This huge exhibition has so many talented artists and many interesting crafts to explore.
My favourite stall holder was 21st Century Yarns, with their hand dyed yarns and cloth. I am going to be using these threads for a few different projects. A silk embroidered hand/clutch bag, an embellished cushion.
I also purchased some 100% cotton yarn, hand dyed in Chile by Araucanía Yarns. It’s a smooth thick yarn, pictured in blue, black and green. Can’t wait to make myself and my son a snuggly scarf with the lush one-off hanks. Each one sold creates more opportunities for the local people of Chile, bringing new skills, jobs and hope fr the future.
Check back here soon to see what I make of these super lush fabrics.
Gingersnap and Butterscotch Cookie Recipe Gift Box
This is a super cool way of giving home-made cookies as a gift. You can recycle containers or gift boxes you have received. If you have the budget you could use a mixing bowl as your ‘basket’ and line with tissue paper. See below for more ideas for your ‘basket’.
To pad out a very deep bowl or basket you can roll tissue paper into flattened balls and stick them with very small pieces of double sided tape just to anchor them. Cover with shredded tissue or a raffia and layer your cookies on top.
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Yarn and Needle sizes
It’s important to know that you’re using the right sized tools when doing any project. Here are some terms and size charts used when Knitting.
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Enhancing a simple knit scarf
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A little project I was asked to do was to jazz up this hand knit scarf. A few sequins and beads later I came up with this. It’s quite a trend to have sequins sewn onto knitted accessories so for sure this is not ‘new’. But if you do this yourself it will definitely be unique.
To do this technique tie your sewing thread to the scarf where you would like the sequin. Thread your sequin and bead onto the needle and push to the fabric. Thread the needle back through the sequin and tie off below. Try not to go too deep through the scarf as you don’t want the thread showing on the other side. If your sequins aren’t too spaced you can do more than one at a time by threading your cotton through the scarf so that it can’t be seen. Do several of these and tie off securely.
Add some tassel with leftover yarn from your project. Add in a bit of coloured yarn to tie in the colours and you have a completely overhauled scarf!
Yummy Potato Bake
Cheesy Potato Bake!
4 Large potatoes
1 Medium Cooking Onion
3-4 Medium Tomatoes
1 Large Tin Corned Beef
Peel and chop potatoes and onion and place in a pan and boil until cooked.
While the potatoes cook you can grate the cheese, slice tomatoes and dice the corned beef.
Once potatoes are ready turn on your oven to 190°C. Drain potatoes and mash-up. Add in ¾ of the cheese and the diced corned beef. Stir until well combined.
Place in an oven proof dish. Glass or ceramic will work best. Place sliced tomatoes on, covering entire top. Sprinkle on leftover cheese.
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