New old knitting patterns

Today I went to Rotorua with my Mum for a cup of tea with my 89 year old Great Aunty June.  Mum and I stopped at the Sallies there, so I’ll show you what I got.  Old knitting patterns!  There are always hundreds of them tucked away in Sallies stores, and even if I don’t end up making any of the patterns, I just love them…  They never cost more than about 50c each either.



I have some “Cosy Knits” for you, for him, and for home from the 1957 “Wife and Home”…


Some stylish cardi patterns, including a pattern for “Gay Parisianne” jumper:


A 30-something page “Crochet Edgings” booklet, even though I don’t know how to crochet.  Yet.  I think Alice over at Crochet with Raymond would like this one!  It’s obviously been well used and loved.  Hopefully some day soon I’ll learn to crochet, then I can do all these lovely edges on my work!


And finally, a more modern one from St Vincent de Paul.  A pattern for knitted hot pants and a jerkin to match.  OMG.  I’m seriously tempted to knit up some of these hot pants.  Can anyone tell me, in WHAT kind of weather would you wear knitted hot pants?  I also love the model’s pose on this one, like she’s attempting to read someone’s mind…


Chocolate Cake

Dear Emily, I know I’ve been naughty and not updating my blog.  Here is a chocolate cake to ease your pain:

I made it yesterday.  I wouldn’t usually make a chocolate cake, but that’s the flavour that was requested 🙂  This one though is soooooo yummy – it’s got so much cocoa in it, and lots of sugar (brown and white) too!  I used the recipe from the Smitten Kitchen blog.  I just didn’t have any buttermilk, so I used soymilk with the juice of half a lemon in it, and two small eggs instead of one large one (haha).


Fresh Salad!

Before I left Wellington and my emerging vegetable garden, we harvested some tiny vegetables for a small, fresh salad.  The carrots, amazingly, tasted like carrots!  The lettuce and the spinach were a little bitter, but how lovely to have a tiny salad from my own garden 😀

And just for some scale…  These carrots are actually supposed to be a bit round like beetroots or radishes, but probably aren’t meant to be this small!  I hope my old flatmates look after little vege garden now that I’m gone…

Picnic in the Park

I’ve been so busy the last week, I haven’t had any time to put up pictures of my Picnic in the Park, which I had last Saturday to say goodbye to Wellington!  I had a wonderful afternoon, with cakes, muffins, bread, cheese, crackers, wine, and of course, awesome friends!  In the morning it was all cloudy, but by the afternoon it had cleared up, and Wellington produced one of its famous “Good Days” (the saying is that you can’t beat Wellington on a good day, and how true it is!)

Here is the proof that it is spring – the trees in my (now ex) neighbours’ yard, they even have tamarillos!  Jealous…  Wish I had a tamarillo tree.  More about my garden produce tomorrow though…

For the picnic I made all sorts of goodies..

Pumpkin muffins (use any banana muffin recipe, substitute the banana for cooked mashed pumpkin, half the regular sugar for brown sugar, and add cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to the mix):

Lemon cake (recipe is in the Edmonds, but I use thick yoghurt in place of sour cream, and drizzle lemon juice mixed with melted honey over the finished product)

I also made a focaccia bread from the Pizza Dough recipe in the Edmond’s, but substituted half of the flour for wholemeal flour.  Here is me attempting to fly my $2 kite at the park:

What a delicious day.  The next day, I had High Tea at my friend Sarah’s house (check out that link for some pictures of it!) – it was such a fantastic weekend of fantastic food!  And on the Friday night I had teriyaki salmon with my other friend, I’ll put up a recipe for that some time soon!!!

Peanut Butter Hummus

At the moment I’m sitting at the table at home in Tauranga, having my morning cup of tea and a piece of toast.  I’ve been very busy the last week or so getting ready and packed up to leave Wellington – and finally I made it!  Last week, I went to my friend’s house for a movie and dinner, and made some more dip (see my Pumpkin Dip) to take.  Because I was moving out of my house, I didn’t want to buy any new ingredients, and wanted to use up what was in my cupboard.  I had a can of chickpeas, so I thought that I would make hummus…  Instead of tahini, I put in a few spoons of peanut butter (I know, not quite comparable), and it tasted great!  Here it is all ready to be carried up the hill to my friend’s house:

I put in it:

– One can of chickpeas, drained

– Garlic, finely chopped (not too much, it’s not being cooked, so it’s very garlicky!)

– Olive oil

– Few spoons of peanut butter (crunchy!)

You can add any other flavours you want to – basically just zizz up the chickpeas, and add enough oil to make it a nice consistency.  Keep adding bits and pieces and experimenting until you get the flavour you want.  I made focaccia bread to go with it, with sliced lemons, chopped olives, and cheese on top (using up all my food again, it made a nice combination!).