Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beaded Dome Ring, part 1



My latest tutorial is for a fabulous beaded dome ring. The great thing about this ring is that the dome can be as big or small as you want, just use smaller or larger beads. You can also use any beads or stones, so the design possibilities are endless.

In part one, I show you how to make the domed portion of the ring, then in part two (coming soon) I will show you how to make the band.

To make the ring you will need:

15 beads (I've used 6mm Swarovski pearls)
Nylon thread (about 60cm)
Size 11 seed beads
a beading needle

Now just click on the video and see how easy this ring is to make.






Tuesday, 3 May 2016

April Round-Up

Mrs U Makes...April Round Up


April is here and boy has it made its mark with the weird weather we've been having, hail, rain and sunshine all within the space of a few hours. Thank God for knitting and crochet and baking otherwise I'd be miserable with nothing to do.

This post has an accompanying video, it's the second of my monthly podcasts and is available to view at the bottom of the post.

So let's begin

Done and Dusted
Socks 

Mrs U Makes...April Round Up

For my April socks, I used the Time Traveller Socks by Liz Sedmak using Whimzy Twisted MN in Colours of the Underground, 80/20 Merino/Nylon. This is a toe-up pattern, which has a ribbed pattern going over the instep then around the leg. For the toe, I used Judy's Magic Cast On, which is so simple though a little fiddly at first.
I worked 50 rows for the foot, 30 for the leg and 15 for the cuff. to cast off I used Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off. I think I may had done the too loosely as the cuffs stretched quite a bit whilst blocking. I may have also worked too many rows on the foot as it's a little loose at the toe.

Though the socks are a bit loose they're still good enough to wear. I'll just have to take care when washing them.

Shawl

Mrs U Makes...April Round Up

I finished the Pennant shawl, by Laura Aylor, a few days before the end of April. It's yet to be blocked, but I absolutely love it, even though I somehow worked one extra row repeat.

The yarn I used was Titus, by Baa Ram Ewe, a 4ply yarn made from 50% Wensleydale, 20% BFL, and 30% UK Alpaca. In the end I used one mini skein of the first two colours (Eccup and Rhubarb), almost one 100g skein of the third (Lotherton) and just under two minis in the last colour (Endeavour).

On The Needles/All Hooked Up

Kid makes


It's little miss u's birthday towards the end of May so I'm making her the Ribbed Baby Jacket by Debbie Bliss. For this, I'm using Scheepjes  Wool Merino Soft. It's knitting up very quickly so I'll definitely have it done in time.

Shawl


I started my May/June shawl a little early because I want to enter it into the Expat Yarn KAL taking place at the Knitting Expat Podcast Ravelry group. I'm using the yarn sent by my swap partner, Greenwood Fiberworks Silky Sheep in River Stone and Dream in Color Everlasting DK in Holly (details here). I'm really enjoying knitting this and it's looking to be a quick knit.

Goodies Galore


This yarn is absolutely gorgeous, it's Norah George 50 Shades of Blue 4ply. It's a merino/nylon blend. 400m/100g. These will be socks but I haven't decided on a pattern yet.


Mrs U Makes...April Round Up

My most recent arrival, was this bundle that I ordered from Deramores.

Right at the top of the picture is Rico Design Superba Poems 4ply in Granite. 75/25 Wool/Polyamide 420/100g.

To the right of that, there's Scheepjes Wool Merino Soft, 50/25/25 Extra fine merino/microfiber/acrylic in DK. The grey is Hogarth and the pink is Copley 105m/50g. I'm using this to make the cardigan for little miss.

At the bottom, is the yarn I've been very eager to try, it's Lopi Lettlopi. This is an Icelandic Aran weight wool that many podcasters have been raving about. It's 100% wool. 100m/50g. I bought it in order to see how it knits up, so I may just make a square or a hat for little miss.

I got the pattern book for £0.99, it had about 24 patterns for men woman and children. The tripolatas have already chosen their favourites and I have mine too.

The big black yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Black, it's 80/20 acrylic/wool 180m/85g. I'll be making a jumper for Mr U, this is his chosen colour. He also wants it in plain stocking stitch, YIKES. Sometime in May, I'll make a gauge swatch.

Mrs U Makes...April Round Up


This is one of my favourite arrivals, it's The Naked Skein Rainbow #57 by Frankenskein Yarn Company. Each mini is 51m and made from 100% Merino. I had planned to use these for a shawl, but I'll now be using them to make the Atlas jumper (by Jared Flood) for the tripolatas.

Waiting In The Wings

I don't have any planned immediate projects.

Word For The Month

The word for May is Romans 8:38-39

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


There is nothing you or anyone or anything can do that will take away God's love for you, it will always be there. All you have to do is accept it and it's your forever.


Saturday, 30 April 2016

Coconut Macaroons

Mrs U Makes...Coconut Macaroons @mrsumakes #mymrsumakes


Well, my oven is still out, so it's another quick make from the U kitchen. In terms of ingredients, this is the simplest yet. You only need two ingredients, anything else is just for taste and decoration.

I've previously posted another chocolate and coconut recipe (Rainbow Coconut Bars), this is a great alternative for anyone who wants something a little chewier.

For the video tutorial, head to the bottom of the post.

Here's what you'll need:

400g condensed milk
200g desiccated coconut
Flavouring (e.g. vanilla, almond, caramel. I used caramel)
200g chocolate

Here's what you'll nee to do:

1. Mix the condensed milk and coconut together in a bowl, then add the flavouring and mix again.

2. Place drops of the mix on a lined baking sheet and flatten. Alternatively, with wet hands, roll the mix into balls. Make them as big or small as you like.

3. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until they are as brown as you want them.

Mrs U Makes...Coconut Macaroons @mrsumakes #mymrsumakes

4. Leave the macaroons on the baking tray to cool slightly, then place on a cooling rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate.

5. Dip the bottoms of the macaroons in the chocolate and place on a lined tray. Drizzle more chocolate on top of the macaroons and add other decorations if desired.

Mrs U Makes...Coconut Macaroons @mrsumakes #mymrsumakes

6. Place in the fridge until the chocolate sets.

Eat and Enjoy

Mrs U Makes...Coconut Macaroons @mrsumakes #mymrsumakes






Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sweet and Savoury Palmiers

Mrs U Makes... Sweet and Savoury Palmiers @MrsUMakes #mymrsumakes

I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in a previous post, but my oven is out of action. The door came off and we're still waiting for it to be repaired. Thankfully I have a counter top oven, which works just as well as a regular oven, however, it's a lot smaller so my options for oven based meals are restricted.

There are so many things I want to make, but can't, so I'm pleased to be able to post this recipe today. It's one of those make it your own recipes and I've made three examples, Chocolate, Marmalade and Pesto & Cheese. All three are ridiculously simple, so go crazy with your fillings.

Mrs U Makes... Sweet and Savoury Palmiers @MrsUMakes #mymrsumakes

Here's what you'll need:

Ready rolled puff pastry
Chocolate spread
Preserve (I used marmalade)
Pesto
Grated cheese

Here's what you'll need to do: (go to the bottom of the post for the tutorial video)

1. Spread you filling of choice over the puff pastry

2. Roll one end of the pastry to the centre, and then the other. For medium sized palmiers, roll from the long side. For larger palmiers, roll from the shorter side, and for smaller palmiers, cut the pastry sheet in half and roll from the longer side.

3. Wrap the pastry in baking paper or cling film and leave in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

4. When you are ready to bake them, cut them into small slices and arrange on a greased or lined baking tray (I prefer a greased one).

5. Bake in the oven for approx. 18-20 minutes at 200*C/180*C fan/ 356*F, until golden.

Eat and Enjoy



Monday, 11 April 2016

Myopa, Crochet Earrings


Having a Youtube channel has given me the drive to produce more content even though my time is stretched between family and household commitments, crafting, and designing.

My latest offering is a pair of earrings I made about a year ago, I still wear them now and many people ask where I got them from.

These earrings a very easy to make and you can go crazy with colour combinations,

To make them, all you'll need is:

Two shades of embroidery floss/crochet thread (up to 14m of each shade)
4 jump rings
A pair of ear wires
pliers
crochet hook a 2.5mm/US 1.5 hook was used.

 NOTE: A section of this tutorial seems to have been deleted by pixies, written instruction have been put in its place.

I hope you enjoy making these and would love to see your finished piece. Please tag your pictures with #mymrsumakes so that I can check them out.




Monday, 4 April 2016

March Round-Up


Mrs U Makes...March Round Up


March is here and so is my first podcast, if you would like to see the podcast version then scroll down to the bottom of the post.

I have quite a few projects and goodies to share, so let's begin.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Munchie Pretzel Bites


Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes


So it's the easter holidays which means that for the next two weeks I'm going to be surrounded by children. Thankfully I have my trusty survival guide to refer back to so I should come out the other side unscathed.

To start off the holidays I thought I'd share this (ridiculously quick to whip up) recipe for my Munch Pretzel Bites. I love Munchies, they're my favourite chocolate and I'm not a bog chocolate eater. I can finish off a pack in one sitting, so I don't even bother adding them to my secret stash.

For those of you who've never heard of Munchies, they're biscuit covered in caramel covered in chocolate, they're so soft and chewy and absolutely delicious. If you love Munchies as much as I do then this is the recipe for you.

PLEASE NOTE: I have not been asked by anyone to write about Munchies, I've made this recipe simply because I like them so much.

Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes
                                                    

Here's what you'll need:

Pretzels
Munchies (there are approx 12 munchies in each pack)
Chocolate
Sprinkles


Here's what you'll need to do (scroll down to the bottom for the video tutorial):


1. Lay the pretzels out on a baking sheet and place on Munchie on each pretzel.

2. Bake in a med/high oven until the Munchies are soft. This should tale less than a minute so keep an eye on them

3. Place another pretzel on top of each Munchie and press down. Leave to set.

4. Once set, melt the chocolate and dip half of the pretzel/munchie sandwich into the chocolate

5. Place on a lined baking sheet and decorate with sprinkles, then leave to set.

Eat an enjoy

Mrs U Makes...Munchie Pretzel Bites #mymrsumakes @mrsumakes