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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby Cowboy Hat on: October 03, 2007 05:17:43 AM
I just finished this little infant sized cowboy hat as a gift.  I figure it will make a good summer sun hat--shielding sensitive eyes from the bright sun with its wide brim.



I got the pattern from here: http://www.geocities.com/rainlm/cowboyhat.htm?200711

2  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby booties! on: September 20, 2007 11:25:51 PM
I just finished these up this morning--wahoo, another FO!  What do you think? 



I'd like to thank my daughter for the free modeling that she provided.  This took a little more than 1 skein of Peaches & Cream cotton.  The pattern is from a Bernat pattern booklet called "Mommy and Me".  After I finished the first bootie I decided that the sole was bubbling too much, so I ended up undoing the seam I had just sewn up and ripping back a few rows to fix it.  I ended up deleting the last round (7th round) of the foot altogether and doubling the Sc2tog in the toe of the 5th round. This fixed the bubbling problem and still leaves plenty of room for a baby's foot--I know, I tested them on my 9-month-old's feet as you can see!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Baby t-strap booties on: September 16, 2007 05:29:01 AM
I have been on the warpath to finish my lingering UFOs!  I cast on for these booties back in June and finally finished them tonight!  One was completely seamed up and just needed a button and the other needed all of its seaming to be done.  I don't know why I procrastinate finishing so much, because when I actually do it, it goes quickly (note to self: REMEMBER THAT!). 



The pattern for these booties is from the Knit Simple Spring/Summer 2007 Magazine.  I used half a skein of Peaches & Cream Solids in Yellow.  They were very easy and relatively quick (unless you count how long it took me to finally finish them).  This is a great basic bootie pattern if you're looking for one!
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crochet Baby Pixie Hat on: September 12, 2007 04:37:49 AM
I started this hat back in June and had finished everything except the tassel and sewing on the button within 2 days of starting it.  For some reason I just couldn't force myself to finish it!  However, I've got the finishing bug and finally whipped this sucker out and finished it.  I think the hat turned out cute, but I think my model is even cuter.  Cheesy 




I used the crochet pixie hat pattern from sweaterbabe.com.  The pattern is free: http://www.sweaterbabe.com/product_cp18.htm  It was a relatively easy project--you just have to make sure that you count your stitches really carefully in the beginning because the stitch pattern makes it easy to miss some of your stitches, and then you would have to start over (I know because that's what happened to me)!
I used 1 skein of Bernat Satin in the Bermuda colorway.  I wouldn't use this yarn next time as it is very splitty, which was a pain.  Something sturdier would be better.  The pattern suggests using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran, which would definitely be easier to use.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / "Pieroza" -- a cross between Polish pierogis and Japanese gyoza on: September 10, 2007 05:24:03 AM
I have a brother that lived in Poland for a couple of years who got me hooked on Polish pierogi.  I also LOVE Japanese gyoza (a sort of potsticker type dumpling).  I decided to combine the ease of making gyoza with some of the flavors of pierogi, and the result is the following recipe for "Pieroza".  I would love to hear if anyone makes them and what they think!



Fuji Mama's PIEROZA

-1 lbs. baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
-4 to 5 tablespoons butter + a little extra to melt and drizzle over the dumplings (I was able to make do with just 3 Tbsp. butter in a non-stick pan)
-3 onions, finely chopped
-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
-1 to 2 cups grated cheddar cheese (optionalI did half with, and half without)
-Salt and black pepper to taste
-2 to 3 pkg. of round gyoza (pot sticker) wrappers (if squarecut using biscuit cutter)
-To serve: 3 to 5 green onions, thinly sliced or cup chopped chives or 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley or additional fried onions (see note below); sour cream, melted butter or vinegar to serve

1. Cook the potatoes in a large pot of salted boiling water until just tender.  Drain and set aside.
2. Melt the butter in a large heavy frying pan and cook the onions until they soften, then add the minced garlic.  Cook until the onions are lightly brown, darkly browned in spots. 
3. Mash the potatoes in a bowl then mix in the onions and their cooking butter.  Add cheese, if using.  Season generously with salt and pepper. 
4. Working on 1 at a time, brush the edge of the round wrapper with water and place a spoonful of filling in the center.  Fold dumpling in half, pressing the edges together to thoroughly seal.  Place each dumpling on a parchment or waxed paper lined baking sheet and repeat until all filling has been used.
6. Chill in the refrigerator if you are making them ahead of time.  If you wish to freeze the dumplings for later use, make sure they are not touching, then freeze them until solid and later gather them into a freezer bag.  This ensures that you will avoid having one mega-pieroza clump when you are ready to cook them.
7. To cook the pieroza: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and the dumplings one at a time, until the surface of the pan is covered with dumplings.  Do not overcrowd; you will have to work in batches.  When they are done, about 2-3 minutes, remove with a slotted spoon.
8. Transfer to a plate or bowl and serve sprinkled with green onions, parsley or chives, drizzled with a little melted butter or vinegar or topped with a dab of sour cream.

- Alternatively, you can pan-brown the pieroza.  Heat some oil in a heavy frying pan and add dumplings in a single layer.  When they are golden and in spots, browned, turn and brown other side.  Add enough water to reach about -- inch in depth.  Cover and cook 3-4 minutes; remove lid and check for doneness.  When pieroza are tender but not mushy to the tooth, and the liquid is evaporated, they are ready.
- Note: To make fried onions, saut 2 to 3 thinly sliced onions, in butter in a heavy frying pan until they are limp and lightly browned; add several tablespoons water and cook until the onions are soft and silky, the liquid mostly evaporated.  Season with salt and pepper.
6  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My little amigurumi girl on: September 07, 2007 03:05:42 AM



So I just finished this little amigurumi girl and her dress this morning.  She is about 11 inches tall.  She was my first amigurumi project and was quite fun!  It was also my first time using the magic adjustable ring to start something crocheted in the round, and I am hooked!  Now I'm just trying to think of a name for her for my blog.  I was thinking some possibilities were:

keito-chan (yarn girl)
momo-chan (peach girl)

Hmmmm...

Oh, I forgot to add: I used a pattern from the awesome darncat (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=66940), which you can buy on Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=7007952 (I made a few changes here and there, like adding a couple of rows to the legs because I wanted them a bit longer, etc.).  The dress is my own design.

P.S. I just looked at darncat's blog, and she has the cutest patern for a little sheep coin purse, and it's free!  Check it out:
       http://darncatcrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/Free%20Pattern (Baa The Sheepy Change Purse)
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