New Pattern: Sunnyside Cowl

Sunnyside CowlI have designed this pattern for my daughter who loves to wear it. If you know teenagers, this is a big compliment. She picked the colours, of course. The stitch pattern is Half-Patent, which is very easy to knit and produces a very stretchy and warm fabric.

The yarn I have used is a very soft Merino Silk blend in Dk weight. It is a single-ply yarn.

You can get the pattern in my Etsy shop.

Baby Outfit

Baby Kimono

A friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to make something special for her. It has been a long time since I made something for a baby and I had a lot of fun looking for different patterns on Ravelry. I picked this pattern, because it is easy to put on. There are no buttons in the way when the baby is lying on his or her tummy. I like that it has no collar and it is a pretty design for a boy.

I took so long to make up my mind, that I almost ran out of time. The baby is due in 2 weeks. I knit fast, but I don’t have much time for it, so I decided to make it my top priority. After my surgery almost 4 years ago I still have difficulties with my arm especially when knitting for more than half an hour, but when I knit in a chair with an armrest it is much better. While I knit I watched season 4 of Downton Abbey and after that The Paradise on Netflix. I quite enjoyed it.

The yarn is a DK weight 100% Superwash Merino that I have dyed in a deep indigo blue. The intarsia pattern is a Japenese quilt pattern called “Parent and Child”, so I wanted the yarn to have the colour of traditionally dyed indigo fabric. The yarn knit up beautifully and is very soft. It actually feels like cotton.

The cardigan would have looked nice with square white buttons, but I think round buttons are easier to fasten on a squirming baby. There is also a matching hat and booties.

Baby HatThe pattern is from OGE Knitwear designs and is called Baby Kimono Top. You can find it on Ravelry.

Mushroom Cake

© Tim
© Tim

My son is a passionate photographer. He has a great eye for details that others miss. I love his work. Last fall he developed a passion for photographing mushrooms. It rains so much here that we get a great selection of them. As his birthday came up he asked me for a mushroom cake.

Many years ago I had decorated a cake with meringue mushrooms. I was surprised he even remembered. I could not even remember how I had made them. After some research I settled on this recipe from the Food Network.

Meringue Mashrooms

The cake is a vanilla hazelnut cake with a banana and vanilla butter-cream filling covered in chocolate. It was delicious.

Mushroom Cake

Minecraft Creeper Gloves

Creeper Gloves

I made these fingerless gloves for my 14 y/o daughter as a special request. She is now going to tell you more about it as my guest blogger:

First of all, I’m a huge lover of minecraft. I’ve been playing it for several years now, and I recently decided to look up minecraft on the internet. There I found a picture of some creeper gloves. A creeper is a green monster in the game that blows up people. I liked them and wanted them, though I had no clue how to get them. So I showed them to my mom, and she simply stated that she would make them for me. Thus started the process of dyeing the wool the correct color, and constantly referencing the internet for pictures. After a few days my gloves were complete. It didn’t take long to make them, and the product was warm and comfortable. Perfect for the coming winter.

~satisfied customer

I am glad that I was able to make her something that she likes. Due to the thick yarn they were a very quick knit. I knit them in the round, changed to knitting flat during the intarsia part. In the end I had a small seam to stitch close on the side of the hand.
Creeper Gloves 2

Specs:

Pattern: My own

Yarn: hand dyed Aran weight merino yarn

Here is the chart for the creeper face:

CreeperChart