Monday, April 6, 2015

52 things i made {8/52}

I've just finished this Granny's Favourite cardigan to gift to a friend.  I love Georgie Hallam's yoked cardigans, they're lovely to knit.  I do have to knit one of these for my youngest soon.  I have managed to (perhaps unsurprisingly) give myself a bit of RSI from too much knitting.  So now that I am down to having only ONE project on the needles I am going to work gently on it.  It requires quite a lot of concentration too, so this is a good time to slow down and take it easy.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

52 things i made {7/52}

I recently finished knitting my first adult garment.  It's a 'Harvest' cardigan, by designers Tin Can Knits.  It is one of their free patterns, they have a whole 'learn to knit' series of free patterns.  It was very easy to follow, even though I am a moderately experienced knitter, I think this would be fairly straightforward for a beginner who was willing to take their time. 
 I'm looking forward to trying some more of their patterns soon.  I've bought the wool to make a Clayoquot cardigan, but I'm quite nervous because I've never done colour work before.  I think I will have to attempt something smaller, either a child's item or a hat or just a swatch to practise my colour work and tension before I begin this rather large project!
 Anyway, here are a few photos of my Harvest cardigan.  It's knit from Cleckheaton Country Naturals, in a tweedy navy/grey colour.  The ceramic button is by Hesta MacReady, bought from the Paper Scissors Rock Art Collective in Takaka.  Overall I'm really happy with it, and it fits the bill of being warm, slouchy, comfy, a practical colour, good for hanging with little kids kinda cardigan.  The sleeves are a tad wide and long, but that doesn't really worry me. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

52 things i made {5+6/52}

A couple of weeks ago Talia put some yarn up for sale in her Etsy shop.   I had seen her preparing it on IG and I knew I neeeeeeeded some.  Needed.
I was happy to get a gorgeous blue called 'Frostbite' and a purple merino called 'Starbright' - both so gorgeous in real life. 
My favourite thing to make with handspun yarn, particularly when heading into the cooler months, is a cowl.  I am pretty much stuck on the Honey Cowl pattern (available on this link but also on Ravelry), it's my fave.  It's a a great knit, super easy, and fast. 
I love how the long slipped stitches show off the variegation in the colours of handspun yarn.  Perfect match in my book.

Monday, February 16, 2015

52 things i made {4/52}

I've recently completed this cross stitch with blackwork infill.  It was really fun.  I enjoy the methodical nature of the work.  I find similarities to knitting, these activities are what I do to relax.

I purchased it as a kit from Broomfields in Nelson.   You can find the designer online at the Stitchsmith.  If you follow that link you'll see I altered some of the blackwork slightly and left off some flower designs.  I prefered the simplicity of just the letters.  I think I will be making this again soon for a gift.  Also, I should get mine framed!  But for now, it's here.

Monday, January 26, 2015

52 things i made {3/52}

This is not a food blog.  But yanno.  We all gotta eat.

Usually I just 'wing it' when I cook.  Then sometimes people ask me how I made something and I can't give them good instructions.  So I tried to pay attention this time.

I cooked some bacon in the pan.  Sliced up a red capsicum and place on a tray skin side up (NO OIL!) on the top rack of a hot oven.  You want the skin to begin to blacken and blister.  This makes it easy to remove.
I sliced a golden kumara into rounds and added oil, garlic and salt.  They went on the bottom shelf of the oven.

When the capsicum skin had begun to blacken and blister I removed the tray from the oven and put a clean dry tea towel over the capsicum pieces for 10min.  I turned the oven heat down to medium, moved my kumara to the top and put the bacon on a tray on the bottom shelf to get extra crispy.

Once the capsicum was cool enough to handle I peeled the skins off and sliced it.  I cooked one cob of corn in the husk in the microwave (super easy!) and then cut the corn off the cob.  I removed the bacon and chopped it up.  I added 1 T olive oil to the pan I had cooked the bacon in, and put the chopped bacon back in, with one can of cannellini beans (drained) the capsicum and the corn.  Kumara was cooked now so I took it out.  I heated the bean mix on low/medium, and added 2 t rice wine vinegar and 1 t balsamic vinegar, and salt to taste.  I heated the mix gently through, just to warm.

I stirred through a couple of large handfuls of washed spinach, not to cook it, just to coat it with the flavours.  Then straight onto the plate.  Yum.  This meal happens to be dairy free and gluten free (but if you're super sensitive check your vinegars and bacon for GF-ness).  I'd make this vegetarian by removing the bacon, and replacing with feta.  You could go vegan by adding some salt in the way of olives or capers. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

52 things i made {2/52}

I made strawberry frozen yoghurt iceblocks.  Not what you were expecting, right?  Not made with fibre or yarn, paper or glue.  Not 'crafty'.

I want 52 things I made to be fun for everyone, and that means, make it work for you and make it easy.  Sometimes you won't finish a project a week, and that's okay.  Some weeks you might finish two!  You make the rules.  No stressing allowed.

So today, I post an iceblock.  ONE DAY I will post a finished adult cardigan or a quilt!  Today (school holidays/swimming lessons everyday/playdates/so much sandy-messy play laundry/constant snacks) is not that day.

If you'd like to make iceblocks like this, I whizzed up about 2 cups of strawberries with 2 teaspoons of icing sugar (optional).  I then mixed a little strawberry puree into some plain unsweetened natural yoghurt and layered with puree into iceblock molds.