Monthly Archives: April 2013

My new blue scarf

Blue Scarf (Copy)There is some irony about the scarf that I have just finished today…..That being that I only decided to use this particular wool because I’d bought a ball of it to make some booties, but hadn’t gotten around to that.  So I thought to myself, I’ll buy some more and make a scarf for myself.  The pattern said it would take 5 balls, so off I went and bought another 4 balls.  Well, I’ve just finished the pattern and it took 4 balls plus about 3 metres of the 5th ball, so I feel like I’m back to square one…..a random ball of light blue 4 ply merino wool.

Maybe I’ll have to make those booties after all……

If you want to try making the scarf yourself, you can find the free pattern here.

Cute Little Lemon Biscuits

Lemon Biscuits 1

When I saw this recipe, I couldn’t resist giving it a go for my ‘contra’ deal I’ve got going in the office in exchange for farm free range eggs.  They also fitted the bill in regards to size as these are to feed young children who of course can’t work their way through a large biscuit.  I made them into little backward “s” shapes, but I think you could experiment a little with that.

Lemon Biscuits

Ingredients

100gm softened butter
125gm caster sugar
Zest from one Lemon
4 T Lemon juice
1 large egg, lightly beaten
350gm plain flour
1 t baking powder
1 T milk
Icing Sugar for dusting

Method

Preheat oven to 170oC/375oF.  Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.  Beat the butter, sugar and lemon rind together until light and fluffy.  Alternatively add the egg and lemon juice to the mixture, beating well between each addition.  Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well.  Add the milk to form a smooth dough.

Lemon Biscuits 2Turn the dough onto a flour work surface and divide into 40 pieces.  Roll each piece into a small sausage (about 10cm/4” long), then form into a S-shape and place on the baking trays.  Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until starting to turn golden brown on the edges.  Leave to cool on a wire rack, then dust with sifted icing sugar.

Double Raised Flower Granny Square Pattern

Flower 3.9I’ve been continuing to chip away at making Granny Squares for the blanket I’m making, which has a raised flower on every second square.  Over the years I have experiments with many different varieties of flowers in my glass work, and wanted to see what I could come up with in wool.  Every medium has it’s advantages, and it’s limitations so it’s a fun challenge.  After making some ‘simple’ flowers, I wanted to step it up a bit.  Below is the pattern for the flower which has two off-set rounds of petals.  For this Granny Square, I made the flower first, then added the final three rows to transform it from a round to a square.  You can see my post on how to make a raised flower on how to do this.

If you want to download a printable version of this pattern, here is the PDF: Double Raised Flower Granny Square Pattern

Double Raised Flower Granny Square Pattern

MATERIALS
5 coloured yarns.  (Colour 5 is the colour that the flower will be)

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg
= Beginning.
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Rep = Repeat.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Sc = Single crochet.
Sl st = Slip stitch.
Sp(s) = Space(s).
St(s) = Stitch(es).

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Ch 2 at beg of rnd counts as dc.

Round 1: (Colour 1) Start with a magic ring, Ch 2, 11 dc in ring. Pull ring tight, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch and finish off.

Round 2: (Colour 2) Join. Ch. 2, 1 dc, 1 ch, (2 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Round 3: (Colour 3) Join. Ch. 2, 2 dc, 1 ch, (3 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Flower

Round 4: (Colour 5) Attach yarn to last st of a 3 dc group on round 3.  *Ch 3, sl st to last stitch of next 3 dc group, ch 3.  Repeat from * 11 times.  Sl st to beg.

Round 4

Round 5: Ch 2.  Sl st to first stitch of next 3 dc group. *Ch 3, sl st to first stitch of next 3 dc group, ch 3.  Repeat from * 11 times.  Sl st to beg.

Round 5

Round 6: Ch 2 Working on round 4 row, *sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * 11 times.  Sl st to beg.

Round 7: Ch 2 Working on round 5 row, *sc, hdc, 3 dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * 11 times.  Sl st to beg and finish off.

Round 6

Flower 3.9

Raised Flower on Granny Square #2

Flower 2.9

I have been busy beavering away making a granny square blanket, and after making several Granny Squares using my first raised flower pattern (see Raised Flower on Granny Square #1) I began to experiment with new flowers.  This pattern has twice as many ‘petals’ and allows the fourth colour of the square show through.

If you want to download a printable version of this pattern, here is the PDF: Raised Flower on Granny Square Pattern 2

Raised Flower for Granny Square 2

MATERIALS
6 coloured yarns.  (Colour 5 is the colour that will be the colour that you will sew all of the squares together with. Colour 6 is the colour that the flower will be)

ABBREVIATIONS
Beg
= Beginning.
Ch = Chain.
Dc = Double crochet.
Rep = Repeat.
Rnd(s) = Round(s).
Sc = Single crochet.
Sl st = Slip stitch.
Sp(s) = Space(s).
St(s) = Stitch(es).

INSTRUCTIONS
Note: Ch 2 at beg of rnd counts as dc.

Round 1: (Colour 1) Start with a magic ring, Ch 2, 11 dc in ring. Pull ring tight, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch and finish off.

Round 2: (Colour 2) Join. Ch. 2, 1 dc, 1 ch, (2 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Round 3: (Colour 3) Join. Ch. 2, 2 dc, 1 ch, (3 dc, 1 ch) 11 times, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch from foundation loop. Finish off.

Flower 2.1

Flower

Round 4: (Colour 6) Attach yarn to first st of a 3 dc group on round 3.  *Ch 3, sl st to last stitch of same 3 dc group, ch 3, st st to first stitch of next 3 dc.  Repeat from * 11 times.  Sl st to beg.

Round 4

Round 5: *sc, hdc, 1 dc, hdc, sc, repeat from * 23 times.  Sl st to beg and finish off.

Round 6: (Colour 4)  Join to back of flower.Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 3 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 hdc in next sp, rep from * 1 more time, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 3 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 hdc in next sp, rep from ** 1 more time 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. (Do not finish off colour).

Round 6

Round 7: (Colour 4) Work 2 sl sts so that your crochet hook is adjacent to the sp formed by the closest set of chain sts in the corner. Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 2 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from * 2 more times, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from ** 2 more times 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

Round 8: (Colour 5) Join in a corner. Ch 2, work corner (2 dc in sp, 2 ch, 3 dc) in same sp, *1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from * 3 more times, 1 ch, work corner (3 dc, 2 ch, 3 dc); rep from * two more times, **1 ch, 3 dc in next sp, rep from ** 3 more times 1 ch, sl st to join to the 2nd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

Round 7