Finished Object - the mighty stripey

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Miss K is very pleased that I have 'finally' finished her Stripey Cardigan. I'm pretty sure I only cast on at the beginning of the month. 

We must never tell her of the sweater I cast on, 3 years ago, for me and have only knit two rows of. 

Modifications to the pattern included adding extra length and knitting the buttonband in silver because I wasn't sure I could cope with another striping pattern.

Happy Mail

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

How good is getting things in the mail? Things that aren't bills or election propaganda leaflets? Even better are things that are totally awesome surprises, like this crochet book Louise just sent me! Thank you Louise! Friday was definitely a happy mail day. Maybe Louise knows that I need to extend my crochet skills beyond the trusty old granny square.

As pointed out in the letter that came with the book, the above project appeals very much to me. I love working with string. I think the above could also be done in t-shirt yarn, which I'm having a mild obsession with (from afar - haven't bought any yet). Which leads us to the project below.  How cute?! I'm not sure if I need any small bowls right now though? Maybe scale it up to hold 20 balls of yarn instead of one?

Some of the styling is just lovely, like this drool-worthy Ercol 'Originals' studio couch. Get in my living room!

And this is where the real challenge lies, I'd quite like something like this star garland done in all white for christmas, but I've never tackled anything other than a granny square or a simple bowl. And I can't even remember how I did the bowl now!

I'm undecided on this project. It's cute right? It serves a purpose, I suppose, the light is prettier coming through the holes in the crochet than just sitting in an old jam jar. Isn't it? Is it me though? See, can't decide.

Thank you for the happy mail!

Lucky Ducky

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Since I last blogged I have been fortunate enough to go away on two short breaks.

The first was a family trip to the snow. Which started with a six hour drive. The kids were great. Mr Doh did all the driving so I got to knit, I nearly knit one whole extra long Maroo Mitt on the way there. I had hoped to knit the other one on the way back but I broke one of my bamboo DPN's.

I'm actually going to knit another almost identical pair of these, I intend to replace the top section with some pale grey.

Our three days of skiing were fantastic and the kids made great progress. It was really fabulous to be able to follow them down the beginner slopes.  They have both told me they want to get good enough to go up the top of the mountain with me. I think they both going to be far better skiers than me.

My next trip was on the following weekend. I persuaded my Mum and My Sister in Law to come to the Wool and Sheep Show at Bendigo. It was fabulous and I did some serious stash enhancement 

and made some new friends

We also watched the shearing competition. it was amazing to watch a sheep being defleeced in 3 minutes and then this mass of fleece being thrown in one piece.

On the way home we went to Bendigo Woollen Mills  and frolicked in the back room

Behold the back room! 

 Another highlight of the weekend was snapping my teetotal Mother sitting in front of the fire sipping a red wine (apparently my sister in law and I choose nicer wine than Dad!)

(this post was named by Mr F)

Just keep hooking

Saturday, July 16, 2016

I feel a bit like Dory this weekend.

I had decided with this big granny that I would halve the stash of cheap black and white acrylic, and that's how big it would be. Turned out I'd bought 16 balls altogether, and I figured I'd need a ball leftover for pom poms. That meant I could use 3 black balls and 3-4 white balls for this project, because black pom poms.

However, I reached that point and did the rather scientific test of having eldest wrap himself in blanket to test size, and it became clear I had to keep going. It just wraps, but at the rate he's growing it won't fit around him by next winter.

Just keep hooking, just keep hooking...

At least I'm getting close. I'd like it to be long enough to cover my toes to my chin when lying down on the sofa, so about 1.5m square. I think that will do him for some time. Next I will need to test some pom pom making methods, especially as I won't be splashing out on a Clover brand pom pom maker.

Gingerbread cookies

Monday, July 11, 2016

We are big gingerbread fans here. I love making gingerbread cookies for christmas, but let's face it, it makes more sense to do it now while it's cold and baking is a nice thing to do and warm cookies are perfect.

I actually made these twice, because a. they are good and b. I forgot to take photos the first time. I initially had wholemeal spelt flour I wanted to use, and I think they made a nicer cookie than the second batch, but both were good. The second time around I had run out of dry ground ginger, and had to substitute in the fresh minced ginger from the jar in the fridge. Still worked, although they did sometimes look like they had little hairs sticking out of them. Once baked, the fine ginger threads crumbled away at a touch.

I found the recipe I based mine on here, and didn't really change that much. I would suggest doing a double batch and freezing half the dough. In fact I froze a third, left a third in the fridge for the following days, and baked a third. Doubling does make a lot of dough!

Gingerbread Cookies

125g butter, at room temperature (if it isn't, just soften slightly in microwave)
1/2 cup, firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup golden syrup
1 large egg, separated
2 1/2 cups flour (spelt, wholemeal spelt or plain)
1 tbs dry ground ginger or fresh minced ginger
1 tsp mixed spice (or 1/2tsp cinnamon and 1/2 nutmeg)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
Extra flour, to dust bench when kneading and rolling out

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line trays with baking paper.

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl or mixer, (I used a food processor with the soft plastic mixing attachment) until paler and creamy. Add the golden syrup and egg yolk and beat until combined. Add the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarb soda and mix until dough ball forms. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about an hour to firm up. You don't want it too soft to easily roll and cut, if it gets too hard just let it sit on the bench for a few minutes.

Roll out the dough until about ½ cm thick. Cut out your shapes. Place on trays, they don't spread out much but leave a bit of room. I left ours undecorated, but I quite like plain white icing decorations at christmas time.

Bake in oven for 7-10 minutes or until brown. Keep an eye on them! They overcook easily! Cool them on a wire rack, or eat them as soon as you won't burn yourself.

One last thing...

Sunday, July 3, 2016
So like me to dominate a conversation now I seem to have domineered the blog. 

The other day I had a bash at making your cornflake cookies. In the true spirit of the recipe I also threw in some rice puffs. 

With half of the dough I made cookies (they were lovely, Thank you for sharing the recipe). 

With the other half I made this:


I stewed a couple of eating apples for 5 minutes with some water then chucked them into the baking dish with a half full or two of frozen blueberries. Then I crumbled the cookie dough over top and scattered a heap of bashed up cornflakes over top. Then bunged it in the over until the cookie dough was cooked. 

It was delicious!

Neon Night Socks

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Another project I have finished are these fabulous bed socks for Miss K. 

I've left lots of growing room. 

Both of my Kids love wearing knitted socks to bed through winter and are very quick to suggest that all my best yarn so be on their feet. 

The pattern is called Socks for Little Witches and is really well written (and free).

I love my Mum

Friday, July 1, 2016
I've realised that every time I knit something for my Mum, it's pink with love hearts. I'm really not a pink with love hearts kind of person but I seem to do this unconsciously when knitting for Mum.

She has been feeling the cold a lot lately and asked for a colour work hat. I chose this one from drops

It has a bit more slouch than she wanted (I think my gauge was off...I didn't check). Here is the link to my project page.

She told me that she is going to wear it to the Bendigo wool and sheep show later this month so that everybody assumes she is an awesome knitter!

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