The small McCoy – mini seventh doctor vest

knit seventh doctor vestFinally, FINALLY, I have finished my 3 year old’s 50th anniversary outfit! And there’s less than one day left to #savetheday.

seventh doctor vest backThis was my first attempt at knitting stranded colour work and while it is far from perfect I am really pleased with it, particularly since I was working with department store yarn bought on a last-minute whim. A little tight here and there perhaps. But overall! How cute is my mini doctor?

seventh doctor vestI worked the ring bear vest pattern with a few mods and used the witty little knitter’s pattern for the colour work. So lucky that these talented people offer their patterns for free!

3D printed tardisMy mini TARDIS was 3D printed by Zebra Atoms. If I had access to a real TARDIS I might have found the time to make a tiny version of Ace‘s bomber jacket for my nearly 2 year old daughter as well. Maybe I will eventually get around to it – Halloween 2014 perhaps? Here are some cute bomber jacket options: crocheted, self drafted, vintage pattern.


Almost sugar-free mini donuts

mini donutsClearing out a cupboard today I uncovered the donut maker I bought for $12 at kmart a couple of years ago to make party food. I think its been used all of twice. Time to use it or lose it!

This adaption of an already popular recipe worked for us to make slightly cakey, yummy donuts. Note: Although I am not very strict about sugar generally, I wanted to try a sugar free recipe simply because I realise that I prefer my little ones when they haven’t been eating it! I say ‘almost’ sugar free because I did dust them lightly with cinnamon sugar for a more authentic donut taste. The extra flour is to offset the extra liquid from adding the rice malt syrup.

Rice malt syrup donuts.  Made about 20 mini donuts.

Recipe adapted from

  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour plus 2-3 tablespoons extra flour
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  1. Turn on your electric donut maker.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add butter, egg, milk and rice malt syrup and beat until smooth.
  4. Ask your toddler to keep their fingers out of the bowl while you scrape the mix into a piping bag to pipe into the machine.
  5. Cook until lightly browned.
  6. Dust with cinnamon sugar or other sugar-free alternative.
  7. EAT!

Daddy day car scarf

daddy scarf drivingLate I know, but here’s my handmade father’s day gift. A (seasonally inappropriate) daddy scarf with a meandering road for mini vehicles! There are 4 mini garages (two at each end) …daddy scarf garageand an overpass bridge in the middle!

daddy scarf overpassAll up the scarf is roughly 180cm long and 12 cm wide, which is large enough to be actually worn in winter. The cars are called Nano Speed which I found at the supermarket in packs of two. We chose the police car/fire engine combo.daddy scarfI absolutely cannot take any credit for the design, but simply followed the inspired directions posted by MizToolLady on Ravelry. I also ran out of yarn half way through, leading to the (ahem) design feature of a very slight colour change. The kids loved it from the first mention or was it perhaps just the tiny cars? Either way, anything which is functional AND can be used to distract the littles is a win for me.

Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Zara

Easter 2013

Easter 2013 10I can’t quite believe Easter 2013 has already been and gone! We had a lovely, busy weekend, with family, good food and lots of egg hunts.

Washi ear easter eggsThe eggs were placed inside these beautiful silicon bubbaccino cups from hookTURN. My two love their homemade babyccinos! I added some easy washi tape bunny ears to the eggs to dress them up.

Bunny earsFor the littlest, no-chocolate eating member of the family I made a little bunny hat, which he promptly fell asleep in. Aw. Love those sleepy little bunnies!

Growing mint from a supermarket cutting

So I bought some mint from the supermarket and used hardly any of it. Does anyone else do that? I wondered if there was a way to save it and was going to try to freeze it, but then I read that mint could take root in water. It’s kind of amazing how well this has turned out. Look at that healthy root system! I’m wary of planting the mint into the garden where I’m told it will take over, so I think I’ll leave it in this (otherwise unused) wine glass on the kitchen bench where it’s doing just fine. My two year old likes it too and calls it “Mummy’s dinner spinach”.