I know how to procrastinate (*indeed too well), so to have something ready for winter, I got to start making it now. After reading different blogs and articles, I’ve decided to make a cropped box sweater. Yarn selection is the easy part, since I have some leftover yarn at home. For this project, it’ll be one strand of white yarn and one strand of gold nylon/ polyester yarn. The thing to consider in selecting a pattern is whether the pattern will show up nicely in these color. After some thought and research on fw 2012/ss 2013 trends, I’ve decided to try out Entrelac knitting, a type of knitting that looks like it is diagonally woven into each other.
Two great resources I’ve used:
Entrelac Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for Beginners written by Urszula Szwabowicz
Planet Purl’s How to channel – a six part video instruction on Entrelac Knitting
This is what I’ve got so far 🙂 Not bad for a first timer eh?Hopefully I have enough yarn and patience to finish it in time for SF 🙂
If you are not ready for Entrelac, you can go to Knittingfool.com, this site offers a range of knitting pattern for free with pictures, it’s super cool 🙂
One of my favorite dessert at the Dim Sum luncheon is the Sesame Cake
I came across this wonderful recipe here and made my own.
It’s super easy to make!
1. Prepare 2 bowl
2. Measure ingredients:
- Bowl 1: 120g water (room temperature) + 65g Water Chestnut Powder (gives it crunchiness)+ 15 g Glutinous Rice/ Wheat Starch Powder + 50g Cornstarch
- Bowl 2: 480g hot water + 150g sugar + 100g sesame powder (lightly toasted in oven for 10 min
3. Mix the bowls of ingredients separately, then mix the bowls together
4. Lightly oil the container/ mould/ ramekin that will be use, this helps release the steamed cake from the container
5. Steam the cake 🙂
- Option 1 – fill the batter to the top and steam for 20-30 min and test for doneness
- Option 2 – as suggested at the source to make multi-layers: fill the base of the container or 1/5 full, steam for 3 minutes (check whether the layer is set) then add another 1/5 to the container, allow it to steam for 3 minutes and repeat; after all the batter has been added, steam for 20 minutes and check for doneness
6. All the cake to cool before cutting it, then enjoy 🙂
Can you see the layers? Yumm 🙂
Are you one of those crafter who makes stuff for the stake of enjoyment? Personally I’m not an Etsy participant – seller/ buyer, at times I just want to make things. Over years I’ve accumulated boxes of fabric and yarn and I’m preparing for moving, I need to look for a way to downsize. I googled for possible places to donate these materials as it turns out only one or two charity that are willing to take them. I was lucky enough to find Toy Society. It seems to kill two birds with one stone – I get to make things and get rid of it somewhat anonymously.
Here’s a look of the first Toy that will contribute to Toy Society
Using leftover nail polish to revamp a piece of old souvenir.
Step 1 – Nail Polish color
Step 2 – Apply thin layer of polish over Terra Cotta warrior
Step 3 – Allow polish to dry then apply 2-3 layers of nail polish to cover up all the areas.
Ta – da~
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