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Autumn Neck Warmer

This is a neck warmer I knitted for my sister-in-law’s birthday in November.

Neck Warmer

Neck Warmer

The pattern is “Café au Laine” Available for free at The AntiCraft!

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This is a project I picked for a sewing class to master my fear of bias tape. It’s a car organizer that hangs on the head rest of the passenger seat, and can be hung either on the front or the back of the seat.

The bias tape wasn’t so bad when sewn in a straight line, but I still need to work on the curving!

Car Organizer

Car Organizer

This is the most delicious stuffed peppers recipe I’ve tasted!

BBQ stuffed peppers

"On the Barbie"

The recipe is from the British magazine “Good Food”: Stuffed Peppers on the Barbie

I suggest cutting the top off of the peppers and stuffing them vertically. It’s much easier and you can really tie them closed, whereas if you cut a slit on the side of the peppers and stuff them horizontally, it’s really hard to tie them together. Also, be careful not to over-stuff the peppers. It’s better to do more peppers with less stuffing (the recipe suggests 6 peppers).

I passed on the tomatoes, since I don’t like them very much, but it was delicious anyway!

Stuffed Peppers

Yum!

Princess Shoes

I just loved the Elf Shoes pattern so much (see previous post “Felted Fairy Slippers”) I had to make another pair. This time, I made them into Princess Shoes for my extremely regal niece who turned 4 years old in May.

Princess Shoes

Princess Shoes

They were made using the same pattern, with Létt-Lopi wool in pink and white. Once felted, I added pearl and lace details to make them more princess-y.

My niece told me they were Jasmine shoes, because of the pointy toes. 😀

I made those slippers for my partner in the “For the love of Faeries swap” on Craftster. I used the pattern “Elf shoes” on Ravelry. Once they were felted and dry I added chain stitch swirls in acrylic yarn and clear plastic beads to make them go from “elf shoes” to “fairy shoes”!

Fairy slippers

Fairy slippers

This being my first felting experience, I was a bit scared by the size of the slippers as I knitted them! They were huge clown slippers! Fortunately, they shrunk a lot during the felting process. To felt, I used the washing machine method described on knitty.com. I used old pillow cases to prevent fibers from clogging the machine. I used the heavy setting on the machine, very hot water and my normal laundry detergent. I checked every five minutes like they said in the Knitty article and I had to remove the slippers before the end of the cycle. I let the pillow cases get washed through the cycle but removed the slippers.

To block, I used plastic bags. I stuffed the slippers with them until I was satisfied with the shape. I was a bit worried about the smell: they smelled like a wet dog! For two days! Yeah, it took two days for the slippers to completely dry and for the smell to go.

Fortunately, everything was okay in the end and my partner loved her new slippers!

No knead bread

I came across this super easy no knead recipe for white bread. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/08/dining/081mrex.html?ex=1320642000&en=d5976d62a4577548&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Here’s what my loaf looked like:

White bread loaf

White bread loaf (with first slices taken out!)

Texture

Texture

I mixed it on Sunday morning and my boyfriend cooked it while I was at work on Monday. He used the inside (ceramic) part of our slow cooker as our dutch oven is too small.

When I got home from work, I cooked some soup to go with the bread!

With my soup

With my soup!

We found the bread a bit salty to our taste, but still delicious. We’ll have to experiment with wheat flour and additional ingredients such as cheese (yum!), herbs, grains, fruits, etc.

Painting ceramics

It’s a bit late, but during my floridian escapade, I went to this ceramics painting place called “Art from the Heart”, in Dunedin, with a couple of friends. I made a chocolate ice cream cone and a Christmas decoration.

Chocolate Ice Cream Cone

Mmmm.... chocolate....

Jazzy Christmas Tree

Jazzy Christmas Tree