Harvestcal14: Giveaway Winners

Well here it is.... the prize giving! I want to extend a massive and heartfelt thank you to everyone who chatted, baked, knit, crocheted, seamed, stewed and hashtagged to make this the best multicraftual start to the season I've ever had. I'm inspired to get even more done thanks to the many projects and call outs. 

Here's the lucky recipients and their goodies, chosen by random number generator:

Recipe please!

Recipe please!

DanielaKnits has been sharing some fab baking and crafting all month and her hashtag new flavours popped up in the random number generator for these deliciously nutty bars that she shared on instagram. Apparently they are made with Almonds, sesame seeds, oat flakes, dried red fruits, honey, pistachios and peanut butter. Daniela you are the winner of Northbound Knitting's 2 skeins of Merino Silk DK in Metallurgy. 

Jlowery scooped the ripening fruit category and some Autumnal Self Striping from Berry Colorful Yarnings with her Lingerie Socks from Knitty. They're so intricate!

Penelope won 5 patterns of her choosing from Laura Aylor just for turning up and chatting in the chatty thread (thank you for joining in!)

Pies from Podcasters are all the rage this season it would seem! (Go listen to the  Fluffy Fibers  podcast!)

Pies from Podcasters are all the rage this season it would seem! (Go listen to the Fluffy Fibers podcast!)

FluffyFibers won the Northbound Knitting Fibre in the Japanese Maple Colourway for baking her pie inspired by my blog post. Thanks so much Isabelle, I hope it was a hit with the family!

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret in Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Aran

Star Crossed Slouchy Beret in Sweet Georgia Yarns Merino Silk Aran

Allidecks, you squeaked in the social media #harvestcal14 prize with yor last minute hat finishing. You have won an Apple Butter variety of the Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe's lotion bar. 


Can all the winnners please pm me on Ravelry with your mailing addresses so I can get your goodies to you. Thank you to our amazing gift providers too!


~ X

HarvestCal14 Inspirations: Little Ones

Good morning all, how was your weekend? Good, I hope? Ours was pretty soothing, full of plenty of outdoor time which was much needed for all of us I think. It really brought home the fact that Autumn is creeping in as all the leaves are starting to drop and change colour and we've been collecting conkers and pine cones everywhere we go. 

It meant that this morning, putting a list of toddler activity prompts together that were Autumn inspired has been spot on for my mood. Some of these have gone straight into the 'must try this week' category. I've been using Pinterest activities more and more and I think I'll do a Playful Parenting segment on the podcast again soon about handy things to stock up on so you're ready to go whenever you see an activity idea that you really like. I keep things pretty basic around here as I am pretty low on time to prep, tidy up or store tonnes of options for play so these activities are pretty low on equipment needs too. 

Sensory Play

This great list of ideas via This Girl's Canon includes one of my favourite sensory tub ideas. We keep in a tub from Ikea that I fill from time to time with different activities like Cloud Dough, water play or shredded paper begged from the Giant's office. This one seems low cost and mostly made up of found objects (ie free). Perfect. 

Have water, will play. The Tot just loves water play and this twist via b-inspiredmam is a great seasonal idea. Time to get out that splashsuit though- naked water play is something we shall surely miss from Summer!

Sowsproutplay.com- I'm would take this wonderful pinecone painting activity outdoors because there's no way on earth this mess would fly indoors. Working from home, I can't have too much mess inside as my "office" doesn't work well with glitter and sand and I hate worrying about mess when the Tot should be just exploring. I need hoses and a quick tub of things for speedy clean ups. Also? How big are these pinecones?!?!? I love the spiced paint element too. 


Outdoor Play

Leaves, a few pipe cleaners and welly boots is all this threading activity takes. I love it and have just text a friend for a play date where we do this with our Tots. Thanking How Wee Learn for the inspiration of taking our obsessive collecting a step further. 

Add a little scavenging to your nature walk with a colour focus via Glitter Muffins. With so much interest in matching and sorting, I think I will be making a version of this without the fancy artist palette. A sturdy piece of card and some felt tips should be enough to get us started with a prompt. A great morning's activity I'm sure. 

Mud Kitchens- have you discovered the magic of these yet? I have to admit, I had my reservations as mud felt stressfully mucky with the Tot but you know what? There's something intensely satisfying about your toddler being so at ease with getting their hands dirty (oh Imagination Tree how you inspire me). I recommend some sturdy togs for this one.  

Fine Motor:

The Toddler is very into posting, threading and sorting right now so I stumbled happily upon this post earlier in the week via NurturingLearning.com. Ideas I can see us doing straight away are the acorn transfer with tongs (we just discovered tongs are hilarious fun), acorn posting in a tin with a slot cut in the top (have tin, will slot) and more leaf threading only this time with a button and elastic which I think might actually be easier than the pipe cleaners. I'll report back once we've tried it, probably on Instagram

Oh this one looks fun via The Artful Parent- contact paper, leaves you've collected and paper plates to make sun catchers. It's a variation on sticking the contact paper to a glass door and letting your toddler add things to a tree shape etc. We don't have easy access to that so suncatchers would work really well for us. Nature walk to crafty activitiy in the afternoon? Perfect. 

There's another version here via Fantastic Fun and Learning with leaf shapes to keep it really themed. 

All those paper plates you bought for Sun Catchers are the perfect paint trays for Leaf Printing. Gorgeous colours (and pictures of concetnration- how absorbed are those two tots?!?) via Meaningful Mama. 


I hope these inspire you as much as they have me. I'm excited to get outside with the Tot now. More tomorrow for the adults- layers and layers of shoulder season outfit inspirations!

Don't forget you have until midday 30th September to jump in and join us for the #harvestcal14 and don't forget, you can win prizes too!

HarvestCal14 Inspirations: Recipes

In the interest of inspiring you further in the final days of our #Harvestcal14 I have spent hours trawling through the internet and finding delicious and quick dishes to help you welcome Autumn. Really, this was all for your benefit dear reader, never think that this was self motivated or gratifying. Nope. I have not queued up several of the soups or cookies for my own delighted gorging. I am purely doing this for your benefit.

So here we go, a round up of what I will be trying out over the coming month. I've deliberately not chosen crockpot/ skillet dishes and those that require a specific kitchen item in the interests of keeping this easy for everyone. One recipe that requires a thermometer crept in but in the case of Brittle, I think we can be forgiving, no? I also had to restrain myself on the baking front. Expect more recipe suggestions because this time of year makes for incredible baking. 

Light Bites:

Butternut Squash, Celeriac, Parsnip & Apple Soup via Inspiring the Everyday. This is a smooth soup which long term readers will know I have a distrust of but I think I could work with this. There's also an incredible looking Apple and Fig Salad with Hazelnuts on the same page that I'm sure the Tot would gorge on because she loves apples and figs. (Side note: please do be careful of nuts and mini people and allergy sufferers)

Chunky Autumn Vegetable Soup via Recipe.com. Let's all be in love with chunky soups. 

Roasted Butternut Squash with Kale and Almond Pecan Parmesan via Oh How She Glows. Something entirely different from our usual repertoire but I have a sneaky feeling this could become a regular side dish around here. Yum. 


Dinner and Main Meals:

A one pan oven roasted Medley of Autumnal fare such as apples and sweet potato as well as sausage. Perfect for families and budget friendly too. I suspect the Tot will love this combination of sweet and savoury. Thanks to BudgetBytes for this one. 

Cider-Dijon Pork Chops with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples via Epicurious. I'm not really a great fan of meat, especially pork but I do feel like Autumn flavours lend themselves particularly well to pork. I am very tempted by this dish it has to be said, something the meat loving Giant will surely rejoice to hear I'm sure. 

Mushroom foraging is one of the many Autumnal foraging delights I would love to get better at. This Twice-Baked and Stuffed Butternut Squash via 12Tomatoes has the prettiest mushrooms. I think mushrooms are so delicately fascinating. If you've been following me on Instagram you'd already know that weird fact about me. 


Sweet Treats:

These Favourite Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Sally's Baking Addiction had me at the first mention of cranberries. Cranberry and pumpkin? Perfect flavours to combine.  

Caramel Apple Cider Cookies thanks to The Girl Who Are Everything. I've loved this food blogger for a while and have had a great number of successes with her baking recipes in the past. Definitely a treat for me on cold mornings after the childcare drop off. 

Autumn Brittle via Adventures in Cooking. You will need a thermometer which would normally put me off as I STILL need to purchase this kitchen instrument but I think this might be the push I've needed for a while. 



Autumn Bourbon Sangria via The LifeStyled Blog. Incredibly tempting pictures. I always switch from white to red wine the minute I feel a chill in the air. It's a tradition that I think could stand the addition of fruits and whiskey. 

Rethinking my slight wariness of the overwhelming sweetness of Mulled Cider thanks to Martha Stewart's version with maple and peppercorns. Yes. You heard it here first: I'm doing this. 

Apple Pie Moonshine via Sweet C's Designs. It's even presented in Mason Jars. Super cute. 


So jump in and join us for the harvestcal14 and don't forget, you can win prizes too!

Harvest Cal 14 Inspirations

As the month draws to an end it's been a god time to look through the growing FO thread over on the HarvestCAL thread and gleefully find inspiration for Autumn. I'm really struck by the diversity of entry and the amount of chatter this has generated. It was suhc a great suggestion from group members and everyone has really run with it. There has been inspiration spilling all over the place as apparently, I'm not the only one who loves Autumn and is excited for the season to get underway. 

Over the next few days, I'll be counting down till the end of the cal (midday GMT on 30th September), with recipe inspirations, activity inspirations and fashion inspirations to get you in the mood for crafting season. Let the inspiration begin here with a little round up of some of the FO's shared so far. 

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in!

(c) Emily37

(c) Emily37

Rebecca finished a sweater and it is a goodie. The pattern is Chalkstone by Isabell Kraemer who is a designer I've been admiring for some time now. This falls in the Ripening Fruits category as it was a long term wip having been started in March 2013 and just in need of a sleeve. Alas these things happen. More details on Rebecca's page here

Talking of Ripening Fruits....

(c) SecretSquire

(c) SecretSquire

That's Plum Wine from SecretSquire. Oh yes. (I promptly googled how to do it and found this goodie. You're welcome.) SecretSquire will always be a favourite person to inspire me as she shares my love of the Orcas Islands, the West Coast and all things literary. I always get good book tips from her. It would seem she also shares my love for boozy infusions and I can't help but feel it's a true crime that we live so far apart. Still, my liver is grateful. 

(c) cvd-aviatrix

(c) cvd-aviatrix

These apples were part of a big harvesting effort from cvd-aviatrix and I have to admit, I was green with envy. In her bounty she had apples, alpine strawberries and blackberries. There's a whole lot of puddings going on in her house I bet! In fact she shared a new recipe she tried from a recent pom pom issue ' Spiced Apple and Bramble Cake'. 

MoppyAmanda also used the CAL to prompt some stash maintenance- she knit up some yarn that had been sitting in stash for 2 years and made some throw pillows and a cushion cover for a stool. I think this is a great kickstart to the season and what better time of year to add more woolly goodness to your home decor? Perfectly timed for some snuggling weather. 

(c) MoppyAmanda

(c) MoppyAmanda

So how about things with you? Are you crafting gleefully as that cold weather begins to settle in a little? Got any great new recipes you're itching to try? Tomorrow I'm sharing recipe inspiration and it's made me very hungry indeed to research it I can assure you. An entirely selfless act too. Ahem. 


Remember, you can post your Autumn inspirations either on Ravelry or on social media using the hashtag #harvestcal14 for your chance to win one of these amazing prizes!

Harvestcal14: The Prizes

Things are looking very inspiring over in the Harvestcal14 chatter thread so I thought I'd best share all the goodies up for grabs!

Firstly there will be lots to win from some of the vendors from the Indie Untangled Rhinebeck Trunkshow thanks to Lisa being this month's podcast sponsor:

Robie Street by (c) Laura Aylor

Robie Street by (c) Laura Aylor

Laura Aylor is donating 5 designs of the winners choice. Laura is the designer who recently soared up the 'What's Hot' list on Ravelry for designs such as the Robie Street Cardigan and her Spiced Cocoa mitts seem perfect for Autumn. 

Berry Colorful Yarnings is offering a skein of the PERFECT autumnal self striping yarn. I mean really, just look:

(c) BCY

(c) BCY

Then The Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe is offering a lotion bar with a new scent that's perfectly timed: apple butter! This shop caused me some serious moments of weakness thanks to handmade lotions and balms with incredible scents. (Cinnamon Chai nearly came home with me. It's on the wishlist now let me tell you!)

(c) NBK

(c) NBK

Then Northbound Knitting who sponsors the show and blog has offered 2 skeins of Merino Silk DK in Metallurgy (be still my beating heart) and 2 braids of 'Japanese maple' on Superwash Merino combed top. 

So get tagging on social media, chatting in the group and share your final projects- all crafts are welcome!


PS We are so close to 1000 members on the group that I'm eyeballing a few extra prizes I've tucked away and might be hitting the random number generator a little early. I'm just saying....