Monday, March 27, 2006

Update on tablecloth

It turns out that my gauge has totally changed as I'm getting used to crocheting with thread. I've decided to use the 1.75 mm hook in stead of the 1.5 mm which I started out using for the first square.

It takes me just under 2 hours to crochet a square and about an hour to take in all the threads. I started to think about making some of the squares without the green - that way there is less threads to get rid of. To get an idea of how it will look I used IrfanView and Word once again to get a visual of how it could look like when finished.

It can look like this:

Or like this:

Monday, March 13, 2006

Homemade birthday present

Today is the birthday of my brother's wife! :o)
(Tillykke med fødselsdagen Sitte!!!)

I made her a set of matching hairclips and a ponytail elastic band to match. The picture isn't very good I'm afraid.
I used some size 15 crochet thread in 3 different colours to make 3 big flowers and 6 small flowers.

This is a picture of the big flowers, before I attached them to the elastic band.

Friday, March 10, 2006

My first crocheted sweater!!!

Oh wow! I finally finished my first big crochet project. :o)

The pattern is from the Danish crochetbook called 'Hæklerier' by Sys Fredens. The pattern called for baby alpaca, but I didn't want to spend alot of money on a sweater that I hardly would wear, which would be the case if I had to wash it by hand, so I ended up buying a wool and polyamid mix sock yarn. It took me a bit over 3 weeks to crochet.

Here's the finished sweater:

I'm really happy with the finished product of 3 weeks of crocheting in front of the television.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

More tablecloth thoughts.

This is how the table cloth would look like if the flowers are arranged in straight lines:

And this is how the tablecloth would look like if four leaves are touching, so the flowers are arranged in squares:

I think it would fit our balcony table nicely if I make 8 x 8 squares, which would mean that I have to make 64 squares. I'm not sure about how to join the squares yet. If I use all-four-leaves-touching arrangement, then I will definitely join them by using a border, so there will be some "white" seperating the leaves.

So how long will it take me to make this tablecloth?

7 squares a week => 2.3 months

5 squares a week => 3.2 months

3 squares a week => 5.3 months

It would be nice if I could use it this summer, so I should try and make 5 squares each week at least. But for now I really should finish crocheting my blue blouse first.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Thinking about making a tablecloth.

Hmm... I've been thinking about making a tablecloth for our small table that we use out on the balcony. I've made a square using the pattern that Hellen at Crochetville used for her very nice black shawl to make a square. Then I took a picture of it, cropped it using IrfanView and pasted into Word in a table to get an idea of how it would look if I made a tablecloth using this square.

I used a size 15 thread and a 1.5 mm hook. I think the colours go very well together, but it took me almost an hour just to sew in all the loose threads.

This is the finished square. It is 8 x 8 cm.

And this is how it kind of would look like if I made a tablecloth with such squares.

My husband's birthday cake

My husband isn't very fond of cakes, but there is a few that he enjoys, so of course I wanted to bake one of those for his birthday. I chose to bake a mazarintærte and decorate it with strawberries and kiwis.

150 g sugar
3 eggs
200 g marzipan
150 g soft butter
65 g all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder

100 g dark chocolate
fruit to decorate with

- Whip eggs and sugar.
- Add marzipan and butter in small lumps and whip until the batter is smooth.
- Stir in flour and baking powder.
- Pour batter into greased quiche form.
- Bake at 200 deg. C. for 30 minutes.
- Let the cake cool off a bit.
- Melt chocolate and brush the cake with it.
- Rinse and cut fruit into suiting pieces.
- Decorate with fruit and/or berries.

Tastes even better when served with whipped cream!