So, this is a sidewinder hat! It’s pretty cool and I’m pretty proud of myself, I got the pattern for free from New Stitch A Day a great website that teaches you stitches for both knitting and crochet. You essentially pay for the pattern with a tweet or a Facebook post. I opted to use my twitter account (EmzGeekery <— shamless plug) and got the pattern as a pdf.
I’ll admit as someone who is still learning the abbreviations of knitting I read the pattern and went “No way I can knit this hat! Thanks but no thanks.”
Eventually curiosity got the best of me and I decided to search on the New Stitch A Day website the parts that I didn’t understand. There was a video for everything and my “Nope” attitude switched to a “Yeah, I can do this!”
Once you get going the hat is really simple and quick to knit. I averaged a half an hour each panel, might be slow in most knitting circles but hey it’s not a race.
I still need to block the hat as the instructions say to do, but the hat is practically done. So, many thanks to New Stitch A Day, and I would certainly recommend the pattern. So give it a go!
(P.S. I swear I do more than knit and bake, I have some other crafty stuff in the works. Always busy!)
Yep, I’m nuts! It’s 10 o’clock at night and I just finished decorating a birthday cake for a co-worker!
I really hope that they like it, it’s a bit of a surprise! They are a huge cat lover!
The body of the cake is chocolate fudge cake with raspberry filling and smothered in buttercream icing. The head has no filling. I used rice krispies treats to shape the ears (which I think should have been a touch smaller) and the tail.
Voila! Cat Cake!
Have you made a fun cake before?
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I finally finished the Hufflepuff scarf!
It was certainly fun to make, super thick so it’s nice and warm. My friend absolutely loves it, then again if they didn’t I’d be asking why they wanted a House scarf in Huffelpuff colours! :)
Next in the works are fingerless mitts, a hat and proper mittens. I’ll be sure to update when I get those in the works.
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I used to make these when I was a kid, I was suddenly struck with nostalgia and wanted to make them again. I took them to work to share and needless to say nostalgia is tasty!
EDIT: I originally posted 30 minutes for the melting… whoops! 30 seconds… not minutes… thanks for pointing that out! ^_^
Chocolate Cornflake Nests
100 g Milk Chocolate
2 tbsp Lyle’s golden syrup
1. Break up chocolate and place in a microwaveable bowl with the butter and syrup. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds bursts until melted.
2. Add cornflakes and stir until fully coated in chocolate.
3. Place 12 cupcake liners in a muffin tin and spoon mixture into cases. Decorate with mini eggs.
4. Place in fridge to set before eating.
I realize I haven’t updated since December so I figured I’d show off my most recent project.
A friend asked me to make them a house scarf from Harry Potter. She bought the wool and I said I’d make it. It’s my first time knitting a scarf on circular needles, it’s not that difficult and I’m loving the look of the stockinette stitch on both sides and it’s nice and thick too. Perfect for these Manitoba winters.
I’m about halfway done, another ball of yellow wool and this puppy will be ready to wear. Well, after all the threads are tucked and the ends are sewn… :)