Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Craft Update -- February 27

Tomorrow marks the start of Bernat's 2011 Knit and Crochet Along to support Project Linus, a non-profit organization that distributes blankets to seriously ill children. Bernat will be offering four new free patterns for baby blankets. All blankets delivered to their offices by August 1 will be sent on to Project Linus.

Bernat had sent the announcement earlier in February, and of course, I couldn't wait until the official start of the event, so I picked up a bunch of Bernat Baby Softee and started a blanket using one of their previously published free patterns. Now I have a growing stack of crocheted squares in front of me. Making afghan squares is the ultimate portable project.

I also bought myself a brand new Addi Comfort Grip crochet hook. It took me a while to get used to it, but now the crocheting is going very smoothly. After getting blisters from my old crochet hooks, this thought suddenly struck me. I've been spending a fortune these past years buying premium knitting needles, and I don't regret a penny I've spent on these tools which I constantly use. So why am I still using the crappy plastic crochet hooks I bought 20 years ago when I couldn't afford (and didn't know about) anything better? Moreover, high-end crochet hooks are way cheaper than high-end knitting needles, so I think it's time to replace my entire collection.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Craft Update -- Feb. 13

Here's the latest project, made from more of my Mille Colori stash, from the Ravelry pattern 198 yds. of Heaven by Christy Verity. It's a smallish shawlette or scarf and not terribly difficult to do, once you figure out how the pattern works.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jellyfish -- Instant and Natural!

This ("Instant Natural Jellyfish") has become our favourite snack ... Julia's and mine, that is. Todd can take it or leave it, and Kate won't come within a metre of it. We've been getting packs of it from the local Asian grocery store for an incredible 99 cents each. Commonly served at banquets, jellyfish is no longer reserved for special occasions for us. Open the package, mix in the chili oil and (sadly, MSG-laden) spice packet, and voila .... instant natural jellyfish! I think the cute pink jellyfish licking her lips (or whatever it is that jellyfish have) makes the contents extra-appealing.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Year of the Rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit is here. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year!

Bunny pattern is from Ana Paula Rimoli's book, Amigurumi World. Check out her site.