Thursday, 14 November 2013

Pinterest finds

… where I found that not everything on Pinterest is worth trying.

Juliette was on ‘snacks duty’ a few weeks ago.  The school’s guideline are simple: healthy snacks, no doughnuts.

Last time, she was on snacks duty, we bake some oat meal and chocolate chips cookies – after discussion with her class mates, they were approved as healthy.

So we made these: Inside out caramel apple.

Well, it looks good on the screen, but the result was somehow disappointing.  I don’t know whether that was the caramel that went wrong, the sprinkles Juliette wanted to add or just me no following the recipe properly… but the result was not good… almost bad :-(

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According to Juliette, most of the apples went to the bin.

So this week, I played safe and baked one of our trusted cupcake recipe: Banana and chocolate chips cupcakes.  Juliette argued that they might no be healthy, so I made the calculation and one bit size cupcake is worth 70 calories, far less than the plain bagels (390 calories) that the class had earlier this week.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Yarn snob or connoisseur

I think I’m turning into a yarn snob :-)

When I started knitting, I was very happy, taken with ‘branded’ yarns.  Sublime, Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Bergère de France… I knew what to expect.  I made quite a few successful baby knits with Sublime and Debbie Bliss.

But with time, I started experimenting with new treasures:

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  • Metalico by Blue Sky Alpacas: 50% baby alpaca, 50% silk, it is soooo soft, soooo light.  Give me winter so I can wear my scarf.
  • Scrumptious (4 ply and Aran) by Fyberspates: I’ll show you soon what I have done with the Aran. The 4ply went into a shawl/scarf with autumn (fall!) colour.
  • Madelinetosh: Effortless was my first project with Madelintosh yarn, a dream to knit, but the fabric loosen up a bit to much after blocking.
  • Soyeuse by La Droguerie: it is probably as soft as the Metalico, I’m in love with the colour somewhere between teal and blue Tiffany. Another nice little shawl.
  • Nordique by St Denis: I knitted Juneberry.  The yarn is a bit dry and therefore the pattern shows very clearly and it blocked well.  I just wish I had made it larger.
  • Luxury DK from Shilasdair: I bought 2 skeins of this warm variegated red and use only one for this test knit: Leaves on the line. The pattern initially called for fingering, but I think that the shawl has a nice hanging in DK, and the nuances are very subtle.
  • Heritage Silk Paints from Cascade Yarns: that’s my latest acquisition.  Another variegated yarn from night blue to peacock blue, 85% Merino, 15% Silk.  I’m planning on making a stole with beads, maybe this Magic Carpet Ride.
  • and then, I have some more Madelintosh and Oxford Kitchen Yarns. So far, with not other purpose than being stroked and enjoyed for their colour.

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