Saturday, February 06, 2016

The Makers Year - January Round Up

I had been contemplating coming up with some kind of creativity project/challenge for 2016 so when Kate of A Playful Day came up with her 'The Makers Year' project it was pretty much along the lines I was already thinking so I decided to join in.  I'm mostly participating over on Instagram but I thought I would do a round up over here of what I've been up to that I haven't blogged about yet.

One of the creative things that I want to do is to include the children more. They both love baking but with school and the activities they are involved in means we don't bake together much any more so making some time for this is important to me.

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Making Banana Loaf

Rosie is also keen to develop her crafting, she got a sewing machine for Christmas so we have been making the Gathered Skirt for All Ages (from the Purl Soho blog) together.

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Also involves learning to use the iron

As I mentioned on the post about Manu, my new project is for Rosie. It's the Honey Bee Sweater from Eden Cottage Yarns Drift Collection and it is growing very nicely.

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I also have a new pair of socks on the needles. I've cast on the Expresso socks by Louise Tilbrook, the yarn is Gaspode, one of the Discworld colours by the Knitting Goddess.  These are the first toe up socks I've knit for several years and are also growing nicely.

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Another thing I am trying to do this year is try some new recipes from my cooking book library. This month I tried Multi-Vegetable Paella from 'Plenty' by Yotam Ottolengi.

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And Lentil and Sweet Potato Pie from 'A Modern Way to Eat' by Anna Jones

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Both where delicious!

10 comments:

Von said...

I think getting your kids comfortable baking and cooking is one of the best life skills you can give them! The better they cook, the less tempting it is to eat junk and fast food! :) Good going, mama!!

Brigitte said...

I also used to bake and cook with my children when they were little and today they are better cooks than I have ever been. And unlike me they all love cooking :)

woolwoman said...

lovely to see the children on the blog - they are really growing up and Rosie is beautiful and so talented with her own machine at her age. How wonderful ! I love all your knitting projects - tis the season for knitting -I've been buying yarn like crazy lately - 3 visit to the LYS in the past month.(sigh) take care Mel

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Good for you Karoline, all good things to do. It's great to include the little ones.

Melissa said...

I used to get my son cooking and especially baking with me. He's in his mid-twenties now and some of that has rubbed off! It's lovely to see your kids helping you.

Margaret said...

I'm so impressed with Rosie and her crafting skills! Love that you bake with your kids too -- I can understand how it would be hard with all the school and other activities to fit the baking in. Good for you for making the time. Love seeing everything you are doing. Lovely knitting!

Carol said...

The photo of your children baking brought back such fond memories of my boys helping me in the kitchen when they were young :) I really miss doing things like that with them, but now they are becoming more interested in cooking and it's fun to watch what they will concoct next!! Beautiful knitting, Karoline, and I adore the photo of the little ironing board and Rosie so carefully pressing her skirt :)

Dani - tkdchick said...

I think its so awesome that you are teaching and encouraging your kids to be creative and to make things!!! So important!

Penny said...

I think it is great that your children are baking! I wish I had spent more time with my son in the kitchen - he is pretty helpless when it comes to cooking. It looks like they are both learning some important skills. Your knitting is beautiful!

Ellen said...

I always enjoy seeing your children. My how they have grown!!

Kudos for the baking and also to Rosie with her crafting skills. And of course kudos to you on your knitting projects.