Crocheted Rib Cowl

by Kate on April 15, 2014

crocheted rib cowl : purl soho

If you are looking for a quick and easy project, this is the one for you.

The yarn is gorgeous and I can see this cowl getting lots of wear this winter.

Project details here.

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Kids Breakfast Smoothie

by Kate on April 14, 2014

kids breakfast smoothie

Both my kids are pretty good eaters but having a few different breakfast recipes to select from never goes astray.

This is a very basic, but super delicious breakfast smoothie that the kids love.

You will need:

1 banana*
1 cup of frozen mango or fruit of choice
1 cup of milk of choice – I use unsweetened almond milk
1 weetbix
half a cup of natural yoghurt
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Blend in a high powered blender. Serves 2 hungry smalls.

*I like using frozen banana’s as it gives the smoothie a thick consistency. Just make sure you peel them BEFORE they head into the freezer.


Liberty De-stash

by Kate on April 11, 2014

Liberty of London

With a thick layer of dust settling on the sewing machine and a restructure of bedrooms (loosing the study), my Liberty has to go.

I would much rather see it be used than be shuffled into yet another storage unit, cupboard or god forbid…the roof!

Head over to my etsy store and check out the lovely prints – happy shopping!


Back at it…

by Kate on April 2, 2014

Back at it...

I’m not really sure what I am more surprise about, the fact that I am writing a blog post or that I am about to pick up the hook.

At any rate, sometimes we all need a bit of a prod and I got mine last week from Tam. We are both going to crochet this gorgeous cowl, just like old times.

And truth be known, I can’t wait.

What I am reading: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
What I am loving: A series of photographs, of identical twins by artist Gao Rongguo. Beautiful and thought provoking



by Kate on July 1, 2013

Felicity Beanie

It has been a while since I have made anything for myself and I really wanted a project that was going to knit up quick as well as being useful.

The wet days meant this project was finished over the weekend.

Gloriously soft with the perfect amount of slouch.

Project details can be found on ravelry


Being The Mother Of A Son

by Kate on June 21, 2013

Alfie & I

This photo was taken in March 2008, when we finally got to take Alfie home from the hospital. He was 4 weeks old.

When Lex invited me to write about ‘Being the Mother of A Son’, I was thrilled. My excitement, however quickly gave way to mild panic and the question, what shall I write about?

I got to thinking and realised I could write oodles about the gorgeous, sensitive little guy I have on my hands. About his rocky beginning (born at 31 weeks) and the small but nonetheless difficult challenges that he faces every day.

But, instead I want to talk about love.

While I was thinking about Alfie. About him and I. I realised something important about the various men in my life.

I realised that Jason, my Dad, my Pa and my brother all adore the women in their lives. I have been a recipient of their love, whether as a partner, a daughter, a grand-daughter or sister. I cannot begin to express how incredibly lucky I feel. To have experienced, throughout my childhood and during my adult life, so much love from these men.

So, where did all this love come from? Is it intrinsic in each of us? Are we taught it?

I don’t know the answer. I suspect it is a combination of many things but I like to think that love begins in the home.

I firmly believe that a loving and secure environment gives each and every one of us the belief and confidence that you can tackle life head on. It has certainly been that way for me.

Now, you might be thinking where I am going with this? I am, after all supposed to be talking about being a mother to Alfie.

I guess what I am trying to say, is that the most important thing I can do for Alfie, is to love him. To love him so hard that he feels like he can take on all the good and the bad things that come his way.

That he can take my love and shower the world with it and when the time comes, he will know how to love that special (and very lucky) woman in his life.

Oh gosh, how very sentimental of me! What do you think? Do you think love begins in the home? Is it something we can teach our kids? Do they even love in the same way as us, their parents?

The gorgeous ladies below are writing about their own experiences of ‘Being the Mother of A Son’. Grab yourself a cuppa and settle in.

Checks and Spots
Mrs Smith
Sadie and Lance
Pigeon Pair
Hugo and Elsa
Gourmet Girlfriend


The Big Squeeze

by Kate on May 31, 2013


This scarf has been one of my most satisfying projects yet.

Luscious chunky wool that is wonderfully soft and which knitted up very quickly. I bought the yarn from Purl when I was in new York and I am now kicking myself that I didn’t get some more. These scarves would make the perfect gift for just about anyone.

I used two skeins of Purl Soho Super Soft Merino, cast on 18 stitches with 9mm needles and kept knitting until the wool ran out.

It doesn’t get any easier than that!



The week that was…

by Kate on May 26, 2013

view from the Met

On Thursday I arrived home after ten very full on days in Manhattan. That place never ceases to amaze me. It is so full of energy and from the moment you arrive, you get swept up in the frenetic pace of it all.

I walked, ate, shopped, walked, ate, went to a few favourite places, then walked, ate and walked some more.

Exhausting but brilliant.


The real standout of the trip was the Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity exhibition. Wonderfully curated, breathtakingly beautiful and very inspiring. I feel really lucky to have seen it.

I am creature of habit so you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Juice Press. It is important for me to maintain some semblance of normality when traveling and I got my green fix from these guys on a daily basis.

Juice Press

If you are heading to NYC, you can find my ‘to do & see’ lists here and here.

There really is no place like home, it is good to be back x



by Kate on April 29, 2013



It has been lovely reacquainting myself with the hook and Haiku was the perfect project to ease back in to crochet. Mindless repetition which became mediative.

I ordered the pattern from Quince & Co, along with two balls of tern. Calico & Ivy stock a gorgeous brushed suri alpaca from frog tree yarns, it is so wonderfully soft that I ended up using it, held double with tern.

The result is wonderfully soft and drapey.

I gifted this number to a wonderful lady I have had the pleasure of working with over the last twelve months. I am very sad to say that little Calico & Ivy (Balmain) will be closing its doors this Saturday *sob*.


daily green : recipe

by Kate on April 22, 2013

Daily Green

The last few months have seen me make a concerted effort to eat lots of greens on a daily basis. I’m a big salad girl but sometimes time gets away from me and on those days I whip up a green drink.

There is nothing quite like whacking a few ingredients into a food processor and minutes later knowing you have a cup of goodness in your hands.

Serves 1-2
200ml coconut water
large handful of baby spinach
large handful of fresh mint
one peeled kiwi fruit
half an unpeeled cucumber
half a peeled grapefruit
half a peeled avocado
one teaspoon of white or black chia seeds
one teaspoon of spirulina powder
handful of ice

Throw in all ingredients and whizz for a few minutes until you have a smooth consistency.