Fantastic Bake Along – Ginger Snaps

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Like every month, I’m participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted byย Tracyย @itsatsweetday. This time, we are making Ginger snap cookies, and I’m very excited because I’ve never had them, and also I can use them for 2 of my 18 for 2018 goals ๐Ÿ˜‚ย The recipe came from Mary Berry’s cookbook and was chosen by Rebecca from Twinklehook.

First, I have to share something with you! As neither hubby or I have had Ginger snaps before, we googled it. This is what we found ๐Ÿ˜‚

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The funniest/saddest thing is that hubby actually has seen that movie, I was almost pissing myself laughing at that point!

Anyway, back to the Bake Along, I followed the recipe exactly, but my dough was still sticky so I added some extra flour until it was nice and smooth like Rebecca described. I was ridiculously excited that I made exactly 15 of them, I think it’s the first time I follow a recipe and I get the exact number that I should! Then, it was only a matter of baking them, I only left them for 12 minutes instead of 15 as they started to smell great and I was afraid to burn them.

And voila! They were delicious, so thanks again Rebecca for sharing this fabulous recipe with us!

If you are interested in participating, contact Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks normally participating in the Fantastic BAL

 

 

 

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WIP Wednesday – Possum shawl

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I have mentioned in my yearly goals that I would like to design more this year, and I’ve really been enjoying designing amigurumi so far. I have had an idea for a knitted shawl in my head since last week though, and so I’ve started on it using some super soft possum/merino/silk yarn I bought while in New-Zealand. The yarn is Zealana Kauri and it’s just amazing. I’ve been using my new interchangeable needles from Knitpro too, and I have to say that they are great, the transition from cable to needle is just so smooth. Anyway, the shawl is in three colours and I am doing a simple lace pattern with the green/mustardy colour.

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I really love the overall effect, I’m hoping to have this finished by next week and I’m hoping that the blocking really makes the lace stand out ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s pretty good for my first ‘freestyle’ knitting project.

Have you ever designed a project on a whim? I’d love to know!

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FO Monday – Candy corn socks

Happy Monday lovely readers!

First, I would really love to thank all of you who showed interest in Sandy, you guys really put a smile on my face โค๏ธ

And second, I have finished my candy corn socks! Yay! I’m super excited about those, I think they look awesome and I really enjoyed working with this yarn

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I’ve already worn them of course and they are perfect in my running shoes ๐Ÿ˜Šย So that’s my first pair (and first project) finished for the year, hopefully I can keep up my goals!

Have you finished projects this year already?

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Secret Santa goodies and some cross stitch

Happy Friday everyone!

I just realised that I haven’t showed you what I received for my secret santa yet, so I though now would be a perfect time to do so.

My secret santa was the lovely Kimberley from New-Zealand, and how spoilt I got! I received a beautiful skein of lamb wool from NZ, a project bag, a mug cosy and a pair of socks that Kimberley made, very cute stitch markers and a very nice Christmas card.IMG_7453

Totally spoilt! The socks were slightly too big for me, but they fit my husband perfectly so he is now the very lucky owner of those beautiful socks! I’m a but jealous to be honest!

Before Christmas as well, I finally got back into a little bit of cross stitch and made a bookmark for Claire, as I know she collects them. I couldn’t show you because I was waiting for her to receive my letter, and she has way before christmas but I guess I forgot to post about it until now!

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I changed the colours from a parrot pattern I found on deviant art to make it a lorikeet. If you are interested,ย hereย is the chart for it.

I wish you all a great weekend!

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Wiley the Wisp pattern and call for testers

Happy Wednesday beautiful readers!

I hope you have been well, the week here has been busy! I have finally started writing the patterns I entered in the amigurumi design contest and I have actually just finished writing up Wiley the Wisp’s pattern. I have decided to make Wiley a free pattern, which you can find on my Ravelry page following the link below.

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Find the pattern here!

If you decide to make him, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @emmacraftsdesign so that I can see your creations ๐Ÿ˜Š

I am also in the process of writing up Sandy the Sea Dragon’s pattern. I think that Sandy will be a paid for pattern but I will need a couple of testers to make sure the pattern is correct and easy to understand.

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If you would like to be a tester for Sandy, please let me know in the comments and I’ll chose two people that I’ll announce on next Monday.

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Hand Quilt Along – 07/01/18

Happy Sunday readers!
It is time again to share my progress on my English Paper Piecing for the Hand Quilt Along hosted by Kathy every three weeks.
Due to Christmas and New Year (and my family being here) I actually didn’t get much progress this time

I did however, cover a lot of my templates with fabric, which does take quite a long time. This will have to do for progress this time!

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I hope you guys had time to work a bit more of your HQAL than what I did!

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.ย  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.
Here are the others participating in this HQAL, please go check their posts!

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FO Friday – Diamond Lace Kimono

Happy Friday lovely readers!

Today I want to share with you my latest finish (which was actually done just before the new year), my diamond lace kimono, from Originally Lovely. I’m just so pleased with how it turned out, the gauge was actually perfect and I think it fits great. I even had my aunty (who was visiting with my grandparents) to take some nice pictures while we were visiting a winery.

I actually have barely taken it off in the last few weeks (only in the last two days, as the temperatures reached around 30ยฐC). The only thing I was a bit sad about was that I used one skein that wasn’t from the same dye lot, and I didn’t notice it until I took pictures sadly. But I guess it gives my kimono character and makes it unique! That’s what I tell myself anyway ๐Ÿ˜‚

Have a great weekend!

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WIP Wednesday – (Crochet) knitted socks

Happy Wednesday lovely readers!

I hope you all had a great start to the year, I am sure having a great week with my family still being here. We visited an orchard yesterday and went along the coast today and it was all beautiful!

On New Year’s Eve, I decided to cast on some very special yarn I got from Bogga from Knitting in France. I thought I would try something new so I started my very first crochet sock. Now, this was an epic fail! I didn’t like the fabric that the crochet made, the sock was too small I didn’t like the look of it overall.

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I got all the way to there but then I just couldn’t do it. I had to frog it! So that was my first frog of 2018 on day 2! I really loved the yarn though, so I knew I had to start back straight away. Thankfully I’m a fast knitter, so this is where I’m at since yesterday.

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I actually prefer everything about this sock, especially how the yellow and orange blend (it looks less like candy corn but I think they are more wearable this way so I’m happy). I’m doing a shorty vanilla sock to wear in my sport shoes and I’ve already turned the heel and decreased back to the right number of stitches needed for the foot. I’m not really using any pattern, I just cast on 60 sts, did a 2×2 rib and used a heel flap with eye of partridge motif (which is my absolute favourite). I should have this first sock cast off by the end of the week and possibly a whole pair next week.

I guess at least I tried crochet socks but, unless I find a really good pattern or you guys can recommend one, I don’t think I’ll try it again anytime soon.

Have you already had a fail this new year? Please tell me I’m not alone! In any case, have a great end of the week.

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Happy New Year! 18 for 2018

Happy New Year everyone!

I wish you all good health, happiness and lots of creativity for this new year and I hope that all your dreams to come true for 2018.

You may know that last year was all about change for me, with moving houses, a new job for hubby and working on my PhD from home. This year, I want it to be about growth. My hope for 2018 is to grow professionally, hopefully finding a post-doc, but also personally. I would like to grow my crochet and knitting skills and also to grow as a designer. I’ve been really encouraged by your kind words and I’m very excited for what’s to come.

Last year, I kept on seeing the 17 for 2017 goals and this year I’ve decided to join with 18 for 2018. I will keep you updated every month with how my goals are going and hopefully I make it through most of them during the year.

18 letters sent to friends
With the interstate move I would like to keep in contact with friends so I want to make the effort to send them handwritten letter throughout the year.

17 new recipes tried
If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I love cooking and baking so this should be pretty easy. Plus, the monthly bake-along will definitely help me with this one!

16 painted units of miniatures
My husband and I play a miniature game and one of the fun parts is to build and paint our own miniatures. I haven’t done much last year so I hope to catch up this year by painting more models.

15 books read
I’ve decided to tune down this goal from last year, as I don’t have a lot of time to read. But I feel like 15 would be a good number to reach this year.

14 mitered squares added to my memory blanket
I have started a knitted memory blanket using my scraps of yarn from previous projects (mostly socks) and I’d like to see it grow this year.

13 batches of biscuits made and eaten
Again, with the bake-along this should be quite easy to accomplish!

12 pairs of socks
We have real winters in Melbourne, so hubby and I will definitely need new socks, I thought one per month was a manageable goal.

11 new stitch markers made
I have been playing with shrinking plastic lately and I’d like to make new stitch markers using some cute drawings.

10 new movies seen
We go to the movies almost every week, so I think this goal will be easy to reach, but it will give me a change to blog about movies I see a bit more.

9 amigurumi made
I obviously love amigurumi enough to design some! I want to precise that those 9 amigurumi will be from other designers, I might even participate in another ami-along.

8 months cross-stitched on the snowblower diaries calendar
This did not get worked on at all last year, so I’d like to finish it this year.

7 games of 40k played with hubby
The good thing with painting miniatures is that I will definitely want to play more (I’m hoping anyway) and this will definitely be a fun activity to do with my husband.

6 new designs published
As you know I already have two new designs that I need to write up and publish. I have also started on a knitted shawl design using the beautiful yarn I got in NZ. Very excited about this one!

5 km ran without stopping
This doesn’t seem like much but currently I can’t run more than a few minutes without having to slow down to a walk, so I’d like to be able to actually run without dying for 5 km!

4 LOTR squares finished
Yes I know I’ve been making this for ages but 2018 is the year I get it finished!

3 jumpers knitted
Similarly to the need for socks, I will need more jumpers this year! I already have the yarn and a pattern for my first jumper so I’m hoping this goes smoothly.

2 getaway trips
We are trying to save money for a house deposit this year, but I’d still like to get a couple weekends away with hubby. We already have one planned, we will be going to the Bendigo sheep and wool show in July

1 thesis submitted
I’m so keen to finish my PhD, so this is definitely my nยฐ1 goal this year!

That’s it for me, I hope that you have your goals sorted if that’s your thing and again I wish you all an amazing year!

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FO Friday – Happy Christmoose!

Happy Friday lovely readers!

With the end of the year, I wanted to thank you all for following my little blog and wish you the happiest of Christmas, surrounded by friends and family. I will be taking a little break next week to enjoy my family as much as I can and I will be back probably around the 1st of January.

I didn’t have many goals for 2017, except to read 30 books and finish 30 craft projects. Unfortunately with the crazy busy year we’ve had (2 house moves, including one overstate, hubby starting a new job, the end of my PhD) I didn’t get much time to just sit and read so I’ve only finished 16 books but I have completed a whopping 45 craft projects (of the ones I wrote down) so I’m still pretty happy with myself ๐Ÿ™‚ I will set goals for next year in a post in a couple of weeks or so.

I just have one goal before that, it’s to do a Christmas eve cast on with my first crochet socks! I’m really excited for it and if you have good sock patterns to recommend I would love that as I’m sure I won’t be stopping at one pair!

And now, let me show you my finished Chritsmoose!

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He just turned out so cute I love him! So he has taken residence in my christmas tree as hubby has decided that we should put my crochet in the tree to represent our house better! He is the best!

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Once again, a very happy Christmas to everyone and I’d love to hear if you are doing a Christmas eve cast on ๐Ÿ™‚

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