You get tired of the same kitchens you see in homes all over our fair city. For a place so obsessed with food you’d think people would be a bit more adventurous. All these cool new age design companies have been driving home the idea of the importance of a thoughtful and creative workspace and that’s exactly what you want for your kitchen.
I was at an expo recently and one particular display caught my attention. RMS Natural Stone Traders have been around a long time and they build kitchens to last but somehow, they manage to wed timeless with innovative and thoughtful. The displays looked great but also supremely functional, I was very impressed with what they are doing with kitchen design Melbourne.
Well, it took more time than I thought, but I finally finished! I’m still in the early learning stages of knitting, and am not nearly as comfortable doing that as I am crochet, but I really wanted to do a pretty hat for my girls.
This is the Little Fair Isle Hat From Purl Bee.
I used a cream colored Alpaca yarn with a multicolored sock yarn for this hat. I really like how it came out. It’s a pretty simple pattern, especially for a pattern with multiple colors. This is a picture of my 8 year old wearing it just after I finished. I still needed to block the hat.
I washed the hat by hand in the sink, and wow, the alpaca was dirty! I thought it would be since there was a bit of hay and grass in the yarn that I had to pick out as I went. Once I rinsed the hat and removed the excess water, I placed it on my glass mannequin head, shaped it, and it will stay there until it’s completely dried.
Now, I followed the pattern exactly. I would change a couple things about this next time around…
- I would pick a slightly larger yarn. It would fill out the stitches better for a more solid look.
- The colored yarn would be more tonal, meaning all one color, but in different shades, rather than the multiple colors.
- I need better stitch markers. I used ones that were a bit too big, and I was always afraid that I would break one while moving the stitches around.
Not too bad. I hope to keep up with my “resolution” to finish 52 projects this year.
How pretty, right? I goofed on the left end. I should have folded those in before the rest of the strips got there to make it a cleaner looking end. Eh, oh well, not that anyone here is going to care:)
I used a white bread recipe (http://bit.ly/ZFGJAY
) and a can of apple pie filling, which I hate to use since it’s so easy to make, but hey, I had a can and figured I better use it.
I cut a couple strips in too far and can see the apples inside. I’d hoped that it didn’t create too much of a mess on my pan. Luckily, it didn’t!
This is such an easy recipe as is, but you could always buy a frozen loaf of bread dough, thaw it, and then roll it out. Once it’s a good-sized rectangle. Pour the apple pie mix in the center of the dough, leaving at least 3 inches of dough on all sides. Cut the strips to within a half-inch of the apples, the just alternate sides, pulling up one strip at a time, up and over the apples.
Pretty cool, right?