knitted scarf

remember the knitting kit i got as a gift? i was bored, so i knitted the scarf earlier this week:

the scarf is 10cm wide, 290cm long. it used up 3 x 50g balls of yarn (90% acrylic, 10% nylon). knitted with 8mm needles, the stitches are loose and the scarf is stretchy.

detail on the pattern:

cast on 14 stitches.
1st row: (right side), knit.
2nd row: purl 2, knit 2, repeat until end of row.
repeat last two rows until end.

this was very easy to make.


gift from friends

this weekend, my friends and i had peruvian food at puca puca. the food was delicious, the portion was generous, and the price was good.

for my birthday, my friends got me some crafty stuff:

i am pretty excited about the 'easy baking' book. i've already bookmarked a few recipes to try out.

as for the knitting supplies, i haven't decided what to make yet. i've no need for any new winter gear (scarf, mitten, tuque), so i think i'll save the yarn for some other project.

and of course, the hmv gift card will provide me with some new music.

apple bars

i still have apples left from the apple picking activity of over a month ago...

i tried another easy recipe:

a piece:

it's soft and slightly moist, the consistency of muffins.


pointy kitty

i had found this pointy kitty pattern a long time ago:
but i never had a reason to make it.

recently, my mom got a puppy. finally, i can make her a toy!

in my mom's fabric closet, i found some stretch velour, in beige colour. when cutting the pieces, i thought this fabric may be hard to work with. but when sewing, i realized that this fabric was a good choice: the stretch meant that i had some play when two pieces did not match up perfectly, and the fuzz of the velour hid my imperfect stitching.

since i do not have a sewing machine myself, i sewed the whole thing by hand. it was simple enough that it only took a couple of hours. i used some pink felt for the stripes. and since i was lazy, i left the kitty faceless.

it's so cute.

my dad is concerned that the fabric does not seem tough enough. the puppy will surely destroy the toy. but that's okay. it'll give me a reason to make more.


apple cupcakes with maple buttercream

another mix-and-bake experiment with apples.

i found a simple cupcake recipe:

i halved the cupcake recipe to make only a dozen. i didn't have any nutmeg, so i omitted it from the mix. i mixed everything by hand, so the butter+sugar mix was probably not as 'pale and fluffy' as it should have been. oh well.


i had to bake a bit longer than instructed; the bottom of the cupcakes had seemed undercooked when i first took them out of the oven.

before baking:

after baking:

i found a very simple maple buttercream recipe:

again, i halved the recipe since i doubted that i would need 2 cups of frosting. still, it ended up being too much for only 12 cupcakes. i had to use an electric mixer to get the right texture.

it was my first time trying to use a piping bag. i did a poor frosting job; it looks so sad:

the cupcakes turned out soft and moist, which i like. the buttercream was a bit too sweet for my taste, which is why i didn't load the cupcakes with too much of it. still edible though.


soft apple cinammon cookie

another food experiment with the apples.

this time, i tried to make soft apple cinammon cookies, following this recipe:

again, it was simple enough for me to make.

i had been a bit worried at first because the cookie dough didn't look too appetizing:

the cookies turned out alright:

detail shot:

yeah, they're kind of lumpy shaped, since i dropped them onto the cookie sheet without shaping.

the cookie are soft, with a bit of a spongy texture (like cake). they definitely taste better when re-heated. not too sweet, with enough cinammon. my mom's only complaint was that she could not taste any apples, even though i had used 6 small ones.


apple maple crumble pie

a couple of weeks ago, i went apple picking with my friends, and returned home with a 18lb bag of apples. i finally searched for some recipes and tried something yesterday.

since i've never really baked anything from scratch, i found this very simple recipe:

here's a piece that i cut out:


and it turned out pretty edible! at this stage, that's all i aim for.


convocation dress #2

for my second convocation, mom made my dress again. the pattern used was mccall 5881 view d.

we used some fabric that had been sitting in mom's sewing closet for years; she had gotten it for free from her boss. the zipper was also found in her closet. aside from the time spent on cutting the fabric pieces and sewing this together, the total cost of this dress was on the pattern, for only $7.

cropped action shot:

we added some thin straps, because a strapless dress is totally unsafe for me.

the pattern was designed in misses' sizes. since i am petite, i had shortened the hem, but did not think to place the slit higher as well. in the end, i had some difficulty walking in this dress, especially when i had to walk up the steps of some stairs.