5 Small Goals for the Season: Winter Wrap Up

For 5 small goals, you think it would have been pretty easy to get through them, since this was a Game of Thrones-style winter (read: crazy long).  But the two things that took the longest were Building a Snowman and Making Eggnog from Scratch.

First up, the Snowman: There were probably only two times I felt like I’d be willing to devote an hour or so to making a snowman, and both times the snow was not ‘packing snow’, which is ideal for sticking to itself and making a snowman, but the ‘powder snow’, which totally does not stick and is just fluffy and (you guessed it) powdery.  It was becoming clear that even though it was the longest winter ever, I wasn’t so jazzed about making a snowman, so I started thinking of ways around it. And I landed on doughnut snowmen! Adorable, right? Except making them totally reminded me of those pinterest fail photos that you see, with the perfect inspiration image on one side, and the realistic disaster on the other: 

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My problem was this- I didn’t find candy corn (it was February, after all), so I thought I’d make the ‘carrot’ noses out of marzipan, which I tinted orange. Bonus crafty points, right? Wrong. marzipan wasn’t sturdy enough to be wedged into the irregular shaped doughnut holes, and so they fell out a lot. and I tried doing chocolate chips for eyes and mouths, but they wouldn’t stick.  So I tried chocolate icing piped onto the doughnuts. Did you know nothing sticks to powdered sugar doughnuts? Which makes me wonder- how the heck did whoever crafted the original image get their chocolate chips to stay in the doughnuts?! Anyway, I tried my best. and they did look pretty cute, if you forget the hours of work on basically decorating store-bought doughnuts. 

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Everyone has rainbow play rice all over their dining floor, right? 

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It took longer to make these snowman than it would have to make a real one out of snow, but at least I was inside and warm.

The Eggnog. I came across  the perfect recipe, and it was really easy to make, with a wonderfully rich and creamy texture.   I would leave out the bit about whipping the egg whites in the  future, though- I don’t think it was necessary, and added extra steps to the process. It was just as delicious without- I tried it before adding the whipped egg whites, and after. Although they really do transform the texture of this drink!

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My previous 5 Small Goals for Winter:

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Clockwise, from top left: The original goals, cozy red sweater, sharpies on a mug (update: sharpies on mugs do not last. I’m going to try enamel paints next time!) ,  winter festivals

And that’s a wrap on the winter goals!

Modification Monday: Cornflower Cardi

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Original Pattern: Kai mei and Seamless Saddle Shoulder Pullover

Knitter Extraordinaire: Patricia (Ravelry ID

Mods: Combined a great detail from a sock pattern and the Elizabeth Zimmermann sweater recipe for this fully customized cardigan.  Project page can be found here

What Makes This Awesome: What a wonderful idea- customizing a perfect blue cardigan and using a great lace detail at the waist.  And for the lace, the original sock design had a lace stripe that worked perfectly- just the right amount of detail and interest. If you were building your ideal cardigan from scratch, following the wisdom of Elizabeth Zimmermann   is a great place to start. Patricia’s cardigan is a testament to how personalized (and beautiful!) you can make it. 

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Pin Ups: My Favourite Things This Week

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This is such a great way to start seeds indoors! And I feel like it would definitely make me happy to see little sprouting ice cream cones in my home, while waiting for the last of the frost warnings to go away. Instructions can be found here.

tassel

This pretty tassel necklace is a snap to make, and you can customize with any colours you like- it’s embroidery thread!

popcorn

I don’t know about you, but I adore caramel popcorn. This handy recipe makes it so easy to make it at home, perfect for staying in to watch a movie.

burrito bowl

Quinoa burrito bowls! healthy, tasty, colourful, and sure to please even the pickiest of eaters- you can customize your toppings.

easter knit

How sweet are these Easter chicks and eggs? You could knit them up pretty quickly out of bits of scrap yarn, and it would be a pretty Easter display or toys for the young one.  Free pattern, too!

WIP: Diode Hat

 Textured brown things for WIP inspiration: a close up of a woodpile from the Ai Wei Wei Exhibit, rebar installation also by Ai Wei Wei, close up of tree bark at the cottage.

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I’ve been working away on a lovely hat, Diode,  designed by my friend Erica. I saw her wearing a navy blue version in the winter and immediately fell in love! I generally find that knitted hats are not warm enough for me- the wind cuts right through them, and my ears are really sensitive. But this hat has a knitted double brim, for extra insulation, and the small needles and sportweight yarn make for a thick, dense fabric that is way warmer than most of my knitted hats. And those tiny bobbles! I seldom see bobbles looking quite so lovely as this.

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Gatsby, very graciously modelling.

It’s a lovely, portable little knit that’s easy to memorize. And as of this post, it’s just come off the needles and ready for FO shots- we’ll have to try to get those this weekend.

Modification Monday: Polar Prism Cardigan

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Original Pattern: Girl on Fire 

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jennifer (Ravelry ID

Mods: Turned a sold colour pullover with front lace panel into a gorgeous colourwork cardigan with a different neckline. Great details on the mods can be found on her project page, here

What Makes This Awesome: I love how Jennifer took the key characteristics of a pattern she loved (top down, set in sleeve method) and modified it heavily to get a new look out of it with this amazing colourwork cardigan. I especially love the very light grey with the bright hits of citrus shades, and colour blocked stripe effect. She handled the shaping beautifully, and the whole effect is a home run! 

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