Once a trainer, always a trainer

I think my friend over from kemiggies got this title spot on… She took these pictures yesterday with her daughter and me messing around at “training”…

  
And I did it again today with my friend Nome: I just taught someone for the first time how to crochet! In 2 hours she managed to finish her first wrist warmer! It wasn’t super easy as she wanted some black wool (Drops Cloud in black), so it’s much harder to crochet with than any other colorful wool. Really amazing what she accomplished in such a short time and with that difficulty! Proud of her 🙂

While she was at it, I started another one in Drops Cloud in bordeaux and finished both of them before going out tonight 🙂

  
I did them longer than the last ones I did in petrol color, but not too much neither so I had this much wool left this time!! Spot on!

  
Hopefully on Sunday we’re finishing the second black wrist warmer and I might be able to share some pictures of my succesful new student 🙂

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Socks finished

I finished the colorful socks during last week.

  
Really nice mix of colors… But, … I don’t like them. I don’t like the pattern: the toe is, let’s be honest here, stupid. And the yarn is not pleasant for a sock. On top of this, the sewing is on the sole, so when you walk, it’s really not confortable.
I had to amend the toe so it doesn’t look that freaking ugly. I sew some pieces inside so it will have a proper shape, unfortunately it’s even less comfy.

  
End-result: I won’t wear these, and most likely I will unravel them in the future 😦 such a pity… Such a big disappointment… I don’t recommend this pattern at all.

Trying the gang…

Finally! I got the opportunity to buy some expensive wool from Wool and the gang. Reason: they made their delivery for free. Result: I bought 1 skein of “Jersey be good” and 1 skein of “Crazy sexy yarn” on Thursday, I received them Friday at lunch time, and by 7pm I had made already 2 beanies!

    
Both of the beanies are done using Jersey be good. I really like that yarn. It’s not made from wool but from textile, so I’m expecting it to resist much better than the usual wool beanies I do. Having done 2 beanies I still have quite some yarn from that one skein:

  
The beanies are done using circular needles size 9, then size 12. Bottom is done using K1, P1. 

This one is simply k1, p2 pattern with a few diminutions here and there:  

While this one was using the knit below and purl below stitches (of course I wanted to try a new stitch :)). It looks shorter but since the yarn is elastic and the stitch makes it even more elastic, the size is perfect 🙂

 
Review of the Jersey be good:

Characteristics: 500g (yup! Half a freaking kilo!), 2% elastane, 98% cotton. Hand wash, 30degrees, dry flat (being from jersey textile, I can’t believe you’re not allowed to use your washing machine).

The +: The yarn is elastic, which makes it really easy to knit by creating less tension. Your end result will remain elastic so in case you didn’t do the right size, you still have some margin. Pleasant to knit with. Can make 2 beanies (maybe 3) with one skein.

The -: the price… :/ 10€ for one skein. That’s freaking expensive from my point of view, even if it’s for 500g. I would buy it again only when they have a promotion either on the wool or on the shipping. The lack of information on the label: no gauge on the label, no needle size recommendation! Wtf… And no length as well. >_< If you want more info you need to go to their site, so you can find that the needle recommendation is 10mm to 15mm, and length is 99,5m, but still no gauge (I’m not a gauge freak, but I like to have this type of information available).

Results: a long negative paragraph, but I wouldn’t mind more of that wool… Luckily christmas is coming, right? 😉

Chocolate pie

Yesterday I did a chocolate pie, with a little twist: I added a fey chocolate chips. Results: freaking-delicious! Nom-nom!

Super simple recipe, and really fast to cook!

1 dough, 20cl of cream, 8cl of milk, 1 egg and 200g of chocolate + a few grams of chocolate chips. Cooked at 180 celcius degrees for 10 min and letting it in the oven for another 5 min when cooling down.

The results, a super strong chocolat taste. Some chips melted as expected, but some didn’t and that’s probably what did give to the pie a very strong chocolate  taste. 

 
Personally next time, I’ll add either a few pieces of pear … or… a small touch of sea salt! Yup! I bet it will be even better 🙂 but anyway, this was super good, I recommend it to any chocolate lover 😀

Congrats baby card

My ex had a baby recently and I did a few baby items for him (baby blue jacket and hat). I wanted to send a customized card to go with it. Finally yesterday, the inspiration struck me (after a crazy shopping frenzy where I bought many new stamps from My Paper World) and other things to toy around with my cards).

I went for a navy style as they live by the sea in south of France, which is very convenient for a baby boy theme 🙂

I had finished the background when I started to glue around the elements, and was happy with it.

  
I figured out that my stamping block was too small for some of the stamps, so instead of running back to the shop and spend more there. I got creative. I used the box from the stamps which is transparent… Worked ok. I wouldn’t over use that technique, but it’s good enough when you need a quick fix 🙂

  
I cut many items (I printed them and cut them with the Cricut machine, instead of doing the smaller cut version where I would have needed to glue tons of tiny layers).

I decided to do a large batch so I could reuse them for other occasions in the future.

  
But when I started to assemble everything, I didn’t count on touching by accident an ink pad with the side of the card… In a different color… So I figured I better add a few stamps from that color, which luckily was still matching the theme, but I couldn’t do a proper background anymore :/

  
Erhh! I was so frustrated! But I showed it around and people said it was ok. What do you think?

   
 

Lily bday bash, party decoration

Yesterday was Lily’s first bday, so I gave a hand to Big Mama to decorate the flat and top it up with a few muffins. She did a good job with the ballons decorations, check it out, it’s beautiful. I forgot to take a picture of the big one she did as well.

  
I overused my cricut so bad that my mat cracked wide opened. I managed to fix it though, so it did finish the job, but I’ll need to get some replacement (Errhhh! Again some expensive shipping, custom fees and lengthy delivery!) but look at what it can cut! Crazy intricate!

   
I used it even for the drawings:

 

I did two banners, reusing the negative from the first one. I simply designed some rounds and got the letters cut inside.

  
  
Mama working on the color pick:   

And getting excited about the bags:

 

She wanted some favors bags and tags. I used a template, just removed some pieces which were not needed and added the text on the banner. I got some help from a friend the day before to assemble these, and luckily as this took for eeevvveerr!

  
 

Big Mama bought some plushes, so we packed them in a way that their noses were popping out: 
Some magical muffin wands with the home made muffins…

  
And finally a few photo booth props to add some fun 🙂

   
 I made this card, still with the cricut. I doubled the birthday cut so it was really standing out (about six layers stacked on each others). I then tried my new stamp and did this enveloppe. I tried also my new Ranger markers. Quite liked the results 🙂