Wednesday, December 23, 2009
It seems like it was yesterday, I was back from visiting my family in Australia last year just a few weeks before the holidays and suddenly it's Christmas again....
I am almost frightened by how quickly the past twelve months have gone but I guess it means that life hasn't been boring for me lately.
Anyway, I want to wish all my readers a peaceful Christmas with their loved ones and a new year of good things!
Enjoy the festivities!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Materials needed for a rectangular shawl that measures cm45 x cm170 -
approximately 150gr (1100 - 1200 yds) 2ply laceweight yarn,
1.6mm ( US 6 ) crochet hook.
Pattern includes written instructions and chart.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Just over 120gr. of my favourite Lana Gatto laceweight wool in a lovely shade of sage green and less than one week of work at night time in front of tv.
The pattern is being tested by some lovely ladies from the Ravelry Testing Pool and will be available early next week.
On the knitting front, my favourite pastime has been designing and knitting scarves and neckwarmers, some of which can be found on ETSY such as Capuccino Scarf with pompoms-
A very versatile Mohair Scarflette - Neckwarmer - Shoulderette - that can be worn in different ways-
just to mention a few, and lastly another knit shawl in soft and warm lilac mohair.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Although Halloween does not belong to our tradition, it's not unusual to see it being celebrated here in Italy where on the 1st of November the catholic church celebrates All Saints, the following day it commemorates the dead and therefore the first two days of November are considered religious festivities. Nowdays our population is becoming more and more multicultural and influenced by culture and traditions of other countries. It is only natural, isn't it?
And Halloween means pumpkin. How about a delicious Pumpkin Risotto?
Ingredients for 3-4 servings
2 cups diced pumpkin
1/2 small onion, finely chopped
2 tblsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups short grain rice
stock ( chicken, meat, or made with your favourite stock cubes )
2 tblsp grated parmesan cheese ( or your favourite mature cheese)
2 tsps butter ( optional)
salt and pepper to taste. ( you will probably find that you will not need to add salt because the stock is already very sapid and the cheese will add extra salt to the dish)
Sautee’ onion and pumpkin with the parsley and the oil until cooked and soft, adding a little water when needed. Add rice, stir for a few minutes, add stock gradually until the rice is cooked (absorbtion method), stirring often. Turn off the heat, add the cheese and the butter, stir well and serve hot.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Firstly, these crocheted Christmas tree ornaments made with cotton thread, beads and soda can tabs that I created for the Etsyhookers crochet challenge 7 -
It took me about four hours to complete both.
And how about these candle holders made with green and yellow plastic soda bottles. Don't they look like glass?
There's a bit of work involved into making these but I think the result is worth it.
I'm thinking about making a few more with clear plastic water bottles.
Think about it... Together we can save our planet for our children!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
And this romantic accessory
Rose And Ruffles Scarf - Neckwarmer
Extra long, 200cm, it can be worn in many ways - wrapped many times around the neck or as a scarf. I made this without following a pattern using a wool/acrylic blend (80%wool, 20%acrylic) in black and light grey-brown.
As far as knitting is concerned, stay tuned: free scarf pattern coming soon!
Friday, September 18, 2009
Although I like hot soup all year round, the rest of the family enjoys it only in the cold season with the exception of my "Peas and prawns pasta soup" which can be eaten hot or warm. It is delicious.
Here on the coast I can get the freshest seafood and I can assure you that using fresh prawns is the secret for making this dish a masterpiece!
Made it yesterday. And a banana - nut bread for which I didn't follow a recipe. I used my bread machine and the recipe for white bread with milk and one egg instead of water, a small piece of butter, a little honey, 2 mashed ripe bananas, raisins, chopped walnuts and hazelnuts, cinnamon.
Quite good. Plan to make another one tomorrow, but I will add a couple of tbls of sugar to the mixture this time.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Deep Raspberry crocheted triangular shawl
100% pure new italian fingering weight wool in deep raspberry. What a lovely shade! And the crocheted floral pin with bead gives it that extra touch... :)
(From my original pattern available on Etsy or here )
And.. Venezia Lace knitted wedding shawl
in 2ply cream- white wool blend and 5.5mm needles. It blocked out rather large- 200cm x 95cm. It's amazing how "stretchy" this stitch is. (My original pattern for the Venezia Shawl is available on Etsy or here)
I have always wanted to knit a wedding shawl. Probably because wedding shawls are not in the italian tradition, which is a pity.
Both listed in my Etsy shop - check them out!
Finally the warm season seems to have come to an end and the rain these days is such a welcome change, finally. Which means inspiration for new winter designs and items. My hobbies room is such a mess at the moment, with yarn balls all over the place not to mention needles and hooks. No, no pictures!!!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
a cotton eyeglass or sunglass case, crocheted and lined for extra protection, closes with a pretty vintage button and I have decorated it using an unusual embroidery technique: the yarn is wrapped around a pencil then the flowers are formed and stitched on the item. Tricky but effective. I have then decorated each flower with a small pearl.
A couple more crocheted cell phone - iphone - ipod cases-
one in chocolate brown with pink Sarubobo doll and vintage button
and one cream - white with red Sarubobo doll and matching red vintage button
and because I really enjoy making them, a few more cute tiny Sarubobo dolls
don't you love to see mama and baby playing together? :)
so sweet!! You will find more details here
And lastly, the buy-one and get-one-free pattern sale is still on. Don't miss it!
Friday, August 14, 2009
How? Purchase one pattern normally then contact me with the name of the pattern you would like to receive for free. I will send it to your Paypal email address.
My patterns are available here:MyOrigDes
or in my etsy
or on Ravelry
Please note - offer does not apply to my crochet filet centerpieces- runners.
Don't miss out!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
and two cell phone cases
and I will be adding gradually others. I have also decided that it's time to part with some things which I have cherished for a long time but have no real meaning to me at this point of my life. They are going to be listed in an Etsy vintage shop that I will be opening by the end of this week. Please check them out. I will add updates and more details soon.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I love the lacy transparencies of this shawl!
Two of my testers have already sent me pictures: Wendy's Sweet Tango Shawl, beautiful in white...so light and lacy, makes me think of a wedding shawl!
And Debi's in lovely pink!
Pattern can be found on Etsy and on Ravelry. It includes written instructions and full charts.
Monday, July 6, 2009
I'm sure that most of you know what Sarubobo means, but in case you don't know here's the definition from wikipedia:
" A sarubobo is a Japanese amulet, particularly associated with the town of Takayiama. Sarubobos are red human shaped dolls, with no facial features, made in a variety of sizes. Traditionally, sarubobos are made by grandmothers for their grandchildren as dolls, and for their daughters as a charm for good marriage, good children and to ensure a well-rounded couple."
"Sarubobo literally translated from the Japanese as "a baby monkey".
There are several reasons why the amulet has this name. The sarubobo is associated with three wishes- protection from bad things, a happy home, a good match, having an easy delivery on birth."
Well, I don't really believe in lucky charms, but I fell in love with Sarubobo dolls because they are so cute, and I have decided to create a crochet pattern.
They are small enough to be considered amigurumi, size varies from 4.5cm to 6.5cm.
The pattern includes a step-by-step tutorial for making a sarubobo keychain,
a sarubobo pincushion,
a sarubobo fridgie,
a flying sarubobo with ballons,
sarubobo mama and baby
I used left over yarn from shawls and I think it is a nice pattern for recycling wool and thread!
Pattern is available on my Ravelry
and on ETSY