A few bits’n bobs

Last weekend I mostly cooked, including a horribly failed gluten free lasagne (the pasta sheets had turned to mush during the cooking, and it was all a hot mess). It was rather sad, as the vision I had was great, and the pasta behaved okay as long as it was thrown into boiling water … and yet another lesson learned. Pre-cook gluten free lasagne sheets.

I also worked a bit on a crochet shawl I’m making – it’s rather simple, but I really like how it’s turning out:

Crochet granny square shawl

Mostly it’s just granny squares, with a few double rows of shell pattern (which will also be the edging, unless I find something I like better by the time I get there). The yarns are  Plumstreetfiberarts (see their etsy shop) and Malabrigo lace. They’re a bit different, but I like the contrast and think it works well.

In other news, I tried the fix for my jeans (suggested by Almond Rock), and so far it’s looking good. Haven’t washed it yet, so it remains to be seen how well it’ll hold up in the washing machine.

Barely visible: The Hole

I also fixed my jacket, and it was a lot easier than I thought – I just ironed the seam again, with a little more give on the inside. It’s still a tad wonky, but I think that’s a more fundamental construction issue and can’t be fixed unless I want to take the lining all out and put it in again, and I have no intentions of doing so 😀

Happy Monday, all!

Summer! (Or so they say, anyways …. )

Apparently, according to the BBC, next week it will happen. No, not the Olympics (well, those, too), but I speak of the Summer.

Look at this:

Sharp tongues whisper that the BBC has been bribed by the Olympic Committee …. I don’t know if there’s any truth to that, but I do know that I’ll believe it when I see it. The summer, still 😀

And just in case (because I’m the crazy German who has contingency plans for contingency plans) I have made this:

Felted Cloche

The pattern I used is the Beacon Street Cloche, available for free on Ravelry. It’s a well written little crochet pattern, and works up quickly – took me all of three episodes of Fringe to hook my way through it.
I used the last of the Aade Long from the Caterpillar Cardi, and some black wool from Lithuania that had been kicking around in my stash for a while and feels very much like the Kauni, so I thought they’d work well together.

Felted Cloche – off

If I’d make this again (and to be perfectly honest with you, I have just started another one …), I’d make it a wee bit shorter, as it does feel like it’s hanging over my eyes a bit.

Other than that, a delightful project, and one I’m sure will get a lot of use, if in the non-existent summer we have this  year, or later when fall sets in.


Crafting Balance

Another good one 🙂

As much as I rejoice in the topics that inspire me, now I do feel a bit lazy for skipping the ones I didn’t have immediate ideas for. I reckon I’ll have to do this again next year, with a bit more preparation, maybe 🙂

Anyhoo, I’m a girl to dance on many weddings. I knit, crochet, sew and felt. I used to make jewellery (out of bone, mostly), and have sorta gone back to that with my felted jewellery line here.

I love all sorts of fiber arts, maybe knitting a wee bit more than the rest, but all have their place. And I am secretly scheming for ways to combine them … one of my long-time plans is a knit and felted purse, with a needle felted dragon head on it. I’m light-years away from being able to do that, but I will make it one day. I even knit the purse already … it turned out too small, but maybe I can still salvage it, if only for practicing purposes.

My crocheting is mostly limited to blankets, but I hugely enjoy making these. They are not quick projects, my average output is one per year, but hey, each journey begins with a single step, right?

That was my first foray into the land of granny squares.

And this is the breaking bad blanket I’m working on currently. Don’t you just love the colours?

And here’s an example for my sewing: project bags. One can never have enough of those.

This was a fun experiment, and I’m really looking forward to repeating this – thank you, Eskimimi, what a lovely idea.

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The Breaking Bad Throw

crocheted blanket
crocheted blanket

My apologies for the really bad picture – it was taken quickly, between another go at the b***y ice-troll that kept killing me, and a superb night out with a sushi class.

This is the blanket as seen in the TV series “Breaking Bad” – as it happens, I wasn’t very interested in watching the series initially. Then I saw the blanket being discussed in a blog, and kinda fell in love with the pattern.

So I decided I have to make one. And of course, I tried to watch the series again – in case you haven’t heard of it, the story is about a rather burned-out teacher who leads a life full of underwhelming experiences (his students suck, he’s got to work double shifts at a car-wash to make ends meet, and of course the bully from his school spots him there) is diagnosed with cancer.

To make sure his family will be provided for he decides to start cooking meth cocaine – what could possibly go wrong with that, right? Well, as it turns out, quite a lot … but you should watch for yourself. It’s brilliant.


Of broken slippers and anteaters

This is NO KNITTING. Shocking, I know. Occasionally, I try to crochet, too … and I really need a pair of new slippers, as my trusted and beloved fake-leather-fake-fur ones are coming apart:

Poor, old slippers
Poor, old slippers

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