Monday, 13 December 2010

Holidays!

All Amy and Pia shops will be closed over the Christmas holidays, giving us lots of time (in theory) to make loads of lovely woolly things for the New Year! There will be a new Zibbet shop, and a reorganisation of branding - in the shape of an AmyandPia shop on Folksy. There will be more felted hats, lots more bears, and a lot more spinning and felting and feeling up of fibres in general!

Happy Christmas!!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

My Creative Space

Yesterday the postman brought something really exciting - a big bag of icelandic wool! I bought a 500 gram pack - 100g each of five different natural shades.


Last night I began spinning it up on my drop spindle, I have only just begun spinning, so I'm not looking for any prizes! I'm hoping to spin it up and ply it into a fairly chunky yarn that I can then knit into a cardigan for me - a pretty hairy cardigan I think.


I'm a big fan of all things Icelandic, though mainly the mediaeval literature side of things so far. I've begun doing some research on Icelandic wool and Icelandic sheep, and they sound pretty special. I've read about the longer outer hairs (tog) and the soft inner hairs (thel); their sundry uses, and different ways of spinning them. But there's a lot more for me to read (and experiment with ) yet! When I've accumulated enough information I'll cobble it together here. And if anyone reading has any interesting info I'd be fascinated to read it!

Right now I'm going back to continue my spinning experiment :-)

For more creative spaces see kootyoo's blog

 
Some links..

world of wool
carreg yarns
Handknitting Association of Iceland

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Chocolate Beetroot Cake!

This cake is delicious, easy, keeps well, and best of all, you can eat loads without feeling like you've just gorged on chocolate!

  Chocolate Beetroot Cake!!

  75g cocoa powder or powdered drinking chocolate
  180g plain flour
  2 tsp baking powder
  250g caster sugar
  250g cooked beetroot
  3 large eggs
  200ml sunflower oil
  1 tsp vanilla extract
  icing sugar, for dusting (walnuts  go quite nicely in or on top of the cake too)

      Heat the oven to 180c/gas mark 4 and lightly butter a 20cm/8" cake tin. Sift the coca powder, flour and baking powder into a bowl then mix in the sugar. Set these dry ingredients aside. Puree the beetroot in a food processor. Add the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla and oil, and whizz until smooth.
       Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients, then add the beetroot mixture and mix lightly. Pour the mixture into the prepared cake tin.
       Bake for 50-60 mins, or until a skewer comes out clean (cover with a loose sheet of foil if it starts to brown by about 30 mins). This cake will not rise a great deal, and the top will crack. (In a muffin tray they take 15-30 mins).


It goes very well with fondant icing. It is moist, but also pretty crumbly, so watch out for squashed cake on the floor :-)


No photos, as I haven't got a cake on me at the moment! Imagine something rich, and brown :-)

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Gossamer lace scarf - work in progress

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Bad poetry in alliterative verse - about today's exciting event!

Today a tragedy, terrible and sad:
While walking through wind and withering sun
Skull Shielder, the snazziest patterned,
Forgotten fell, forlorn by the road.
Not even noticed til much later on,
When wilting from heat, 'where has it gone?!'
Seeking ensued, unceasing and sad,
Until abandoned, in the end.
Unexpected eagle eyes found it,
Lying lost in the leaves -
To tiny one ten points!!

All right, I know it's not quite up to Exeter Book standards, but I am  multi-tasking:-)

Monday, 14 June 2010

That monster never turned up! But the half-finished bag looks very nice anyway.  Photo could be better, but it is a work in progress.

Thoughts on new things to make - golf club covers (surely every golfer needs a knitted monster or three sticking up out of their bags), hats (definitely more hats, involving experimentation with lace patterns and felting), and some patterns.

Sunday, 13 June 2010

Wise words

A friend told me this: 
 
A real man is a woman's best friend. He will never stand her up and never
let her down. He will reassure her when she feels insecure and comfort her
after a bad day.

He will inspire her to do things she never thought she could do; to live
without fear and forget regret. He will enable her to express her deepest
emotions and give in to her most intimate desires. He will make sure she
always feels as though she's the most beautiful woman in the room and will
enable her to be the most confident, sexy, seductive, and invincible.


No, wait... sorry... I'm thinking of wine.............. Never mind.

New projects

At the moment I'm working on a new handbag for me - which I will also make available on etsy. It is going to be strong and felted, and I'm wondering if that monster will come back. It's made from the same wool as manifested the last monster so it'll be interesting to see...

And I think I might make a few shawls and scarves for these summer evenings.

New blog

This is the beginning of another steep learning curve...