Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Get the Diamanté Shrug

Testing for the Diamanté Shrug is complete and the pattern is now available to download from Ravelry and Craftsy, check out the PDF Patterns tab at the top of the page. It will soon be available at Etsy, Folksy and Love Knitting. I really hope you like this piece, it always gives me great pride and satisfaction to see something I've envisioned in my mind come to life.

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cheese Straws

Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes

The tripolatas' birthday party has been and gone, I spent the end of July and beginning of August planning and trying out different treats. I had hoped to post the recipes up at that time but there was so much to do. Now that the tripolatas have gone back to school I can get back to baking and making recipes.

The first of these is a savoury snack, which the tripolatas have asked for several times this week. I can't express how simple these are to whip up, making them a great after school treat.

In these cheese straws I've used home made garlic butter, but you can use any compound butter or plain butter. To make the garlic butter, mix minced garlic into softened butter along with some herbs (I used basil and oregano). This shouldn't be kept in the fridge for too long but you can form it into a log and store in the freezer. Cutting the butter into discs (once firmed up) makes it easier to use in the future.

So here's what you'll need: Makes about 16 sticks

1 Puff Pastry sheet
2-3 tbsp garlic butter
A handful of cheese

Here's what you'll need to do:
Preheat the oven to 220 *C

1. Roll out the puff pastry and spread the butter over it

Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes

2. Sprinkle the cheese over the top half of the pastry sheet
3. Fold the bottom half of the pastry sheet over the top

           Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes  Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes

4. Cut into thin strips, twist and place on a lightly greased baking sheet

5. Bake for about 15 minutes, leave to cool on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes

Eat and enjoy

Mrs U Makes...Cheese Straws, a quick and easy after school #treat @MrsUMakes

Friday, 11 September 2015

Hat's Off To Ya - Hat 1 and 2

About a week after my last post, the movement in my elbow was restored. There are times when it becomes slightly stiff, but that's mainly due to Little Miss U's night feeds. I have now started the 3 in 1 top by Atelier Alfa, the first section was completed last week. Before starting the next section I want to make the second hat in the Hats Of To Ya Kid series and also start knitting a cardigan for Miss U.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Out Of Action...Again

Mrs U Makes... Crochet Baby Hat @MrsUMakes #mymrsumakes #hatsofftoyakid

Ever since I started testing on the Diamanté Shrug I've had a serious itch to start a new project. I spent most of last week searching through Ravelry and my Pinterest project queue board. Eventually I settled on this by Atelier Alfa. I didn't have enough stash yarn so ordered some from Deramores. 

This didn't ease my knitting crave as I'd have to wait for the yarn to become available. So off again I went looking for items to make until the yarn arrived, I realised that the easiest thing to make would be baby hats, crocheted baby hats to be exact. I'd be able to wing a few patterns and use up some of my yarn stash. My plan was to make about six hats and write up the patterns in an eBook, I even have a name for it.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Infinity Vest: Final Stitches

A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that I had recieved the yarn for my next crochet project. Since then I've been testing different stitches and have chosen my final three.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Party Treats: Ninjabread Men & Superhero Cupcakes

I finally made the Ninjabread Men using the recipe that was on the back of the box they came in. This was the first time I'd made Ninjabread (gingerbread) biscuits, which I find very surprising. The recipe called for molasses and shortening, both of which I didn't have.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Diamanté Shrug

I have finished the Diamanté Shrug, do you like it. The name was inspired by the diamonds running across the cowl , I would have loved to have had diamond shaped buttons on the back but I think the ones I finally choose do a great job of complementing it.