Super Simple Nutella Ice Cream This one did NOT work. Was too thick and would not stick to the zoku sticks. Had to eat it out of the pop maker with a spoon (couldn't let it go to waste)!
SunRype Juice 100% juice juiceboxes make great, easy pops. Use two different flavours to make stripes.
Lucerne 2% Chocolate Milk Easiest pops ever and tastes just like a fudgsicle! Even better if dipped in homemade magic shell sauce.
Lemon Buttermilk Sorbet This takes a bit of prep but is amazing in the Zoku. The lemon and buttermilk combo is delicious. Can add thin slices of lemon to the side. Recipe makes enough for about 12 pops total.
Chocolate Pudding Pops This recipe makes a thin chocolate pudding that works great in the Zoku. Be careful pouring it in as it will fill one side before the other. Makes enough for 12 pops (done over 2 nights). The pudding is very sweet but once frozen tastes just right.
I am probably the worst seamstress in the world, but I can occasionally manage to put together a pair of simple pajama pants (being a female with a 35" inseam has made this necessary):
These are actually for my younger son this time, not me. The pattern is Kwik-Sew's youth pajama pants pattern, size Medium modified to be a bit narrower and many, many inches longer because he is his mother's son.
I used some brushed cotton for the fabric. No, the plaid does NOT match and a real seamstress would choke if she saw how I hemmed them, but I managed to avoid accidentally slicing through the leg and ruining them while trimming the seams this time, so I call these a rousing success!
I can't tell you how many pairs of pajama pants I have ruined with cutting accidents. I truly was not meant to use scissors. This is why I knit!
I finished knitting up the hat from the Phildar Chic kit that I bought last weekend:
Pattern: Phildar Chic hat pattern - in French on the ball band, or you can find the English version here.
Yarn: Phildar Chic, 1 ball (includes pompom)
Needles: Calls for 7 mm, I used 6.5 mm
Modifications: I knit the hat in the round on 56 stitches instead of flat on 58 sts, and I used 6.5 mm needles because that's all I had on hand.
The knitting was easy and the pompom is magnificent!
The yarn is very, very soft - it has strands of silver sparkle and sequins but they are fine enough that you don't even feel them. It comes with the very fluffy faux-fur pompom. There were actually two different kinds of hat kits like this at the store: Phildar Chic and Phildar Choc.
The Chic comes in neutral colours black, silver (mine), brown or tan with a same-colour pompom. The Choc is a bolder self-striping yarn that comes with a bright pompom. I kind of wish I'd bought one of those at the same time too.
And if you buy two balls you can make a scarf with a pompom on each end.
This is probably the best last-minute gift idea I've seen this season. Either knit up the hat if your recipient doesn't knit or if they do, give them the kit. A beginner who can knit and purl can easily make this hat.
Wendyknits has a book giveaway on her blog for a book called As the Heel Turns: Taking the Drama out of Knitting Socks. It sounds like the perfect book for me! The book that could finally get me to knit successful socks for my weird, difficult feet!
I entered the draw, but of course realize there is almost no chance that I will win. So I also went searching for it on amazon.ca and Needle Arts Knitting and chapters' website too. It isn't there!
It appears to be available on the UK amazon, the German amazon, the American amazon, the Indian amazon. But not Canada or (so far that I can see) any shop that ships to Canada, like knitpicks. Argh. How can this be?
I'm posting this blog entry as a placeholder so I remember the name of the book and can continue my search!
I am about to make my third... no, fourth! attempt on the Redy sweater.
I finally found the magical combination of yarns (1 strand Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light, 1 strand Rowan Kidsilk Haze) but I have not yet found the magical needle size!
I started by trying 5 mm needles, hoping that my gauge would be a titch loose so I could knit the size small but still have some positive ease. The gauge was spot on as I was knitting, but when I stopped to block and check my gauge the sweater grew immensely!
My gauge went from 17 sts/4" to 13 sts. That is more positive ease than I'd bargained for! The cowl (which I was using as my swatch) would have fallen right off my shoulders.
So, I frogged it all and will start again with 4.5 mm needles.
It's worth taking the time to get it just right, I know. But it is always a little discouraging to rip out so much work!
* - this book was not for me, couldn't even finish it, probably won't even show up on this list
** - kinda regret reading it; not well written, has major flaws
*** - enjoyable entertainment; didn't stick with me too long
**** - great book; thought provoking; something in it really grabbed me
***** - LOVED it. Knocked my socks off. Might even re-read it (and I don't re-read books!)