Sunday, December 21, 2014

Deer Antlers - Free pattern

Good morning everyone!
Today's pattern comes with a little festive cheer. Last week my youngest, Miss M walked out from her room with... Well...  Like this!

Yes, she sticky taped antlers on her head. While I admire her creativity, sticky tape on ones head isn't ideal, especially when you have hair stuck in it. So in comes mamma with a promise to make some antlers, that don't involve taking your eyebrows off when you remove them! Could these have been a little neater? Sure! But you know what, we're not fussed about being super neat. Miss M LOVES her antlers and has proudly worn them every day since, I guess we'll call that a win hey! I hope your little ones enjoy these as much as mine do!

You will need
Worsted Weight yarn in 2 different browns (DK works just as well). (Use the lighter of the 2 for the ears)
4.5mm hook
Sewing needle

Main Antler Piece - Make 2
1: ch2, sc into 1st chain 6 times, place marker
2-14: sc in each stitch around (6)
15: 2sc in each front loop around (12) Finish off, leaving a long tail for sewing.

Smaller Piece - Make 2
1: ch2, sc in the first chain 5 times, place marker
2-5: sc in each stitch around (5)
6: hdc in the next stitch, dc in the next stitch, hdc in the next stitch
7: ch1, turn, repeat row 6. Finish off leaving a long tail for sewing to main antler. Attach to the antler pointing inwards.

Band Cover
1: ch2, sc in the first chain 6 times
2+ sc in each stitch around continually until the tube is 3 inches shorter then your headband. End off and slide over your headband. You should have 1.5 inches left on each end uncovered so it can tuck behind the ears easily. Weave in all ends.

Sew antlers onto the headband.

Ears - Make 2
1: ch2, sc 6 times into the 1st chain, join. (6)
2: ch2, *2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next*, repeat around (9)
3: ch2, *2hdc in the first stitch, hdc in the next 2 stitches*, repeat around (12)
4-5: ch2, hdc around, join.
End off leaving a long tail. Pinch the bottom of the ear in half and sew together before sewing onto the headband.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ariel Booties - Micro Preemie Keepsake

Good morning lovely people!
Today's pattern is a follow on from last week's jacket. A little pair of simple booties for 16 weeks. They may be more of a keepsake then a wearable, but as I say, it is nice to know the option is there to make something size appropriate. These tiny booties are barely an inch long, and very quick to make.

You will need
2mm hook
Fingering / 4 ply (I used Moda Vera Gelato)
2 small bows

1: ch8, hdc in the 2nd chain from hook, hdc in the next 5 chains, hdc 4 times in the last chain, do not turn, working on the opposite side of the stitches just made (using the same chains) hdc in all 6 stitches, join to the first hdc with a sl st. (16)

2: ch1, 2sc in the first stitch, sc in the next 6 stitches, 2sc in each of the next 3 stitches, sc in the next 6 stitches, join. (20)

3: ch1, sc in each stitch around, join. (20)

4: ch2, hdc in the first 6 stitches, dc2tg 4 times, hdc in the last 6 stitches, join. (16)

5: ch2, hdc in the first 6 stitches, dc2tg twice, hdc in the last 6 stitches, join. (14)

End off main colour. If desired sl st around opening loosely with a contrasting colour.

I added small bows to the top of the bootie with glue.

Monday, December 1, 2014

No Yeast Pizza Dough - Recipe Review

Good afternoon all!

Well today is a bit of a different post for me, but one I hope to make a regular on here.

See, I like to bake. I like to cook. I like filling my freezer with both! Im not terribly fantastic at it, but I am a regular mamma with a large family that need to eat. So I thought I'd share my kitchen adventures. The good, the bad, and the often ugly, because hey, not everyone can pipe out perfect icing!

Today I noticed I had a large lot of capsicum (red peppers) and onion. What to do, what to do! Mini pizza's, absolutely. Now I am all for quick and easy so I wanted to find a dough that didn't involve me having to rub in butter and that didn't mean waiting an hour for yeast to do its thing. A bit of searching online and I found THIS no yeast pizza dough recipe over on Sounded like a winner to me so off I went!

First up, this dough, it is OH so easy. Like seriously easy. You just throw all the ingredients at the bowl and mix it up. Simples! Now because I had a LOT of ingredients in the fridge to use up I ended up making 2 double batches of dough. Once made I pulled the dough into blobs that were roughly golf ball sized and then rolled them out to palm sized. I wasn't overly fussed about them being round, we're more for taste then presentation in this mamma house! The dough was enough to make 52 mini pizza's in total. Some of which Hubby and I ate quality controlled at a time that just happened to be around lunch.

I was very impressed with the dough. It cooked wonderfully, browned ever so slightly and tasted fantastic! A big win in my book, and something I will be adding to the make again list for sure! Once topped, the pizza's were baked in a 180c oven for 10 minutes each. Interested to know what I used for toppings? Well, here is a list!

Leftover chicken breast
Cheese (all the leftover "bits" from cheddar to smoked, it got grated and chucked on!)
Tomato pizza paste
BBQ pizza paste

The result? YUM. Super YUM!

I do think next time I make some I might shake it up a little by mixing some cheese and herbs into the dough itself to see how that goes, and as for toppings again it will likely be whatever is in the fridge that needs using. I don't have hopes of these lasting that long, the girls love adding them to their school lunches!