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I managed to steal some time to finish a little cardigan for one of my twinnies (modelled here by Mlle. Delphine).  I think it turned out quite well, though it still needs a light press with a damp cloth to straighten out the bands and hems.  The pattern is Helena (from the wonderful Knitty) and I knitted the 12 month size in Bendigo Woollen Mills Harmony in Carnation.  I’ve said it before, but I just love this yarn.  Straight cotton I find unyielding and like knitting with string, but this blend of cotton, wool and lycra is great to work with and wears so well.

I liked the top-down seamless construction, but the picot hems were a bit of a fiddle.  I’m tempted to do plain garter stitch on the second one, though the hems are a lovely detail.  I’d like to substitute a different lace pattern for the second one too.

It’s always hard to knit two of the same pattern, as I really want to move on to something different, like this – but then I’d need to make another of those too …


This recipe is a rare thing:  A tasty treat that is also quite healthy.  Something that is enjoyed by fussy children as well as adults with sophisticated tastes (well, on a hot day, anyway).  One that is incredibly easy, yet one of those combinations of ingredients where the end result is more than the sum of its elements.  Cooking alchemy, though there is no real cooking involved.  And it’s great for using up over-ripe bananas when it’s too hot to bake banana cake.

I have Martha to thank for the recipe, which I found by searching the net for inspiration for a healthy icy pole, though I omitted one of her main ingredients.

Banana Icy Poles

  • 3-4 very ripe bananas
  • 1 1/2 cups plain yoghurt
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon

Put everything in a food processor and whizz until smooth.  Pour in to icy pole moulds and freeze overnight.  (Lick out the processor bowl as mixture is yummy.)

To serve, run mould under hot tap for a few seconds, dry with a towel and try to pull icy pole out.  Repeat if it doesn’t budge.

(My moulds are from Ikea, but they only seem to have them at the start of summer.  I find the individual units in the stand better than the type where the moulds are all joined together.)

Lovely Loobylu, the instigator of what’s hot and not, is having a break this week, but I feel compelled to persist …

Summertime! Loving our cool, shady courtyard and deck.    Having to move house next month – oh, and find somewhere to move to …
Walking!  It’s what all the one-year-olds are doing around here. And sitting in the kitchen shelf with the stockpot.   Falling over due to unsteady walking. Ouch.
Watching the thunder-storm on new year’s eve, with sleepy four-year-old on lap and NZ sparkling in hand.   I’ve never liked the emphasis placed on new year as a chance for starting something new or changing something.  I believe that this can be done any time. I like to think of time as continuous rather than delineated.
Pip’s resolutions.  I’m not really one for new year’s resolutions, but I love these. (Especially no. 7)   Too many things to do, so little time! Sigh!
Reaching the end of my Mum’s shawl!   Inexpert lace shawl blocking ahead …
Enjoying our lovely Christmas gifts, including reading new books.   Watching certain children’s’ DVDs perhaps a little too much.  Sad that my cultural references now entirely consist of dialogue from children’s movies.
Home-made icy poles   Much of my cooking now ends up on the floor …
Cubism at Heide, and their new café!   Day trips en famille are still a little challenging without an entourage of nannies, sherpas and personal chefs.
Visiting the dinosaurs at the museum, and the illustrations in this clever little book.  Dinosaurs now very hot, and dragons even more so.   Amongst my new genre of bedtime stories with dragon protagonists, perhaps my “Dragons go to Luna Park” is not so hot …


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