13 Jan 2014 3 Comments
Firstly let’s back up a little bit.
My dad is ridiculously difficult to buy presents for. You can pretty much rule out any of the usual golf/alcohol related/fishing/ sports merchandise ideas that the catalogues have as their ‘fathers gift guides’.
I think over the years us kids have bought him every single train DVD imaginable. I’ve also bough him reticulation connectors and a dustpan and brush. They were both on his list, so I bought them for him.
This year for his birthday he got a pair of socks, which he dutifully wore on Christmas Day and even colour coordinated his outfit so they matched.
And so for Christmas I bought him a can of WD-40.
Because I am Bek I made a crochet cozy for it.
And again because I am Bek I ended up with a custom request from a twitter friend.
I didn’t quite have all the right colours on hand so I dyed up some yellow.
There was then a slight hiccup with this sizing.
So @parhwy a parcel is now winging it’s way (or it will be if I make it to the post office this arvo) to you.
May your wd-40 be ever cozy.
10 Jan 2014 10 Comments
I love zucchini slice. (For any american’s wondering what I’m banging out about a zucchini is also known as a courgette. But just hear how zucchini rolls off the tongue. Zucchini. Zoo-kini.Zoo-keeeeeneeeey)
It’s the number one thing that I search for on my own blog.
Even though it’s so simple, I always think I forget something.
The original recipe is from the Australian’s Women’s Weekly cookbook that my Mum owns. When I left home I had a photocopy of it, which is now impossible to read.
So I made a printable to hang on the wall in the kitchen.
If it’s your first time making it, here are the proper instructions.
1 grated zucchini (don’t bother peeling it)
1 cup grated cheese
1 chopped onion
3 rashers bacon chopped
1 cup self raising flour
1/2 cup vegetable oil
dash wooshter sauce
parsley, salt, & pepper to taste…
Put all of the ingredients into a bowl. Mix well. Pour it into a pyrex baking tray.
Pop it in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees and wait for 40 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
Right click here to save the image
Feel free to print the recipe and display it in your homes, but please do not sell it. This is my gift to you.
09 Jan 2014 1 Comment
And by we I mean black books fans.
If you’ve never watched it, I suggest you track it down (unfortunately it was just taken off netflix – boooo!), pour a glass of red wine, and commit the next 10 hours of your life to laughing.
And then we can be friends.
And you’ll know why I have ‘I’m a happy go lucky scamp’ in almost every single social media profile.
So when Midnite Moose asked me to make a black books inspired cushion for a friend I immediately accepted.
I even imposed a crazy stupid deadline on myself so it would be ready before Christmas.
I love making things for people, and most of all I like making things for people who will totally appreciate, cherish, and love what I make. So I knew that this was going to a good home.
I can’t find a youtube clip of that exact scene so you’ll just have to take my word that it’s funny.
Or, you know, watch Black Books already!!!
(The quote is from episode 2, but definitely watch episode 1 first. Just watch all of it.)
08 Jan 2014 1 Comment
I’ve done a song of the week post nearly every week for the last two years, and I love it.
There’s a popular idea at the moment of having a jar and writing down the cool shit as it happens and then reading it in the new year. Well this is kind of the same except with music.
At the end of each year I have a playlist which is like a walk down memory lane. It reminds me of all the live gigs I saw, new music that was released, old music that I discovered for the first time, and provides the score to some memorable moments.
2012 it was Passionpop Wednesday, based on a memorable occasion which had to be celebrated with Passion Pop – a cheap, often nasty sparkling wine.
2013 it was Stuck in my Head, based on what happens when a tune becomes stuck and repeated over and over in one’s brain.
2014 I have decided to call it Song of the Week. Mostly because I don’t have to explain it.
Kicking off the year is new Silversun Pickups!
A new song from a band I love is always a good way to start a year.
And if anyone else wants to create a playlist for the year, now’s a good time to start! Shoot me an email (bekswhoknits [at] gmail [dot] com) and I’ll include you in my next post. I may even learn how to do one of those linky things.
07 Jan 2014 15 Comments
My crafty room.
I’m pretty pleased with how it looks at the moment. It has just been organised so everything is neat and tidy which won’t last too long, but it’s become my favourite room in the house. (This post is really picture heavy – I tried to cut it down but it didn’t happen)
06 Jan 2014 2 Comments
Last year I did 13 things. Well I did a lot more than 13 things, but I set out to do 13 specific things.
This year I’m doing 14. I don’t know what I’m going to do when we get to 2025 but I’ll cross that bridge when/if I get to it.
So without any further ado, this is my list of things to do in 2014.
1) Knit 7 pairs of socks
2) Read 20 books
3) Try 3 new crafts
4) Make an artwork for our house
5) Keep making cushions (Related: Find people who want cushions)
6) Sew (and wear) a garment
7) Write a guest post for Marielle’s Spread the Love feature
8) Crochet a granny square blanket
9) Make jam
10) Dye a yarn collection
11) Send snail-mail to friends
12) Spin 100g of yarn
13) Learn 3 new embroidery stitches
14) Actually finish a Knit-A-Long
So these are my goals / tasks / things to do but if I don’t then I’ve probably found something more interesting to do.
May 2014 be my craftiest year yet!
02 Jan 2014 2 Comments
2013 was awesome in so many ways.
I’ve had green hair, pink hair, purple hair, red hair, and several different combinations.
And I worked my way through 13 goals.
1. Open my little etsy shop. – Tick!
I opened a shop and closed it just as quickly. I didn’t enjoy knitting for strangers or the etsy fees.
2. Host a giveaway on my blog – Tick!
This was so much fun! And this is where I figured out the I like giving things away more than selling them.
The lesson to be learned is that postage is a killer. In the future small and light will be the way to go.
3. Finish Start the knitting crafting for my Pay It Forward post. – Tick!
Again this was ridiculously fun! And it was the beginning of embroidering fabric to go on a frame.
4. Knit 12 pairs of socks. – 8/12
I completed 8 and I currently have 3 on my needles. I didn’t quite get to 12 but maybe I was being a tad optimistic.
5. Sew 6 cushions.- 10/6 – Tick!
I caught the cushion making bug hard!
I even learnt how to sew an invisible zipper.
6. Write a knitting pattern and post it on Ravelry.
I have started this one yet. I don’t know if I still want to.
Maybe if inspiration strikes I may be able to check this off my list.
7. Post a tutorial or a how-to guide. – Tick!
Seriously making a video was not what I had planned for this. But it turned out to be a really good experience. And now I have youtube subscribers. That’s a weird feeling for someone who only has two knitting videos.
8. Try a new craft, or 2, or 3.
I tried arm knitting, spinning, jewellery making, yarn dyeing. I’m looking forward to seeing what new crafts I can learn next year.
9. Create an artwork for my apartment – Coming Soon!
I never showed you this one. But it did happen.
10. Embroider a whole song (lyrics) onto something.
This is totally my favourite embroidery ever!
12. Read a new book every month. (something I haven’t read before) 15/12
I joined goodreads to keep track of it all, so I realised I well and truly met this goal.
13. Crochet a granny square. – Tick!
2013 was the year that crochet and I finally understood each other. I still struggle with patterns and only have one loop on my needles, but the instant gratification is awesome.
I’m currently deciding whether to do 14 in 2014 or, as I’m 30 next year, 30 before 30.
Either way 2014 is going to be awesome. I just know it.
25 Dec 2013 1 Comment
in real life
I hope all of you Christmas celebrators out they have a lovely Christmas. And to anyone else who is celebrating anything else I hope you have a lovely holiday.
And to all you very important people who are working today -
Thanks. Especially to all the doctors and nurses who do an awesome job and are largely unthanked.
For all of those for whom this holiday is an awful and difficult time- much love and hugs.
Now let’s all appreciate David Tennant in a Christmas jumper.
(I have no recollection of how this photograph came to reside on my phone, so if you know the source please let me know so I can credit it)
Happy December 25th.
24 Dec 2013 3 Comments
My mum is a pretty kickarse lady. (Who would never in a million years call herself kickarse but I’m telling this story the way I remember it)
She left the country before finishing highschool, but once I was born studied at night school to become a teachers assistant and then when she didn’t really want to do that anymore she retrained again in business studies.
She’s a crafty lady who used to sew me swimsuits. Including one pink + frilly number which I believe I hated at the time [i hated pink - go figure!] but looking back must have been bloody difficult and time consuming to make!
I still have dolls she made and pottery she painted, and pottery we made together. And she did teach me to knit although it never quite stuck.
There’s only one way to repay a crafty lady and that’s with crafty love.
I found some flowers on the Internet, and used the Rhonna iPad app to trace the letters.
I used nail polish to gussy up the frame. And glued a backing to the fabric because I can guarantee that my Nanna, who is a far superior embroiderer than I, will check the back which was not done to her standards.
I love my mum.