Saturday, February 28, 2009

SOTW : I'm On A Boat

Song of the Week: I'm On A Boat by The Lonely Island.

Yes, I went there. I found this hilarious, maybe because I know a few boat owners who think the fact they have a boat/ride boats makes them elite. Sure, it does...Warning: this song has a lot of cursing.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Clap On, Clap Off!

First of all, as you may have noticed, this blog is currently being overhauled. 'Avelle got a little tired of that green dress she's been wearing. And I never even got to finish her winter outfit.. Whoops. Anyway, she decided it was high time for something frilly, blue, and a basketful of yarn. Who am I to say no to my favourite creation?

Frafavelle, Spring 2009

Anyway, the blog will stay up throughout all the changes. I'm sure I'll finish soon...eventually...maybe.

Speaking of creating, I've been knitting up a storm. I decided it was high time I try something a little bit challenging; I'm a much better crocheter than knitter and I got stuck in that comfort zone. After successfully finishing my Garter Stitch Mitt, I decided it was time to get clapping.

Yes, yes, I started a clapotis. 9000+ Ravelry projects can't be wrong, right? Plus I had four skeins of MMMalabrigo just begging to be used for something new. So far so good. I haven't been confused or frustrated yet. The colourway is Water Green:

Malabrigo Worsted

It reminds me of cotton candy. Mmm tasty...I just want to lick the screen...Oh dear, what was I talking about? Oh yes, knitting. After the clap, I'm thinking I'll tackle a lace project. We'll see. In the meantime, I'll post pictures of the mitt and the Clapotis as soon as I charge the camera batteries.

♥ Jess

Saturday, February 21, 2009

SOTW: Use Somebody + Bottom of the Ocean

I'm posting the SOTW late this week so I'm adding a bonus track. I've been listening to these two songs quite a bit the past couple of days.

#1: Use Somebody by Kings of Leon

#2: Bottom of the Ocean by Nico Stai

Friday, February 13, 2009

Lasagna, Spinach Salad, and Chocolate Cake

I know I haven't posted food pictures lately so here are two quick ones to tide my readers over.

Lasagna and Spinach Salad

Lasagna made with provolone instead of mozzarella. This was a huge hit. I served it with baby spinach tossed with feta cheese and dijon vinaigrette.

Chocolate Twist Cake

Kyle made this amazing chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting and fudge sauce. It was, hands down, the best cake I've ever had.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

SOTW : All These Things I Hate

This week's pick is: All These Things I Hate by Bullets For My Valentine

Winged Hair Kerchief Pattern

Winged Hair Kerchief

I'm reposting this and publishing the pattern on Ravelry. This is a very simple crocheted hair kerchief done in a half-granny motif with decorative edging. You can use any size yarn and any hook: just keep up the pattern repeat until it's the desired size.

Copyright: This pattern is owned by me. You cannot sell it. Selling of finished kerchief online is also prohibited as I make and sell these as part of my livelihood. Thanks.

Yarn used:
Sugar and Cream Cotton Yarn

Hook size:
K (6.5mm hook)

Not Important

Stitches used:
Chain (ch)
Single Crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Bullion (B): y/o 9 times, insert hook into stitch, draw loop through stitch. You now have ten loops on the hook. Y/o again and draw loops through the previous ten.


3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc in one space.

Start (Row 1):
Ch 6. 2 dc in third ch (ch3 counts as first dc). Ch 1, skip second ch and 3 dc into first ch. Turn.

Row 2:
Ch 3. 2 dc in next dc. Ch 1 and shell in ch1 space from previous row. Ch 1, 3 dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 3:
Ch 3. 2 dc in next dc. *Ch 1, 3 dc into next ch 1 space, ch 1*. Shell in shell. Repeat from * to * once. 3 dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 4:
Ch 3. 2 dc in next dc. *Ch 1, 3 dc in next ch 1 space,* Repeat from * to *. Shell in shell. Repeat from * to * twice. 3 dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 5 – 12 (or desired size):
Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc. *Ch 1, 3 dc in spaces, ch 1* Repeat * to * until point. Shell in Shell. Repeat from * to * until last space. 3 dc in last dc. Turn.

[At this point you can add or decrease the number of rows to ensure a proper fit. Keep in mind that the edging adds about an inch and a half.]


Row 1:

Ch 3. 2 dc in next dc. *Ch 1, dc-b-dc in space, ch 1.*

Repeat * to * until point. Shell in shell.

Repeat from * to * until last space. 3 dc in last dc. Turn.

Row 2

Ch 3, 2 dc in next dc. *Ch 1, shell in next space, ch 1*

Repeat * to * until point. Shell in shell.

Repeat from * to * until last space. 3 dc in last dc. Do not turn. Instead, sc down long edge of kerchief, fasten off and weave in ends.


Join yarn in one corner and ch about 40 (or however long you’d like your straps to be). Sc in second chain from hook and continue across. Fasten off at corner and weave in end. Repeat on other side.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

SOTW: Anne

I'm really not sure what days I should do this on. Maybe I'll do it on Fridays from now on. Maybe Monday makes more sense though...ahh whatever.

This week's pick is: Anne by Santogold

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Colour With A "U"

My room is a mess. I mean, really, A MESS, caps needed. I decided it was high time to catalog my yarn and craft supplies. Why is it that the biggest messes always seem to be in the name of organization?

The Messy State of My Existence...

Mabel Scarf

Putting my yarn into bags

The good news is that I got rid of three garbage bags full of junk I didn't want nor need. That clears up a lot of space for new craft supplies. *rubs hands together evilly*

In other home decor news, we're painting one of the bathrooms with a whole new colour scheme. Right now my mom's bathroom is pink and she hates it. I picked that colour, yes, but I picked it on her suggestion that pink would make a great choice. This time she chose a beige, blue and brown combination and already bought the new bathroom linens. I've chosen the colours based on the curtain. These aren't the exact colours but you get the idea.

I'll post pictures of the bathroom when it's done, I'm sure. In the meantime, I'm going to be adding a ravelry widget to this blog soon. If you're on Ravelry, add me as a friend.

Until next time,
♥ Jess