Bootie Pattern

This bootie pattern was sent into me by one of my newsletter readers, Vivienne. It’s for prem babies and I’m sure Middlemore Hospital would love to receive these from you. Garter Stitch Booties   3 0r 4 Ply Length 7cm. 1x25g 3 or 4ply wool. Size 3.25mm needles for 3ply or 3mm needles for 4ply. Cast on 42sts.  Knit 22 rows …

 

 

Newborn Beanie Pattern

Use 5mm needles and double knit or 8 ply wool . Cast on 48 stitches. Work in knit 1, purl 1 (rib) for 6 rows. Knit in stocking stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) for 7 cm. End with a purl row.It should measure about 10 cm. Decrease for top of hat. Next row: Knit 2 together along row  …

 

 

Chicken Basics

BREEDS A good breed to start out with is the red or brown shaver, which is a hybrid hen used for egg production. They are easy to tame, are good egg producers and are even-tempered. However they will only lay for about two years before easing off. Older breeds like Wyandottes and Plymouth Rocks will lay longer, up to four …

 

 

Natural De-Flea Powder

There is this amazing substance call diatomaceous earth which you can get at health stores, some garden centres and on my shopping page. It is a naturally occurring chalk-like rock which is harmless to us but attaches itself to the flea’s waxy coating and causes it to dehydrate within 48 hours. You can rub this into your pet’s fur, I …

 

 

Dog Vinegar Rinse

You can also use normal brown vinegar or cider vinegar as a final rinse for your dog to get rid of smells and fleas. Dilute 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 warm water and pour over the dog. Do not rinse out. For a bad case of fleas, spray neat cider vinegar on your dog until the coat and skin are wet. …