I have been making so many amigurumis lately, so many that I have not had the time to post about them. Right now I have them on my Etsy Shop, both ready made and patterns. However, this post is about the one amigurami that made my want to make my own designs. It is a post that I wrote months ago, but did not post, until now.
“I have been intreseted by these cute amigurumi figurs for som time now, and have given it a try but they did not turn out as good as I hoped. BUT, I have been seeing so many cute and cool crochet Star Wars figurens and could not keep myself from making one for me. Istumbled upon this really sweet pattern by Pilbeam from defectivegeek.com, you can find it here, and I just loved the way it looked. I am a huge Star Wars fan, and I think Padme is a great lead character, so I had to make it.
The pattern was very clear and easy to follow, I made some misstakes so I hade to redo som things, but other than that I thought it was great.
Here is she, a Padmé of my own design
Here is a sweet Padmé in her pretty summer dress 🙂
So I have been working very much lately and have had many ongoing projects at the same time, so the blog has been put on hold. But yesterday I wanted to test something new, and the results are so pretty I felt I had to post them on here.
Since I have been knitting and crocheting so much the last few months, my yarn stash is growing and changing all the time. Surrounded by pretty colours and soft yarn, I still felt that I wanted to make something unique and new. So, I tested dyeing my own yarn!!
I started with some white acrylic yarn that I had, using food dye and any tools I had at home I created these two beauties.
There was still so much dye left, so I also tested dyeing some white fluffy yarn I had. Look how pretty 🙂
Later on I wanted to dye the real thing, I use wool almost always, and if it wanted something that could be useful then I had to dye wool. What I had at home that I could spare ( friday night) was a gray 100% wool 50 g, which has some kind of a mixed colours effect. Very beautiful, gray white and black in a very gentle mix. I extracted a very nice green colour from some green cardamom I had at home and a red-brown colour from black beans. These colors, with some blue food coloring, citric acid and some effort became these three 🙂
The last, and dare I say best skein the I dyed yesterday almost in the middle of the night, was this pretty cream merino wool I had.
For this, I used the green from the cardamom, pink food coloring and water. Am so happy with how they all tured out, I should have done thing a long tim ago. Now I still unsure about what to do with them, since I only have so little of each colour way, but looking at them will have to do until I know.
Note: always use gloves when mixing dye or working with the yarn, otherwise you will end up with stained red hands ( said from experience 🙂 )
Note: These picture are taken by me, and they have not been altered and no filter has been used
These onions are not just pretty with their pink color in this cute jar, they are also very versatile and delicious. You can make this in advance and store it in the fridge for weeks. You can use these onions in salads, burgers, sandwiches, ramen and as a part of a side dish. They are sweet, crunchy with a citrus flavor that lifts everything you add them to and make most dishes taste better. There is no preparation time needed for this recipe, the total time for these onions is about 30 min, but during 15 min of that time the onions will be in the fridge. You can use any of the optional flavoring ingredients below to make this recipe your own, I use all the mentioned ingredients to make these crunchy treats. If you want, you can leave out the chili or/and the garlic if you don’t like the taste.
Preperation time: none Total time: 30 min
1 medium / large onion. (depending on the size of your jar)
1 medium-sized clean jar
1/2 litter of white vinegar / or any light vinegar you like (we will not need it all)
I-2 chili, red, green or yellow (optional)
2-3 garlic cloves, peeled (optional)
1/2 tablespoon of sugar or honey (use what you have at home)
1/2 tablespoon of peppercorns, mixed colors of pepper to make it more fun
1 pinch of salt
1 litter of boiling hot water
How to make it:
Start by peeling and slicing the onion. Slice right through the onion to form rings, separate the rings gently and put them in a bowl/pot that is heat resistant. Pour the boiling hot water and let the onions sit there until you are ready with the rest. Do not put the pot on the stove, just leave it, the heat from the water is enough.
Wash the jar and the lid in really hot water. You don’t need to dry the jar, just add a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar with the chopped chilies, garlic, sugar or honey, salt and the peppercorns. Mix well with a spoon until the honey or the sugar has dissolved.
When the onions are soft, drain away the water, and put the onions in the jar. Push them in the jar, but not that much, to make room for all of the onion slices. Tap up with more vinegar , all the way to cover the onions. If you use a strong white vinegar, then read nr 4.
If the vinegar you use is really strong, then you can balance it out with some water in the jar. I use a vinegar that i found at my local store, it was medium “strong” with a lemon flavor, so I did not have to tap up with some water at the end.
Put the lid on the jar, and give it a gentle shake to mix everything together.
Let it sit in the fridge for 10-15 min before you eat. You will notice that the vinegar will turn pink by that time, store in the fridge for 4-6 weeks. Just make sure that you store it well and that your jar was really clean when you used it.
Forget regular popcorn, chips with dip or even chocolate. This twist on the popcorn, with its sweet and salty flavor and the crispy texture, will make you ignore all the rest. So, whenever you are in the mood for something sweet or salty, something good to go on a snack table or just when watching a movie, just make this but make sure you have enough. I have to warn you before you do, this will make you obsessed, it is so good. If this recipe is done as follows, these caramel corns will be better than anything else you have on you “movie-night-snack-table”.
Besides being extremely addictive and oh so good, this recipe is truly easy to master. It takes very little effort and almost no preparation time, you only have to bring all the needed ingredients near your stove while you prepare your caramel to make your job easier. lets get started. 🙂
Preperation time: 5 min Total time: 30-40 min
A pinch of seasalt (you can use regular salt, just use 1/2 teaspoon.
1 teaspoon Baking soda (don’t use baking powder)
1 bag of popped microwave popcorn/ 1 medium bowl of popped popcorn
How to make it:
Start by popping the popcorn. I choose popcorn that you pop in the microwave, because it is faster and easier. You can do as you like, it you enjoy the taste of micro-popcorn then try that. If you like the popcorn that you pop on the stove then of course you should do what you like most. Make sure that you only leave the popped popcorns in the bowl, remove any un-popped corns and even the halvpopped that might be to hard to eat.
Put all of you ingredients, even the popcorn, near your stove on a table or the sink. Use a large pot, non-stick if you have that, and pour your sugar in it, put on medium/high heat. Never leave the pot unwatched, and do not stir the sugar.
Once the sugar starts to bubble or turn a gold-brown color, do not stri, just lift the pot and give it a gentle shake to move the sugar around a little, then put it back on.
When the sugar has melted and it still looks gold-brown, put the salt and butter in. You can move and stir the mixture around now, until the butter has melted and you have mixed everything together. Now ad the Baking soda- the mixture will bubble and you have to stir fast. Remember, this is really hot so be careful.
Take to pot of the heat, keep the mixture moving by stiring. Now, put in the poped popcorn, use a large wooden spoon or a something similar to move the popcorn around the pot, make sure all the corns are covered. keep moving around and don’t forget the caramel that might be stuck on the bottom of the pot.
Lay the popcorn of a flat surface, like a baking tray or a table, with a parchment paper underneath. Try to separate the popcorn if you seen that you have some lumps or balls of stuck popcorn. Leave it until firm and chilled.
Enjoy with a nice cold drink and a really good movie. 🙂
This pudding is sweet, easy and delicious. I found this recipe and I just hade to try it right away. Preparation time is less than 5 min, depending on if you are using canned or fresh mango. If you are using fresh mango, then slice the mango and follow the steps below. For a vegan, or vegetarian, option use agar agar powder instead of the gelatin. Just follow the steps below and tell me how it went.
1 can, 230 g, of mango, with the syrup (1 & 1/2 fresh mangos).
1 & 1/2 dl sugar.
Juice from 1 lime.
1 dl of yoghurt.
2 & 1/2 tablespoons of gelatin.
Gel-food colors (optional).
Step by step:
Mix the gelatin into a 1/2 dl of boiling hot water. Make sure that everything has dissolved. Let the gelatin sit until the other steps are complete.
Blend the mango, some of the syrup and the yoghurt into a smooth mixture, in a blender.
Add the sugar and the lime juice. Taste until you feel happy with how sweet the mixture is.
Pour the mango-mixture into a bowl.
Once the gelatin is firm, but not solid, add it to the rest of the pudding.
If you want to create different colors with the pudding, remove some of the mixture into a bowl and add gel-food coloring, blend well and repeat in other colors. Create waves of different patterns into the bowls that you want to serve the pudding from.
Pour the pudding into small bowls, glasses or molds.
Let the pudding sit in the fridge until it is firm (approx. 2 hours).
Serve alone or with yoghurt mixed with some cinnamon and honey.