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Update 28 December 2011

Todays update is about two things. New Black Sheep chapter is up on the regular places and I wrote a blogpost about how to make a multi coloured cake (written in both English and Dutch).

Black Sheep Part 2, Chapter 17

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Easy Rainbow tiered cake

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Kia

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Easy multicoloured rainbow cake / Gemakkelijke gekleurde regenboog cake

I really love baking and one of the things I love making are cakes and pies. A few years ago I found a brand that does an amazing box for making cakes, no more sugar and butter but fluffy light cakes every time. Love Love Love this stuff! The brand is Pondan and the cake itself is called a Chiffon Cake. I first found the green cake, which is amazing in colour so I tried it out and I now swear by this kind of cake when making cakes.

Yes, the cake really is that colour when you bake it, it is a paler green when it goes into the oven but it truly does come out like this. The best thing is that you only need to add eggs and coconut milk. You can make it from scratch (recipes are easy to find, just use google) but I just do it the boring way and use a pack.

For this cake I use the vanilla version of this cake, which should be a pale yellow when finished. I honestly have never made one like that but always like I will describe below because the first time I made a multicoloured cake was because the green was sold out at the store.

Here a pic of our first attempt at a multi coloured cake, this was our birthday cake:

A lot of people were amazed by how the colours were so vibrant and not blending at all and wondering what kind of amazing kitchen princess I was (honestly, I’m not, this is just easy.)

All right, here comes the tutorial on how to make this amazing tower of Nom. This will be a bilingual tutorial, English will be in the normal typesetting and the Dutch instructions will follow in italics. The pictures in the tutorial are made when I was making the bottom layer of the above cake, extra instructions on how to put together that cake will be posted at the end.

Oke, hier volgt de tutorial, ik zal em in twee talen posten. Engelse instructies zijn in normale tekst en Nederlandse instructies in schuin er onder. De foto’s zijn van toen ik de onderste laag van de cake aan het maken was van bovenstaande cake, instructies om de rest van de cake te maken staan aan het einde van de tutorial.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in cake, tutorial

 

Knitting, first project and first design.

So, a couple of months ago I taught myself how to crochet, as that was something I had never done before. I have now tried my hand on knitting. My mum had taught me how to do it when I was young but I never could get into it and I never could quite get my head around casting-on.
A while back I found a tutorial for continental knitting and it seemed easier to me then the standard knitting I was used to. With that in the back of my mind I decided that when I could crochet pretty well I would try my hand on knitting. Well the time came and I found this amazing website with great tutorials on how to knit from start to finish. The website is called KnittingHelp.com and it has tutorials for both continental and standard/English knitting.
So after watching the videos and making a small sample to get some ease at knitting and purling I decided it was time for a project. I chose this wrist warmer though I had the wrong yarn and needle size for it and if I changed these into fingerless gloves the cable would be at the side of my hand since the stitches on both sides of the cable are the same amount (I did this myself since I never found the new pattern the person who commented on it had made).
So I found a converter for gauge and size here. And changed the pattern so that the cable would be positioned down the middle of the hand.You can also find this pattern on Ravelry: here.

Easy cable fingerless gloves

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2011 in knitting, patterns, tutorial

 

Odd count Peyote / Oneven peyote – Tutorial

On a beading forum I frequent someone asked what our techniques for odd count peyote were. This is a technique a lot of people have problems with. Some of us make long or shorter tours back into the beading work to be able to go on beading. This is one of the longer ways of doing this. I use a way I myself find a lot simpler also because I usually make bracelets that are just 5 to 9 rows thick and I find the touring back into the work doubles the time I need to make them. I use this simple and effective method to make my odd count works, though I find that the finished pieces are a bit stiffer than would for even counts.
Op een kralenforum waar ik vaak kom vroeg iemand welke techniek we gebruiken voor oneven peyote. Dit is een techniek die veel mensen erg lastig vinden. Ik weet dat er veel mensen zijn die terug weven in het werk om vervolgens op de juiste manier uit de bovenste kraal te komen, zoals hier te zien is. Ik gebruik een techniek die ik wat minder langdradig vind. Ik maak vaak armbandjes die maar 5 tot 9 rijen groot zijn dus heen en weer weven is bijna dubbel het werk dan wat nodig is. Ik vind de techniek simpel en effectiever voor oneven peyote, alhoewel het eindproduct iets stijver word dan een even peyote.
 
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Posted by on April 3, 2011 in beading, tutorial

 

No games this time but my other hobbies

Since my internet is still not like I would like to be I decided to spend some time on my other hobby and in that process I found myself a new hobby.

So what have I been doing?
– I have made two beaded bracelets
– I have taught myself how to crochet
– I crocheted an amigurumi
– I started crocheting a Granny Square blanket (not sure if it is going to be a blanket though)
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Posted by on March 22, 2011 in amigurumi, beading, crocheting