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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Toddler's tunic & baby's sweater on: March 15, 2015 12:57:00 PM
I was out shopping a few weeks back, when I found a great yarn promo: already marked down yarn (from 3.5/ball to 2.5/ball) was buy one, get a second one half price. I picked up four balls (two light green, one dark green and one purple) to knit something for my goddaughter's Easter (she'll be 18 months then).

I used the free Ravelry pattern Maxi top/dress for babies to knit her this tunic:

Two weeks ago, we had some of my husband's coworkers over for dinner, and one inquired about my knitting, so I got the above tunic out while still a WIP. Said coworker thought it was very cute, and was in love with the colours. Later in the evening, she revealed that she's pregnant (due date in September) so I resolved that if I had enough leftover yarn, I would knit her baby a sweater too.   

I knit the Flax sweater (another free Ravelry pattern), but had to make some adjustments because this yarn required 4mm needles. I followed the stitch count for a couple of sizes up, and measured the length according to the right size instead of counting rows. I did make some mistakes - first colour change in the garter stitch panel is dotted, not crisp, in one sleeve I also accidentally did two rows of reverse stockinette instead of garter stitch. Just shows that it's handmade, right? For the reverse stockinette, you really have to be looking closely to notice anyway. I made sure to do the dotted colour change on both sleeves so it wouldn't stand out as much. On the whole, I'm quite pleased. Hoping the newborn doesn't outgrow it too quickly!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Grandma's cookies - Coconut-cornflakes cookies on: March 15, 2015 12:21:26 PM

Nearly two years after my maternal grandmother died, my paternal grandmother passed away in the beginning of this month. I'm quite at peace with her passing, as her last years had her struggling with physical health and dementia.

To honour the woman I knew and loved for so long, I had to do what we did countless times together: bake her signature cookies, that we only know as grandma's cookies.

- 1 egg
- 100gr granulated sugar
- 75gr light brown caster sugar (her recipe uses a different kind of sugar, cassonade graeffe, but that's very hard to find outside of Belgium)
- 2 bags of vanilla sugar (=16gr)
- 100gr soft, unsalted butter or margarine
- 125gr AP flour
- 1/2tsp baking powder
- 100gr grated coconut
- 50gr of cornflakes (slightly crushed)

Yields: about two tins of cookies, depending on the size of your oven, you'll bake 2 or 3 batches

Preheat the oven to 200C

Beat the sugars and the egg to a foamy consistency. Add in the butter until incorporated. Next, sieve and stir in the flour and baking powder. Then add in the grated coconut and finally the crushed cornflakes. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little bit of water.

Press the dough firmly together. Scoop half-teaspoon sized mounds of dough on a NON-greased baking tray, leaving some space in between and the dough runs a bit during baking.

Bake the cookies for about 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them because they are quick to burn. They should be a nice golden brown. (I needed only 7-8 minutes in my oven.)

Remove the baking tray from the oven. If any cookies are sticking together, cut them loose immediately, before cooling. Let the cookies cool for a couple of minutes to harden slightly, and then transfer them to a grid rack to cool further.

Bake remaining cookies. Store in a metal cookie tin.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Hanger Storage on: February 21, 2015 02:38:33 PM
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one with this problem: empty hangers clutter up closets, and when ironing time comes around, you have to gather them in one central spot to hang the new clothes. Typically a basket, because for whatever reason: whenever I put them on the clothes rack, I constantly drop them on the floor. The basket isn't exactly a solution though: that very quickly turns into a hanger spaghetti! I remembered a solution a saw several years back in a retail clothes store, but I've never found anything similar available for purchase in the stores. I did find some on amazon this week when trying to remember how it worked, but why pay for something new, if you've got stuff lying around in the basement that begs to be repurposed? I honestly believe this thing will spare me many headaches. It's currently located next to my closet, and I feed it empty hangers whenever I take something off the hanger, and come ironing time, I just pick it up by one of the legs and tote it along to the living room (I iron while watching movies!) so I've got it available. I don't get why I waited this long to make one!

(Also, I wasn't sure if this was the right board to put it in. It's made from a piece of MDF that put our previous couch a bit higher off the ground, and the legs of my old sewing table, from when I still had a dedicated craft room in our previous rental place.)
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Gryffindor charger pocket on: January 01, 2015 07:34:06 AM
Dear Abbeeroad won a participant prize in the Harry Potter craftalong, so I crocheted her a charger pocket in her house colours. Since it has arrived, it's safe to post now Smiley The red yarn is boucle linnen, and the gold is two strands of lurex yarn. I don't particularly like working with lurex, because it's a bit prickly, but I do like the look. Smiley

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Knitting ornaments / yarn christmass balls on: December 09, 2014 04:39:56 AM
Inspired by this craftster tutorial: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211860.0 though I used toothpicks and beads instead of cocktail umbrella's. 2 for my own tree, one for my mum and one for a friend.

6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / 3D Christmas cards on: December 03, 2014 02:56:12 AM
I recently ran across some booklets of 3D Christmas cards, and was instantly reminded of my late grandmother: she used to make all her own Christmas & birthday cards this way! I even got some of her supplies after she passed away (mainly coloured sands and cardstock)

I couldn't resist and picket up two booklets (good for 20 cards in total) and have already made two cards.  

I will need a better way to use the glittery sand, because this one came out a bit blotchy. Of well, can't be perfect from the start right?

I felt really connected with my grandma (especially since I was wearing one of her old dressing gowns when I made them) so it really means a lot to me.

Edit: More cards made!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Ripple Scarf on: November 24, 2014 11:35:16 AM
Just finished this up! A bit on the short side, because my wool ran out earlier than I expected, but still very pretty. I might give it as a present to my 4 year old niece, it should be well long enough for her Smiley
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Fall Vest for my Goddaughter on: October 10, 2014 09:35:09 AM

I knit this vest for my goddaughter. Really hoping it'll be the right size!

I'm not super thrilled with the type of increase I've used here, I think in garter stitch it shows a bit more than I would ideally want it too... Works fine in stockinette though! Time to do a swatch and try out a couple of different styles.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Double knit blindfold on: October 03, 2014 10:44:01 AM
I wanted to make a blindfold for a friend, but I can't exactly sew nice curves, so knitting it was! I do find that knitting just one layer doesn't suffice to fully shut out light, and often you can still see a bit, so I needed two layers. I had another go at double knitting, so I'd be sure both layers were the same size (no tension difference!) and also so I wouldn't need to stitch them together. It's a bit tricky with the increases, as you need to reorder stitches, but I made it worked. Really happy with how it turned out!

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Painted table lamp on: September 04, 2014 04:59:58 AM
I was shopping in IKEA when I found the paper LTER lamp on sale for 0.90, because apparently the red one is end of range. 90 cents? I couldn't find the hardware that cheap if I tried! I deciced to give painting the lamp a go, and if it didn't turn out nicely, I'd get rid of the paper and try making a fabric shade.


Lit, with flash

Lit, no flash

The elvish lettering spells out the full name (first, middle and last) of the friend this lamp will be going to. I did realise afterwards that I should have made my sketch on a curved piece of paper to then trace, instead of a straight piece of paper, but it was to late to go back! :-/ Still, I think it turned out okay. My husband on the other hand seems very happy that I didn't make this for our own home as he doesn't like it... I knew it wouldn't be his style, so no shocker there, but he doesn't think I should include it in the box of gifts for my friend either. Still not sure what to do!
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