Saturday, June 17, 2006

Crochet Reversible Rug

I have finally finished my reversible rug! It was basically completed last winter, except for all the fiddly ends, which I found the patience to tuck in over the last few days. It looks great (if I do say so myself). I'm really pleased with it and love the tones of the red and orange.

It's a very heavy rug, with about 1.2kg of wool in it. It was not supposed to be so heavy, but I'm a tight crocheter and probably should have used a size 5 or 6 hook, rather than the recommended size 4.

As you can see from the photos, the rug look red on one side and orange on the other - thus 'reversible'. My gram made one in black and white, which shows off the effect much more clearly, but I like the subtley of the colours I used.

This is a close up of the red side.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Crochet cuffs

These were my craze for summer.

Cotton crocheted cuffs with vintage buttons. I lerv them. I'm into winter woolies again now - beanies mostly, but about to start on a cool afghan rug. No photos of beanies just yet. Hubby has been OS with camera and just returned with it today (possibly busted) - we'll see....

Saturday, June 10, 2006


I'm starting to make a name for myself in my social circle as the cupcake girl. I have been the giant chocolate cake girl for a while, and also the chocolate malt brownie girl. Now I'm into cupcakes. It's quite an established repertiore really. Friends have quite a selection to choose from when asking me to bake something for a party...I've already chosen what I'm going to make bottom cupcakes. They combine 3 or my favourite things. Chocolate cake, cupcake and cheesecake. Perfect! I found a recipe online yesterday. I just don't know when I'll get a chance to make them. I'll be at M&D's this weekend. Maybe I can cook them there....

Here's a photo of some cupcakes I made for K's babyshower.

Cupcake Recipe (Butter Cake)

125g butter

1 tsp vanilla essence

3/4 cup castor sugar (fine sugar)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup milk

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs one at a time. stir in half the sifted flour and milk, then fold the rest through. 180 degrees pre-heated oven. Increase to 190 if you want your cakes to be 'peaked'. Bake for 15 minutes or so. I usually make 12 muffin size cakes from this.

Icing: I use 60g cream cheese, 30g butter and a cup of icing sugar. Mix together and add a couple of drops of food colouring if you like.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Leadlighting Project

If I'm going to do anything with this blog, I'd like to be able to show off some of my crafty projects. A few months ago now I did another leadlight course at the community college. The last one I did was over 2 years ago, so I'd forgotten most of what I'd learnt. Here are the 2 new windows I made. They still need puttying, cleaning and polishing. I will do it soon! Then my FIL can put them up for us!

This one is for above our front door:

This one matches our bedroom and is for the fanlight in the spare bedroom: