Soooo... less than a week to go until the new series of Doctor Who!! We're all rather excited in this house; it has been a long time coming and I can't wait to see the new doctor. I had my reservations when Peter Capaldi was announced, but then I felt the same about Matt Smith, and look how that turned out! Anyway, I've been rather busy lately and haven't had time to make an outfit, but I did have a rather nice idea for a handbag! So here it is, my latest creation:
I took it shopping with me straight after I finished it and got quite a few looks - though I do realise that this is more likely down to me being a complete geek, but I couldn't care less! WOOOOO-OOOO-OOOOOOOOO!!!! :)
Driving around at night, I am often treated to some of the wonderful sights that nature has to offer, not often visible during the day. Tonight's show is being provided by the prettiest little bunny rabbits I have ever seen! Spring has most definitely sprung, friends :)
Its that time of year when all I want to do is eat hearty soups with crusty bread whilst waiting for the summer to show up. I've just made my latest creation and, as I sit here full as an egg, I'm being sensible and typing the recipe up as a blog post; firstly so that I can share it, and secondly, so that I don't lose it!
Ok, so this is what I just ate:
...and this is what you need in order to do the same :)
1 small onion - diced
2 garlic cloves - chopped
300g Cauliflower & broccoli florets (or you can just do one or the other, if you want)
1 Red chilli - chopped
1 Tin of Baked Beans (Supermarket own brand is fine)
50g broken spaghetti
2tbsp Olive oil
1/2 tsp of each: Oregano, Parsley, Thyme & Mixed herbs
Put the oil in the pan and fry the onions for a few minutes until they become translucent, then add the garlic and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add the chopped chilli and the herbs and fry for a further minute to release the flavours from the herbs.
Add the cauliflower/broccoli and the stock, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 mins.
Put in the broken spaghetti and continue to simmer for 8 minutes before finally adding the tin of beans, sauce and all. It just needs around 5 more minutes for the beans to warm through and for the pasta to soften completely.
So that is it! And it tastes better the next day, as soups usually do. It's at this point that I normally stir in a fair sized dollop of my home-made chilli sauce (I do it at the eating stage so that I have the choice whether to have it super spicy or not) either that or I use the sauce that I buy from The Chilli Alchemist - his stuff is fantastic, you should really try it.
I saw a lovely jumper on Ravelry that had been designed with a row of owls around the neckline. I could see that the owls had been created with a simple bit of cabling that was incredibly effective! I couldn't wait to use the same technique to create a bobble hat. I particularly like the buttons for eyes, which you could also substitute for those wiggly craft eyes, though I do prefer the buttons.
You will need:
4mm 16" Circular needle
4mm Cable needle
22 small buttons for the owl eyes
Explanation of terms:
P - purl
sts - stitches
K2tog - Knit 2 together
C4B - Slip 2 sts to a cable needle, hold to back. knit next 2 sts, then knit sts from cable needle.
C4F - Slip 2 sts to a cable needle, hold to front. knit next 2 sts, then knit sts from cable needle.
Cast on 112 and join in the round
Row 1-10) K2, P2 rib for 10 rows
Row 11) K1 row, decreasing by 2 sts - (110)
Row 12-27) follow owl chart x 11 times around
Row 28-30) *P2, K8* 3 for rows
Row 31-60) K 30 rows
Round 61) K3, K2tog to end - (88)
Round 62) K2, K2tog to end - (66)
Round 63) K1, K2tog to end - (44)
Round 64) K2tog around - (22)
Round 65) K2tog around - (11)
Cut yarn, thread through remaining sts and pull tight. Sew in ends and make a bobble for the top!
You can then either sew a button over the purled area for each owl's eyes, or you can cheat like me and use a glue gun... I was feeling a bit lazy!
EEEK! Its that time of year again...
Time to start knitting the winter gear!
This year, I fancied something with a bit of a pattern, but not too much; I wanted it to be simple, but effective. I saw this star motif and thought it would be just about perfect.
The majority of the hat is knit with a 4mm 16" circular needle and finished with 4mm DPNs when the stitches become too few for the circular.
The gloves are knit on standard straight 4mm needles and sewn up on one side, leaving a thumb hole space.
So, without further ado, here we go:
'Winter Star' Hat Using a 4mm 16" circular needle and blue DK yarn, Cast on 120
Round 1-12) *K2, P2* rib for 12 rows Round 13) Change to green for your star band background colour and Knit 1 round. Round 14-26) Follow chart for next 13 rounds, using White DK for the star and other detailing. Chart is repeated 6 times.
Round 27) Knit 1 round. Round 28-35) Change to main hat colour and knit 8 rounds
Begin decrease: Round 36) Reduce next row by 3, *K38, K2tog* to end Round 37) **K11, K2tog** to end Round 38) Knit row Round 39) **K10, K2tog** to end Round 40) Knit row Continue in established pattern, (You will need to change to 4mm DPNs when stitches become too few for the circular) until last row worked is K1, K2tog. K2tog to end.
Cut yarn, attach needle and thread through remaining sts. Pull tight, tie off and weave in end.
Now for the gloves! 'Winter Star' Fingerless Gloves
Using 4mm needles and blue DK, cast on 34
Row 1-14) *K2 P2* rib 14 rows Row 15) Change to green and knit one row, increasing by 1st at some point over the row - (35sts) Row 16-28 Knit 13 rows of chart:
Row 29) Knit row, decreasing by 1 at some point over the row - (34sts) Row 30-36) Change back to blue and Knit 7 rows Row 37-40) *K1, P1* rib for 4 rows.
Cast off, sew up row ends, leaving a gap for your thumb:
Repeat instructions for a second glove, only this time rotate the glove star chart 180 degrees for the other hand.
I reckon this would make the perfect Christmas gift!!
Ok, so it's a little wacky; but I've been seriously into crocheting food recently. After my success with a crochet burger and a box of eggs, I thought a prawn cocktail might be a bit more of a challenge; consisting as they do of many awkward shapes! I'm thrilled with how it came out, I drool every time I walk past it in the kitchen so it can't be far off the real deal! What to do next? A friend has pointed out the blindingly obvious transition to a sushi platter given the success of these prawns..... it would be nice to do something completely different again though. We shall see! :)