I decided to give the needlepoint iphone case I made away as a gift, and since the person I am giving it to loves little knitted things, I decided to make a small bag to put the case inside instead of using wrapping paper.
The pattern is available for free here. It is meant to be a make-up bag, but I adjusted the pattern to make it fit an iphone snuggly by taking away the edges of the pattern, thereby decreasing the width by 6 rows. I used Noro Kureyon rainbow yarn, which my Aunt gave me, on size 7 needles. It took less than 1 skein. I made the handle using an icord.
I fist saw the pattern on Ravlery, and you can see my Ravelry post about it here. I really love some of the other projects Ravelry users put up for the make-up bag. Here is one of my favorites:
The knitter used a used a Fair Isle Knitting and size 3 needles. What a great idea!
I hope to make a smaller version of this bag with a cotton based yarn to use as little gift bags. They would be great for putting a gift card inside. Here is an example of a Ravelry user's work with a cotton yarn.
I read about Rachel Khoo a few years ago and have been dying to go to her in home restaurant -- but alas it is now closed. You can read more about her at her website.
I modified her recipe, found here, for American measurements, and to make it a bit easier. I left out the rasberries and lemon curd, because I didn't have the right ingredients on hand, but I hope to try it soon.
Lemon Honey Madeleines - makes 18 cookies
What you need:
- 3/4 c. unsalted butter
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 1/2 c. sugar
- 1.5 tbsp. honey
- 1 tspn. vanilla
- 3 tbsp. milk (I used half-and-half bc I had it on hand)
- 3/4 c. flour
- 1 tspn. baking soda
-1/8 tspn. salt
What you do:
1. Melt the butter and let cool.
2. Beat the eggs with the sugar until pale and frothy.
3. Mix the flour with the baking powder and salt in a separate bowl. Add the lemon zest.
4. Mix the honey, vanilla, and milk with the cooled butter, then add to the egg mixture.
5. In two batches, fold in the flour.
6. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours, or overnight.
7. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven 350F.
8. Heavily butter and flour a 12-shell madeleine tin.
9. Fill the tin with the batter so that each mold is almost filled to the top (you may want to use a pipping bag).
10. Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until the cookies are golden brown on top.
11. Transfer to a cooling rack.
I'm thinking of adding lavender to my next batch, or maybe creating a salted caramel version!
So I finished the first round of the pattern for my needlepoint iphone case from Connect Design.
I made a few mistakes, and the thread the kit came with ran out about halfway through, so I had to switch to a thread of a slightly darker hue (notice the color change). All in all though, I'm happy with how it turned out.
Now I have to decide if I want to fill in the blank spaces with cross-stitch of a contrast color. I'm kind of leaning against it, because I don't want there to be too much thread on the back of the case so that it doesn't fit the phone properly.
Here is the pattern from Connect Design I used (different colors, of course):
Since I really enjoyed this cross-stitch project, I started looking at patterns online. I found this Downton Abbey inspired pattern from the Etsy shop The Cottage Nest. BTW check out my new "watching now" tab on the right hand sidebar of this blog to see my current tv obsession. Right now it is Downton Abbey Season 2.
Here is another Downton pattern from the Esty shop Book Pilgrim. It made me laugh...
Finding the perfect gift is both a talent and an art. In this blog post I wanted to share a birthday gift I recently made: A Birthday Party in a Box. I got the idea from the blog You Are My Fav. It is a great present to send to a long-distance friend. You can customize the contents with whatever party items you think s/he will enjoy. Here is the one I made:
I bought all of the party contents at iParty, except for the box itself, which is an old lettuce container I washed out. The sign reads: Birthday Party in a Box! Just add friends. The total cost for the party contents was under $15.
- Blank business card that I turned into a mini invitation
- Blue crate paper
- Noise makers
- Confetti popper
- Solo cups
- Electronic candles
- Happy Birthday banner
- Beaded necklaces
I packaged it with a homemade card and the real gift (custom stationary from the Etsy shop Honizukle Press, which turned out wonderful!) on top.
Thank you You Are My Fav for this great idea. I look forward to putting together some other themed boxes.
This spring inspired, hand knit tea cosy makes a great gift for Mother's Day! It snuggly fits a small, 2 cup teapot. Measures 5 inches wide and 5 inches tall (height excludes non-functioning top and bottom roll). Made of Cascade 220 100% wool.
While bright colors have been the dominate trend this season, the color "rose" is one of my favorite spring hues. It is a nice transition into the warmer weather, and it looks great on us pale folks who are not ready to pull off bright reds and pinks.
This is a sweater my dad bought for me from j. crew a few years ago before my first internship. I still love the color and wear it with grays and whites.
Below are a pair of loafers I bought last summer, also from j. crew. I love the mix of the pastel shoes with the bright, red nails.
Another trend I'm loving this season is rose gold. This rose gold ring from Gabriela Artigas would be great for stacking.
And when I'm super rich, I'm going to buy myself a rose gold Rolex.
Another rose trend for spring, is rose in foods and drinks. Today I had a delicious rose flavored fro-yo from Berryline near the Porter Square T stop. If you are in the Boston area, you must try this!
It is slow going but definitely getting much easier. I hope to fill in the pattern with a light blue, though right now I am enjoying this bubble gum pink. It is a color I saw in flowers throughout the Boston Public Garden today.
Pink and green is such a beautiful color combination. I need to start wearing it!
I unfortunately didn't take any pictures of my meal because my boyfriend and I gobbled it up so fast, but this is what it looked like. (Really it did!)
When I made this meal before, I served it with french bread or rice, but this time I made popovers. I had never made them before, but they were super easy and delicious! Luckily for me, my roommate has great popover cups that are stick-proof. I just used a recipe from All Recipes. It had gotten a bunch of positive reviews, which I've found to be a reliable way to judge recipes online.
We finished the meal with some chocolate covered orange rinds my boyfriend brought back from Paris when he visited a few weeks ago. If you find yourself over there be sure to pick some up at Un Dimanche à Paris: Le Concept-Store tout Chocolat, located at 4-6-8 Cour du Commerce Saint André - Paris 6ème.