Thursday, August 26, 2010

My Creative Space: Slippers and socks

Here's what I've been working on this week: knitted footwear for both men and women. It'll soon be the season for warm slippers and socks around here, alas.

knitted slippers in yellow and dark grey or gray

Want to see the creative spaces of others? Head on over to Kootoyoo's blog for a look!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tiny Dragons - The 4th Batch

The 4th batch of five tiny dragons is ready for introductions. From the left to the right:

#16. Crimson - red and dark red
#17. Cindy - light purple and beige
#18. Cyril - light blue and purple
#19. Cecil - turquoise and dark green
#20. Celia - light green and grey

Here's how it works: Every now and then I make a batch of 5 dragons. Each dragon will have a unique set of colours and they will get a signed hatching certificate with their name, number and date.

When they're ready to list, I post an introduction on this blog like the one above. During the following few days, I'll list them in numerical order in my Etsy shop. Should you happen to spot one you must have, let me know and I can reserve it for you.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Solving a Fruit Fly Problem

A few days ago I discovered that a cloud of fruit flies had appeared in the fruit bowl.

Ack! Ick! Yuck! What to do?!

Fortunately, I have suitable minions, also known as Drosera capensis or the Bane of Fruit Flies. They were more than happy to help me set a devious trap for the flies.

drosera capensis cape sundew protecting fruit bowl
Muahaha. Feast, my pretties!

(Aaaaaand considering the topic of this post, I just have to link to this animation again.)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

New Creations for Fall - Scarves

The first new designs for fall/winter 2010 are now available in my shoppe!

There's a simple idea behind this design. I like wearing shawls as scarves, but often they aren't ideal for the job. The shawl might be too short to properly go around my neck. Or if it's long enough, it's also too big and bulky for comfortable wear.

Designed to combine the best qualities of a scarf and a shawl, my triangular scarves or mini shawls can be used as both - layered around the neck or keeping the shoulders and upper arms warm on chilly nights. The main body of the scarf is knitted in a pattern that looks beautiful on both sides - I love the effect, to be honest. I decorated the edges with cables, my favourite thing to knit.

I've made a number of these now, each a different colour. I also used several kinds of materials and made small changes to the pattern for many of them, making each a little different from the others. They will gradually show up in this section of my Etsy shop.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roses are red... and pink!

During the two brief vacations I've taken this summer, we went to visit my parents up north. As usual, I spent as much time as possible in their garden together with my mother - digging, planting, weeding and just enjoying the pretty views. I thought I'd share!

pink rose sommerwind This little beauty is called 'Sommerwind'. I love those kinda scalloped petals, they give the rose such a lovely, romantic look.

red rose and dahlia The reds on this rose and dahlia are so vibrant!

raspberries There's plenty of red raspberries too, as well as strawberries, redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries. Yum!

a pink rose Another pink beauty.

pink and cream lilies These lilies were planted a couple years ago and some of them we got as "surprises" - we had no idea what colours they would be. Due to a lily-eating meanie, this is the first year we actually saw them. They turned out to be rather fantastic surprises. =)

Saturday, August 07, 2010

A recipe tip: Ratatouille Pie

In our household, Mr Morrgan is usually the chef. He enjoys it and is much more imaginative in the kitchen than I am, so having him do most of the cooking was a natural choice. Baking is more my thing.

chopped vegetables zucchini capsicum garlic leek However, since I've lately spent more time at home than he has, it didn't seem fair that he'd have to work all day plus cook dinner, especially as just walking to work and back takes him 1-1 1/2 hours every day. So I decided to be brave and venture back into the world of cooking.

chopped vegetables in the pan zucchini capsicum garlic leek I've never been very interested in cooking, so I haven't bothered to learn that many recipes. It only took about a week to go through the usual suspects. Alas and alack, it was time to learn a new recipe.

Fortunately for me, I happened to spot something interesting in a magazine: a ratatouille pie. It was a pie (=baking) AND it had goat cheese on it. Perfect!

a slice of ratatouille pie with fresh lemon basil It was time-consuming, but I'm happy to say it was a success! Delicious both when warm and fresh, and when cold the next day. The only thing that would have made it better would have been to use homegrown veggies, but we only had our own lemon basil to put on top. It did make a very nice addition to the flavour, though.

The recipe can be found here, though it seems to only be available in Finnish. Basically the filling is a ratatouille made of eggplant, zucchini, capsicum (bell pepper), onion or leek and crushed tomato. The crust is rolled out thinly into a large circle, the filling placed on it and the crust edges are folded over the filling. After 20-ish minutes in the oven, goat cheese and olives are placed on top and the pie goes back into the oven until the cheese has melted.

As usual, I changed the recipe a little bit. I didn't have the graham flour the recipe asked for, so I made my own version of the crust:

Pie crust

1 1/2 dl (2/3 cup) wheat flour
1 dl (~1/2 cup) rolled oats
3 tbsp wheat germ
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp oregano
a pinch of salt
75 g (~2 1/2 oz) butter
about 3/4 dl (1/3 cup) water

Mix the dry ingredients together. Add cubed butter and work into a dough. Add water and stir/mix until you have a smooth mixture. Wrap in plastic wrap and keep in fridge while you make the filling.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

My Creative Space: Preparing for autumn

Yeah, I missed the Tuesday Finds this week, sorry about that. While I did get back on Tuesday, we arrived close to midnight, so I just collapsed in bed as soon as we got home.

But enough of that and on to what's brewing in my creative space this week, with a sneak peek of this autumn's winter wear! As I am at times physically incapable of letting the knitting needles rest even on holiday (needleless fingers = restless fingers = unhappy fingers), I made the bottom three during these past few internetless days. I have used an eclectic mix of lovely soft wools, bamboo and even a funky vintage cotton-acrylic blend, in all sorts of fun colours. Neutral, dramatic, colourful, sweet; there's pretty much something of everything.

None of these are completely finished yet, but once they are, they'll find their way into my little shoppe.

Want to see the creative spaces of others? Head on over to Kootoyoo's blog for a look!
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