The Southern Shawl - GIVEAWAY {Knitting}

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


This is Libby's latest design - the Southern Shawl. I did not post anything about it (it was all very secretive), except for my choice of yarn I think. It is actually quite hard not to post anything about a current WIP, I did not realise how much instagram is part of my craft process. 


The shawl is worked as an asymmetrical triangle and the body is alternating rows of stockinette and reverse stockinette so it looks almost identical on both sides. I absolutely love the texture of it - how you can achieve a stripey look without changing yarn. The pastel colour works great with this sort of pattern.


The yarn is a lonely skein from my stash that I have had for ages (whoohoo to get rid of lonely skeins!) - it works beautifully with this pattern. I am not really sure what project I had in mind when I first bought the skein, but it is definitely what it was meant to be. And now my Grandma will be able to enjoy it, as I knitted it for her!

Pattern: Southern Shawl by Truly Myrtle designs (available here)
Yarn: one skein of Alpaca Silk Cashmere Sock Yarn in dusky rose 
hand dyed by WharfedaleWoolworks (from my stash)
Needles: 3.75mm
Modifications: None


Did I mention a giveaway, so I did ..You have 3 chances to enter this giveaway:

1. The giveaway is open only to my followers  - old and new. 
Let me know how you follow my blog in the comment box.
2.Follow me on twitter, and tweet about the giveaway - and mention @noaslibellule 
(and let me know you did in the comment box)
3. Follow me on Instagram (natmadeinhome) and post the picture of the shawl (or regram my post) 
and come back to leave me a third comment

The giveaway ends Wednesday 1 July at 5pm (UK time). Please, please, please leave me a way to contact you if you are a no-reply blogger. Good luck!

Libby also has a discount code on this pattern (available until tomorrow) if you wanted to buy it!



Upcycling for my boys - Part 3 :: Sewing ::

Wednesday, 17 June 2015


Handmade in action aka the post featuring the chubby legs and the elusive toddler








More on the bloomer here
More on the trousers here

Upcycling for my boys - Part 2 :: Sewing ::

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

A bit later than expected, here is the second part of my Le Challenge project - and my first pair of trousers, ever. If you have read the first post here, you know that the fabric I used is upcylced from my own trousers. After the bloomer for Little Baby MiH (I should really have done these items the other way round), I had a bit of fabric left but I was not sure I had enough. Hence the funky pockets (Leah Duncan fabric used here). 


I was lucky my trousers had really massive hems which gave me extra fabric for the belt. I did not make the back pockets, because it was wasted fabric (and time) - and to be honest I am not sure Baby MiH cares that much about them. 

I used pattern 619 of Burdastyle for kids (the issue currently available). I think this issue is a pretty good investment, even for boys. There are some seriously cute patterns for girls in it too. I bought it for this raincoat pattern - hopefully it may not be too much of a challenge... 


I really wanted an easy pattern for trousers that I could use again and again so that I could whip one up during the weekend, so that Baby MiH did not have to wear too many trousers with holes. I think there are still a couple of alterations to make to this pattern - but it is quite a good base. I am just wondering which trousers of mine (or Mr MiH) I could use next! 

Did you see the new theme for Le Challenge - DIRECTION. Will you be joining us next month? 

Upcycling for my boys - Part 1 :: SEWING ::

Sunday, 14 June 2015

This project is only part of my entry to this month's Le Challenge. I am still working on the second part - and also the final pictures involving the boys. So you will have to come back tomorrow and the day after to see the whole project. This means, yes, 3 posts in 3 days, I know, amazing considering the minimal activity of late of my blog ...

This month's Le Challenge theme was single... As per usual with loose themes, I did not know how to interpret it until a week before the deadline. You cannot see the whole project, but the idea was to make two items of clothing from one single pair of my trousers. Also it totally fits with my journey towards a more sustainable lifestyle. 




I made first a bloomer for Little Baby MiH, perfect for the summer of course - and very cute with his chubby legs (pictures involving said chubby legs to come in a couple of days). 



I bought my trousers in a charity shop - they were brand new and my size - so potentially they could have been for me. But the style did not fit me. I really liked the stripey fabric but also the feel of it for the summer. So it was time to search the internet and my magazines for some inspiration. 



I found this free pattern (in French) for the bloomer. Mr MiH mentioned that it was quite tricky to print - just in case you want to use it. I did not follow the pattern instructions as it is self-explanatory. I had to cut out 4 pieces because I used upcycled fabric, but the pattern uses only 2 pieces - which makes it the easiest pattern ever. 



I added a ribbon at the top, as I did not have enough elastic handy - using up that stash of mine. Little Baby MiH is not yet on the move so it is ok for the time being, but I think an elasticated waist would be better when he starts crawling. 



Tomorrow I will show you the second part of the project - trousers for Baby MiH (my first pair of trousers) - so stay tune! 

And check out all the Le Challenge entries over here. 

Embracing my new life

Monday, 1 June 2015

Well, hello there! How have you been? It's been aggggeeessss. All my fault of course, unless you are on instagram (and even that is not a guarantee) I have no idea what has been happening in the last month or so, except within my household. And to be honest, this has been keeping me busy. We have been sick, we have been sad, we have had tantrums (me mostly), we have had tears (the toddler mostly), and we have been happy


Little Baby MiH turned 6 months last month, and I just really had to stop and think of what I wanted for my family and out of my family life. If I am honest, going from 1 child to 2 children has been quite a challenge for me (so a third one is definitely NOT on the card). There are different reasons for that, but the main one was that I was trying to go against having this new family size rather than embracing the excitement that is to have two boys who are active and enthusiastic about everything. It sounds obvious but it was not for me. And it is not until we went to Paris a couple of weeks ago that I realised how exciting seeing adventures through children eyes could be. 

Don't get me wrong, it is still hard work, but rewarding hard work. We have more tired babies and less tears - a sure sign they enjoyed themselves at ours. Some people get the two children business straight away, but I didn't. Although in the GRAND scheme of things 6 months is not bad - it was just a long 6 months. 

I feel now that I can fit in more craft time. I stopped last month, it was easier that way to go through the day. I started sewing for the first time in a long time today - and it is as therapeutic as I remembered crafting to be. The next step will obviously be to join the crafting community again. Soon, very soon. Watch this space!

Too many cables to handle? :: Knitting ::

Friday, 24 April 2015


There are designers out there who think of patterns involving cables on BOTH sides of mittens, unbelievable (and more importantly when is this ever a good idea). And then there are knitters out there that think it is a good idea to knit those patterns (and I ask myself, why oh why)!

I am a sucker for lovely pictures of mittens, and it is only after the cuff ribbing (and turning the page of the pattern) that I realised what I let myself into. 

You know when the instructions say that you should read everything before you start - well I am the type of person who will never follow that particular instruction. And you end up with a knitting headache, and just one mitten. 


Those pictures are all from the one mitten. It could easily be too separate ones, but no, I followed the pattern to the letter and made the two sides. Although it is beautiful - really it is the most beautiful mitten I have ever knitted - I am not sure mittens need intricate cable work on both sides. 

Pattern: Palomino Mittens by Elli Stubenrauch (published in November Knits)
Yarn: Possum fur yarn (a present) in grey and a blue laceweight yarn (from my stash)
Needles: 4.0 mm
Modifications: None, except there is a major errata in the written pattern for the thumb - check Ravelry there is a really good review of what to do. 

Will I ever knit the second mitten? You bet I will - I am halfway to own the most beautiful mittens ever - but just not right now. I need cold, wet weather, a whiff of Autumn/Winter in the air to give me the necessary energy to start again. Spring/Summer does not cut it - at all. 


So hopefully I will not lose my lonely mitten - because that would really suck, right. And there will be a post later on in the year featuring both mittens featuring me wearing them! 

For anyone who needs/wants a knitting challenge, look no further, you have it with this pattern!

Almond and Chocolate Madeleines :: Baking ::

Friday, 17 April 2015


Baby MiH received a lot of chocolates for Easter - from grand-parents, nursery... He does like chocolate, but there is so much one little boy can (should?) actually eat. So instead of buying some chocolate chips for a recipe, I decided to 'make' some out of the chocolate bunnies and add them to a recipe. 

As I used his chocolates, I thought I really ought to make treats that he would enjoy too - so gone was the quinoa flour (too much of a taste for him) and bring on the sweetness with almond flour. Also I did not want to make big cakes, as he finds it hard to finish them - madeleines are the perfect size for him. He loves them, Mr MiH loves them, and I ate four of them as soon as they were out of the oven - so we can safely say that I love them too (maybe a bit too much). 


The recipe has been adapted from this one - it is now gluten free and using one of my favourite baking ingredient, coconut oil. 

So what will you need (for 24 madeleines, 4 points on WW)
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 large eggs
  • 170 g milk chocolate
  • 80 g coconut palm sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 75g rice flour
  • 75g almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 110g coconut oil


How to make them?

I have two 8-mould madeleine pans (thanks Mum) but you could use mini- or regular-muffin pans

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Spray the madeleine pans with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the whisk attachment,cream together the eggs and coconut palm sugar on high speed until the mixture thickens and develops a light pale colour, 3 to 4 minutes.

Beat in the vanilla extract, rice and almond flours, salt and baking powder. Turn your mixer down to low speed and slowly pour in the melted coconut oil. Mix until everything is incorporated, but don't over mix. Add the chocolate chips.

Divide the batter evenly between the moulds in the prepared pans (not too much in each mould). Bake until lightly golden around the edges, about 8 minutes.

Let the madeleines cool for about 2 minutes in the pan, and then invert them onto a cooling rack to cool completely. 



You have to forget what madeleines taste like - these are quite different and have a really strong almond taste. They are not dry at all.  

About being gluten free (these contain chocolates - so they are probably not gluten-free), I have not gone totally gluten free, I have tried to swap half of my gluten intake - so pasta and bread are definitely on the menu!