Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Yummy treats!

So, over the last couple of days, I’ve been combining two of my favourite things… knitting and baking!

I know, I know, the two don’t seem to go together but trust me

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to say the baked versions were a nightmare to make! The dough did not want to cooperate so some of them are very funny shapes

But the little nibble we had last night was so good (I banned us from eating anymore until after I’d taken the pictures – willpower is in overdrive today!)

The recipe came from issue 11 of Cake Decorating and is really easy but time-consuming. I think my main problem is not knowing how the handle the dough yet, which I’m hoping will come with practice and some advice from my ex-baker grandad

I made some little choccy doughballs too to use up some of the leftover dough.

I made one of the knitted versions a few weeks ago when I was trying out patterns from Tasty Knits. I made another yesterday while the others were cooking and another this afternoon.

They only take about two hours to finish but can be fiddly because they’re knitted in the round on double-pointed needles.

They’re cleverly done though: you start at the edge of the icing and decrease into the middle, then change to beige yarn and increase out again, then sew up on the outside and stuff as you go.

It shows how good the pattern is that I’ve got the patience to knit more and more

In fact, maybe I’ll knit some with different toppings… brightly coloured icing with sprinkles or glitter… or maybe a bagel filled with cream cheese and (veggie) bacon, that would be a challenge, I wonder if you could knit halves…

Anyway, here’s a couple of pics of my little knitted doughnut tower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tasty Knits book review

Tasty Knits by Susan Penny and Susie Johns brings together pieces from some of the Twenty to Make series from Search Press.

Containing a whopping 43 projects, Tasty Knits features lots of tasty foods from corn on the cob to lemon slices to sandwiches to burgers to cakes and biscuits.

All of the pieces are brilliantly designed and amazingly life-like. Perhaps the cleverest piece is the banana which is made with a zip in the skin so you can actually unzip it and take out the fruit!

The doughnuts are also very well done, knitted in one piece and attached around the outside.

The projects are quick and fun to knit and make great children’s toys or decorations.

So far I’ve made two pizza slices, a banana, a large apple, a small apple and a doughnut and I plan to make loads more!

I have to say though, I have (as usual) adapted some of the patterns, mostly on the pizza slice, and I did notice a bit of a mistake on the apple pattern (it calls for needles in the pattern that aren’t listed previously)

I also noticed that some pieces aren’t as big as you might think. The pizza slice, the banana and the doughnut came out life-size but the apples are quite dinky and the sandwich that I started yesterday was looking tiny (I’m afraid to say I took it out and scrubbed it off the ‘to do’ list)

The only bad thing I can think of is that the book definitely focuses on sweet things, 25 of the patterns are sweet treats compared to 14 ‘meals’,  three pieces of fruit and ONE vegetable!

All-in-all, though, I love it and the projects are perfect as ‘fillers’ in between other things as they can mostly be completed in an evening. I’ll just have to go and buy Twenty to Make Knitted Fruit and Knitted Vegetables (and maybe Knitted Fast Food) to complete my knitted food collection!

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Amazing discoveries and new inspiration

First off, apologies for my absence. I’ve been horribly poorly with sinus problems and a bad throat and last week was a whirlwind of meds, errands and interviews.

I actually had three last week, two on Wednesday and one on Friday. I haven’t heard back from the one I really want but I’ve been offered one of the others (the better of the two).

It puts me in a bit of a quandary but all-in-all I feel pretty good (most of the time)

It also means I’ve got lots of extra time for crafting and writing!

Progress on the cricket jumper is slow but I’m plodding along with it.

I find it very tricky to work on with Steven next to me (not enough elbow room) so I tend to leave it for when he’s not about.

It’s also quite dull as it’s a simple rib/cable pattern but I really want it so I’ll persevere!

I’m also working on several small projects to fill time when in the car or when I’m bored with cabling cream DK or when I’m a bit short on time or just when I feel like making significant progress on something.

Among these small projects are two recently completed crochet designs.

I’m trying not to say too much on the subject but I’m designing pieces for a book idea.

I’ve got loads of ideas and am doing really well designing and making them.

As well as all this, I’ve recently discovered two great books

The first is called Tasty Knits and is a compilation of some of the Twenty to Make series by Search Press.

I love novelty knits and I love food so this is a brilliant indulgence for me.

The second is The Knitting and Crochet Bible which is essentially The Knitting Bible  and The Crochet Bible bound together.

I cannot express how much I love, love, love the knitting section of this book.

Techniques (from beginner to advanced) are fully explained and now I’m itching to try out some more advanced and adventurous knitting.

I hope to post more detailed reviews later so I won’t say too much now.

I’ve also discovered a new yarn shop and heard about another that I plan to visit this week.

My mum mentioned one in Woodbridge that I didn’t know about so we popped in there during my latest hunt for yarn.

It’ s not my usual type of yarn shop as they stock the higher end, branded (and hence expensive) yarns, but it’s great to know they’re there for when I do need something a bit special.

They also stock Manos del Uruguay yarn which I’ve been looking for for ages.

My cousin mentioned the other this morning and I’m very intrigued to have a peek around.

I’m feeling really inspired and I can’t wait to get some existing projects finished so I can experiment with some new techniques and some serious designing.

And, on that note, I think I’ll sign off and get knitting!

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