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1  Re: December was my busy sewing month IMG HVY in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by alphascorpii on: January 21, 2011 03:50:29 AM

Snow white lace legging(im not sure yet of whats the design on the fabric..but its awesome)

Hmmm. From what I can see it looks like scorpions.
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2  Advent Calendars in Winter Holidays by alphascorpii on: December 02, 2010 02:19:08 AM
Hi all,

it's that time of the year again. Yay!  Grin

My hubby and me are both great Christmas lovers and we especially love the Advent Season, so there of course have to be Advent Calendars, too! Since both our calendars are self-made this year I thought I'd share them with you.

First off, here's the one I did for my husband: It's a pair of reindeer holding up a red round cord that holds 24 little paper bags and baskets. The reindeer are made of wood and painted red. I had to buy them, our apartment isn't really made up for  wood works. Each bag includes a little letter with a little promise on it ("Breakfast in bed" and the like. He might be reading this so the rest shall remain secret  Wink)
Here are a few pictures of it (Sorry about the disturbing background, our calendars are hanging in our book cases.)

The reindeer:

The whole calendar:

The bags are made from paper in different shades of red and reddish gift wrapping paper, there are eight different kinds in total. Here are the instructions for the different bags (some of them are German but all of them have lots of pictures so you probably don't really need the text anyway)

And here's the one I got this year: I love to do puzzles so my calendar is made up from 24 little jute boots, each including about 40 pieces of a 1000 pieces puzzle with a Christmas market motive on it. Here's a picture of the calendar (again in front of our book shelf)

So far I only collected about 80 pieces so there's not that much to do at the moment but to place them on the table roughly where they belong, but I am very much looking forward to the coming days. It will be very interesting, not to do this the usual way (border first then the most noticeable motives then the rest) but in the order I get the pieces. This is gonna be great! Cheesy Yay for my hubby!

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3  Re: Look, look I am kfb'ing! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alphascorpii on: November 20, 2010 01:59:04 PM
Very cute shawl! And it does look great on you!  Did the yarn you use self-stripe or did you just switch colors?

Thank you Smiley The yarn is self striping, to be exact it's Schachenmayr nomotta Aventica. It just turned out to cover roughly one row, due to the size of the shawl.

Congrats on your new needle set!

Thanks again. Smiley It's the ubiquitous Knit-Pro (Somehow everyone seems to have them), but I got the Rosewood Edition. I've been using them for a while now and I am extremely happy with them! Also the rose wood coloured ones look really nice!

Here's a picture of the shawl in an early stage, showing the self striping yarn (also also the needles Smiley)

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4  A colorful earring holder in Crochet: Completed Projects by alphascorpii on: November 20, 2010 08:00:37 AM
I have a large number of long, dangly silver earrings and used to keep them in a box where theyd always get mixed up and tangled. So I thought Id come up with something to mount them on.

The earring holder is filet crochet, but since I am not so much the frilly type I chose a rather large needle and some colourful sock yarn. For mounting I used a nice-looking twig from the nearby park.

I really like the holder's warm colours. I think the colours and the natural wood give it a nice natural look. Also this is a really nice beginner project! What (imho) makes filet crochet hard is the delicate yarn. Using a No 3 needle and some left-over sock yarn it's really not that difficult and the bright colours nicely hide the occasional mishap Smiley

The finished holder with all my earrings:

The (almost) empty holder:

C&C welcome, as usual Smiley

PS: I liked that holder so much I made it a pattern at ravelry. It's called "Mother Nature Earring Holder "
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5  Look, look I am kfb'ing! in Knitting: Completed Projects by alphascorpii on: November 20, 2010 06:57:10 AM
After giving away most of my crafty things to other people I've now finally finished a little something for myself  Smiley

I an still a learner so I choose my projects mostly by intended new skill. This time I was looking for something to get a better grasp on increases, mainly kfb and backloop. Also, I got the most gorgeous cabled needle set for my birthday (I just have the greatest husband!!) , so it also had to be something that made use of my new cabled needles.

Enter stage left: "as seen in Trinity Bellwoods" by Robbie Eddison. Great written pattern, especially for novices and just the thing to meet my knitting needs Smiley The whole thing only took me a few evenings and I am almost constantly wearing it ever since it's finished.

I am insanely proud of it although, by usual knitting standards it's really not very fancy or elaborated. But I made it myself, it cost me less than 8 Euros and it's actually wearable! in public!!

Here's a picture, I usually wear it just wrapped around once, like this. The ends come together quite nicely, so it's a bit hard to see.

C&C are of course welcome!

PS: If anyone is feeling cold too, the pattern can be found on ravelry.
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6  Autumn, preserves time! (elderberry jelly and sweet-and-sour pumpkin) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by alphascorpii on: September 24, 2010 09:15:41 AM
Hi all,

I've been using the last week to refill my larder (our current flat has one, I love it!) and thought I might share the results with you Smiley

First I made some elderberry jelly. A colleague at work offered me some of his yield and I gladly accepted. A couple days later he presented me with a large basket full of elder which left me, after cleaning and picking, with about 2kg of berries. Since I think pure elderberry jelly tastes a bit dull I decided to flavour it with different additions and - given the amount of berries available - decided to try three variations. Mostly on a whim I decided to use fruit smoothies as an addition, I went with Strawberry-Banana and Pineapple-Banana, the third batch was mixed with unfiltered apple juice. Smoothies are really quite handy for this, they come without any additions, are preprocessed and offer a large variety of mixtures.

Here's the result, lined up in all its glory:

I've so far only tried the strawberry batch but I am really thrilled by its taste. The banana takes a lot of the elderberries' tartness and you can even taste the strawberry. (Although I am not sure about that, maybe you only do, when you know it's there.) I have yet to try the pineapple one but so far I'd say the smoothie experiment was a full success and I'll definitely do this again.

Since I had some more empty jars left, I went and bought two (Hokaido) pumpkins and pickled them sweet and sour using vinegar, honey, cinnamon and clove.

Here's again the result:

I am not entirely happy with how they came out, the fluid is very murky, I should have filtered it. Next time I will!
For a little extra-cuteness I used cookie cutters for a few of the pieces, the pumpkin was very hard though, so there are only a few hearts and stars among the cubes. Oh well, I'll call them surprise pieces Wink

The taste of the pumpkins has yet to be tested, I'll keep you updated!

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