Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Simple socks for knitting

Lets see.. What can I tell you about socks?


I successfully finished my third pair which is for Kahuna ( boyfriend ). He's not fussy about socks on a good day. His idea of a good formal outfit if he ruled the world would be shorts, flip flops and a Hawaiian shirt.

I offered to make Kahuna a pair... And he made it clear he wasn't sure if he would wear them, but I said for work they may make for comfy tootsies during this wet cold winter. Last night after much delay... other projects getting in the way..I finished AND reinforced the heels. Which I haven't done before but I think it's a great idea for highly used socks. I watched a super helpful tutorial here from Very Pink Knits. Her YouTube is a go-to whenever I encounter a stranger knitting question. I love how she doesn't edit her mistakes and how crystal clear her videos are. Nothing beats good footage and clear instructions.



Self striping from Everything Old.

I started my first pair about a year ago. The girls from my knitting group and I had head to Vancouver for Fibers West. You can read my friends blogs about all the fun we had here ( there's a pic of my yarn pre-socks)  and here.
We had stopped in at Urban Yarns to cruise their yarnalicious (yeah that's a word now ) selection. I hunkered down with the patterns and pulled this one out.



It's fabulously simple and easy to follow. Literally just knit what you read.. DO NOT think just knit and turning the heel is less scary than say...making that leap to get that pixie cut you've been jonesing about. My original yarn was picked up from Everything Old.




My advice is get a self striping or a variegated for your first pair or two. Hiding ladders is a learning process ( that's the line of knitting up your sock created when connecting the round from needle to needle )




I also went down a size in needle for Kahunas socks, this gives more elasticity in the socks when you put them on.



As you can see Kahuna was happily modelling them for me....






I caught him in the middle of the day today curled up on the couch watching hockey wearing them.... Not bad for someone who doesn't like socks ;)




















Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Baby diaper cake

My coworker is due to pop in about five weeks! It's been so exciting watching her baby bump grow. I've been wanting for an excuse to make a diaper cake and I finally got the chance last week!

I used a package of 80 8lb-14lbs and got my stickers on sale at michaels. A friend of mine gave me a rubber ducky and I bought the baby bath lotion one sale for 3 bucks... so maybe it cost me.. 30 bucks? Not bad...
There are a million amazing tutorials online... Bikes.. carridges.. endless.
Got one done... And I think about 2 more to go at the moment. SO many babies right now.








I decided to try and stick to gender neutral since they don't know what they are having... along with the diaper cake I made blue and pink cupcakes and bought cookies from the store... dipped them and piped question marks.. so cute right?





Monday, 11 February 2013

Dream Craft Room WIP


I don't know about you but for the last 4 years-ish I spent my days sewing on a round table smaller than the deuce tables at McDonalds... My serger and sewing machines would trade spots under the table and I had a set of old drawers that had knobs missing.. and that some of the drawers did not open on command.

Last fall I moved into my new home... and then last Saturday my dream shelving showed up.


I spent hours just sitting in my room after it had been built staring at all the space.. and marveling just how amazing and lucky I am right now.

OMG SO MUCH SPACE!!!


I split it up one side for my knitting and on side for sewing. When you move into a new space do you realize how much CRAP YOU HAVE?


Maybe good for a scrap vomit quilt from Imagingermonkey?

I've been throwing out   donating lots of fabric and odds and ends. Finding things that I have forgotten about and keep saying " Oh  yeah that project". It's a constant reminder of my schizocraftia disorder. Somewhere between knitting and sewing you'll find rug making, lamp  making, purses, felted banners, seat belt webbing and an overhead projector. I realized I could do with an intervention.... OR DO I?





Look at these cute yarn cozies I bought? Perfect for when you are on the move and want to throw a yarn cake in your bag.





I have about 6 of them.. I don't know why. I just do.





I still have some more stuff , but as you can see the shelves are filling up at an alarming rate.


Check out these's little diddy's!!!




These suckers I've been looking for for years! They are bed lifts from Bed Bath and Beyond. 5 inch. They are PERFECT for sewing tables to raise it up just that few more inches so you don't wreck your back.
The 7 inch ones were waaaay to big. I felt like a midget next to my table. My 6'4 bear of a man however thought it was perfect... (uuuh not for us 5'7 folk)


Right back to the room. I'm having separation anxiety.








Friday, 1 February 2013

Bursting with love Cookies



It's that time of year where women in relationships turn with whist full eyes to their men wondering what they might have up their sleeves for Valentine's Day....whilst men in turn look at their women and think "oh God!! Who invented this stupid holiday??!?!? ". Others like myself turn to the kitchen since really the way to a man's heart is through his stomach and by baking his favorite cookies.

 Last year I saw on a blog these piñata cookies that were in the shape of piñata's with striped cookie dough and inside the cookie once you broke it open had loads of different colored sprinkles, it's as if it was bursting like when you hit it in real life.

It got me thinking how else could you apply this really neat technique? So after some thinking I came up with this bursting with love cookies idea.

 



First: you want to find your own sugar cookie recipe, mine is not the easiest rollout so you want to find one that you can roll out nice and thin.

Second : You'll need two cookie cutters, one big heart and a smaller one. you can also alternatively use a small circle or any other shape you want as long as you can create a hole inside cookie.

Third: Frosting Glue- I used Wilton's Melting chocolate in a ziplock baggie, but Royal Icing will also work really well. 



Roll your cookie dough as thin as possible approximately a quarter of an inch if possible. Working in sets of three you'll want to cut two Outside cookies and one inside cookie. The inside cookie you want to use the smaller cutter to create a hole, this is where your sprinkles or your hearts are going to go.


 
 




Bake your cookies!


To assemble your cookies take your first middle cookie and using your "Frosting glue".. "Glue" around the edges and place onto your outside cookie.

 

Fill with your favorite sprinkles. I used these adorable hearts which I found at a local baking shop Creating Occasions in Victoria BC.


Frost the other side of your inside cookie and put your top on.

EDIT: Know what would be REALLY COOL?? Putting a personalized message in there... well it might get eaten by accident.. but COULD.. be cool.




Now decorate to your hearts content!!!! I really like using Wilton's melting chocolates because I find it very easy to use and I prefer the taste. Also I find it difficult to screw it up royal icing. :S


Hope you have a happy Valentine's Day.... Whether you enjoy loved one or batch of cookies.