Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

A Ruffled Scarf for me!

 This yarn isn't the most fun to knit with, but it knits up quick and the end result is worth it. This is the fourth one I made, and finally one for me, yay!

What I learned is that knitting with circular needles helps as the yarn is just loops on a big ribbon and tends to slip off easily, but watching a friend knit one the other day at bible study, I learned an even better way to prevent slipping, larger needles.

I didn't end up using the needles pictured up top, I found some 12mm straight needles that did the trick quite well. Best of all no slipping and this meant I could start it yesterday at lunch and transport it home to finish up in the evening with no worry about losing stitches. This yarn always gets a bit wound up tight as you work with it, probably the only drawback that I can think of.

These make wonderful quick gifts for friends and family. I have another ball in pastel pinks/purples/yellow to knit next and this time I'm not dreading it as before I locked myself in my room and knit for as long as it took, probably a couple of hours or so.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Coloring Contest

Thanks to Nancy for the fun contest! I had a lot of fun coloring!

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Guilt Free Chocolate for Breakfast

 This is a must try recipe! It's so delicious!!! I whipped this batch up in no time, so easy. The egg white/sugar glaze gives the top a nice crunch while the inside remains nice and soft with ooey gooey chocolatey goodness.

The only thing I did different than the recipe calls for is to use mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. I already had a bag open in the fridge from another recipe so it just made sense. I really liked it as there was a lot of chocolate in every bite. I also didn't have any buttermilk so I did the old substitute by adding 1/2 Tbsp of lemon juice to it and let it sit for a few minutes.

The end result is a delicious scone that anyone would enjoy!

You can find the recipe here.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Wrapping Fun

 Here is a bit of fun I've had with my Christmas wrapping so far. Some of the gifts were really fun to accessorize. I finally mastered the pom pom. Turns out I wasn't giving it as short enough of a hair cut.
It's amazing what you can do with some Kraft paper and some dollar store items.

The top left one I thought was especially cute to put under the tree, I had some stamps at work that I thought made it look unique.

 Surprisingly you don't need a lot of extra things to decorate the parcel. I used leftover pom pom strings and ribbon to thread on the adornments using a darning needle, it worked great. Then I use the ribbons to tie them on, voila, so easy.

This makes wrapping less of a chore and more of a craft to enjoy.
 A paper doily, some ribbon and a bow, too easy.
 This little gift is for my niece and nephew with a bouquet of lollipops!
 This one is really simple, purple tissue paper, pink yarn and a pink pom pom. For my niece who like me, has a birthday very close to Christmas.