Saturday, February 27, 2016

A new scarf

This project took a lot longer than I anticipated. I started it before Christmas. It was intended to be a Christmas present for my mother. Well, it missed the Christmas deadline, became a birthday present (she has a late January birthday) and now it is finished, at the end of February. Alas! I think my biggest problem with it was two-fold. It was just complicated enough so that I had to pay careful attention to what I was doing, but not complicated enough to be interesting. Does that make sense?


The finished design is beautiful, I love what the pattern designer did with it. I only mean the process of making it was dull. What didn't help (the second part of the problem) is that I kept forgetting what row of the pattern I was on. I use washi-tape to keep track, but the rows knit so quickly, I didn't always move the tape to the correct line.



Despite that, it is now finished. The yarn is Palette in the Clover colorway. The pattern, Garden Gate, is by Jennifer Krueger and can be found here (ravelry link).



I changed the pattern by not doing so many repeats and adding a gorgeous handmade rosewood button (purposely off-center) so that it can be used as a cowl.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Vegan Chocolate Spice Cookies


This is my favorite cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Spice Cookies
1/2 c. Canola oil
1/2 c. Sugar
1/4 c. Maple syrup
3 Tbsp Non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp Vanilla
1 1/3 c. Flour
1/2 c. Cocoa powder
1 Tsp Baking soda
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Tsp Ginger
1/8 Tsp Cloves
2/3 c. Chocolate chips (Trader Joe's sells vegan chips)

Mix dry (except chips) and wet ingredients separately, them combine. Add chocolate chips at the end. Drop by the spoonful on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for ten minutes.

Yum!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

More pillow covers

I am having a fun time making pillow covers. It doesn't take terribly long and is super rewarding.


This is Waverly's Norfolk Rose design.



This is one of my favorite designs by Cath Kidston. I also made the euro shams behind everything are 100% linen, in a blush pink. I  didn't make the standard size cases- they are antiques/vintage cases that I've had since I was little. The duvet cover I scored after pouring over online listings for linen duvet covers online. They are so expensive! This one is from Pottery Barn that I got second hand for a super price. It is awesome and I would recommend a linen duvet cover to anyone, despite the higher price.



I went through huge lengths to try to get a photo of the pillow on my sofa, ha! I temporarily rearranged the whole room just to get the sofa where the lighting was decent. The sofa was actually in front of the bathroom door. I was sort of horrified when I sent K to the bathroom to wash black paint of her hands and the sofa was blocking it. I would have taken black paint on that...badly.

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