Monday, February 21, 2011

Amigurumi Kitten

Hey there. Hope your all keeping well. Thank's for visiting my blog . Just want to share this crochet 'Ami' (Amigurumi) kitten.
I started this project using the kitten pattern in a book by Brigitte Read called 'Super Super cute crochet'. ( I have listed this book in 'Books I recommend' See below). I used this expensive 'Alpaca wool in shade 'Storm'. It started off ok and then it turned in to what I can only describe as a grey expensive grey mess. I spent a couple of hours trying to get the head right. I got so fed up of this project I stuffed it in a bag tried to forget about it.
After about a week I revisited the sad, big headed, grey mess and took pity on it. I assessed where I had left it and decided to stuff it with poly fibre fill to see what it looked like. It didn't look too bad. I unstuffed the kitten's head, added the biggest safety eyes I had. I wanted to give the kitten green eyes but didn't have any green eyes big enough. The nose was embroidered using normal black Dk wool. I sewed the paws and tail on after rolling poly fibre fill around pipe cleaners. ( Pipe cleaners in the limbs help when you wish to pose your ami project).
The detail of the whiskers and pads on the feet were added on last.

I think it turned out pretty cute and my perseverance paid off.... eventually. :D !

Monday, February 14, 2011

Flap Jacks !

I burst in to the house tonight with plans... Shopping and plans. I had the sudden urge to make flap jacks. Yay ! Not the most exciting thing in the world but when I get an impulse I can't seem to shake it until it is done. After putting a new collar on our family cat 'Dashly' ( whom you will all become well acquainted with over the next few weeks... he he ) and eating my supper of lamb and potatoes I got to work.

Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6

125g Butter or 4oz
10 oz oats
Honey (good glug of it !)
Maple Syrup 3 table spoons
Golden Syrup 2 table spoons
Dried Cranberries about 3 quarters of the bag
Ground nuts. 1 desert spoon.

Place the butter in a saucepan and melt slowly. Add in the honey, golden and maple syrup and stir the mixture. Next, add in the dry ingredients of oats , cranberries and ground nuts, stir thoroughly. Keep stirring for about 10 minutes until the mixture is thoroughly heated through or when you can start to smell the yummy goodness.
Next place in a baking tray lined with grease proof paper or place cup cases in a cup cake tin and spoon in the mixture. A good heaped desert spoon in each case or flatten out the mixture evenly in the lined tin. Place in the pre heated oven and bake for 20 minutes. You can cut the flap jacks in to squares if you have chosen to make it in a tray. Allow to cool through for about 15-20 mins. They are now ready to devour !

Gorgeously delicious with a lovely cup of tea or coffee. So quick an easy to make in about half an hour.You can try to add different dried fruits or nuts or no fruit at all, if you want to go all out chuck in some chocolate chips.

If there are any left tomorrow some lucky work colleagues will be sampling these very tasty treats.
Give it a shot and let me know what you think. 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

My very first Amigurumi.

Here is my very, very first 'Amigurumi' 編みぐるみ, literally "Knitted stuffed toy".
After making crochet hats for what seemed like months I applied the circle I had been repeating in to a 3d Sculpt and went for a fun pink iced donut. Hmmmm.....yummy. I was very pleased with the success of my first 'Ami' project..and I used no patterns !