29 August 2014

Share All The Things Friday

Share All The Things Friday

It's been a bit of a roller coaster of a week. 

Releasing my pattern was super exciting and I've been completely blown away by the wonderful comments and support I've received. Thank you so much - I'm so grateful! But, it's been a tricky week too. I've told you already that my Dad is sick. He had a pretty hefty operation about two and a half weeks ago and he's still in hospital. Things have been a bit complicated and this week he hasn't been so good. I'm really grateful I'm on this side of the world at the moment.

Five things to share? Here we go:


  • The yarn in my picture is almost edible. I adore the colour and it actually sparkles. As yet I'm unsure quite what it'll become but it deserves to be a show-off piece of lace I think. Meraki Studio yarn is dyed by very lovely Jo, right here in Auckland, New Zealand. This skein is a 75% superwash merino/ 20% nylon/ 5% stellina blend (her Dewdrop Sock base) in the Fusion colourway. 

  • I get into breakfast "grooves", eating the same thing day after day while I'm in love with it. My lastest groove involves "porridge" from the fantastic recipe book My Darling Lemon Thyme by Emma Galloway. Emma grew up in Raglan, a place very close to Mr Myrtle's heart (he bought me the book) but she now lives in Australia with her husband and two children. The recipes are all gluten free and mostly dairy free. I love it because the recipes are both delicious and very affordable. Here's my version of her "porridge" (for one):

Half a cup of quinoa cereal (ground up quinoa - Emma uses millet which is also yum)
One chopped up banana
A little sprinkle of sultanas or raisins
A teaspoon of coconut oil
A tablespoon of LSA (ground linseeds, sunflower seeds & almonds)
About half a cup of almond milk
About half a cup of water

Pop everything into a small pot and heat gently stirring quite regularly. Watch it, it only takes about 5 minutes max to cook. Add more water if you like it sloppy.

Then, pour it into your bowl, cover with a bit of almond milk, quickly wash your pot and squeeze an orange into it with about four or five chopped prunes. Sizzle until the prunes have absorbed the juice. Pour these over your porridge.

Eat immediately and enjoy!

  • If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that my new Settler Shawl pattern made it into the "Top 20" on Ravelry this week! It was a brief but fabulous thrill to see it there. Do you check out the "Top 20"? I do. Every day. You need to be a Ravelry member to see it  (but that's free, so if you're not a member, do it now!) and you can find it by clicking the "Patterns" tab then the link in the box on the left of the page under "hot right now". There's a fancy algorithm that gets a pattern into the top 20 and I think it has something to do with the rate at which a particular pattern is "favourited", "queued", looked at and bought. I love checking it out because it's always changing and the patterns that feature there tell you so much. You can see when big name designers release new stuff. You get to know new designers that are getting popular. Lots of free patterns pop up and it's a good way to check out what people are enjoying knitting. Accessories are popular but there are often garments there too. It's also a good way to find out if a designer has a sale or giveaway on. If there are a ton of patterns appearing by one designer, chances are they've got a sale. If one designer pretty much dominates the first two or three rows, my bet would be they're having a giveaway. It was fun to see my shawl up there for a day and that was totally because of you. Thank you so much!!!

  • I am going to make myself a Tolt Folded bag this summer. Tolt is a free pattern that looks as easy as pie and creates such a funky bag. Apparently you knit a rectangle then fold and seam it to create the magic. Knit from super bulky yarn it would whip up in no time.

  • Sezza has released her Modern Princess sock pattern and is discounting it for the weekend (you don't even need a code!). I've knitted several pairs of Sezza's socks now and love them. If princesses aren't your style (although I'm not sure how these wouldn't be) she's got a whole bunch more to choose from - do check them out!

Have a happy weekend!


12 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that things are not great with your Dad. I hope he improves soon.

    That yarn in your photo looks absolutely gorgeous. I'm sure whatever it becomes it will be perfectly lovely.

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  2. Hooray for your pattern getting love! It's beautiful. I love that breakfast recipe too. Yum. I might have to make it. I think I have all of the ingredients.

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  3. Your beautiful pattern is getting the attention it deserves!

    Hope your father feels much better soon.

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  4. Sorry to hear about your dad. I am sure he is also pleased that you are in NZ, too.

    I am going to try your porridge. I need gluten free breakfast ideas, and this sounds great!

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  5. That breakfast porridge sounds awesome, thank you for sharing, I'll be trying it soon. Also, the Tolt Folded bag is now in my favorites. What a great post.

    Knitting in Pearls

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  6. Hope your dad starts to improve soon and gets to go home to his family and enjoy life again!

    I loved your shawl too, but really don't need another shawl pattern right now; way too much to knit already, lol. (and to sew, weave, embroider etc)

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  7. Your Friday posts are a fun read, it's nice to see your favourite things for the week. The yarn looks gorgeous, beautiful colour. I hope your dad starts recovering from his operation, I'm sure he appreciates you being near.

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  8. I am eagerly awaiting this book from my library, alas I have about 40 people ahead of me on the list. In other cookbook news, Annabel Langbein has released a new one - The FreeRange Cook - Through the Seasons. Raglan holds special memories for me too, it is where I got proposed too, many years ago. Hope things improve for your Dad too.

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  9. That yarn does look all autumny berry lovely! Thanks for sharing the porridge recipe, I pretty much live on it in winter but I've never thought of making it with quinoa. :) x

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  10. These Friday posts are the best. Also, that last bit of your porridge recipe? The bit where the prunes get sizzled in orange juice? Genius.

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  11. Congratulations on your shawl pattern -it's beautiful. As the weather cools, I'm looking for ways to make porridge more interesting - that recipes does the trick. Thanks for the link to the Tolt bag- I'll definitely be giving it a try. :)

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  12. The shawl is wonderful! Congratulations on its success.

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