Showing posts from April, 2012

American Girl Doll Cloche

So, I finally had a chance to try out my new pattern for an american girl doll cloche hat that a fellow Ravelry member bought me. I wanted to make it for my niece's AG doll. It was really easy to make and didn't take long at all.

The first hat I was able to model it on Kirsten an American girl doll. The second hat, Nick offered to model it for me!

I've since made a black one like it. I just need to go buy some ribbon and I'm all set!

Oster Express Bake bread machine

I finally looked up the model to see which one I had, and I'm glad I did. I read the reviews on the link I gave yesterday and there were so many bad reviews on the other machine. That is not the one I have!

One of the things I learned when making bread with this machine is using the Express bake feature. It bakes a loaf of bread in under an hour. I don't use it very often but always pleased when I do. One of the ingredients it calls for is "rapid rise" yeast. After having to remember to buy "special" yeast to make the bread, I googled the yeast to see what the big deal was. And what did I learn? It's the same exact thing as the other yeast! The only thing about using this recipe is that you use twice as much yeast. But no worries about buying some with a "special" name anymore. Since I buy my yeast by the pound, now I don't have to worry about buying two different types.

Speaking of yeast, my favorite brand to buy is: SAF Instant yeast. I …

Honey Grain Bread

I'm trying a new recipe tonight called Honey Grain Bread in my bread machine. (Mine is similar to the link provided. I have gotten so much use out of this bread machine. I think it's one of the best purchases I've made. Now, you know I'm not much into gadgets, but I love the fact that it doesn't take up much space, I can put it away when I'm not using it and unlike an oven, I can put it outside to bake when it's too hot but we still want something yummy to eat! I can't remember how much I paid for it but it was on clearance at Walmart. I've had several brands of bread machines in the past, but another reason I like mine is that it makes horizontal loaves of bread. As much use as I've put it through it's still going strong.I remember when bread machines were really popular. Do people even use them nowadays like I do? I see a lot of them still in boxes sitting unopened on thrift store shelves. Don't people realize what they are missing!? l…

Knitted Phone cozy or soap sack

I thought I'd make this a separate posting rather than editing my last post. This way I can share a few secrets that I've done to make this pattern go more smoothly.

First off, I have yet to figure out how to make this on double pointed needles. The pattern never turns out right when I do. So, if you're brave enough to do it, PLEASE let me know how you did it! I thought it would just turn out the same but the holes show up in odd places...

Secondly, when I made this, I did not want to have to make two of them and sew the bottom and sides up, so what I did is this:

I made it according to the pattern and it helps to write things down as you go along otherwise you may (like me) forget which row you're on and do another extra set as shown in the photo! I also decided to just make the back be stockinette (easier) but I have done it before with the pattern showing on both sides.

Anyways, after I got done with making it, instead of binding off, I simply went backwards on the …

Another knitted phone or soap cozy pattern

Here is a knitted sudsy sack I made the other day with organic undyed cotton yarn. My favorite so far! Shown with a bar of spearmint soap from here.