taken its toll.  You can only reach for the quick fix of a sugar high for so long and my body has been telling me for a while that it is time to STOP and get back to being healthy. 


The turning point came about 6 weeks ago when I found that on getting out of bed in the mornings my feet were so sore and stiff that I was hobbling across the room and shuffling like an old person.  I am not an old person and this quite scared me so I gave myself a slap and got down to getting healthy again.


With in 3 days of stopping the sugar my feet started to show signs of improvement and now 5 weeks on I still have some inflammation in my feet but NOTHING like they were.  I still get tired because I am still rushing around but I am recovering quicker, I am starting to feel like I have more energy to spare.  Its a good feeling and I am welcoming it.  An added bonus is a slight weight loss.  I don't have a set of scales but my clothes are all feeling like they fit again and I no longer feel like a sausage tied in the middle and stuffed into a sack, and that's good too.   I am often amazed at how little things can compound and build to make us feel less that comfortable with ourselves and in reverse little things added together can also add to our sense of joy.  Often a slight mind shift can make all the difference to a day.  My Buddhist philosophy tells me this all the time  but I am only human so I too get into a rut and forget.


Anyway as part of my healthy eating plan I decided to have a go at making Sourdough, which I have done before but this time I wanted Gluten Free Sourdough.  So I made a 'starter'.  HERE is the Youtube link if you want to make some yourself and the webpage.   I just substituted gluten free flour for mine....






Cover and leave for 24 hrs at least, this step can take a few days depending of the temperature of your house.  Mine was ready for the next step in 24hrs as it is was pretty hot and humid when I made this.  See its looking yeasty....




Add more flour and water to feed the 'starter' , cover and leave overnight again....






Now we are really getting serious action....




Add more flour and water to feed the 'starter' again, cover and leave for another 24hrs....






Now look at this....






Success!  I halved the mixture which you need to do unless you want a whole house full of 'starter' and repeated the above process a few more times to make sure that I had a starter that was full of yeasty goodness.


Time to make the bread!!


HERE is the Youtube link for making the bread, and the webpage.


Get a clean bowl and your starter and lets go....




'Starter' about 2 cups....




add more flour, water, salt and sugar....






Look we have Dough!  Put it into a oiled bowl so it doesn't stick, cover and leave for 12 hrs....






Ready to see the loaf? ....








Waaaaahh....Not much difference I know, I was starting to get a bit worried at this stage but I continued on.  Knead the dough lightly and then put it into an oiled pan and leave covered for another 3 to 4 hours....




Now this has not risen AT ALL?  I don't know why but after a bit of research I have found out that Gluten Free dough does not really rise unless you add a rising agent.  Anyway I persevered and put the dough into a hot oven for about 1/2 hr and crossed my fingers....




WE HAVE SOURDOUGH!!    It didn't rise but I have to tell you it tasted YUMMY!  My boys ate 3 slices each and they chose to have it with lemon juice squeezed onto it as they don't like butter. They said it was delicious  :-)   It was very chewy and it is a lot heavier than your usual loaf of bread but I would have to say that it was a success.   Hooray!


I have changed my starter over to Rye flour now as I found that I couldn't get my head around eating the white loaf.   I am unable to get wholemeal gluten free flour here and as no one else in the family reacts to gluten and we all like Rye I thought I would see how I went with making sourdough from that.  Bad news is that once I changed my 'starter' over to Rye it turned up its toes and died on me.  Now I have to start all over again with making a new 'starter' so I will continue to buy my super expensive Rye bread for a bit longer.


I hope I haven't bored you to pieces, it has been rather a long post.  Lets hope Blogger behaves from now on.  Have a great weekend everyone   :-)