Baby Stella Dress Pattern

I am currently working on taking more photos for this pattern so it makes more sense. In the mean time, if you’d like to go ahead and work on this yourself without instructions (I trust that you know what you’re doing), take the PDF pattern here and have fun!

Elf-ed Ourselves

What’s on my hook

I really don’t like it when people say “I have OCD/ADD/-orexia” about things (instead of legitimate, actual, true issues that a person’s dealing with), I just want to put that out there. However, I can somewhat understand when people say things like that. And at times I sort of feel like I might be a part of the crowd, especially when I get on the crochet train. There are a number of projects I would love to do, but also there are only so many hours in a day.

As a result, I tend to have a number of things on the go.

There are some tights that I’ve started making. Like when I began crocheting, I have a hard time keeping tension. These currently feel kind of bullet-proof (as in, woven intensely tightly!), and I’m hoping with some practice and time I will have a little bit more simple of a time using a knitting loom.

It’s not that I can’t “do” loom knitting, it’s that it’s just hard for me right now, because it feels so tight.

And this. This lovely, long-standing project I started in May or something like that. I currently have this huge, thick blanket on our bed right now and it was one that I was using up scraps to finish. So it’s really colourful and three strands thick. And it’s not that I don’t like it, but the size isn’t right for our bed. My original intent was to have my own blanket to sit with, but it ended up graduating to being a bed blanket. However, it’s only the width of the mattress, so it often gets fought over in the night.

My remedy for that was to start this new blanket that’s wide. It’s 2.44m wide (roughly 88 inches), and it will be a square by the end of it.

When I first started it, it was a double strand with a 10.0mm hook, and I ended up frogging the whole thing and separating the colours into their each ball. Word from the (now) wise: that was a really not-fun experience and I recommend that it’s a two person job. Or three. However many strands you end up having.

I like colour in my life, although not necessarily rainbow. After looking at tons of loveliness over the summer that is Waldorf-education, I’ve come to love rainbow coloured things. There are these amazing balls of yarn that are a mostly-blue rainbow set that I would love to tunisian crochet into a blanket for Bear, but I promised no more blankets until I’m done this one. And it could be a while ;)

You can befriend me on Ravelry and see what else I’ve worked on.

Christmas Tree 2014

Put our tree up today. I see there’s a chunk I missed pulling down: the tree looks as though I’ve cut a notch into it.
90% of the ornaments on the tree were not hung by me, but by very resourceful littles who were so careful and made sure that the majority of the ornaments were “not-breakies”. The breakies are up high on the tree, where small children and cats would have to be incredibly tenacious to be able to hold.

 

Vegan Muffin Recipe

We eat a ton of muffins in our home. They’re a great food! I was worried that I was going to have a difficult time finding a good substitute for muffins. Generally, most muffins I’ve made have been kind of gross. They are too dry and are sort of blah tasting. Before you call folly at my baking skills, I know how to add more wet, I know to never over-beat something with baking powder in it, and I get that I can add things to make muffins tastier, but I think you need to start with a good base.

Who knew that without eggs and milk I could have found that?!

I found the recipe on Pinterest, but the original is found here.

One tip I have for this particular recipe is that you will need to have your alt-milk slightly warmed before adding your melted coconut oil, otherwise it’s going to cool down a lot and turn into a lumpy mess. It doesn’t need to be hot, as coconut oil melts at a low heat, but enough to keep it from rehardening.

Basic Vegan Muffin Mix (from SheKnows)
This recipe makes 36 large muffins. The directions at the end will give you one dozen scrumptious vegan muffins.
Ingredients:

  • 6 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/3 cup ground flax

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, thoroughly whisk together ingredients. Transfer to an airtight container and keep in the pantry until ready to use.

Basic Vegan Muffins
Write down or print this recipe and keep it with your dry muffin mix.
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil or warm coconut oil
  • 1-1/2 cups dairy-free milk, warmed slightly
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2-3/4 cups muffin mix
  • 1 cup add-ins of your choice (nuts, dried fruit, blueberries, mashed bananas or other fresh fruit, or chopped dark chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and generously spray a muffin pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together oil, milk, and vanilla.
  2. Add muffin mix and stir just until combined.
  3. Stir in add-ins.
  4. Fill muffin cups with muffin batter.
  5. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly touched.
  6. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes then invert onto a wire rack to continue to cool or serve warm.

Free Doll Diaper Pattern (fits baby stella)

I am currently updating the tutorial for everyone. In the mean time, you’re welcome to take look at the pattern here and try as you like.

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