to re-learn crochet properly, or not?

I am watching crochet tutorials on youtube, the ones for beginners. I am getting a sinking feeling. Have you ever had that feeling about something you thought you were good at, were at quite an advanced level, and would browse through patterns and you felt you could tackle almost any project you wanted? I’m feeling that with crochet.

I have crocheted a number of baby blankets, I would barely knit, but loved crochet. It was portable, and there wasn’t a fear of dropping stitches, and projects happened quicker. I then had a baby and I loved the soft, adorable little knitted jackets and discovered circular knitting needles, and knitting became my new thing.

About 6 months ago we were visiting a family member who was crocheting. DaddyMopar was mesmerised and he mentioned how different we worked on crochet. She held the work still, and moved the hook in and out, looped, the fabric always staying still. It was certainly different to my style of ‘hold the hook still and move the crocheting and yarn around the hook’.

This evening I thought I would look at the youtube videos hoping to re-assure myself that I am not doing it wrong. I have won the crocheting category in my local spring craft show with my work. I can’t see anything wrong with the finished work. I just do it in a way that appears odd.

I did teach myself out of a book almost 20 years ago, and no-one corrected me in that time. I wonder if I should try the ‘proper’ way or just keep going the way I’ve been doing it for 2 decades?

What would you do?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x



Bubbles, Feathers and Sleeves

I am up to the sleeves on the persille jumper, and I am knitting both at once. I have completed the increases, and now I just need to keep knitting until I reach the desired length. Then it’s a few rows of binding off, then its on to some sewing up, so I can knit the neckband. I am not a big fan of sewing up, and I tend to put it off, sometimes for weeks. One of Squeak’s cardigans was almost too small when I finally completed it, so I try to finish as soon as possible so Squeak doesn’t miss out.

I decided I had to finish Squeak’s Feathers shawl/blanket. Squeak loved her Bubbles blanket, which is a round feather and fan shawl, knitted in 4 ply cotton. I picked up the pattern book at an op shop a few years ago, and knitted it on a whim before Squeak was born. When my Mum first met Squeak, she was swaddled in her Bubbles blanket, and Mum told me she had one like it as a bub, it was lent from a friend and she was so happy Squeak had one similar.

Once Squeak grew out of being swaddled in the blanket and started sleeping in her cot, I started searching for a square version of the pattern. I found this one in patons knitting book 216. I knitted it in Heirloom Organic cotton 4 ply.

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I just have to sew it up, I am getting very excited!! It was harder to knit than the feathers. It was knitted as a diamond, increasing then decreasing stitches. Once the centre is finished, the loops on the edge are picked up, and knitted out in a wedge. It was more challenging than my normal knit, but I was up for the challenge.

I am hoping to have it finished soon, I am hoping to have an evening to sew up the corner seams, I want to get it right, so I don’t want to rush it.

Do you have many unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Yummy yummy banana bread!

Last night I stayed up waaay too late to make banana bread. DaddyMopar takes his lunch every day, and with the possibility of no shops nearby as he is a tradie, I try to make tasty lunchbox treats to stop him going and buying his morning tea.

I should bake up a storm and freeze a few varieties of cupcakes and slices, but I haven’t had the time, or researched freezing. Also, DaddyMopar needs to tell me what he likes in his lunchbox. This weekend I will try to make a few things for the freezer, as baking every second night is tiring, especially as I’m doing it after Squeak goes to bed, so I’m up til 2 or 3 in the morning to get everything done.


DaddyMopar Loves it!!

It is supposed to have brown sugar, but I ran out, so I used a combination of white sugar, and golden syrup. DaddyMopar couldn’t tell the difference, and Squeak loved her afternoon snack. Hopefully I will be able to freeze a few slices for another day

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I will hopefully be finished by late next week. The pattern panel is easy to do now as I’ve memorised it so I can sit and mindlessly knit if I get a chance. I can also easily knit this while watching TV.


I am now at the decreasing for where the sleeves will inset, in a few rows the shaping is finished for a while. I might have the front finished tomorrow if I’m lucky. Next I will knit the sleeves, and I am considering knitting both at the same time. I haven’t done it before, but I think it will work well to make sure they are the same length. Also, I tend to get bored by the second sleeve, and sometimes a project will sit for a few weeks before I finish it.

I have also been looking at doll dresses for Squeak’s dolly Deedee, as I want her to have nice outfits. I should be able to knit something up quickly, so maybe a few outfits as it’s nice to have variety.

Any ideas on dolly dresses?

Lots of love,



Knitting, kneading and a finished quilt!!

I finished Squeak’s quilt!! I think I have to wash it tho.


I am very happy with it, now to work out my next quilt. It’s hard to decide what to do next, but I think I must do a dresden plate, as DaddyMopar bought me an easydresden template a few months ago. It makes dresdens soooo simple, and there are a few random dresdens floating round our house that I’ve practised on.

I bought a box of bread mix last week, as I have had bad results with my dough making. I have ended up with under-risen dough, which is frustrating. Today I made the dough, doing the kneading in my bellini, the mix was as big as the machine is supposed to handle. The instructions with the bellini say to knead 1min on speed 6, then on speed 1 for a bit. That doesn’t knead properly so I started on speed 6, but then speed 4 for a few minutes and beautifully kneaded dough! I let it rise in a bowl on the stovetop, the vent from the oven provided decent heat to rise nicely. I was making home-made sausage rolls, so I had the oven going which made the rising easy.


DaddyMopar is having sandwiches made with the bread for lunch tomorrow. It tastes beautiful, but is a bit difficult to slice. Next time I will make a lower loaf, of rolls. I might start making bread and yeast products more often.

Squeak’s persille jumper is coming along nicely, I want to knit a lot now. I have finished the back, and I’ve started on the front. I am still on the first 50g ball, so I might only need 2, maybe a bit of a 3rd. I bought 4 to have enough, but I will have leftovers! Maybe Squeak’s dolly will get a pretty new purple dress soon enough!


I love the pattern in it, It isn’t as complicated as it looks!

Do you know how to slice home-baked bread?

lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Pork buns, Teething and more quilting – What a weekend so far!!

We have had a big weekend. DaddyMopar took Squeak to visit his brother and sister-in-law on friday afternoon. Squeak loves her aunty, and I encourage them spending time together. Aunty looooves her lil Squeak. I feel lucky my daughter has such a special relationship with her aunt.

When DaddyMopar and Squeak got home we had dinner, I had cooked steamed pork buns. I made the dough in the bellini, it was sooo easy! The recipe from Taste is HERE. They were quite tasty, and Squeak gobbled up two.


We then had an unsettled night, as Squeak woke at 3am and wouldn’t settle. We finally all fell asleep on the couch at 8am watching cartoons. Later on saturday I noticed a new tooth peeking through. Now there are 5 teeth! I had thought it was the buns giving her indigestion, as they had hoisin sauce in them, and maybe it was too spicy?

I have been working on Squeak’s quilt quite a bit lately, I am now hand sewing the back of the binding on, so it could be finished tonight. I am on the last edge, so Squeak could be sleeping under her quilt tomorrow night. I am contemplating washing it first tho, as I want it perfect for her. I did things quite out of order, sewing on binding before trimming to size.


We are almost finished! Normally I do a folded binding, but they are very bulky. This time I did an unfolded, it just means I have to fold under some binding as I sew. I am finding it very enjoyable. It is also less bulky, whick is desirable as it is a very light quilt. I used flannel as the backing as I love the feel of flannel, and I prefer flannel sheets all year round as they are soft and welcoming.


I am looking forward to it being finished! I think Squeak is too, as she reaches for it when I am working in it.

How was your weekend?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Cottons and Socks, maybe a wool-wool?

After running out of thread last night I desperately wanted to get more and continue with Squeak’s quilt. We were also running low on her socks, as most kids take their socks off, and often. I have a collection of odd socks and not many actual pairs. I went into town to go to Lincraft, and Target.

We started at Lincraft as I was not going home without that thread. I have found a pattern I wanted to knit for Squeak, it’s in 4 ply and I have been using 8 ply for the last few months, so I didn’t have any yarn from my stash in mind. Something caught my eye


Yes, 4 ply cotton in a beautiful purple colour. Here is a link to the pattern in Ravelry I have wanted to do, and have just started, as I couldn’t start quilting til later in the evening. In Lincraft Squeak wanted to hold the Wool-Wool as we call it, and looked after a ball for the entire shopping trip. Her eyes light up every time she sees a fresh ball of wool, and loves feeling it, and holding it up to her upper lip under her nose. She also does the same to small remnants of wool as well. She loves her wool-wools.

With the pattern, I am winging it a bit, as I am using 3.25mm needles, instead of the 3mm. Using  cotton will affect the tension as it doesn’t have a lot of stretch, but a lovely drape. I have made a few shawls in cotton before, and Squeak’s favorite blanket is made in cotton, so I love knitting with it. Hopefully my tension won’t be too different from the pattern.

Nice stitch markers eh? I use little pieces of drinking straw every 20 stitches

After we went to Lincraft we went to Target and bought socks. There were 10 packs, so I got 3. Hopefully they won’t all go missing for a few weeks, and as they are the same 10 colours in each pack then I will have less odd socks for a while hopefully. I find socks everywhere.

With the quilt, I now have the bobbins wound and the machine threaded, and I’m on track to have the quilt close to finished by the end of the weekend. The most time consuming task is hand finishing the binding, that could take an evening or two. I hope to be at that stage by the end of the weekend.

As I was quilting this evening, I realised I had made a lot of work for myself by quilting every 2 inches, instead of every 3 inches. It would of looked just as effective, and saved a lot of work. Maybe next time.

Do you find socks everywhere?

lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Does everyone get nervous about dentist appointments? I definitely do, to the point of my legs shaking. I had a clean and checkup this morning, and I only need one filling, which is a repair of an older filling. DaddyMopar is having this week off before he starts a new job, so we decided to go to the park so Squeak could feed the ducks in a local park.

Our local park is more of a nature reserve, with a lake fed by a creek, and some very well fed ducks. As we parked our car we were greeted by a duck, followed in, then followed by about a doen ducks to a picnic table. We had brought bread for the ducks, and cheese and bacon rolls for us. Squeak loved the ducks, she had a massive grin as we threw crusts, and all the birds ran to get them. It was a nice winter’s day.

This evening I had a few hours to myself, so I worked on Squeak’s quilt. The top was completed, so I had to assemble the batting and backing, the get out the sewing machine and start quilting. There was nothing on TV, so I put on a dvd of ‘darling buds of may’, and spent half an hour looking for thread. I had read years ago that only cotton thread should be used in quilting, so I searched for my stash of cream cotton thread. after 30 minutes of searching and only finding polyester or non matching colours, I admitted defeat and picked a reasonable colour


Yes, I used Yellow

I got about a quarter of the way through quilting before I ran out of thread. It was only 100m, so I will have to pop down to the local quilting shop for thread, and a new circular knitting needle to knit a new jumper for Squeak

Do you have any suggestions for which pattern I should knit?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Clothes shopping with a serve of fried wontons… And a patch or two

Today I went clothes shopping, a task I have tried to avoid since Squeak was born. She is 15 months old now, and I desperately needed new clothes. I tended to buy cheap t-shirts from Kmart, and I had bought 2 pairs of jeans that fell down way too much. We went to DFO in Essendon, as  we hadn’t been shopping there in close to a year. We started in Rivers, a clearance outlet. I picked out 5 long sleeved t-shirts, and a thick dark pink waterfall cardigan. We then poked around in a few shops, and in typo as they had large scrabble tiles to make names. I would have bought Squeak’s name, but disappointingly they had no A. I would have loved it for her room, as I am slowly re-decorating it for her.

I then tried on a pair of jeans with a higher waist in Jeanswest. We were the only customers in the shop, and the assistant was lovely and she was quite knowledgeable about the fit of jeans, which is great as my body is quite lumpy and bumpy since I had Squeak. I have so much trouble finding jeans as I don’t like skinny leg jeans. I ended up buying 2 pairs in a dark denim.

When we got home I made pork wontons with chips in the Philips Airfryer. I have made chicken wontons before and steamed them, and have tried them fried years and years ago.


Before and After Air Frying

I didn’t get a pic of the chips, I will have to next time! They go soooo quick, and they are really good. They are a favorite in the Mopar household.

I also managed to snap a pic of Squeak’s baby quilt so far


It is 6 inch squares, alternating between nine patch and fussy cut butterfly squares. I have had a jungle theme in her room, but am considering switching to butterflies as I love this fabric soooo much. Squeak loves it and when she sees it she wants to play with it, even tho it isn’t finished. I’m still going to try to finish it by the end of the weekend. It has been an unfinished project for far too long.

Do you have unfinished projects?

Lots of love,

MummyMopar x x x


Thank goodness It’s monday!!

What a weekend!! The family birthday dinner for DaddyMopar with his family! His brother and sister-in-law cooked up a feast of roast lamb and chicken, and delicious roast veggies! We then had apple & blackberry crumble, We were spoiled! Our sis-in-law also made a birthday mudcake, Yum Yum!!


Yes, I got a piece to bring home!! Lucky me, as it’s my favorite.

On Sunday we went shopping to buy a replacement doll, as Squeak’s doll had damage on her little plastic doll hand. Off we trotted to buy two new ones. Now we have Baby Deedee, and backup Baby Deedee. There is a stress when your child’s favorite toy is out of commission, and luckily she was easy to replace. Squeak is very attached to Baby Deedee, tries to take her everywhere, and doesn’t want to nap without her. Luckily she didn’t notice that Deedee had changed slightly, and I was very relieved. We also went to Bunnings to get more fabric storage cubes, for my sewing room. Recently I had new shelves built to accommodate the ever-popular fabric storage cubes. I don’t have a built in linen cupboard, or any built in wardrobes, so I need the cubes to be my linen cupboard, as well as my craft cupboard.

Today we continued re-organising my sewing room, It is amazing how much fabric, and wool I have. The local CWA spring show is coming up in a few weeks, and I am tempted to make a few things, as well as finish a few unfinished knitting and quilting projects to enter. I have been too nervous to enter in the past, but this year I think it’s time. I have to decide what I am making, and what projects to finish. One I MUST finish is Squeak’s baby quilt. It is so sweet, pink and purple with butterflies. I hopefully will finish it by the end of the upcoming weekend. fingers crossed.

Do you have unfinished projects? or a suggestion of what I should knit to enter?

Lots of Love,





Dinner was a Winner!!

It’s DaddyMopar’s birthday later this week, so I thought I would cook a pot roast and a carrot cake to celebrate!!

I bought a rolled brisket from Coles supermarket a few weeks ago and froze it. At the time my only knowledge of brisket was the jokes in ‘Big Bang Theory’about brisket cooked by Howard Wolowitz’s mother. While mine was cooking in the oven I researched a bit about brisket and what they are referring to is totaly different to what I served up. My brisket is a similar cut to corned beef. There was a recipe on the back of the vaccuum bag, so I followed it loosely.

 I browned the beef, then added chopped up carrot and onion, a spoonful of homemade veggie stock I keep in the fridge that I made in the Bellini. 2 cups of water, bring to boil then into oven for 3 hours, and I was supposed to turn hourly, but I forgot. I don’t think it made any difference to the finished result. I used my favorite casserole dish with lid, its a Microstoven. Nonstick, microwave, oven and stovetop safe. Dishwasher too. It was a xmas gift from my brother-in-law and I’ve had it for almost 3 years. I’d be lost without it.

After 3 hours in the oven, then half an hour with the lid off, Its time to take it out! I also cooked roast potatoes and carrots to go with it. I used the roast juices to make gravy, but it turned out more like a relish. Delicious anyhow.


For the birthday cake I made a carrot cake with cream cheese icing. I have made DaddyyMopar a carrot cake every birthday since we met. The recipe is from one of my Nannie’s cookbooks. I made it in the Bellini as I don’t enjoy grating carrots. The Bellini made it extremely quick, and I find it very easy to convert recipes to suit the Bellini. I’m hoping cakes like this, and other nice treats will be frequent to my kitchen. It was delicious, despite it’s looks. The holes in the top are from the candles, as no birthday cake is complete without candles and singing.


I also made some Anzac Biscuits, but that has a massive back-story behind it with my allergies, and I think it deserves a post of it’s own

Do you have any good recipes to share? or an idea of something new for me to cook? Let me know

Lots of love

MummyMopar x x x