five brightly coloured crochet water balloons in a circle

Classic Cool Crochet Water Balloons

Eco-warrior and Trash Talking Mama Hayley Crawford is passionate about reducing waste so we are delighted to share her article on re-usable, plastic free water balloons. Summertime! The season of jandals and water fights – two topics that can be extremely wasteful. The life of a jandal can be painfully short so just think what a change we could make if we …

three battery hens on a pole in knitted coats

Battery Hen Coats

If you’re into knitting and would like a new project, how about whipping up little coats for battery hens? When battery hens are saved they have few feathers to keep them warm.  These wonderful little coats help with this and encourage the growth of new feathers. Shawn from  www.animalsanctuary.co.nz says she can use them, and if she gets too many, she can …

DIY Face, Wash, Dishcloth

This easy pattern is one from the archives. You don’t need to be a seasoned knitter to whip up a few of these lovely natural cloths. The size, shape and feel makes them perfect to use as a facecloth, a washcloth for baby or you can pop one in the kitchen and use it as a dishcloth. They also make wonderful …

knitted baby clothes

Baby Knitting Patterns

We have a new baby arriving in the family soon (my niece Mariko is pregnant) so I’ve spent the last few weeks knitting up a storm.   I made a small blanket which is ideal for swaddling and using in those tiny baby capsules, plus booties and beanie to match, then I made a lovely little singlet which is knitted all …