Friday, July 4, 2014

Finished Object - Winter Sunrise Scarf by Tamara Kelly

I'm participating in another craft exchange.  I decided to try my hand at Moogly's Winter Sunrise Scarf; it's a scarf I've really wanted to try for a long time now but had no excuse.  I'm so thrilled at how beautiful it came out.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Finished Object: Children's Beret (6-12 months)

A few weeks back, I made a toddler-sized beret using this pattern. I followed the instructions and made a 6-12 months sized one with this gorgeous yarn my sister bought for me.  I don't have a model yet, so teddy got to wear it today.  I hope you like!  All items I make and post here and available for purchase; you simply need to contact me if interested in the specific item or a commissioned one.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Photo Tutorial = Double Pineapple Doily

Recently I have found that many vintage doily patterns only include written directions (no charts) and the written directions are often written very complicated.  I can't write out charts at all, but I thought I'd at least try my hand at doing a photo tutorial, taking notes of each row as I go along.

Today's photo tutorial is of the "Double Pineapple Doily."

**NOTE: I always begin every project that is "in the round" with a magic circle regardless of what the pattern calls for.**

I won't be including the actual written pattern, but any notes that I think might be helpful, so be sure to have the actual pattern pulled up as well as you work it.


ROUND 0 -- You can find a video tutorial here how to do a magic circle.

ROUND 1 -- Tighten your hanging end thread as you go.

ROUND 2 -- To avoid having to weave in this beginning thread-end, work it underneath the stitches in this round.  To work a DTR (double treble crochet), see this video.

ROUND 3 -- You can see a video tutorial on how to work a dc3tog here.  From here on out, these dc3tog will be called "cluster" stitches.






ROUND 9 -- The 9 TR form the beginning of your first round of pineapples.  From here on out, 2DC + CH3 + 2DC will be called a "shell" stitch.







ROUND 16 -- For the next few rounds, you will see I've edited the pictures because I wrote the wrong thing down.  It is fixed now.


ROUND 18 -- The lonely SC down at the bottom of this picture is the final stitch in this round of pineapples.



ROUND 21 -- TC and TR are the same thing; sorry for the confusion.




ROUND 25 -- TC and TR are the same thing; sorry for the confusion.











ROUND 36 -- For this round, you will need to complete what I have starred (*) in three places for each part of the final round.  There wasn't enough space to write it out each time, so I simplified it a little by giving it an asterisk instead.  Watch this video if you don't know how to do a CH 4 picot stitch.

The end!  Be sure to block your work however you do so.  Here's mine after I blocked it:

**If you have any questions or problems working this pattern, leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can.**

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Recipe: Homemade Asahi!

I had the genius idea the other day to make Yum Yum Sauce at home since I've been craving it for so long and don't know the area here enough to know where to order it.  As soon as I made it, though, I realized there was absolutely no way I was going to partake without a wonderful meal to go with it; the sauce was just too good.

When I visit my parents, I always make sure to hit up Asahi Express, a fast-food Japanese food place.  I always order the hibachi steak with no mushrooms, and it comes with rice and sweet carrots.  So, last night, I endeavored to make the entire meal at home so that I could eat the yum yum sauce, too.

I am no cook by any means.  I hate cooking because I feel like a failure at it.  I entirely expected this meal to bomb and for me to have to tweak it over and over and over until it was right.  Well, to our complete surprise, it was perfect.  It was sooooooooooo good.  It was even better than Asahi because it was home-cooked and clean.

And here is the recipe! It yields two servings.

>> Hibachi Steak

2 lbs flat iron steak, cut into cubes
3 Tbsp teryaki marinade
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 onion, diced
Some oil
*You can also add mushrooms to this list*

Place oil in a large pan and saute the onions until golden brown.  Add the cubed steak (and mushrooms if you added them to the recipe) and cook until desired doneness.  Remove from heat.  Add the teryaki sauce and soy sauce; mix well and let stand for a few minutes to marinade while everything else is cooking.

>> Sweet Carrots

1 pkg carrots (like 10-12 medium carrots)
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp butter

Skin and slice the carrots to desired thickness.  Boil in medium pot until almost soft.  Drain the water but leave about 1/4 cup.  Add the butter and sugar and continue to boil until carrots are soft or until all liquid is gone.

>> Yum Yum Sauce

2 tsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp melted butter
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
1 and 1/4 cups Hellman's mayo
1 tsp white sugar
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/4 cup water

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well blended.  Let chill in the fridge for a few hours. (If you taste it right after you combine the ingredients, it will taste a lot like mayo; it is important to let it sit in the fridge for a few hours first.)

**For the rice, I just bought a box of white minute rice and followed the directions on the box, but I added 1 Tbsp of butter after it was done.  Also, for all parts of this recipe, add salt/pepper to your liking.**

Total Cost: ~$15 (the steak itself was $12 for two pounds, so try to find it on sale)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Finished Object: Toddler Beret

I had some wonderfully soft pure merino softwash yarn that I wanted to use, so I found the neatest hat pattern: a toddler beret.  The pattern has two sizes: 6-12 months and 12-18 months.  With the merino being worsted weight, which is larger than what the pattern calls for, I used a slightly larger hook (4.00mm) and it came out to be around 18-24 months size, which is perfect for my little guy.

If you would like to purchase a hat in any of the three sizes, in the color of your choice, and in either acrylic or cotton, please comment to let me know or contact me via email (  I will probably be closing my Etsy store and doing informal purchases/sales through paypal only.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Double Pineapple Doily in Peacock

Last week, I finished this gorgeous double pineapple doily with Aunt Lydia's crochet thread (size 10) in peacock color.  The color is difficult for me to get over; I have a huge crush on it now.  My aunt wanted a doily between 14-16 inches, and so by using my smallest hook (1.30mm), I was able to get it to be 14.5 inches after blocking with an iron.  I do not have blocking mats, so I'm a little frustrated the points don't stand out as much as they should, but it still came out beautifully.

I'm in the process of completing this same doily in ecru for another relative.  The exciting part?  I'm creating a row-by-row picture tutorial for those who need a visual while crocheting, since the pattern can be a bit challenging.  I'll be posting it within the week.

And here is the peacock doily!