Thursday, May 31, 2012

Knitting away

Before you ask, no.....I haven't sewn in the ends or chosen buttons for the purple sweater yet. But - I have finished the blanket (pics to follow soon-ish) and cast on two more projects.
Here they are:

1. Bobble Edged Shrug by Debbie Bliss

Knitting this out of Rialto Lace in this beautiful creamy white colour. I just wanted something pretty to knit (and hopefully finish so I can wear it). Maternity clothes just don't make a girl feel pretty.

2. Beyond Puerperium (again - this is really becoming my go-to baby sweater of choice. It is really a quick knit that's easy and looks great)
Knitting this in some EcoBaby cotton for a girlfriend that just had the most adorable baby boy. This will be done before the shrug. It is nice to take a break from pattern reading/counting/bobbling.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A New Favourite

When I was pregnant with Gage, I craved and ate Captain Crunch cereal and nectarines (not together) like they were going out of style. With this pregnancy, in the earlier months it was anything citrus and as cliche as it sounds, pickles. During the last 2 months however, I've been craving carbonated, sugary, beverages, with COKE being at the top of the list. I've always been a Coke drinker, as that is my drink of choice during social outings (I'm not one for alcohol) but my desire for it has increased ten fold. The problem with this, is that drinking a lot of Coke, as I'm sure you're aware, is consuming quite a bit of sugar and caffeine. Plus, it was giving me heartburn. BUT, my craving was (is) still here so I needed to come up with a different solution.
Hence my new favourite carbonated beverage (okay, it's not really my favourite as nothing will ever top Coke, but it's good enough).
Vanilla Soda.

It's so simple yet so delicious, and the best part is that you can control the amount of vanilla syrup you put in so it can be as sweet or not so sweet - whatever floats your boat.

You need:
Can of club soda
Ice Cubes (don't get me started on my craving for crushed ice)
1/3 cup (or less, or more) of vanilla syrup

Mix all together and enjoy!

Vanilla Syrup:
  1. Add 2 cups of granulated sugar to 2 cups of water in a saucepan
  2. While constantly stirring, heat mixture over medium/low heat until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear
  3. Remove from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, give it a quick stir to incorporate the vanilla
  4. Pour into the container of your choice (I use mason jars), let cool and then enjoy!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

On My Needles

Here's what I've been up to lately.

This is another Beyond Puerperium cardigan - knit with Sirdar Baby Bamboo in this awesome purple. Super easy knit. You can find the pattern on Ravelry. As you can see, I still have to weave in ends, block and add buttons. I don't know about you, but I have the hardest time deciding on buttons...

This is a chevron baby blanket. You can find it here. After the pink, there will be white and then two different blues. The yarn is held doubled so it's thick, warm and a quick knit. 

What's on your needles?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mother's Day 2012

To all you fabulous mothers out there, I hope you were celebrated yesterday. I had a wonderful day full of family, love and laughter. I was also gifted a new gadget that I've had my eye on. I'm going to try it out today.
Sorry for the fuzzy iTouch photo, it's the only working camera in the house...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Homemade 'OREO' type cookies

This is the second recipe that I've tried out of The Homemade Pantry. The cookies were easy to make and the filling is nice. Not too sweet, like the store bought kind, but nice.
I'll be making more of these in the near future as they won't last long here. Mmmmmmmmm.