You might remember that MiloMay was happening last month. I ended up knitting four Milo vests. They were all entered in the competition, which was judged by the young pre-school boy whose clever Mumma wrote the pattern.


Not a bad effort…


Something about one of my entries pleased him – let’s just say he loves trains – and he chose my Stripey Milo as the winner.



Once I got over the  surprise, and the (predictable) feelings of unworthiness, I settled into feeling really quite happy. My prize is to be 200g of hand-dyed merino yarn. Whether or not I feel I deserve it, I will certainly enjoy it.

If you’re looking for an easy beginner’s knitting pattern that will stretch you just a bit, Milo is it. I knitted two more in June ; one for each of my daughters.















And I’m still not sick of Milos.




A Trip Down Chocolate Lane

The first recipe I ever cooked was my Nana’s Chocolate Cake. I was very young, and still frightened of the oven, but my love of chocolate overcame my reticence. Under the patient guidance of my Mum I produced a cake that was really quite lovely.

In publishing this I am aware that I disqualify myself from membership of the rather exclusive One Recipe Wonder Blog Club, but again, my love of chocolate overcomes all obstacles.



Nana’s Chocolate Cake



2 dessertspoons cocoa

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons butter/margarine (60g)

½ cup milk

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 cup self-raising (white) flour



Melt butter, stir in sifted cocoa and mix.

Add sugar, milk, flour, eggs and vanilla. Beat well.

Pour into greased and lined cake tin (round, 20cm).

Cook in moderate oven (180C) for 35-40 minutes.

Allow to sit in tin for a few minutes, before turning onto wire rack to cool.

When cool, ice with chocolate icing.



Sift together 8 heaped dessertspoons of icing sugar and

2 heaped dessertspoons of cocoa.

Rub in 1 rounded dessertspoon of butter/margarine.

Add milk or water a little at a time (3 teaspoons to begin with).

Blend to achieve desired consistency.



So, that’s it. Easy as Chocolate Cake. One of my cousins contacted me this morning to ask if I had this recipe. She’s intending to cook it for a friend. What a great gift.

I’m ‘flu-ridden at the moment. So despite my husband’s birthday being this week, I haven’t done a whole lot of cooking. I’m sure he won’t mind if I cook a cake next week instead. Chocolate Cake is an any-time food, after all; only limited by its availability. And this recipe is so quick and easy, it’s dangerous.

I hope it brings you Joy.

Milo May

There is a rather brilliant type of person called a ‘designer’. I am not one, which allows me all the more to admire those who are. One of my favourites is Georgie Hallam – an Australian who designs seamless knitting patterns. This month, Georgie decided to have an event on Ravelry: Milo May.  Just an opportunity for those of us who like  love her ‘Milo Vest‘ pattern to share what we knit during May.

I didn’t mean to get carried away. I really didn’t.  It’s now the 16th of May and I have knitted three. The fourth is on the needles. In my defence, three of them have been newborn-sized, which means really very cutely small.

The blue vest (above) is a merino/silk blend. Very shiny but soft. My teddy Rowfy has his eye on it. But it is too big for him.

This grey one will fit a 9-12 month-old. The yarn is a blend of Wool, Cashmere and Silk. (Yes, I did get a bit arty-farty, didn’t I?)

And this little pink sweetie just attracted the jelly-beans like some sort of sugary-pied-piper. We ate them afterwards.

Want to know how small the small ones are?  Here’s my lovely six-year-old holding a newborn-sized vest:


I probably should knit some for my own kids now. Although the one I knitted for my boy a year ago still fits…just.

Happy Milo May, everyone.