Mid-Autumn’s Eve

First up, the knit I started and finished last weekend:

Little T’s Poro
Pattern: Poro by me
Yarn: DROPS Karisma in brown and grey, approximately 0.5 ball of each.
Modifications: Added a pompom to the top.
Afterthoughts: I knitted the smaller size for T, who just turned 2 last weekend. It is a little big on L, who is (big for his age but only) less than 1 year old… Very quick knit, took me only about a day to knit, and that is with looking after an active baby!

Before blocking…

After blocking. The fabric is more uniform with less puckering after blocking.

A little big on L, who is playing with his new toy here…

… A rocking horse! I’ve always wanted a rocking horse for L. I think I was more excited than L about his rocking horse! He still needs help getting on/off and rocking but I think he will be able t play with it himself soon.

Another look of Poro on L.

Though most of the time I was struggling with this! L had recently learnt to remove his clothing. Which is at times funny and at times frustrating. :D I hope he won’t do that anymore when it gets colder, because it will be really difficult if we have to struggle to keep his hat/mittens on when it is -20C outside!

I like the combination of the brown and grey for colourwork so much that I’ve started another wool suit for L with it. I think it is such a handsome combination that reminds me of rocks and forests. L is currently still wearing the previous wool suit I had knitted for him last winter, but I doubt it will fit him much longer as it is already stretching a bit. (Another thing to love about knits… It accommodates a bigger range of sizes!)

Tomorrow (Sunday) is Mid-Autumn festival. I had just found out on Thursday, upon which I immediately began making some mooncakes.Thankfully, I had bought some paste for the filling when I was in Singapore in May/June so the process was much quicker and easier.

The mooncakes I made for this year. Clockwise from top left – Traditional (baked) green tea flavoured green bean paste, traditional lotus seed paste, Snowskin green tea flavoured green bean paste and snowskin lotus seed paste.

The ‘snowskin’s, which is kinda like mochi. I like these more than the traditional ones.

The traditional baked ones. These are more popular with my friends here, M, HH and TH.

Today I managed to go to the forest again. And I remembered my camera!

The leaves on (I think is) a blueberry bush turning “ruska”.

A mossy (somewhat mature) forest.

There wasn’t much mushrooms again, which is really strange because I see it everywhere in the city but somehow, there is none in the forest here this year. I did manage to take some pics of the few I came across.

This was actually a really small mushrom and I had to lean in to take this pic using macro.

A small toadstool. These are the easiest to spot in the forest, with their bright colour. Unfortunately, very poisonous.

The most interesting bracket fungus I came across today.

Lichen-covered fallen tree.

Another lichen covered branch.

I did not find a single bolete on this (albeit short) trip. :(

A wooly milkcap.

The wooly milkcap. Probably the prettiest mushroom I manage to spot this time round. It is edible after parboiling but I didn’t bother because there was only one.

Mushroom or not, it was nice to come to the countryside among the autumn coloured forests.

That is it for today. I hope that I will be able to take some pics of some clothes I had sewn for myself recently, in the next week. Till next time, happy Mid-Autumn!

Diving in to Autumn

We spent this past weekend in the countryside with TH and HH. Usually, I will take loads of pictures for the blog. But this time I actually forgot my camera! I had it charged and ready but forgot to pack it in my bag… These days my memory had been deteriorating, not that it was anything fantastic to begin with.

Anyway, I ended up taking pictures with my camera phone, which tends to have a blue tinge, but I went mushroom hunting (more on that later) and the scenery was too good to be left to my (terrible) memory.

Seriously, how pretty is it?

Well, to be honest, 90% of the time I was stumbling through really thick forest, but then it sporadically opens out to a mossy clearing and my jaw drops. Oh, yes, and there was also bugs a plenty… The kind that likes to crash into your hair and dig their way into your scalp! But I went prepared this time and had my head all wrapped up with the scarf tucked into my (actually, M’s) sweatshirt.

All that said, it was quite a disappointing trip, mushroom-wise. I hardly saw any mushrooms (apart from the ones I show here) and even less were the edible ones. Very different from my mushroom picking excursion last autumn.

Does this look like a poisonous mushroom to you? I typically steer clear of white mushrooms in the forest, because of this. But I was curious about this mushroom. So I took a peek under the cap (without touching it):

It is a Bolete/Leccinum! (It is white, but it looks green in this picture because of the reflection of the flash off the grass/moss.)

Boletes here are generally quite safe, but even then, I only pick those that I recognise! After a quick check on the mushroom book I’ve borrowed from the library (which is unfortunately in Finnish. But it has the pictures of common local mushrooms and their latin names!) I’ve identified the white mushroom as the “white birch bolete“. I did not pick this particular mushroom though, as I did not have these information when I was in the forest. Next time I probably will pick it, if I come across it again.

Some bracket fungus I came across. I love how varied the colours of bracket fungus are. This one is a plain one, but I think the green ones and the brilliant orange ones are the prettiest.

There was also plenty of lingonberries and even blueberries left, this late in the season. I guess Autumn came a bit late to the North this year.

On Saturday, M and I picked some lingonberries and blueberries from the forest because I want to make lingonberry jam to go with meatballs.

A sprig of lingonberries. They are typically quite tart and sharp tasting so they are not my favourite.

Blueberry. The leaves of the blueberry bushes are turning brown and red now. Very pretty landscape. There is a Finnish word for when the leaves are changing colours – ruska. I wish there is an equivalent in English, but the closest is probably “fall colours”, which doesn’t do it justice!

Although it was a disappointing mushroom picking session, I did manage to find 2 orange birch boletes… No points for guessing what kind of forest I was in!

They were young mushrooms and therefore in very good condition. Not a single bug, which is rare! I guess the mushrooms are just getting started in the forest there when I went to pick. There should be more popping up this week.

These mushrooms stains blue/green after being cut. But that is quite typical of the orange birch boletes here. They actually turn black when cooked! These orange birch boletes have since been made into very yummy soup and consumed. I’m hoping to have a chance to have another mushroom picking excursion this weekend. My stash of dried mushrooms from last year’s excursion are dwindling and need to be replenished! (And this time I’ll try to remember to bring along my camera.)

Apart from mushroom and berry picking, I’ve also started and finished a knit project this weekend. No pictures of it just yet, but I have also finished sewing something yesterday, which I had taken pics of before sending it off to its recipient!

Baby suspender pants with a bow tie!

Do you feel like you’re seeing baby stuff here reeeeally often? I have no idea how, but it seems like babies had been (and still are) popping up all around me like flowers in Spring!

As usual, I tested it out on L, who is also around the same size/age as the recipient, ZL. I was not happy with the bow-tie, which as you can see, was hanging loosely from the tiny baby neck, despite being pretty tight stretch over the head. So I made some adjustment…

Added some hardware to enable tightening…


The bow-tie makes a cute look with the puffy pants. :D I find that puffy pants are really practical for babies. It helps keep the baby from tripping over their pants

This one also has real side pockets… Though I wonder why I bother since they probably won’t use it, right? It is still cute nonetheless.

This outfit is now winging its way over to Singapore now, to ZL who is turning 1 year old next week! I didn’t manage to take a pic of L standing in it because he can’t stand without support yet.

And in case this picture makes you think L is a very cooperative model, he isn’t. ;)

I have a bunch of funny poses like this and with him leaning all over the chair in all sorts of positions!

And that is it for now. L is taking his nap and I must dash and do a bit of sewing before he wakes up!

Back from the Summer

First of all, sorry for the sudden disappearance for the whole summer! Life just ran off with me and the days passed by so quickly I hardly had time to even catch up with my Ravelry feed, much less blog. But I had been crafting a lot in the pockets of time, which are rare now that L is mobile. Before I run off with my natterings, I’ll try to catch up with whatever I managed to catch on camera. Here we go!

This was a cooler-than-usual summer. But it didn’t stop us from having fun! (As you could probably tell from my absence..)

Summer was beautiful nonetheless.

The berries were a little late too but the blueberries in the forest did so much better than last year.

Our Midsummer celebration was a quiet one with me, M, L and HH.

But further down South from where we were, there was a bigger celebration!

AP celebrated her union with her husband in Sicily, Italy. In this pic above, you can see the Mediterranean Sea and the Aeolian Islands behind them. Just typing it feels romantic!

But why am I sharing this?… Well, if you look closely at her dress, you will notice that it is…. Knitted!

Yes! It is a knitted lace overlay knitted by me.

I love how it looks on her. It really helped that the blue dress underneath is tailored to fit her perfectly… And, can you believe it, she sewed it herself! This was a collaboration of a scale I had never (and probably will never) attempted before. I’ve always wanted to knit a wedding dress, but it seems like such an insane amount of work. (Plus I do not have the sewing skills anywhere near that of AP!) But my chance came when AP was planning a celebration for her wedding.

And truly, who better to knit it for? Although there were times when I was working on the last rounds of the skirt that I was rolling around the sofa groaning, but still constantly knitting (was rushing to finish it before AP left this city) Thankfully, M was able to take over L for a couple of days so I could work exclusively on this project of a lifetime. But you know what? AP looked so stunningly glamorous in it, it was worth every stitch!

For the dress, I designed the lace using the main lace stitch from Jenny Johnson Johnen’s Echo Flowers for the bust, which flowed seamlessly into the lace with nupps, also from Echo Flowers (edging) for the hips. After that, I merged in the peacock motif from MMario’s Snowflake Peacock, continued into simple feather lace from Renate Haeckler’s Freya’s Shawl for the skirt, then finished off with another round of peacock motif from the Snowflake Peacock. The yarn used was a 50/50 silk/linen cobweb thread from Colourmart in an ecru colour. I believe the blue dress was sewn from a silk fabric (will add in more information about that when I remember to ask AP!) Because of the sheer lace and fiber (silk and linen), I didn’t want to knit it to the finished length as the lace will stretch out quite much when blocked, and the silk/linen (typically) continues to stretch under its own weight.

Hot off the needles, unblocked. I kinda had to improvise for the feather, and subsequently, the peacock motifs at the bottom because the mermaid shaping style of the dress. The feather part was quite straightforward to shape, but the peacock motifs were a little more tricky (read, I winged it and kept my fingers crossed).

Right out from the blocking bucket… The lace had very obviously benefited from the quick soak already! It opened up and draped beautifully even on the sofa. Later, I brought it over to AP’s and we started attaching it onto the dress. We managed the armholes and neckline and then AP later finished it off and added the pearl trims in Madrid and Sicily. When we started working on the skirt, it was only maybe 3/4 of the way down the length. But with a blast of steam from her iron, the lace opened up even further.

And there it was, my project of a lifetime. Hopefully it also brings them a lifetime of bliss!

Continuing with the old news up north…


We went to pick strawberries at a farm one weekend with ML. I’ve always wanted to go pick strawberries at a strawberry farm. Perhaps I have a romanticized idea of strawberry-picking, but I was not disappointed! Freshly picked strawberries are the best, indeed! It was so sweet, juicy and somehow tastes so much better! This picture don’t do the actual strawberries we picked justice… I got too carried away with the picking (with sticky fingers too!) to take proper pics but they were really big,juicy and ripe.

We picked a lot of berries, most of which had been made into jam or frozen.

We intend to go again next summer!

After the strawberries, came the blueberries! I made blueberry pies only once or twice this summer.

And then one day, I decided to make some fluffy pancakes on a whim. We had them with some homemade lemon curd. I made the moose-shaped pancake by placing a cookie cutter on the pan, then pouring the batter in. Apart from this time, we usually have Finnish style pancakes, which are more like crepes (and M is really good at making those!)

These scones, however, had been re-visted countless times this summer! And I’m sure for the future seasons as well. They are my friend VP’s Filmjölk (Buttermilk*) Scones. This recipe is very highly recommended. It is very quick to make and so versatile, being a basic scone recipe. You can make them savoury or sweet. I personally prefer them savoury – with cheeses and herbs for example! I like to make them when we have curry.

*VP had advised that Swedish Filmjölk/Finnish Piimä is fattier/creamier than buttermilk. If you cannot find Filmjölk or Piimä where you are, you can replace it with buttermilk plus a spoon of sour cream added in.

Mmmm! You have to try this recipe. I’m pretty sure you won’t regret it!

I’ve also made fudge recently. We decided that since we had so many cake occasions this August, I will make fudge instead of cake for our 2nd wedding anniversary. There were marshmallows, salted peanuts and liquorice in there. So bad, but so good!!

I have done another patchwork quilt this summer. This time using the FreeSpirit pack I bought along with the Persimmon one last Autumn. I paired the FreeSpirit pack with some plain white cotton and made simple 8-point stars plus a flying geese border for the top and bottom using the leftover fabric.

The finished quilt. This time round, I tried out the quilt sandwich method and used the backing fabric to make the binding (the edge that joins the back and front). Quilting method was the classic stitch-in-the-ditch.

Back view. A bit scrunchy but this side won’t be seen much anyway. :P

It was my first time with 8-point stars and also the flying geese shown. I really like the flying geese look. I like how simple but graceful it looks. Mine are a bit wonky but its good enough for me!

This patchwork quilt is L’s bedcover and had been in use for the past couple of months already. The width is wide enough to be tucked in and the length is long enough to cover the parts I want covered.

Patchwork quilting had been fun. But I think I’ve done enough quilting for the year. :D Also, quilting eats up thread really quickly. I’ve actually finished a few spools of thread already! For the first time in my life!

I also did some other quick sewing recently, making a project bag for a crafting friend.

It has a drawstring closure.

I stuffed the bag with some yarn from the stash. She crochets and I thought maybe this can make a little lap blanket.

This one is very recently sewn up, just this past week! A cute little overall for AP’s little LL, who celebrated his 1st year just this past weekend.

Back view.

I tested the fit on L yesterday, after finishing the overall, since L and LL are quite similar in size. LL was super adorable in the overalls though, with the wide and pouffy pants. :D

I’m not 100% sure but I believe the fabric I’ve used is a light viscose one. It drapes really softly and lightly. I’ve bought enough of this fabric to make 1 or 2 more overalls that I intend to make for some baby boys in Singapore. The fabric is excellent for hot/humid weather!

I had ordered these (ultra)suede labels a couple of years and really love them. Very soft, outstanding and classy.

I used golden buttons to add a bit of a pirate style to these overalls.

The overalls have little REAL side pockets. How cute is that? ^_^

I had also made a matching pacifier clip but forgot to take a pic of it. :( But the clip is a wooden one with a pirate ship printed on it. Black and white as well, to match the overall.

Funny thing about the overall, though. It is a very good thing that the print is so busy because otherwise my stitching will be really obvious and it will look pretty terrible! I probably should’ve used a black thread so that my newbie stitching won’t be so obvious, but I felt that a red contrast will match the pirate theme. If you could see my stitching, you will think I’ve been sewing drunk!

Another funny thing – it was my first time making sewn buttonholes and when I tried to cut open the first one, the seam-ripper was stuck so I gave it a stronger tug, upon which the entire piece ripped right through to the top! I freaked out a little and tried to patch it up using a wide zigzag stitch over the torn parts. Thankfully it seems to have worked. But then I had to do the same zigzag stitching on the other buttonhole as well so it won’t look as weird as it already is!

Knitting-wise, I have done quite a bit as well. I’m knitting in a knitalong with VP for this lace-mohair cardigan. It is based on an existing pattern but we decided to modify it and knit it according to our own measurements. I’m done with the body now and have since moved on to the sleeves, which of course is now going slowly. At the top of the pic, the body is unblocked and at the bottom is the body after a quick soak. I have now seamed up the shoulders and am working the sleeves top down.

I have recently been knitting some things for a baby photographer in town. This is one of the sets I’ve knitted. There is a white set too, which I’ve (unbelievably) forgotten to take a pic of! I’m pretty sure I remember taking pics of it but there wasn’t any.

I also made some baby basket for the photographer. This one turned out too small but I’ve since made a bigger one to replace it (and sent it off without taking pics of it, of course.)

Same goes for this pouch. I made this at the same time as the basket above and have made a bigger replacement at the same time as the replacement basket.

And that is all the pics from my camera for catching up! Phew!

That is pretty much my summer. How have your summer been?

Hello! Sorry for the disappearance, but the past weeks had been sort of a roller coaster ride! Not quite a leisurely boat ride with a barcarolle in the background, but more like a roller coaster ride, “Amazing Race” style, with a baby in tow!

I had been to Singapore and back, just me and little L! 12-hour plane rides are typically tiring enough without a 5-6 month old baby in tow, but I’m proud to say that L was an amazingly easy baby in flight! He slept most of the time and didn’t cry (except when he was hungry). I even managed to knit on the plane (while L slept)!

Here is a look at the little angel:

Before the trip, when TH and HH visited.

Since it had been such a long time since I last posted here, I’ll just show some of the crafty things I’ve done in the meantime rather than try to catch up with all the stuff that had happened in the meantime!

I have made 3 little quilts for some friends/sibling who had a little one recently. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to take proper pics before these hastily taken ones in Singapore… Apparently, I have forgotten how to work with the lighting in Singapore, which tends to be more yellowish! So the quality of the pics are not all that good. :(
This is the first of the 3 quilts I made… The patchwork was made out of strips of fabric. The theme I chose for this was ‘safari’ and this went to a little boy.For the quilting, I tried a free-hand doodling. I’m still not quite sure if I like the effect of this, though M and the recipient both seem to think it looks perfectly fine.
Back view… Not very straight stitching but hey, I’m still quite a newbie! ;) The backing and border for the patchwork was 1 big piece so, like my first quilt for L, this is not the traditional way quilts are made. No quilt sandwich or binding. I find that even though this method requires a bit more precision, there is much less waste and actually easier/faster.

The second quilt I made in this round… This went to my sis’ little boy. The fabric was actually from M’s godmother and I was saving it for something for L. But in the end I decided to make a quilt for A instead, since L already has a quilt. I played with optical illusion for this patchwork and it was actually quite a lot of fun making it! Can you tell what the illusion is?

It is supposed to look like cupboards/boxes/window panes!

The quilting for this was very simple, because I don’t want to distract from the lovely backing – teddy bears and strawberries! I did the same for this as the previous quilt – border and backing all in one piece. In fact, I did the same for all 3 quilts.

This 3rd quilt was a little more special. it is for a friend’s little girl so I chose very dainty floral prints for this quilt. This time round, I worked with hexagons! First I cut the fabric into strips, sewed the strips into very long strips according to the design, then cut out half-hexagons out of all of it. Then I paired up the half-hexagons and chain-pieced them to make hexagons as you see in the pic above.

I should note that for all the cutting for these quilts, I used a big cutting board I had borrowed from AP. There are markings for 30, 45 and 60 degrees on the cutting board, which I found immensely useful. Also, I am thinking on getting a cutting board myself too, after trying out AP’s. it is just so much easier to do patchwork with a cutting board and rotary cutter!
Here are my pieces of hexagons, ironed out.

Piecing it together before sewing it up..

Sewed and ironed. It was a little tricking sewing hexagon patchwork, because often there will be up to 6 pieces of fabric meeting at the same point. In any case, this also has an optical illusion! Can you guess what the illusion is?

It is supposed to look like 3D boxes stacked against each other! And I have arranged it so that the red/pink/orange faces are in the direction that looks like hearts.

Set in the border, which is the same fabric as the backing. M helped me choose this fabric and I think this fabric is indeed perfect for this patchwork!
For the quilting, I went the in-the-ditch way again, like I did for L’s quilt.

Quilted… It looks skewed because of the angle the picture is taken… The quilt is a very boring rectangle. ;)

On the back.

For this quilt, I decided to try out one of the pretty embroidery stitch on my Husqvarna sewing machine… The hearts are all different shapes and sizes, but I like to think that looks like doodling and adds to the handmade charm!

On this trip, I managed to pop in the local knitout briefly to catch up with old friends with L. I didn’t stay long because L was in need of action pretty soon after we settled down. But one of my oldest knitting buddy LL gave me a braid of Pigeonroof Studio’s Superwash Merino spinning fibre in the colourway Magical! Such pretty colours, magical indeed! I really must spin up that merino on the wheel so I can spin this up as well! If you’re reading this, thanks again LL!

On this trip, amidst the packed days, we managed to make a trip to the beach. L and I enjoyed the sea breeze and getting sand between our toes.

And that is all for now! More catch up next post, when hopefully I have managed to take (somewhat) decent pictures of the new dress I had made.

Juhannus (Midsummer) is this coming weekend! It is one of the bigger celebrations up here in the north. This year I’m planning the menu and there are some asian favourites in there! I’ll try to keep my camera on standby and take more pics than I did on this trip back to Singapore… It is a lot more possible now because M is around to take care of L when needed. :P

If I do not post again before then, have a great Juhannus!

Oh yes, I didn’t take one month to write a post this time!

It had been getting progressively warmer up here in the north as daylight hours get longer everyday…

It felt like Spring had suddenly sneaked up upon us!

On Vappu (Labour Day) we had munkki and sima, both homemade.

The classic munkki (donuts) is coated with sugar. This was my first time making munkki and I guess it went well enough… I also made some glazed ones using strawberry jam and confectioner’s sugar.

Homemade sima (mead)… 2 out of 3 bottles I made turned out really well… The third one had a loose lid and didn’t get properly carbonated. If this isn’t so unhealthy I will make it more often! But as it is basically (lemon) flavoured sugar water, once a year is probably enough. :D

In craft news, I have been making patchwork quilts… This one is now finished and I have another one waiting for batting and quilting… Have one more patchwork quilt to sew before my upcoming trip! Will do a proper post about the 3 patchwork quilts when I’m done with them.

Something else patchwork… I made this patchwork cushion for HH. I got the idea, of using strips to make up hexagons, from a cushion at a friend’s place. Then I decided maybe it will make an interesting geometric/modern looking rose. The selection of pink velour in the local fabric store is very small (understandably so! I can’t think of many things that will look good in pink velour, even though it seems to work out well enough in this idea.) so this is the closest ombre I could manage.

I have also been soaping with said friend. Well, I can’t say I did much of the soaping because I had to hold on to L most of the time (L is still pretty immobile and we keep him far from the lye!) but anyway, pretty swirls were created! This had a top swirl coloured by mica…

And this has an internal marbling coloured by clay + a bit of mica.

I’m looking forward to doing a bit of swirlwork again soon, hopefully before my trip so they will be ready-ish when I’m back!

I have also started working on the mohair cardigan knitalong. It is progressing well – I have almost both fronts completed already! I shall have a WIP roundup soon, too. Because, well, the WIPs are running amok here!

In kitchen news, I haven’t been terribly inspired. But there were some sweet stuff made…

I saw whole pineapples for sale in the supermarket and decided to get one. Then decided to try baking a pineapple upside down cake. This was an ok recipe… It is one of the rare cakes that tastes better warm! An interesting cake that was a nice change from the usual ones. This is the recipe I used, if anyone is interested to try it out.

I also made tiramisu. I wanted to make a tiramisu without raw eggs so I used whipped cream to replace the meringue. Such a delicious but easy dessert to make!

We spent the weekend in the countryside. As the weather was so good on Sunday, we played some Mölkky in the yard. Also had a dart-throwing competition. I was terrible at both but it was fun. ^_^

Buds aplenty in the sun!

First mushrooms of the season?

L had been growing well… We were at the clinic for his checkup today and apparently he had grown 3.6cm in 3 weeks! The nurse did a double-take and re-measured to make sure it was accurate. His fast growth had M and I scratching our heads in amusement as neither of us were particularly fast growing babies!

That is it for today! Sorry if it seems rather all over the place.

Have a great week ahead!

Outside the Loop

Oh dear, almost a month since I last updated? But believe me, there had been a lot of crafting going on here! As much as L allows me to do, that is! To begin with, there are these project bags I sewed up for some crafty friends:


Closed. Quite a basic shape so I didn’t follow any pattern. The bags are not lined but I did try to make the insides look ‘clean’ as well… French seams, (un)bias tape and stuff.

And then there was a big project that was recently finished. I don’t have pics of it but here is a sneak peek.

I hope to finish the green sweater that is haunting my craft box… As well as a wool diaper cover I’ve started for L… While I’m at it, maybe finish that Kim Hargreaves mohair sweater, summer top, a crochet toy I started for L months ago and a gazillion other projects I started (and didn’t finish)??

But in the meantime, I will be starting (yet another project? Great!) a mohair cardigan as a knitalong with a friend. We will be making the cardigan based on an existing design but with our own measurements and changing out to lace instead of plain St st. I’m psyched to start but hope to clear up 1 or 2 projects concurrently.

That might actually be possible because L had been growing and is becoming a little more independent… Independent meaning I can actually put him down for… 10 mins? without him getting upset. Sometimes.

Speaking of L…

This pic of L was taken almost a month ago. He is typically a smiley baby. (:

In the kitchen…

I tried making spinach pasta. It was really pretty before cooking. But once cooked the colour became something more like… Oil pastel mouldy green?.. Maybe I should’ve let it dry a bit before cooking.

Something else green but prettily so… Pesto pasta with pan-fried-bacon-wrapped-asparagus. This way of eating asparagus is officially our favourite way! Somehow the combination of bacon and asparagus… Is just… Wow! Highly highly recommended.

More recently, fried bee hoon with the bacon/asparagus again. We’ve been having the bacon/asparagus multiple times a week, for weeks. And we’re not bored of it yet!

A post will not really be complete without something sweet! I made these chocolate cupcakes for the birthday celebration, of the 4 ladies, whom I made the bags (above) for.

On Thursday it will be “Vappu“. It is quite a big celebration here. People drink ‘sima‘ and eat things like ‘munkki’ (donut). I already have 3 litres of homemade sima sitting in the fridge and tomorrow I hope to make some munkki! Who knows, I might actually be able to post some pics of it here?

Well, it is getting late here so I should sleep. More craftiness to share next time. Till then, have some sima and craft on!

So here we are, in April already! Daylight is getting longer up here in the North (more than half the day already!) but it had been a rather cloudy and gray week so that didn’t make that much of a difference. I am still working on the big project with AP but I’ve had time to do a small bit of other stuff here and there… Like this:

2 skeins of undyed yarn skein-ed up… I wonder why!

What else, dyeing, of course! Originally wanted to dye something for a (knitting) friend’s birthday present. But after much thought, decided to give another of my handyed yarn that I’m sure isn’t too scratchy for her sensitive skin.

These 2 were dyed with food colouring (left my acid dyes in Singapore) but I’m very happy with the vibrant colours produced. Can you believe they were in the same dyepot? It is interesting how different blend of fibers take up dye differently.

Which colour do you like more? The peaceful heathered one in front or the vibrant spring-green one in the back?

This is a wool/alpaca blend. Thankfully the kinky bits straightened out when I wound the skein into a ball. I guess the dyeing process felted parts of the yarn, causing it to pull up into kinks. But the felting wasn’t too bad because I took care to be really careful not to agitate the yarn. Bits of it took up more dye so the overall effect was a heathered rustic look, which I like very much.

This is a mohair/alpaca blend. It took the dye beautifully. I have quite much of this undyed yarn still and am looking forward to dyeing the rest up in the near future! I tried to achieve a semi-solid look with this one and am very happy with the results. I don’t typically enjoy vibrant coloured yarn (apart from reds) especially for colours like green, yellow and orange. But this spring-green coloured one didn’t feel as offending… Is that the effect of a long and gray Winter?

Someone is obviously in the mood for Spring. I recently ordered some fat quarters because I foresee some quilts for (my friends’) little ones. I ordered a yellow and a green themed set from MoMo’s Little Shop on Amazon(UK) and am very happy with it!
Note: I’m not affiliated in any way. Just a happy customer!

Green set on top and yellow set at the bottom.

What cheerful prints, right? I can’t wait to start on the little quilts but they will have to wait till after I’ve finished the project with AP. I’ve even borrowed some (thankfully English!) books about quilting from the library, which should come in handy.

A small sewing project I did for a present for a little boy. I bought jingle bells to put inside the soft toy but it won’t jingle properly when stuffed alongside the polyester. (First time making these, can you tell?) so I found a little plastic container and stuck the bell in it. Ideally, the bell should be encased in a hard, spherical container with holes, but this seems to work albeit not as well.

Little soft toy ball. The circular pieces at the top and bottom were handsewn, which was surprisingly not as difficult as I thought!

L in his Easter outfit! This was knitted by M’s godmother’s sister, so it is quite old! But it was kept in really good condition by HH.

The kitchen at chez Kessa in Stitches had been very busy, but the camera had not. Nonetheless, here are couple of pics from when I was in the mood for it:

We had curry with homemade naan bread. After tasting really really delicious naan bread at the local Nepalese restaurant, I had been trying to make some. I tried stove-top (in a heavy pan) and oven-baked… As well as tried a few different ingredients. So far our favourite version was the baked one, brushed with melted butter fresh out of the oven.

This is my I-feel-lazy-but-want-a-meal dish – Nasi Lemak! It is so easy to make… The only cooking was to make the rice (just replace some of the water with coconut milk and cook the rice as normal) and the omelette. Assemble with smoked ‘muikku’ bought at the supermarket (According to Wikipedia, ‘muikku’ is “Coregonus albula, known as the vendace or as the European cisco, is a species of freshwater whitefish in the family Salmonidae.”), sliced fresh cucumber, some roasted peanuts and sambal chilli sauce.

I made some buns recently… It was just a simple yeast dough made into buns filled with dulce de leche. I sprinkled some pearl sugar and almond bits on the buns.

It was another simple but yummy number. Best when warm, fresh from the oven!

Will be doing this again!

Another yummy sweet number – biscotti. With whole almonds, cranberries and white chocolate. I’ve taken to baking little cookies/buns for tea, which M and I have at least 3 times a day.

And that is it for now. I’m off to have an Easter chocolate egg! Hope everyone had a nice Easter!


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