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Project 52: 8/52

8/52 Ellis

8/52 Milo

We had coffee at the new jenni douglas shop/cafe in Marchmont (proper post coming on Wedmesday), and the boys got chocolate bees

We’ve also had a bit of a weird switch with the buggy since Ellis has become obsessed with riding on the boogie board, Milo has now become super lazy and sits in the buggy seat

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Birmingham streetart pt. 4

Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart

More from my bottomless pit of Birmingham streetart pictures

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Project 52: 7/52

7/52 Milo
7/52 Ellis

Both from the Secret Herb Garden this week! Milo driving the red taxi Ellis being carted about on the back of the trike!

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Ellis’ Elliot – adventures in test knitting

Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan

Today I’ve got a bit of testknitting to show you! It’s the Elliot baby cardigan by my friend Kristin Blom. This is only my second time test knitting, I’ve always shied away from it because I am such a slow knitter, but the deadline was nice and loose for this and I really enjoyed it! I don’t know if it’s sad, but I just really enjoy making written things better (editing and commenting on reports is a big part of my job), and knitting patterns are no exception, apparently. I did miss a few mistakes in the pattern, the main one being that the arms are way way too narrow – didn’t take a picture of the cardie lying flat but it’s really very obvious! As you can see the budy is still biggish on Ellis, but I supect we won’t be able to wear this until he grows into in in case the sleeves cut off his circulation. This was actually corrected pretty quickly, but as I was working from a print out over Christmas I missed the change being put on the google doc.

Oh, and I learnt to knit two sleeves at the same time using magic loop! Magic! It was a nightmare to set up, and for the first five rows I swore I would never do this again, then it stopped being fiddly and was great and I had two sleeves in no time! Other than that it was a fun knit, obviously being baby sized helps in go along quicker. I did hate picking up the stiches along the bottom band and the button band, because I hate picking up stitches, but apart from that it flew along.

The yarn I used was cascade 220 sport. I bought 4 skeins but ended up just needing 3, So I’m considering masking another one with two colours, using the purple for the lacy bits. Anyone have any thoughts on which colour would go with this greyey purple (amusingly called ‘rainier heather’ which I now understand to be because of Mt. Rainier, but I still find pretty funny)? All the colours here – I was thinking maybe this greyey brown? Or maybe just grey?

More pictures coming up below – sorry not sorry!

Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan
Elliot baby cardigan

P.S. After my comments last week about lack of modelling cooperation from Ellis, he was a champ here, particularly in the outside pictures!

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Ellis’ First Year Album pt.2

Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album
Ellis' album

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Project 52: 6/52

6/52 Ellis

We were out and about with Ellis while Milo was at German school on Saturday, and he wanted to ride on the boogie board

6/52 Milo

Milo made this mask for his German school Fasching party. He has yet to put it on form more than two seconds though!

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Birmingham Streetart pt. 3

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Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart
Birmingham streetart

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Healthy Breakfast Muffins

Healthy Breakfast muffins
Healthy Breakfast muffins
Healthy Breakfast muffins
Healthy Breakfast muffins
Healthy Breakfast muffins
Healthy Breakfast muffins

We’ve made a couple of batched of these healthy breakfast muffins recently. They are so virtuous – apart fro 50mls of oil and 4 tbs of honey between 12 muffins it’s all good stuff – but Milo totally accepts them as cakes, and loved making them. We made two batches, one with blueberries and seeds, and one swapping the blueberries for apples and chopped apricots, topped with just oats, both lovely.

I really recommend this recipe, adapted ever so slightly from here

Ingredients

2 large eggs
150ml full fat greek yoghurt (original recipe calls for low-fat, but I didn’t have that at home)
50ml sunflower oil (original recipe calls for rapeseed)
100g apple sauce or pureed apples (I made from scratch as found some cooking apples in a bag hung on the door which were amazingly still fine)
1 ripe banana banana, mashed
4 tbsp clear honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g wholemeal flour
50g rolled oats, plus extra for sprinkling
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda
1½ tsp cinnamon
100g blueberry or other fruit of choice. I reckon plums would be amazing
2 tbsp mixed seed

Instructions

Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with 12 large muffin cases.

In a jug, mix the eggs, yogurt, oil, apple sauce, banana, honey and vanilla.

Tip the remaining ingredients, except the seeds, into a large bowl, add a pinch of salt and mix to combine.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix briefly until you have a smooth batter – don’t overmix as this will make the muffins heavy.

Divide the batter between the cases.

Sprinkle the muffins with the extra oats and the seeds.

Bake for 25-30 mins until golden and well risen, and a skewer inserted into the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Remove from the oven, transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool.

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Project 52: 5/52

5/52 Milo

We had some friends round for a playdate, and Dave made Swedish Cardamom Buns. Here Milo’s helping with the kneading.

5/52 Ellis

Ellis brought down the toy hard hat from Milo’s room and was showing it to everyone

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