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One of my all time favourite patterns is this free baby hoodie from favecrafts. It’s knitted in 8ply (DK) and only uses 4 x 50g balls. I’ve knitted it heaps of times but this is the first time in black 🙂 https://www.favecrafts.com/Knit-Baby-Clothes/Baby-Hoodie-Knitting-Pattern

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Another favourite is Sublime’s,  ‘Henry Tank,’ pattern from the third book (612).black hoodie and vest 005

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I have a friend who has just had a 1.6 kg baby. This is a cute pattern that I’m hoping will fit. Found at this site it’s knitted in four ply. It looks so tiny!  http://www.bbc.co.uk/stoke/my_pages/babywear/hkp/017.shtml

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A friend gave me some medlars to have a go at making jelly from this very old fashioned fruit. Picked when still hard and green, you leave them in a cool place until they have bletted. That means they ripen until they are soft, brown and a bit squishy. When you bite into a green medlar they are incredibly astringent and inedible, once bletted they lose that astringency but still don’t taste great, a cross between earthy leaf mold and rotten pear. On line there are heaps of recipes, I followed the basic jelly recipe of:

  • In a large pot put fruit, a roughly chopped lemon and apple (for extra pectin) and barely cover with water.
  • Bring slowly to the boil then simmer until the fruit is very mushy and water has lots of flavour (mine took about half an hour.)
  • Strain fruit through a cloth bag, don’t squeeze (but I always do) and save the juice.
  • Measure juice into a pot by the cup full. Bring to the boil then add the same number cups of sugar.
  • Boil until it’s ready to set, then pour into sterilised jars.

The resulting medlar jelly is a dark pink, a bit tart and has an amazing flavour. It set really well so I think medlars must have lots of pectin by themselves. It’s a bit like a strong quince jelly but more tasty.

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‘Fragrant’ Medlar Jelly

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I wasn’t sure if it would work but decided to go ahead and lay down polythene and plant the kumara plants through holes this year. We’ve had a good frost and the leaves have been burned so it was time to see what the crop looked like under the polythene. The first plant had little skinny kumeras that didn’t bode well but the second one looked much better 🙂

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Oops, a bit blurred!

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