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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My first ever knitted thing - Wild Berries by Tweedysheep on: March 01, 2015 10:17:37 PM
My cousin taught me to knit when I was 12 or so, by which I mean she taught me to make long rectangles with no particular use, which I gave up fairly quickly. I took up crochet in my 20s, and thats been my fiber art of choice ever since. I do get covetous of some of the lovely sweater patterns that knitting lends itself to, though, and when I saw someone else's Wild Berries on another forum, I decided that I needed one too.

My knitting friend fishie talked me through some of the more confusing parts of the pattern via email, and there was kind of a long break over the summer and on into the holiday crafting season where it saw no progress, but tonight, almost exactly a year after I started it, I sewed on the buttons and finished it off.

Not exactly a glamour shot, but not bad, huh?

2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fierce Little Dragon on: December 05, 2014 03:52:09 PM
From this pattern on Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fierce-little-dragon, a present for my dragon-obsessed niece.





3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Happypotamus! on: March 10, 2014 07:57:45 PM
It was love at first sight when I saw this pattern.  A friend gifted me her whole drawer of mismatched scrap yarn, which got me off to a great start.  The original was made of sock yarn, but since mine is all worsted, he's HUGE, about 2.5' from nose to rump.







4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Paneer Masala Pizza on: January 05, 2014 08:28:13 PM
This is an idea that's been kicking around in my head for a while.  Today was my birthday, and I decided that for my birthday dinner, I would finally make the dream reality.



I used this crust recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bread-machine-pizza-dough/ though I'm anxious to try it again with the recipe here: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001199.html.  Today, I didn't have the 12+ hours available to let the dough rest in the fridge.

The sauce is a paneer masala type sauce, made with onion, ginger, garlic, lots of Indian spices, tomato paste, and cream (lots of cream).  I simmered the paneer in the sauce, then strained it back out to use as a topping, along with some diced red onion and green peas (and a blanket of mozzarella, of course).

I baked it all at 400 for 25 minutes, and... it was awesome.  My only quibble is that next time, I'd rather have a thinner crust with a lighter flavor.  I used a dark beer in the crust recipe, and while it would have been awesome under, say, a sausage and tomato pizza, it was a leetle too much for the creamy/spicy sauce.  Still, an excellent proof of concept.  I'll definitely be making this again.
5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Goldfish and Amish Puzzle Ball on: December 19, 2013 09:36:02 PM
I've been slamming out the gifts over the past week or so.  On a whim, I made this goldfish for a friend, and the puzzle ball for my 18 month old.  I'm really happy with both of them.  I think a whole school of fish would be fun, all in different colors and patterns.





6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Colorful Star Baby Sweater on: December 13, 2013 03:19:22 PM
I loved this pattern when I found it on Ravelry, and thought it would be a great way to use up the odds and ends of different colord of Simply Soft I had lying around: http://knits4kids.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/Star.pdf.  As a result, my color scheme isn't quite as cohesive as the examples shown, but I still think it's cute and funky.  Hopefully the manflesh's sister will think so too, since I'm gifting it to her new baby girl, due in February!



7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocodile Stitch Booties for a Grownup on: December 05, 2013 03:59:13 PM
I made a pair of Bonita Patterns' crocodile stitch baby booties for my little niece, and ever since then, her grandma has been making comments about how she would wear a pair in grownup size.  So... christmas present, obviously!

This was a little weird, because I'm left handed and the pattern is written from the right handed perspective, which usually doesn't matter, but does get confusing when you're working in the round with FPDC and BPDC.  Fortunately, I was able to work it out by looking at the pictures.

They're kind of awesome and kind of ridiculous, so I hope she loves them.



8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Soft Mint Baby Sweater on: November 25, 2013 12:27:16 PM


A baby sweater made from this vintage pattern, found through Ravelry: http://www.freevintagecrochet.com/baby-patterns/doreen92/crochet-baby-set-pattern206

The pattern didn't give a gauge or finished size, but I made it as a gift for a 6 month old and I think/hope it will be a good fit.  Fortunately it's stretchy and the shape gives it a pretty forgiving fit.

The yarn is vintage as well, I think.  I got it from a spring cleaning giveaway a friend held a few years ago.  The brand is Snow Ball Yarns, and the style is "Baby Pompa-Ray."  I tried Googling it, but it doesn't seem like anyone's every heard of the stuff, so I guess this sweater is truly one of a kind.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (no refined sugar) on: November 02, 2013 08:50:40 PM


I've been trying to find innovative ways to use pumpkin after a bumper pumpkin harvest, so I got the idea of incorporating some into a cinnamon roll recipe. The result isn't very pumpkin-ey, but is very delicious.  My other culinary challenge is that we don't give our 10 month old refined sugar, and anything I bake I try to make friendly for him too.  Raisins and dates have become my good friends.

Dough

4 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin
1 1/3 cups warm water
1/4 cup powdered milk
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 1/2 tsp dry yeast
1 1/4 tsp salt

Filling

2 cups raisins
1 cup walnuts
4 tbsp butter
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
pinch clove

Icing

4 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup milk
4 dates
1 tsp vanilla

For the dough, mix the maple syrup into the water, and add the yeast to proof. Combine dry ingredients. Mix the pumpkin into the wet ingredients, and add the wet mix to the dry. Knead for a few minutes, until a very soft dough forms. It should be sticky, but able to be formed into a soft ball. You may need a little more flour, depending on the moisture of your pumpkin. Place the dough in an oiled bowl covered with cling wrap or a damp towel to rise for about an hour, or until doubled.

While the dough rises, make the filling by combining all the ingredients in a blender, or chopping finely and mixing by hand.

When the dough has risen, punch it down, then roll it out on a greased surface into a rectangle about 12" by 16" and 1/2" thick. Spread with an even layer of the filling, which will be thick. The most effective way to do this is to use your hands to press small chunks of filling into thin sheets and use them to cover the dough as evenly as possible. Roll the rectangle up into a log, shaping with your hands a little if necessary to achieve an even cylinder.

Cut the log into 12 slices, and place the slices in a greased 9" by 13" pan. Cover the pan, and allow the rolls to rise again.

You can work up to this point in an evening, then place the risen rolls in the fridge to bake the next morning, or just keep rolling from here.

Bake the risen rolls in a 350 degree oven for 35-40 minutes, or until set and lightly browned. While the rolls bake, prepare the icing by microwaving the cream cheese, milk, and dates for 30-60 seconds, until warm. Add the vanilla, and blend with an immersion blender (or a conventional blender if that's all you have) until you have a smooth, creamy icing.

When the rolls come out of the oven, spread the icing evenly over the top, then serve warm.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Shake Yer Bootie(s) on: December 13, 2012 01:18:06 AM
I made these from Bonita Patterns' Crocodile Stitch Baby Bootie pattern to go with the crazy owl hat I shared here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417398.msg4937985#msg4937985

They're not very practical, but pretty cute.

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