Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.
- Barbara Jordan -

pattern: a modification from Kreativ Stickning nr 13, pattern 214
yarn: La Droguerie Lin, don't know how much
needles and hooks: 4mm needles and 3,5mm hook

This jacket/bolero is for my mum. She actually bought the yarn for the project approximately three or four years ago and since then the project has just lain in my yarn baskets and furiously reminded of itself every now and then. Now that I actually put my effort in it, it was finished in less than two weeks.

The torso part is crocheted and the sleeves are knit. For the neckline and the hemline I made some semi-circle scalloping to put some posture in them. Linen is so tricky as it begins to curls around the edges driving perfectionists like me crazy.

The final touch was the ceramic button I bought from Tampere crafts fair a couple of years ago. The second I saw the button I though about my mum and I just had to buy it though I didn't even know where to use it.

I'm really happy with this project, the colour and material are just perfect for her. (The cookie quotation is there because I kept thinking about those oat cookies by Jyväshyvä and its tv ads with endless fields)

Sunday, 15 January 2012


I cannot make speeches, Emma . . . If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.

pattern: Emma's Mittens by Minh Hoang
yarn: Rowan Creative Focus Worsted
needles: 4 mm

This was a fantastic pattern! I loved every second of knitting these mittens, probably due to the combined effect of a good pattern and lovely yarn. The mittens made of my dream yarn (look at the previous post) were not that warm so I decided to knit another, larger pair to go with them. But to be honest, I chose the yarn because my friend left for her exchange year and I miss her a lot. And no, she is not particularly a fan of mustard yellow, but she kept looking for this coloured yarn relentlessly during the autumn. So, you know, one of those things that you would never normally associate with a person but you do, only because of a silly, wonderful memory.

Anyways, the quote above is from Austen's Emma, one of my favourite books by her and one of the favourite quotes from the book (the swooning moment when Mr Knightley and Emma talk things through). He is one of my fave Austen guys, only to be triumphed by Captain Wentworth. What are your Austen faves? Any specific fave renditions?

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Name meaning for Eugenia: "well-born", "noble"

pattern: Eugenia's Mittens by Mollie Woodworth
yarn: Vuorelma Veto, 0.7 skein
needles: 2,5mm

My friend was knitting socks from yarn that actually made my heart flutter. I saw the skein from the other end of the room and I almost leapt for it and did the Gollums. The yarn was soft, woolly and... perfectly pink. Just the pink I love (by the way, the photo doesn't do justice for the colour). Imagine my glee, when I found that same yarn and that same colour in Lahti during my mid-winter break. I had to buy it, almost hipblocked a couple of poor old ladies who were unfortunate enough to get in my way in the Xmas market. After skimming through my rav queue for a cool project, I ended up doing Eugenia's Mittens though the pattern calls for worsted yarn. With the sportweight dream yarn I had to modify the pattern a bit, but it turnt out quite nice anyways. I recommend the pattern!

Monday, 9 January 2012

Piggy dress with udders

Quite some time ago I found a hideous dress at UFF, but the fabric was lovely, kind of cold piggy pink and shone like satin. So I took the dress home for 1 euro and cut off at least half of the hem (originally the dress reached ankles). Then I took a pencil and a normal glass and started drawing udders on the folded extra fabric (folded so that I get two long udder strips at the same time). I sewed the udders by using the drawn lines, turned inside out and titivated the hem line by stitching near the edge on the right side. Then I just sewed the new edge on the dress.

Left a small cleft between the beginning and the end of the hem, so that the fabric doesn't pull when I sit or actually try to move my legs.

All in all, this is now one my favourite dresses since the colour is absolutely delightful and the hem looks kinda girly in pink (or then again it might just look like udders or a tablecloth, the latter being the original source of this modifying project)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Vegan Key Lime Pie (or really just a Lime Pie, since the limes in this are just limes)

- 11 dairy and egg free digestive biscuits
- 100 g dairy free margarine
- 1 Tablespoon of Fair trade syrup

- Smash the biscuits into fine crumbs
- Add melted margarine and syrup and mix
- Pat onto a tin with a removeable rim with bottom covered with baking sheet (until it's just a thin layer without any sides)
- Bake in 175 deg about 15 min or until the crust gets nice darker colour

- 5 ripe limes
- 400 ml Soyatoo whip cream or Go Green! whip cream*
- 4 "egg yolks" made with No Egg**

- Wash the limes well and grate the green peel of at least 3 limes
- Add "egg yolks" made of egg replacement product and whisk together
- Cut the limes in halves, save at least 1 lime for decoration
- Squeeze lime juice into the mixture and whisk
- Pour mixture on baked crust in the tin
- Bake in 175 deg for 15-20 min or until the filling begins to look a bit more solid but is still soft and pale***
- Let cool in the room temperature and then move to fridge
- Once solid, remove the rim
- Decorate with a couple of lime slices and grated peel

*The cream serves as a replacement of condensed milk, so the soy or oat product should be rich, thick and solid and quite sweet. If not sweet, add one tablespoon sugar into it.

**didn't put any specifics on how to use the egg replacement since different brands have different instructions. No Egg contains metylcellulose, which sounds bad but is actually plant based fiber.

***make sure that the filling doesn't bake too much and turn brownish, since the limesh green won't show through it. If it starts going brown before the time is up, move it lower.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Do you still have the wall calendar from the previous year and do you want to avoid adult responsibilities for half an hour or so? Here's what to do (transforming paper into awesomeness has never been my strong suit. I was actually the girl in kindergarten or school who used the whole sheet of paper just to cut a tiny flower. Just saying :D ):

- Take that calendar, some glue and scirrors. (A ruler, too, if you do not want to scratch your table beyond use)

- Fold the paper by using the ruler's edge or the scissors' edge. The lines in the calendar are fantastic for us without any kind of spatial or geometric abilities.

- Cut the paper by using the folded lines. The envelope should have something like two small, identical wings, a short nose (that's the flap that closes the finished envelope) and a long tail.

- Fold the wings in and add glue on them. Fold the tail on the gluey surface. Now it should pretty much look like an envelope.

- Rummage through your paper can or your paper stash and cut address windows of different shapes. Glue them on the envelopes.

- There you go! Now you have at least 12 breathtakingly cool envelopes (okay, who am I kidding? At least they're better than the regular blanc ones).

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

What would be the use of immortality to person who cannot use well a half an hour.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -

pattern: Hourglass by Bev Elicerio
yarn: DROPS Fabel, miscellaneous skeins, don't really know how much
needles: 2,0mm

Good Heavens... It took me almost 4 shoddy weeks to knit these socks and almost every single minute of it was, well, not hell particularly, but extremely tiresome. Don't really even like the way they look anyways, so the question remains: why did I begin to knit these in the first place? An utmost short story even more miniscule, I'm trying to clean up my Ravelry queue and I needed a pair of socks. So, here they are. Not particularly proud.