8 Ply Bootees Size 000


These bootees are so quick and easy to knit that it is no problem to whip up a couple of pairs a day.

Materials: 1 ball 8ply pure wool (50g) main colour, 1 ball 8ply pure wool (50g) contrast

                     1 pair 4.00mm knitting needles, 1 pair 3.00mm knitting needles

Using 4.00mm needles and main colour cast on 19sts.

1st and alternate rows : knit

2nd row:( increase in next stitch, K 7, inrease in next stitch) twice, knit one.  {to increase in next stitch knit into the back, then the front of the next stitch on the needle}

4th row:(increase in next stitch, K9, increase in next stitch) twice, knit one

6th row:(increase in next stitch, K11, increase in next stitch)twice, knit one

8th row:(increase in next stitch, K13, increase in next stitch)twice, knit one      (35 stitches)

Work 7 rows garter stitch (knit every row)

Shape instep: Knit 20,K2 together, turn.

Knit 6, knit 2 together, turn. repeat this row until 25 stitches remain altogether. Knit to end of row. 

Knit 2 rows.

Change to 3.00mm needles and contrast colour to make rib cuffs.

1st row. *Knit 1, purl 1, repeat from* to last stitch, knit one.

2nd row.*Purl 1, knit 1, repeat from* to last stitch, purl one.

These two rows form the k1,p1 rib. Work 16 more rows. (18 rows rib in all)

Cast off quite loosely in rib, by making sure to continue knitting the purls and purling the knits to keep rib pattern correct as you are casting off, rather than knitting each stitch before casting it off.

To make up use the main colour to sew the foot seam from the back of the heel. It is best to sew it with right sides out and using a ladder stitch. This produces a very neat seam, try not to pull it up too tightly so there is still some elasticity in the seam. Sew up the cuff from the ankle upwards, reversing the seam nearly hafway up so that when the cuff is turned down there is no visible seam.

*These bootees are very small newborn size. I wrote the pattern for quite small babies, with a friend who is expecting twin grandsons in mind. The cuffs are quite small and firm, with no need for ribbon or ties to keep them on. If you are making them for little ones without scrawny legs  (probably babies 7 pound and over) you may want to use 3.25mm needles so the cuffs aren’t too tight.

The Lovely Doll House Quilt


This quilt is absolutely gorgeous. It was made by my Aunty Janice Stock, for Charlotte (miss three). She has made a quilt for all ten of our children and when she travelled through recently she brought beautiful quilts for our two youngest children. This Doll house quilt is so detailed, the buttonhole stitch on the applique is tiny, and perfect.She is a truly talented needlewoman. The details are wonderful, down to the plaited hair on the doll. My favourite block has to be the sweet blue bird block. This is another Aunty Jan quilt that we will treasure.

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Easy Garter Stitch Beanie


This beanie is so simple even a beginner can make it. It only uses garter stitch (all rows are plain knit stitch) and one needle size. There is no shaping so it is basically the same as knitting a garter stitch scarf only quicker. The 5.50mm needles are a larger size than you would normally use with 8 ply so it is lovely and soft and stretchy.

Size: This pattern fits an average 12 month old baby perfectly and will easily fit the following year as it is quite stretchy.

I used Carnival (by Panda) Soft 8 ply. It comes in 80g balls. I used 2 colours and it used approx half of each ball. A 100g ball of  any 8 ply acrylic would be plenty, but the Carnival “Soft” gives a much nicer softer fuller finish.

Using 5.50mm needles cast on 32 stitches. Knit 2 rows of first colour. Cut off yarn leaving a tail approx 20cm long. Tie in second colour, also leaving 20cm tail. Knit 4 rows colour 2. Continue knitting in stripes of 4 rows colour 1 then 4 rows colour 2, always leaving 20cm tails of yarn. Continue until you have 103 rows. Cast off (not too tightly) leaving a longer tail (approx  50cm)

Fold the beanie in half, leaving all of the yarn ends hanging out of the top. Stitch the back seam remembering that the bottom of the beanie folds up to be the cuff, so stitch the first part (about  6 to 7 cm) of the seam on the opposite side so the seam doesn’t show when you fold the cuff up. Don’t stitch the seam too tightly as you don’t want one area of the beanie being un stretchy. Now stitch a running stitch aroung the top (in and out between each row) and gather it up firmly, still leaving all of the ends hanging out of the top. Fasten off yarn securely. Now take small groups of the threads (about 9 strands at a time) and plait them for about 10cm. Tie each plait off in a knot. Trim ends to about 3 cm long to form tassels. Fold up bottom cuff.

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Lemonade Scones


I had a go at making Lemonade Scones last night. I first heard about them from Carolyn, a dear friend of our family. I didn’t have an exact recipe but knew the lemonade and cream were to be used in equal parts so mucked around with quantities of flour and we were wrapped with the results. They were light and fluffy and not too sweet, which was surprising considering the lemonade in them. This is the only recipe I will use from now for plain scones, they are so quick and easy to make, and a nice excuse to get out the good china and sit down for a cup of tea.

  • 6 cups of self raising flour, sifted
  • 600 ml lemonade
  • 600 ml thickened cream
  • a little extra flour for turning out/dusting 

Pre heat the oven to 200c (fan forced) or 220c (regular oven). Sift the flour into a large mixing bowl. Combine the cream and lemonade in a separate bowl or jug. Make a well in the centre of the flour and pour in liquid mix. Carefully combine with a bread and butter knife until the mix comes together into a soft dough. It will be softer and wetter than a regular scone dough. Dust the board or bench with flour and turn mix out. Gently bring mixture together and press out to about 3 to 4 cm thickness. Flour a cutter or glass and cut scones out gently. Place onto trays that have been lined with a sheet of non stick baking paper (like glad bake). Bake for around 14 minutes. Makes 24 large scones.

*I used Kirks lemonade, don’t use flat lemonade as the carbonation is what gives them the beautiful fluffiness.



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What better time to knit than now, when it is getting so cold, at least here in Australia? Beginners and experts alike are breaking out the needles and yarn. Even “non-knitters” are buying broom stick needles and gorgeous chunky yarns to make beautiful thick garter stitch scarves. At the moment I am knitting a garter stitch beanie (will finish it tommorrow) so that I can share it on here. It is a fabulous knit for beginners. There are only so many garter stitch scarves one can knit and when you are ready to move on this project is perfect. I will continue to look for more ideas for the garter stitchers among us, as well as designing some challenging projects for more experienced knitters. I am working on some gorgeous retro knits with roller derby girls in mind, a collection of sweet tiny knits for premature babies and a complete winter baby wardrobe that knits up very quickly in 8ply.