Tuesday, April 26, 2016

what I found out about double-knitting..

It is not that hard once you try it but it obviously takes at least twice the time you would spend knitting normally ... and it is worth it! you get two-sided piece of magic ;)
I wanted to make my own circular Latvian scarf, but o well ... while trying little pieces to figure this double knitting thing out I made a tiny blanket for Sam's doll...
And then came a painful discovery .. the dimensions in knitting are 2x stitches 3x rows to make it a square so anything that is not mr. simpletons is either squished or have to be really thought through... and this time I wasn't up for over-thinking .. shocking! So I postponed that latvian circular scarf ..

Well that dimensions thing might not be the case with thiner yarn, but I've not jet tested my theory ...

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Random rambling: good old fashioned housewife ...

Thank you! To those who read my previous post about money and a few of the friends and family members I called upon that had no Idea I wrote a blog before (well - now they do! :D ). Thank you for supporting me and clicking on those relevant and mainly irrelevant ads ...
but Apparently we all overdid it a bit ... 
And as a result google adsense has suspended my account ...
This means that next time in yarn shop I will have to count pennies and just droll over most of the yarn ... this is the sad part. But I am really grateful to have such a great friends that actually clicked and supported me in my madness of thinking I might earn money with ads :D
So all is good and pretty much back to normal, they (meaning adsense) will eventually sort all those clicks and maybe I even will put them (meaning ads) back on my page .. but for now - it's just me here rambling on (for mostly myself)..

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Letter of the week C

This is the first post I'm gonna write half latvian ... just because there are not that many words starting with the same letter and meaning the same thing in both english and latvian ... (and obviously right now I am teaching my kids latvian, english will come later when they are a bit older)

This is a pic I took for instagram - C - Computer (dators), Crochet (tamborēšana), Cup of Cofee (kafijas krūzīte), Capricorn (mežāzis)
so you see what I mean ...

Letter C in our household started with CILVĒKS (human).
We took big piece of paper and drew Sam and Oli on it :) they loved it (because it tickles) and the end result looks a bit weird so we talked about CITPLANĒTIEŠIEM (aliens) too..

Then we looked CAUR (trough) legs just for fun and went outside to play ;)

Monday, April 11, 2016

mix match spring hats

I made myself a hat! :)
beanie to be precise. I love it, kids love it. Sam liked it so much I made her one too :)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Random rambling: Trial and error

How often do you try to reinvent the wheel?

Just think about it for a moment ...

I love making something special! Something my own. just yesterday I tried to make a slouchy hat in granny (square?) style ... well by mistake of adding to much stitches in the beginning I actually made a fitting hat :D and thank god I love it and I am going to wear it :)
Will write a post about that bit later .. actually now I wanted to write about my latest crochet obsession Honey Comb Variations as I call them :)
I spent almost two weeks crocheting and frogging and crocheting and throwing aside and crocheting and frogging and ... well you get the point ... I loved the process of creation even thou there were times I was frustrated and angry and I thought it is impossible to make what I had envisioned ... and then after a while it just worked! And when the pieces just happened to fit together i was startled and had to pause for two days just to believe that it really actually works :)
Now I am procrastinating with the pattern writing and I can't decide how thorough it should be ...

This is just a tip of the iceberg of all the half done not just there yet crochet pieces ...
And further is more revealing photo of what is this all about although I think the name Honey Comb Variations says it all ...

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Happy shawls

5 done, sent off and well received :)

Each and every one of the five ladies got a different color combination for two reasons: 
  1. because those lovely ladies are completely different
  2. because it was way more interesting for me :P

If you would like to make one for yourself then head on to the ravelry for pattern and few posts back here for my explanation on how to join it like a cowl..

Monday, April 04, 2016

Random rambling: money

I am now looking for ways to earn some money and still be a stay at home mommy ...
During summer there is vacation from kindergarden and during the winter when there is kindergarden my kids are 98% at home anyway (one, the other or both of them coughing, snotting or vomiting) even tough I hope next year will be a bit better I am not jet looking for a job from 9 to 5 ...
But I do love to eat and I wish to make it a tad easier on my hubby as the only provider for the family.. so I have joined the AdSense and I am currently allowing them to place some ads here in my space ...
I do get that with the stats that I have there is no way I could ever make enough of the "right clicks" for at least weeks grocery shopping, but you have to save every penny to get a buck, so please click on the ads when you visit ;)

letter of the week

My kids are now 2 and almost 4 years old and they like to type on computer. They already now the O (as Oli letter) and S (as Sam's letter)...
As we moved last summer we have not jet found a place for our alphabet wall. and all letters at once is hard to remember so I thought we should make a new feature at our house - a letter of the week!
so far we have visited A and B ... not sure they now know them .. I would prefer them writing these letters of the week but all in good time. we will revisit them after half year and no doubt by then they both will have shown me how they find it easier to remember letters.

For now I exhibit the letter somewhere and we talk about it.. I say some words that starts with that particular letter .. but till the end of the week even I can't find where the letter has gone off to ... So I plan to make a pin board from cork and an old frame I just happen to have to place the letter and pictures of stuff that starts with that particular letter.

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Sweet curd pie

Sweet pie that my kids loved so much :)
and why wouldn't they - it had soooooo much sugar in ...

Base is the sweet shortcrust pastry:
160 g butter
100g sugar
220 g flour
1 egg yolk

1 egg-white
2 eggs
300g curd
100g sugar
200g flour
1 grated apple
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of vanilla sugar