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31  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shalom Cardigan on: June 28, 2009 04:21:22 AM
Pattern: Shalom Cardigan by Involving the Senses
Wool: Moda Vera Shiver colour no. 24
Needles: size 11

This cardigan is the second of the knitting challenges that I set for myself. Since I am always knitting scarves and berets I thought it would be a nice challenge to make a larger project.

The wool used is quite bulky and on the large needles it knits up quite fast so it eased me into the larger project arena.

The buttons are from Spotlight.

It is quite long. I am 170cm and it comes down over my hips so someone shorter might need to leave out a few rows to make it not so long.

I really like the yoke detail.

All in all this was a very quick and easy knit and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a nice easy project.

Comments and Criticism welcome!
32  COOKING / Dessert / Red Velvet Cupcakes on: June 26, 2009 06:25:57 PM
I have always wanted to make Red Velvet Cupcakes and have never gotten around to it so the other day when I was off work I decided I was going to make them.  Luckily we had everything I needed in the cupboard already so away I went.  The recipe I used is from Not Quite Nigella and they turned out delicous!  The icing used is cream cheese icing from the same website.

33  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Penrith Panthers Beanie on: June 26, 2009 06:19:04 PM
My boyfriend is a mad Penrith Panthers fan so when I saw the sport supporter wool at Spotlight I just knew I had to knit him a beanie with it.

The first picture does not show the colours properly.  The second picture is a lot closer to the real colour.

34  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Mustard Cable Knit Scarf - first time doing cable! on: June 26, 2009 06:11:35 PM
I decided that I wanted to start challenging myself a bit more with my knitting so I decided to try my hand at cable stitch.

I used the Easy Cable Scarf pattern from Subversive Knitting.  The wool is Mavel Basics 8ply from Spotlight.

Close up of the cable stitch. Pretty good for a first timer.

The ends used a 6x6 rib pattern.

Comments and Criticisms welcome!
35  COOKING / Dessert / State of Origin Cupcakes on: June 26, 2009 06:04:53 PM
Last Wednesday was the 2nd state of origin game as well as my friends birthday so we went to his house for drinks and to watch the game.  Me being the cupcake addicted baker that I am decided to make some state of origin* cupcakes to take along.

*For those who don't know State of Origin is an annual Queensland (Maroons) versus New South Wales (Blues) Rugby League series in Australia.  There are three games played in the series.  This year Queensland won the first 2 games and took out their 4th series in a row.  I was a bit disappointed being a New South Wales supporter but thats the game.

Here they are all decorated.  I used buttercream icing. The footballs on top are chocolate covered almonds that I put stripes on with icing.

And all packed into the cupcake carrier I got for Valentines Day.

Comments and Criticism welcome!
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zippered Make-up Purses on: June 03, 2009 04:21:54 AM
I made these purses for a swap that I took part in a few weeks ago.  I was just waiting for everyone to receive their packages before I posted them.

For the swap everyone was put into groups of 11. Each person in the group had to make 10 of the exact same item. We then sent out 10 items to the group leader who then organised them all and sent us back a package of 10 different items (one item from each member of our group).  It was a pretty cool idea and receiving your package was like opening a Christmas present.

For the swap I made zippered make-up purses.  They were pretty basic but all the 10 items had to fit into a medium sized postage bag.

Here are my purses:

I made two with purple floral fabric and purple lining.

Two with strawberry fabric and red lining

One with sausage dog fabric and blue lining

Three with beige floral fabric and the same lining as the sausage dogs

And two with red and black checks and black lining.  I didn't take a pic of the black lining.

The little pieces of paper you can see inside some of the purses just had my name and blog address on them so the other people in my group knew who made that item.

Comments and Criticisms always welcome!
37  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Thick Grey Scarf on: June 03, 2009 03:40:54 AM
I knitted this scarf a few weeks ago and forgot to post it on here. It is a very basic scarf that I just made the pattern up for. 

Needles: 6.5mm
Wool: Moda Vera Shiver (approx 3.5 50g balls)

Cast on 36 stitches

Garter stitch 4 rows

Row 1: Knit 3, Purl 30, Knit 3
Row 2: Knit row

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until you reach your desired length.

Garter stitch 4 rows

Cast off.

Basically, the three stitches on either side are being garter stitched and the middle stitches are being done in stockinette.  It is pretty simple but makes a nice border for an otherwise plain scarf.

Here is a close up so you can see the detail.

Comments and Criticisms welcome.
38  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink and Black Tutu on: June 03, 2009 03:33:17 AM

I started this tutu a little while ago and only just finished it last week because I underestimated the amount of tulle that would be needed to fill the skirt.  Then when I went back to get some more they didn't have the same colour.  In total I used about 4 metres of tulle.  If I used more it would be a lot more poofy.

I used a tutorial off the net but I can not find the exact one I used now. It is pretty simple and I am sure everyone knows how to do it.

First measure your waist then subtract an inch or two.  This will be the length of your elastic.  Then cut your elastic to that measurement and sew the ends together.  Then you cut your tulle into strips.  Mine were about an inch wide.  The length of the tulle needs to be double the length you want the finished tutu to be.  Then you tie the tulle in the middle of each strip around the elastic. Those are pretty basic instructions but if you google then I am sure you will find a detailed set of instructions.

Here is a pic to see how long it is on me. I am about 170cm tall.

39  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Craft I Want to Learn Swap on: May 27, 2009 12:26:13 AM
There was a swap done a little bit ago called the "Craft I Want To Learn Swap" where people listed three crafts they wanted to learn and their partner sent them a package with everything they needed to learn their craft. So it is kind of a shopping swap too. The gallery is up in the gallery folder if you want to check out what some of the people sent.  One lady wanted to learn how to knit so her partner sent her knitting needles and wool and a pattern.

If anyone is interested in taking part that would be awesome.  Also I would need someone who would want to be the organiser because I am not able to yet cause I have only done one swap on craftster.
40  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Blue and Pink Baby Shower on: May 03, 2009 03:12:17 AM
I had a baby shower for my friend today.  She has 6 weeks left and does not know what she is having so we had a blue and pink party.  It was very small with only 6 of us there and very basic but I thought I would share anyway.

I made most of the food.  There were vanilla cookies, white chocolate mudcake 3d cupcake cake, puff pastry scrolls, sandwichs (egg & lettuce, ham & cheese, cucumber).  Then we had jatz with cheese and cabanossi, doritos, dips and lollies.

I also made a congratulations banner to hang above the table.

This is a close up of the cupcake cake that I made.  I made it using a Wilton 3D cupcake tin.

And these were not made but they were just too cute not to put a photo up.

Comments and criticism much appreciated.
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