Saturday, December 7, 2013
Friday, December 6, 2013
I made a pair of worsted weight sock for myself. My first pair of socks that were not baby sized. The yarn I had in my stash, given to me by a friend. The pattern I used was a free download from Knit Pics. Now, everything went wrong because despite all the warnings I started making 2 at a time, toe up, using magic loop for my first-ish pair. Here are the lessons learned:
1. For your first pair, don't do two at a time using the magic loop.
2. Use the recommended length of a circular needle.
3. Check the gauge so that you don't get blisters and yarn burns from knitting super tightly when you can just go down a needle size.
4. Read the pattern clearly so that your heels don't end up looking like anything but heels.
5. Check, check, and recheck your length so that they actually fit you.
There were some benefits too:
1. I love worsted weight socks! Very comfy.
2. Working 2 at a time is the best. I wasn't able to conquer the magic loop so I got an extra set of double pointed needles and worked on both at the same time. Having both finished is such a surprise.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Made another lemon tiramisu cake (as per request) for a party. This time I made the full size.
I helped a friend make some rolls for a party. You have seen me make these here. This time we used 1/4 cup of honey instead of sugar. I also made the dough in a kitchen aid mixer. That appliance rules!
Our daughters had fun too. They made pizza rolls for themselves, some tomato sauce, piece of ham and piece of cheese.
They tasted good and the girls had so much fun making them.
From the last dough ball they wanted to make pretzels.
On these they did the egg wash, some sea salt and their new-found love for sesame seeds.
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I made this super quick and super chunky bow headband for the sister of the recipient of the hat/headband/scarf set. Kids love presents, and it was her birthday week so I decided to knit this up just so she could have something to open too.
I held 3 yarns together, 2 thin white yarns left over from some long forgotten baby gift, and this beautiful turquoise wool left over from another long forgotten set that I gifted. Garter stitch again, its just easy, 12 stitches wide this time, and I increases 2 stitches over 4 rows for the bit thicker part at the front.
The bow I made for the first time. I cast on 12 stitches then k1, slide 1 purwise for 11 rows. It makes a tube-like design. Cast off the top, cut a long piece of yarn, pulled through to the middle of the bow, crotchet a long piece and wrapped a few times to "pinch" the bow.
Sewed on the bow, sewed together the band, and voila. All done, Super fast, super cute and she loved it.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
My first deed was joining in a toy drive, I bought and donated 2 toys. My second is pictured above. A little 13 year old girl we know has been in the hospital for months, with no hope of going home or getting better anytime soon. She is in love with Justin Bieber so I put together a little gift for her. Justin Bieber's perfume, notebook, bookmark, clock, key chain and nailpolish. I also added 2 pairs of comfy socks, nail file, lip balm, nail stickers and all of that wrapped in a Justin Bieber towel. The package is on its way across the ocean as we speak. My third deed is still being thought of, but something will be done.
Now onto the giveaway. I will be giving away something little: my favorite lip balm (Nivea acai & wild apple), my favorite smoky eye eye shadows (Quo in brown natural tones) and a very fancy sparkly polish (Essie in ignite the night). To enter leave your name in the commens section along with a good deed that you have done this holiday season. I will draw a name this Saturday, December 7th and the lucky winner can contact me via e-mail (theloveofcuteness at gmail dot com) to give me their address. May the good deed be ever in your favor.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
I finally finished and gifted the hat, scarf, and headband as per my friend's request. I ran out of the raspberry yarn before my scarf was long enough, so I made a faux one as explained in my older post. I did have some left to add enough color to the plain chunky hat. I just held the raspberry yarn together with the dark grey for the brim of the hat, and a bit for the pop-pom.
She loved the set, and she rocks the pink color so well.
I think she was mostly surprised with the mystery headband that had the batman design. I kept the design secret until she opened the gift so that I don't ruin the surprise.
I found the batman design on Ravelry, knit it using the same raspberry as the scarf, then I picked up 17 stitches on the side and knit around in plain garter stitch and using leftover yarn from the husband hat. I also knit under the design to prevent the loose threads from showing and to keep the batman design stable.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Last party appetizer post I promise. I made 2 kinds of tortilla rolls because A. they are fast B. they are colorful C. they just look different than any other appetizer, and D. I actually like them a lot. They didn't fly off the plate that fast, but that's ok because I had leftovers for lunch the next day.
Avocado, celery, 2 small cans of tuna, 3 tortillas and a few drops of lime.
Mush avocado with fork, then add drained tuna until combined. Add finely chopped celery and then salt.
Spoon onto half a tortilla (about 3 spoons) and roll tightly tucking in the ends.
Do not attempt slicing the rolls if your knife is not sharp. Its best to make this the day before and let sit in the fridge. I can't say I am a huge fan of avocado, but I can just say that I don't mind eating it this way and we should try to eat better food.
Finally, try to grow a plant from the avocado seed and you are done.
The roasted red pepper rolls are the same concept. I just added 3 spoons of roasted red pepper spread, a spoon of mayo (optional), about 8 finely chopped pickles, and again, drained tuna. Fill, roll, chill, slice.
The best part about party food is eating leftovers the next day.