Playing with your food

sweet potato cubes with Tegu blocks

Thank you all for the well wishes! I’m pretty much back to normal, which is good since I had another homework assignment for the photography homework. This time our idea was to do something more abstract, to play around and to not photograph food as food per se. The inspiration was the photography of Annabelle Breakey – a San Francisco photographer who e.g. made QR codes out of lemons and avocados for Taco Bell. Check out this awesome behind the scenes video: http://www.annabellebreakey.com/behind-the-scenes/

The first thing that popped into my head was sweet potatoes. I’d bought some to continue to pursue my quest of finally creating the perfect sweet potato fry (at least to my taste), and, well, I now had an ingredient on hand that would stand up to some manipulation. I first thought of making a Jenga tower out of sweet potato fries. I would have liked to mix the actual Jenga pieces with sweet potato pieces. But, I’m short on time and I couldn’t find any friends who had a Jenga puzzle. Pffft. Well, some browsing at a few kid toy stores later I found these little wooden blocks with magnets in them. They’re by Tegu – a really cute little on-the-go toy for little kids. Well, I meant to get a Easter gift for the younger munchkin anyway, and while this was on the more expensive side, I figured I’d get someone else to pitch in. Hence, my photography session of toys, with a sweet potato slices and cubes inserted. It should be pretty obvious which ones are the sweet potato pieces. Btw, it’s really hard to cut the pieces into exact squares and rectangles! I should have made some kind of stencil.

Tegu blocks and sweet potato pieces

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Easter (Part III)

Last but not least Easter post:

I made one more chick as a Easter & birthday present. This time I followed the pattern instructions, but I placed into a homemade basket, together with a chocolate bunny and with some homemade grass out of painted woodshavings. It’s been lots of fun to make presents instead of buying them. Lots of arts and crafts!

Easter basket

Easter basket

Easter (Part II)

I’ve knit up the Alan Dart Chick and Egg pattern before (I’ve already posted about it).

This year I decided to make a variation of the pattern that would be a bit more useful as an ornament. I knit up only one eggshell half, and wove in some yarn at the center to make a tie closure, and strung the egg up on a thin thread. Instead of stiffening the egg into shape using hairspray, I bought these little acrylic eggs, and used them as a casing for the chick, and then used the knitted eggshell as the outer casing. Kid-friendly since I didn’t use hairspray or other stiffening agents. I made three of these eggs, and they were fun Easter presents that everybody liked! And the ornaments can still be turned into half an Easter egg, as a nest for the chick.

Easter chick

chick in its (acrylic) shell

Easter chick

egg in its outer colorful eggshell

Easter eggs

all three finished eggs

Embellish the story

2011 2KCBW

The regular topic for today is “Something to Aspire to” – i.e. patterns or skills that you aspire to. At the end of the Skill + 1Up post, I mentioned that I’d like to tackle colorwork, work on sweater fitting skills, beaded lace knitting, and maybe even steeking sweater or a cardigan. Apart from that there’s always double knitting, more extensive cabling, intarsia, Tunisian crochet and entrelac, So since I’ve already posted on that, I decided to devote today to the Wildcard topic Embellishments.

Wildcard – Embellish the story

Embellishments come in all types and forms. Some are more than purely decorative and form a practical function – pretty buttons are as much part of holding a garment together as mere decoration, and some are just there to give a piece an extra ‘something’. Blog about an embellishment, be it a zipper, amigurumi eyes or applique patch which you are either saving to use or have in the past used to decorate a project with. Write about whether you are a very  minimalist kind of knitter with classic lines and timeless plain knits or whether you love all the bells and whistles or sticking sewing and otherwise attaching decoration to your pieces.

I’ve knit Amigurumi toys, and most patterns require the use of safety eyes. However, for small children it’s not really advisable to use something which such small parts since they can be swallowed. Amigurumi for friends still get plastic safety eyes (if I can find them), otherwise I make them out of felt. And if a raised look is required I sew over the felt to give the eyes a raised look.

Travelling Gnome

Globetrotter - a travelling gnome (with plastic safety eyes)

Sheldon turtle

Sheldon - felt eyes sewn over with embroidery floss

And now, my favorite embellishments: buttons . I ♥ buttons. I have more buttons than I need for my current projects, and I have a bunch of buttons for kiddie projects, cause hey, you never know when you might need to knit up a quickie baby/kiddie gift.

Here’s my button baggie:

an abundance of buttons

buttons are hiding in their baggie

Oh no, the buttons have escaped into the wild!

buttons in the wild

buttons escaping into the wild

And here are the buttons I just got in the mail – I got a custom order for the replacement dress for my goddaughter and buttons for my new nice/nephew’s baby sweater.

custom buttons

apple buttons for the dress, mushroom buttons for the sweater

Aren’t those the cutest buttons? And they’re machine washable! I got them from Buttons by Robin – and the best part is that she does custom orders, too!

That’s it for today. I can’t believe that the Knitting and Crochet Blog week is almost over! Anyway, if you’re interested in more of my knitting shenanigans, you can find me on Ravelry, username anji. And if you’re interested in seeing other posts on the topic ‘A Tale of Two Yarns’ from other bloggers who’ll be blogging today on this topic, just search on Google (or another search engine) for the tag 2KCBWDAY4, and on Twitter #2KCBW.

Where are they now?

2nd annual Knitting and Crochet Blog Week

Day 4’s theme:

Day Four: 31st March. Where are they now?

Whatever happened to your __________?

Write about the fate of a past knitting project. Whether it be something that you crocheted or knitted for yourself or to give to another person. An item that lives with you or something which you sent off to charity.

There are a lot of different aspects to look at when looking back at a knitting project and it can make for interesting blogging, as much of the time we blog about items recently completed, new and freshly completed. It is not so often that we look back at what has happened to these items after they have been around for a while.

How has one of your past knits lived up to wear. Maybe an item has become lost. Maybe you spent weeks knitting your giant-footed dad a pair of socks in bright pink and green stripes which the then ‘lost’. If you have knit items to donate to a good cause, you could reflect on the was in which you hope that item is still doing good for it’s owner or the cause it was made to support.

Past projects – for me, they consist of gifts, WIPs, hibernating projects, and things that I’ve knit for myself. So let’s take a look back:

    • The Shaun the Sheep mobile for my nephew (see the Tale of Two Yarns post). It’s placed right over my nephew’s changing table, and has provided him with endless amusement. Originally my sister asked me to knit the sheep in different colors, but in the end the black and white of the sheep (apart from the sheep’s accessories) is better for babies, since they can see strong contrast colors better. The thing is, the mobile was so loved until Shirley, the big fat sheep in the middle got pulled off. Well, at least that’s easily fixed.

      sheep from Shaun the Sheep

      Shirley detached

    • Burgundy. This is a dress I knit for my goddaughter. It’s really pretty but the weight of the dress is stretching out the seed stitch section. So her mom asked me to fix that on the dress, and I’ve instead decided to frog the dress and knit up it up in a different design – the Kenna button top. I have the perfect buttons for this dress and I’ll be posting about them in the embellishments post.

      child's sun top

      Burgundy

    • Shades of Grey Wurm hat. This hat has gotten a lot of use this winter. I saw a few multi-colored Wurm version, so I decided to knit one in light and dark grey. I love it and wear it whenever it is colder. Plus this hat really fits me – most hats look silly on me or slide off.

      wurm hat

      Wurm hat

    • Amoroso. This is a cowl knit in Malabrigo Silky Merino in the colorway Amoroso for my mom. It’s soft and warm, and my mom loves it. Or should I say loved it. Cause she decided to wash the cowl, stuck it in the washing machine, and the result is a felted cowl that doesn’t fit over her head. Sigh. I’m working on a replacement cowl for her. And I’ve carefully explained how important the proper care is for handknit projects.
Amoroso Herringbone Cowl

Amoroso - pre-felting

So that’s it for today. As always, if you’re interested in more of my knitting shenanigans, you can find me on Ravelry, username anji. And if you’re interested in seeing other posts on the topic ‘A Tale of Two Yarns’ from other bloggers who’ll be blogging today on this topic, just search on Google (or another search engine) for the tag 2KCBWDAY4, and on Twitter #2KCBW.