Thursday, April 17, 2014

Chocolate coconut fudge - so delicious!


Ok, so this is a little off the crafty topic, but I had to share this recipe!  This is one of my favourite sweet treat, I have a very demanding sweet tooth, and this stuff hits the spot!  There is nothing remotely healthy about fudge, pure sugary indulgence, but I adore this combination of chocolate and coconut.  I only let myself make this a few times a year, as I know I will eat the whole tray over a week or so!  Being Easter time, I thought it was an appropriately chocolatey treat to make this week.  The rest of the family are not real fudge fans, so it's all for me!! Yay! 

Anyway, here is the recipe, I had trouble finding a choc coconut fudge recipe, so have made my own adaption of a straight chocolate one, and I think it tastes pretty good!!

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CHOCOLATE COCONUT FUDGE

2 cups castor sugar
1/2 block chocolate (around 100g)
2/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons glucose syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tsp natural coconut essence 
2 handfuls shredded coconut ( around 1 cup)

Line a small cake tin with baking paper and spray with one of those oil sprays for a fine mist of oil.

Mix all ingredients except coconut essence and shredded coconut in a saucepan and heat slowly on low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved and the chocolate has melted.  (Brush down sides of sauce pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystallising.)

Increase heat to medium and slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally until temperature reaches 112 degrees ( soft ball stage).  ( I find a candy thermometer very useful for getting the temperature right.)

Remove from heat, and  mix in the coconut essence.  Cool for about 5 - 10 minutes.

Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens slightly and loses its gloss.  
(This can take a while!) Quickly mix through the shredded coconut and pour into tin.  Allow to cool completely.  Once the fudge has set cut into squares and store in an airtight container,  I like to keep it in the fridge, just so I don't keep sneaking pieces every time I walk past the tin on the bench! 

Like all fudges, a little goes a long way!  
Sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy a little chunk of deliciousness!


I hope you all enjoy the Easter break and get to have a few sweet treats over the weekend!

Talk soon!

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April giveaway!


Hello! 

I have a nice little collection of 5 Heirloom 8ply cottons to giveaway this month.  One each of blue, aqua, red, lime, and pink.  I think you could make some lovely soft washcloths or maybe start a soft cotton granny square blanket or cushion cover?  Or  lots of flowers and make them into a garlandy thing...... lots of possibilities with cotton!

If you would like to enter, just leave a comment telling me what is your favourite thing to make with cotton.  I will pick a winner next Tuesday!  Good luck!  

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Holiday Crochet - Flower love


Hello!
Wow, we are already into the second week of the holidays here, and each day seems to have flown!  So much so that I keep thinking I'll blog tomorrow, and then the whole week has rolled around and there are no posts!  Sorry about that.  We did go away for a couple of days last week, and that always throws the weekly schedule out the window, so I will just have to make up for it this week, I do have lots of things to share with you all actually!
It is also nearly the middle of April and I haven't done my April giveaway yet, think I will come back later today with that.  The months come  around so quickly!

Anyway, as I have mentioned before, I am doing a little stall at the Western Port Craft Festival held in Hastings ( Victoria, Australia, not the UK one!) in a couple of weeks, so have been hooking up some flowers to add to the table.  I am trying to have some inexpensive things available as well as the dearer things, I know not everyone wants to buy a blanket!
I am thinking that these cute flowers would be nice to embellish other craft works, and am going to sell little sets of flowers.  I have seen them on Etsy and they seem to sell.   
I had forgotten how fun flowers are to hook up, I am loving all the colour possibilities!  I am also going to do some sets in cotton, they have quite a different look.
The 3 colour daisy flower is one of my favourite flower patterns, I love the look of the outlined petals.
Do you have a favourite flower that you like to hook up?

So even though we have been out and about I have been able to have my trusty little hooky bag with me and have managed to complete quite a few flowers on the run!



Sorry for the overdose of pictures, but they are actually making me feel very cheery this morning, lovely and bright and colourful.  The sun is shining outside, I can hear lots of gardening sounds, mowers and what not, busy on what looks like a gorgeous Autumn day, I think I will head outside soon too.



Ok I think that is all for now, I will be back soon with a giveaway post, just got to decide what to give way this month, a fun job.

Are your kids on school holidays too?
Getting any crafty time in?
What do you like to do when it is blue skies outside?

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Yarn love....


Hello! 
How has your week been going?  It is school holidays here, and it has been wet all week, so we have been in holiday mode, pretty relaxed and lots of hooky time!
  
I'd like to say a big thank you for all the generous comments on my Weekend in Stockholm throw, I really appreciate all the positive support that this crafty community shares, you are all awesome!! Sorry I haven't responded to each comment, I am trying to implement this as part of my blogging routine, but am still not managing it on every post, a work in progress I guess...

I have been busy recently updating the shop with some new colours of Merino Magic 8ply and adding some new yarns just in time for the April Sale.  ( Thank you to all my lovely customers!) 
I had a  bit of fun putting together a few little colour combos....

  
....I am really liking the ice blue on the bottom right, and the deep red next to it, and the olive green in the top left is really lovely too.....


.....these chalky colours look lovely together too, 
I think I will put a chalky harlequin on my to do list...


....and these are the new range of 4ply Baby Merino from Heirloom that I am stocking for all those fine projects and baby makes.  The colours are the same as the 8ply Baby Wool, some beautiful soft shades and a few gorgeous deep ones too.  

I have been getting quite inspired by all these new colours and am thinking I might start a new project or two.  I have a few ideas I'd like to try out, but they will have to wait until I have had my little market stall, I am busy at the moment making some things to fill my table.

What have you been up to this week!

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Garden Update...


Hello.  How are things in you neck of the woods?
It is such a lovely time of year here at the moment, calm days and cool, mild days.  I was up at dawn the other day ( no idea why I was up so early, not my usual habit!), and happened to witness such a beautiful sunrise, a very pink sky! Gorgeous!  It was a great day too.

Another month has rolled around in the garden and we are picking tomatoes galore!  The plants are dying off but the fruit is ripening nicely.  I think I will make some sauce with some of these, there are too many to eat fresh.





I dug up a patch of potatoes that had died off, and filled a couple of buckets, they should keep us going for a while!


....so here's a picture of my little harvest on the weekend, it is definitely time to clear out all the summer stuff and get some wintery things in, all my garden beds need a big over haul.....


...I was curious to try one of these melons, they were very late to set fruit, but we ended up with half a dozen or so.  They are not huge, but one was smelling very fragrant and ripe, so I cut it open to have a taste, very delish!  Juicy, sweet flesh, considering we are in Melbourne I think they grew very well!
The variety was called French Charentais, and I would recommend them as a great cool climate melon.


 .......and here is one bed I cleaned up and got some broccoli, cabbage, spring onions and lettuces on the go. There is still so much to do, I am feeling a little overwhelmed by all the jobs I need to do!  I always start each season feeling like I have plenty of time to get stuff done, I write long lists of things to do and feel on top of things, but as the weeks go by I can feel my window of opportunity shrinking!  

Oh well, I have to remember gardening is supposed to be enjoyable!  I think I need to take a deep breath and just take one job at a time......

So, how is your garden growing?
Are you up to date with everything on your do to list?  
 Or do you have lots of jobs to tackle too?

I'm off to write yet another list of things to do so I don't forget something important!  Talk soon...

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weekend In Stockholm Throw - Finished , tick!


Hello!

Isn't it a satisfying feeling getting something finished that has been hanging around for ages?  
This blanket has been sitting as a pile of squares for a long time.
( I started these squares in January 2012!)

And I am so happy I have finally made the effort to finish it off.  I had originally planned a much bigger blanket, but realised that using what I had made and getting a finished blanket was better than hoping I would eventually get around to making more squares.
So it is a nice baby size, still big enough for a cot I think.
I have given it a gentle blocking to flatten it out a little, but it is still quite textured which I like.

The pattern is Weekend in Stockholm Throw by Debbie Stoller, as you can probably tell I have done my own thing with the colours!  It is quite OTT!
I made this with lot's of different 100% wools, a mix of Colorworks, Babywool 8ply and Loyal DK,and probably some other odds and ends thrown in, it was so long ago I can hardly remember!
This blanket really does make me happy!  




Anyway, I hope you like this colour hit today, it has brought a smile to my face, hope it does the same  for you!

Have a fab day and thanks for visiting, happy crochet people!  :)

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A birthday sale and thank you! xxx


Hello! 
How are things with you my crafty friends? 
Things are good here.  I have just received a restock of some yarn for the shop and some new things too. So that has been fun, photographing and playing around with colour schemes and what not.

I realised something the other day, my little yarn shop has been around for a year!  I did miss the exact birthday, but I've decided to make April the birthday of Little Woollie Makes Yarn Shop.  
One year old!  

Time for a little celebration I think, so for the month of April there is 20% off all the yarn I sell!  
It is getting cooler here in Australia as we move into winter and wooly weather, 
so I thought it might be nice for my local customers to be able to do a bit of stash building 
leading into the knitting/crochet season.  
There has been quite a learning curve for me this year, I'd like to say a big thank you to all the lovely peeps who have shopped with me this year, it has been fun!  This year LWMYS will continue to grow and I hope to continue to introduce new yarns and expand my range bit by bit.

With the price of shipping overseas getting more and more expensive, I really want to concentrate on the Australian scene and offer my customers a lovely personal service ( well, as personal as online shopping can be!!).   I feel like I can chat to everyone here, crafty buddies who 'get' the whole woolly thing!   Thanks so much for your support, I do appreciate it very much! 

Anyway, I'll be back with some new colours and a couple of new yarns to show you tomorrow, or you can see if you can spot them yourself  in the shop over here!

(And I have finally finished my Weekend in Stockholm blanket!  
I have to show you that too, it is very colourful! :)  )

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