Homemade herb and garlic infused butter

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Our beautiful herb garden has really taken off which means we have more herbs than we need right now. After some research I decided to harvest some of the coriander and some of the parsley to make our own infused oil and butter.

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Garden fresh Coriander.

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Garden fresh Parsley.

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I whizzed the coriander up by itself and added it to half a batch of homemade butter. I then whizzed some Australian garlic up with the parsley.

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I put some in an old baby food freezer tray with some quality olive oil.

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The rest went into the remaining butter. I placed it on some plastic wrap and wrapped it up nice and tight to make a butter log.
It was delicious on fresh coriander.

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It is my knit-versary!

I can’t believe that I have been knitting for a year today!
Thanks to Meg for inspiring, enabling, encouraging me to give it a go. Without your kindness, generosity and patience it would not have been possible.

Thanks to Marty for understanding my need to have a hobby, encouraging me every step of the way, putting up with me playing youtube clips over and over again and for not getting openly frustrated with my special kind of crazy.

Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement along the way.

As crazy and ‘old Nanna’ as it sounds I certainly enjoy my hobby. This is what my year of knitting looks like.

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This was my first project, a Milo.

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My second: Aviatrix

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My third: Garden City Scarf

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My fourth: Paula’s Scarfette

CassiaMy Fifth: Cassia (tunic)

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My sixth: A Ziggy Beanie for Marty

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My seventh: Ziggy Beanie for Jake

And the following are (still) work in progress shots

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My Hoodie (Coastal Hoodie) This one has been EPIC but is going to be a beautiful hoodie when it is finally finished. Halfway through the button band and still have the long sleeves to go.

blanketLastly, a blanket I am working on for my gorgeous sister. I am not following a pattern for this one. Just knitting like crazy trying to get through the first ball.

Sadly I don’t get much time to knit so it takes quite a while to get through each project. I look forward to many more.
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Making my first button band

There has been some process. I have completed the body and the hood of my coastal hoodie and I’m now working on the never ending button band.

This has really been an epic and therapeutic knit for me. It has taken so very long to get this far (with my 2 boys I don’t get much time to knit) and I have learnt so much along the way. I am very proud of the progress I have made. 🙂

I am loving my hoodie. This is a quick snap of the hem ❤ please excuse the photo quality.

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Feeling blessed

Yesterday I had the pleasure of going to a PartyLite candle party at my friends place. It was such a tempting party to attend full of lovely women and indulgent food. There were so many beautiful candles and accessories. I stayed strong and only ordered 2 melt packs. 🙂 I can’t wait for them to arrive. I was even lucky enough to win the lucky door prize! It is a pity I left early so didn’t get to bring my prize home.

I haven’t been using my candles lately so today when I woke I looked through my stash and chose one that a gorgeous friend of mine gave me. It is currently filling my house with its beautiful scent.

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While I knit some more of my beautiful hoodie.

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I hope where ever you are today something lovely brightens your day.
Xxx

How to Crochet a Granny Square: Round 2 (and beyond)

This is where you should have ended after following round 1.

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To start round 2 make 3 chains.

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Make a yarn over and poke your crochet hook through the hole below the chain you just made.

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Hook the yarn and pull it back through the hole to start the first double crochet.

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Complete 2 double crochets. You should now have 1 set of chains and 2 double crochets.

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To move across make a chain then double crochet into the next hole along. You will need to do 3 double crochets on this edge.

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Just like in round 1 you will need to make 2 chains to form the corner. Complete 3 double crochets to fill the hole in that corner. You will then need to make one chain to jump the gap so that you can double crochet in the next corner. Keep following this pattern until you get back to the start of the round. Once again end with one chain before you join the round. Like you did in the first round end with a single crochet by locating the third chain stitch and poking your crochet hook through it

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Hooking the yarn and pulling it back through to close the round (single crochet).

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Continue repeating this basic pattern in each round.

Remember:
– To start a round make 3 chains upwards then 2 double crochets for the first hole
– one chain to jump every gap
– 3 double crochet increases across every hole (the more rounds you crochet the more holes to fill)
– 2 chains to turn a corner
– one chain and a single crochet to join the round.

Keep doing all these steps until you end up with a granny square in the size of your choosing.
Make sure you always increase by starting with the 3 chains, shown below.