FO: a nice winter vest

For some reason I completely forgot to post this project! This right here, this is my first crocheted garment! I’m so incredibly proud! It’s the first time I made something with crochet that needs to be sewn together. Something with fitting. Something with sleeves. And buttons. And lemme tell ya, it’s NOT going to be my last. Woo!

I’m so happy and proud I put it on aunty Truus in the shop! It fits (but it’s a tiny bit tight). I guess I could either frog the whole thing or lose some of that babyweight.. Hint: I’m not frogging hehe

I finally found an excuse to use these buttons! These are laser engraved coconut shells and I’ve been eyeing them ever since they came in <3

I’m glad this one is done and I’ll be happy to wear it on the colder days this year!

In sock knitting news: I’ve finally reached the witch! I’m so excited about this sock! I already know I’m not going to get identical socks, but that’s okay! I’m going to continue ribbing for another inch or so, and then I’m going to pick up the stitches for the heel. This way I’ll know I’ve finished the first sock completely and I can relax and enjoy knitting the second sock πŸ™‚

I know I said I wasn’t to knit anything for myself, and to be honest: it’s not for me, it’s for the shop. This is not part of my stash, this is a test yarn πŸ™‚ See what I did there? I made a loophole LOL.

Anyway, I’m looking for amazing new yarns for my winter collection. There’s a huuuge list of yarns I can choose from, but I’d rather go for yarns I’m not familiar with myself. This way I can expand my yarn library and my knowledge. I feel like this yarn is exactly what I’ve been looking for. It’s lush and poofy, even though it’s a two ply, it’s such a lofty yarn you knit it with 5 (in my case 5,5 mm) needles. I’m not allowed to work on this project until I finish this project first:

Progress eh. Well I’m already done with one of the sleeves and I noticed something. Remember how I said this thing was going to be too big for my kid? yea too big for just a front or just a back, but the kid won’t fit in this thing even if I ad a 2″ buttonband (and ruin the intarsia motif). So what do I do know? Well, there’s only two options.

  1. Rip back and start over (which I’m not going to do)
  2. Widen the piece.

Yep. I’m going to cast on 15 stitches and knit them and sew them together. I know this very lovely (practically invisible) sewing technique I was dying to try out anyway. Either way, It’s a lesson learned.

SWATCH BEFORE YOU CAST ON! Don’t be like me πŸ˜›

In non-knitting news: I decided to make pasta with the 2 year old. It was a huge succes <3 I absolutely love cooking and making home made pasta is the best thing in the whole world. It’s such a great experience to share with kids πŸ™‚

Ma’iq has recently discovered play doh and absolutely loves playing with it. And pasta is kind of the same. Only you can eat it. He also loves to play pretend cooking and he has all sorts of tiny pots and pans. So this was a great opportunity to enjoy some quality time together πŸ™‚

Maybe you’d like to try it as well, it’s super easy, but you do need a pasta machine (the hand cranked ones are not expensive at all! I got mine for 25 euros)

We made pasta using 200 grams of wheat flour and 2 eggs. Knead into a ball (by hand or by machine it doesn’t matter), cover in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

Dust your table with flour and flatten the ball into something that will go throug your machine. keep running in through the machine while moving from the widest setting to the narrower settings (mine has 7). Cut shapes (or make spaghetti or tagliatelle with the add-on that comes with the machine).

I made a filling with what we had left from the day before:

a half cup of sundried tomatoes
1 ball of buffalo mozzarella cheese
a bit of fresh dill
salt and pepper
bit of lemon juice

puree this and there’s your filling. Put a bit in the middle of the circles you cut out. Put a bit of water on one of the sides, fold the pasta and press. Now you have tiny filled pasta (Google tells me the ones I made are called Mezzelune).

Hope you enjoy the recipe and sorry if it’s hard to follow, I’ve never written out recipes before on this blog πŸ˜€

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