Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Adventure in knitting–Part 2

Remember the red cardi, I did a couple of months ago.  Maud for whom I knitted for, seemed to have liked it, she said it was like a cardi from Bonpoint.  I was very happy with this compliment and when I saw her during our holiday in France I asked her whether there’s something I could knit for her.  She only wished for a blue hat with a big pompom.  After a quick search on the Bonpoint’s website, I found a very simple hat for 54 Euros (in sale! Initial price was 77).  Are they mad?!… Who want to spend so much on a hat (and a very simple with that)?

So back in S’pore, I’ve found some thick yarn and produced a blue hat with a big pompom, and a huge bulky cowl to go with it and keep her warm during winter. All of this for less than S$40 (24 Euros)!

Cowl and hat for Maud1

A big thank you to my model, the temperature is 34 degrees C in S’pore, not the best time to wear a hat and a cowl.

Cowl and hat for Maud

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Adventure in knitting

Not blogging does not mean not crafting.  Not a lot of sewing, but I kept busy knitting, it is easier to carry around while travelling.

I’ve seen this vest at …Jusqu’à Jupiter, and loved it. Just before Christmas, I finished it.  It was my Christmas present for Juliette. I was not sure whether she would like it or not.  I used some Jet yarn from Patons.  I worried it would be itchy, and that she would not want to wear it.  I was Oh! so wrong.  She wore it everyday while we were in France, as if she had nothing else to keep her warm.

Cable cardi for Juliette


Still on the knitting front,  I’ve been lucky enough to participate to a Test Knit for Susan from Ashcroft-Hempsall DesignsLeaves on the line is a lovely pattern that has changed my way of thinking.  No rows counting, almost no stitches counting either.  Susan’s shawl has two sections: the first section used 40% of the yarn, the second one 60%.  This makes the design extremely flexible, one can make the shawl as big as wishes without having to recount the stitches. In this case, Susan asked the testers to use 100g of fingering yarn.  I got it wrong and used DK.  Still, I love the result.  The yarn, Shilasdair Luxury DK,  is from Tangled Yarn.  I ordered it on line and I can only recommend this company: the service was very courteous and fast.  As for the pattern, you can buy it from Susan (look for the last page, there’s one of my pictures!)

Leaves line shawl

More knitting progress very soon!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Galette des Rois

This is a French tradition, 12 days after Christmas, on January 6th, it is time to welcome the Three Wise Men, the Three Kings.  The way we do it in France is with a Galette des Rois in which a small stone is hidden.  The person who find it in its slice, is then crowned King or Queen for the day.  To determine who is going to get which slice of the pie, the youngest kid around the table goes under the table and each time a slice is cut, the little one under the table tells which guess is to received it.

Galette des rois

Here is the recipe for the Galette des Rois.

You will need:

  • enough all-butter puff pastry to cut 2 large 30cm-circles;
  • 200 g of almond powder
  • 100 g soften butter
  • 80 to 100 g sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten, separately
  • a drop of vanilla extract
  1. In a bowl, mix the sugar, the soften butter, the almond powder and mix with an electric mixer.  Then add one egg at a time.  One egg might be enough, the frangipane needs to be thick enough, not runny.
  2. Roll the puff pastry thinly and cut out 2 large circles (30/32 cm diameter).
  3. Set one circle on a baking tray. Spread the frangipane on the top and put the stone on it.
  4. Take the second circle and cover the frangipane. Press both circles together with a fork.  With the left over of the egg, coat the top circle, then use a knife to draw some lines crossing over.

Galette des rois1

Here a few stones from my collection.  I buy them from my local bakeries in France, some of them came from Vietnam (and they will probably never make it to a pie, I like them too much).

000 Temporaire4

Friday, 6 January 2012

Welcome 2012

New year’s resolutions, old year’s review… not this time.

Of course, I could make an enumeration of my finished projects, put on a slide show, but there’s the archives for this.  And concerning the new year’s resolutions:  I could make lists of old projects I want to finish, of new ones I want to start.  I could start a self improvement programme, a house improvement one, a husband/kids improvement action plan… decide to look blog-perfect.  But honestly, I have no time for this, I rather be knitting, sewing, cooking and sweating (Yeah any calories’ intake needs to be burnt at the gym).

Only one thing, this year will be a Happy Year.  And it started quite well: today the four of us, my teens/pre-teens and myself were all in a good mood at the same time (if you’re a mum of teens, you know it’s enough to celebrate). Oh I said happy year, not perfect year: Philippe is travelling.

So to all of you, readers, family, anonymous…

I wish you a very Happy New Year!