Tuesday, 31 January 2012
Monday, 30 January 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Friday, 20 January 2012
I need to add something straight away. I am a happy, positive person, I am - serious. OK I get grumpy at work and also I nag at home (when the house is not tidy or clean usually). So why am I so into self-help books? It is probably because I think there is more to be done, that time should be really spent purposefully (be it at work or at home). I feel that time should be spent for me and my loved ones rather than for others who do not really care about my well-being. And it is, just not enough...
So anyway the book in hand, I was off to Paris with the train journey ahead of me. The book is divided by month. So I was not sure how I was going to tackle it. Read a chapter every month, or read the whole thing (I may have different priorities than Gretchen's?). I knew though that I agreed with the January Chapter should be my first task because January is Vitality, and that should make other taxing tasks easier.
So 1.'Go to sleep earlier' - should be easy. I take my sleep really seriously (I am sure I mentioned this before) but I really want to make sure I spend time with M as well.
2. Exercise better - I may add eat better. The emotional eating has to stop as well! So I will start weight watchers again and start running regularly again. Yes I will... a whole year of it. bring-it-on.
3. Toss, restore, organise - yes, those bank statements have to find a place in the cupboard under the stairs - actually come to think about it the whole cupboard needs to be organised, as well as the garage... And we still have some bits and pieces in the house to finish (by the end of Chapter 1, I basically had a 'big item' to do list of 5 pages)..
4. Tackle a nagging task... Well the problem is prioritising only one.
5. Act more energetic - hmm, I like the theory...now did to make it happen...
So here we are the basis of my own Happiness project. I am sure loads of you have already read it or done it, would be great to hear about your experience! If you are planning to do it, let me know!
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Let's start by the fact that I love this yellow fabric bought on Etsy at Stefanie's shop. I have a bit of a thing about geometrics as we know, and this is undoutedly my favourite fabric. I love how the top of the sleeve turned out. I was not sure how to end the sleeve as the yarn winder is cylindric. I decided an easy closing method - using strings. It makes it much easier to use.
As I mentioned on Monday I made a second cushion cover (well only the top part) which I really did not need (it stayed 6 months untouched - that was clearly a sign, right?). So I cut it (breathing in and out along the way) and rearranged to make a square pattern. The cushion cover was too small for the length of the yarn winder - hence the need for more fabric at the top and bottom.
I was also going to add my fav yellow fabric at the bottom - but hmmm well maybe it was too much. Added some Kona solid banana from Simply Solids that I had left from the Cherry House QAL. Not a lot of quilting involved, a couple of lines at the bottom and at the top between the grey and yellow fabrics to reinforce the change.
So as we are Wednesday I have finally a chance to link up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced!
Monday, 16 January 2012
Isn't it beautiful? This is my Christmas or birthday present, as all of these things happen at the same time for me, from M - which I thought was amazing. I did mention I wanted a yarn winder, I showed him a couple on internet, explained the difference this would make to my life - yes, I laid it on thick. He clearly took all of these things on board and I got my very own this Christmas. Finished the hours spent in front of the TV making yarn balls.
Since receiving my present, I had had a chat with one of my colleagues at work about men and how they (supposedly according to her) buy you things they want for Christmas or birthdays. Let me reassure you, M has NO intention to knit, he looks at me weird when I knit. Not in a bad way, just more in a 'how does that work' way.
So for the sleeve... well this is the only picture rescued from last night upload. Quite a lot of details, right?! However I can tell you it is based on the same patchwork made for the cushion in the hobby room (as shown in Friday's post).. So I guess more to post tomorrow!
Happy Monday guys!
Friday, 13 January 2012
Pour ce Defi'13 de la decoration, j'ai decide de faire le plus grand des granny squares. J'avais beaucoup d'autres idees en tete bien sur, mais je n'ai reussi qu'a finir (et en fait commencer) ce projet. Pour ne pas me sentir trop nulle, j'ai quand meme ajoute un coussin que j'avais fait l'annee derniere en patchwork. Le granny square au depart c'est tout simple, le probleme c'est en fait son cout - j'ai arrete de compter le nombre de pelotes dont j'ai eu besoin - c'etait trop deprimant.
The yarn used is mainly Rowan Cocoon - and it worked - much better than in my Cadence! I know now how I can use it in the future! I used 4 different shades of grey and you may remember that yellow yarn from Baby Longlegs I used for that slouchy hat! The hook was a 5.5 mm. This is the colour scheme of our bedroom - except that when on the bed, well it just not the right effect. So the grann y square is going to the little room - aka my hobby room with the cushion I made last year. It actually works very well there - so pleased. Would have been really upset if I could not show it off in my house!
J'ai parle il y a quelques billets de cela de mes malheurs avec la laine Cocoon de Rowan - je la trouvais trop lourde et pas facile a travailler. J'ai perserve et ca a paye! J'ai utilise 4 nuances de gris, et ai fini ma derniere pelote de jaune de Baby Longlegs - que j'avais utiliser pour ce projet. J'adore cette couleur. Le crochet est un 5.5 mm. Pour celles qui suivent mon blog, il s'agit effectivement de la palette de couleurs de notre chambre, et en fait ce granny square etait pour la chambre. A part qu'en dessus de lit - ou en bout de lit - ca ne va pas du tout. Ca ne rendait vraiment pas. Donc le granny square est maintenant dans mon bureau, sur ma chaise made in IKEA.
This was a great project for the winter as whilst doing it - in front of the TV (so great after Gingko!) - it was on my lap the whole time, keeping me warm! Brilliant! If you have not done any crochet before, I would definitely recommend this project - it is really easy to do and it grows very quickly (at the beginning). The only problem is at the end, when you need a skein for only one round (hence the expense). As far as the change in colours is concerned, I think at the beginning it was based on a 6 round basis, and then on what I had left... I made a very quick sketch, that I follow quite loosely.
J'ai adore ce projet, apres Gingko qui m'a quand meme pris un peu de temps et beaucoup de ma concentration, c'etait quasiment trop facile... Non pas vraiment, parce que ce n'est pas facile a manier quand on a utililse toutes les pelotes de Rowan de son magasin de laine (bon peut etre pas toutes, mais une bonne partie). Par contre ca tient au chaud tout au long du projet, et en plein hiver c'est quand meme super appreciable. Je recommende ce projet a toutes celles qui n'auraient jamais fait de crochet avant. Ca grandit tres tres vite au depart et ca rend vraiment bien pour un point assez basique. Un autre Defi'13 releve!
Another Defi'13 done!
Wednesday, 11 January 2012
200g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
50g butter , cold, cut into cubes
1/2 tsp of table salt
flaky sea salt (to garnish, not to add in the dough)
We are using the pasta maker to make the crackers super thin (on setting 6 if you have one) - using that technique you can probably make around 40
1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Place the flour, baking powder, butter and ½ tsp of the table salt in your food processor, then whizz for a minute until the butter is completely mixed with the flour. Add some water and work until the dough comes together. You want a soft but not sticky dough.2. Roll out the dough very thin, or use the pasta maker to make thin sheets.
3. Brush a little water over the surface of the dough, scatter 1 tsp salt flakes over and press in lightly. You can also add pepper or linen seeds (British). Prick the crackers all over with a fork, then cut into squares. Place on the prepared trays - don't worry if they stretch a bit. Bake for 10-15 mins until the biscuits feel dry and sandy but are still pale - they may should be a bit hard.
4. Transfer to a wire rack and leave until completely cool. Will keep in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
So here we are, these two batches should keep us going for .. a maximum of two days. We made some over the past weekend - but they were not thin enough.I am just glad the pasta maker multi-tasks!
So more to come on our cooking adventure - we have nearly finalised the mushroom soup recipe, and the pasta one as well (hence the fact we have a pasta maker!), and we may also review some of the products we find along the way.The adventures may become a separate blog altogether - we just have had no time to actually set it up, but I will keep updates on this blog as well.
Monday, 9 January 2012
OK so I had the idea of making a snood for a while now. I saw this one from Plumo and was inspired. I wanted to finally knit that Terria yarn (from Katia) I bought 2 years ago in France, and the pumkin chunky yarn from Whaferdale Woolworks. All I needed was a pattern - and apparently one featuring triangles.
The new Sherlock serie was on TV... As M was taking the pictures I had to keep an eye on the developments of the story line...
Friday, 6 January 2012
Except that Winnowing is not to be bought done, Winnowing is to be knitted - see guys what you are missing out by not knitting! Winnowing is part of the Wool People 2 published by Brooklyn Tweed which is in itself a beautiful book (you can peruse it on-line, Jared is a very talented photographer).
I do love the 34th & 8th blue mittens pattern as well - and I love the model relaxed casual style.
Thursday, 5 January 2012
The Needle case idea - would be great for studs. This is not necessarily my choice of colours guys, but a grey/neutral version of this could work. Slightly worried I may forgot where I stored it though... or worse take the earrings case rather than my needle case or vice-versa.
The frame and fabric solution - chic and easy. The frame featured is WAY too small for the number of earrings I have, but seriously how long would it take to make - half an hour tops (without painting the frame). A definite contender..
The Metallic version. I love this project, well I love the pattern of the pattern of the metallic sheet - so Morrocan. The only thing is that now I really want that pattern, and no other - and how likely is this???
As seen on iheartorganising.blogspot.com
Well we know now what M will be doing this weekend (bless him)! Just need to convince him he really wants to come frame shopping again with me!
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Bonne annee 2012! J'espere que tout le monde s'est bien repose et est pret a affronter 2012 avec une energie nouvelle (surtout que c'est les soldes bientot). Mon premier billet de 2011 est en fait pour vous parler de 2011 et de Gingko. J'ai fini le chale a temps - 10 minutes avant de le donner a Mamy (pas bloque, donc j'ai du le garder encore une journee avec moi - pour prendre des photos egalement!). Gingko est GRAND, Gingko est vraiment tres tres doux et Gingko est egalement tres colore (tricote avec de l'orange, du bleu et du blanc - rien que ca).
This is a beautiful pattern - but something that requires your entire attention (NO TV). The lace pattern is knitted on the right side AND the wrong side (just in case it was too easy otherwise). There are a lot of repeats, I found that it helped marking them (just in case something goes wrong). Not a lot of modifications in terms of knitting. I started the leaf pattern a bit earlier beacause I felt there was already quite a lot of stockinette fabric. I doubled the lace chart.
I used 7mm needles, and three different yarns - The orange strand comes from Dye for Yarn (Etsy), the blue (Trance) and white (Cream) are Rowan Kidsilk Haze - which makes it so soft! I must admit I cannot knit the Kidsilk Haze on its own but with the sock yarn it has worked like a charm and I may repeat the experience. By the way it was a nightmare to block - did not manage to do it well, but I had to give it to her at some point..
Gingko est un modele superbe, mais attention il requiert toute votre concentration (et donc pas de tele), c'est des jetes a l'endroit ET a l'envers et d'autres manoeuvres obscures que j'ai du aller consulter sur YouTube. Bref ce n'etait pas de la tarte, mais le resultat est vraiment gratifiant. J'ai mis un marqueur a chaque debut de repetitions du pattern du milieu et ca m'a (un peu) aide. Je n'ai pas vraiment pas fait de modifications - j'ai commence la chart plus tot que prevu par le modele (le jersey commencer a devenir trop grand) et j'ai tricote deux fois la leaf chart.
Je l'ai tricote avec des aiguilles 7mm, and 3 types de laine - la laine orange vient de Dye for Yarn (sur Etsy), les laines bleu (Trance) and blanche (Cream) sont des pelottes Rowan Kidsilk Haze. Je n'avais jamais reussi a tricoter avec du Kidsilk Haze dans le passe mais en le combinant avec de la laine pour chaussette c'etait parfait et je crois que je vais reutiliser cette methode. Aussi il me faut vous dire que j'ai vraiment eu du mal a bloquer ce chale, d'ailleurs je n'ai pas vraiment pas reussi a le faire, mais a un moment donne il faillait que je lui donne..
Bad picture but it gives you an idea of the final product. Mamy loves it - which I suppose is the only thing that matters really. She wanted something bigger than the other shawls I knitted for her - and if nothing else, her Gingko is big indeed!
Pas la meilleure des photos mais cela vous donne une idee de la taille finale de Gingko. mamy l'adore et en fait c'est tout ce qui compte. Elle voulait un chale plus grand, et Gingko c'est ca un tres tres grand chale!