July 6th, 2015 | No Comments »

A couple months ago at Sewing Bee my friends Val and Dori decided to experiment with making yarn from old t-shirts, and then knitting it into rugs. I was intrigued by this upcycling project, but had no interest in doing any knitting. I looked around for other ideas for using t-shirt yarn and found good tutorials around making a braided rug.

Work in progress braided rug
Work in progress braided rug

When Boris did a clothing purge just weeks after their experiment I put aside a giant stash of t-shirts and have slowly worked away at transforming them into yarn. I ended up with twenty-seven balls of yarn because Boris had a lot of shirts packed away in his drawers.

These are excellent step-by-step instructions on how to make continuous yarn from t-shirts.

Work in progress braided rug

This weekend I began swatching colours and practicing my braiding with some of the yarn. There are three different methods that I’ve found of attaching the braids together, from sewing, gluing, and tucking. I decided to go with the tucking method and watched the two videos over on this blog post to learn the method. The videos also include how to splice more yarn onto the ends of the pieces you are working with.

Work in progress braided rug

Work in progress braided rug

I’ve swatched a circle, an oval, and attempted something like a rectangle to figure out how to shape things. I’m going with the oval for the final shape and started working on added more length to it this afternoon. I have so much yarn I can make multiple rugs or a really massive one. I’m just going to see where it goes because it’s an experiment.

June 17th, 2015 | No Comments »

My friend Chris and his wife Erin had us over for dinner a few months ago and made us a delicious meal of Æbleskiver. These are Danish (and also Dutch) pancake balls that can be filled with a variety of things from sweet to savory.

I liked them so much that I’ve been on the hunt for an Æbleskiver pan, which isn’t sold locally because it’s specialized, but I was determined to find secondhand. And I did, at the Salvation Army in Kitsilano. I think I stared at it open-mouthed for thirty seconds because I couldn’t believe I’d found one so quickly.

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We tested it out for the first time over the weekend. Boris and I did the batter preparation and cooking as a team, because both are a multi-step process. We used this recipe and the results were excellent because of the whipped egg whites.

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We did the entire batch with Cherry jam as the filling. Next time we’ll try other things like herbs, cheese, or fruit. Æbleskiver are traditionally served at Christmas, but I’m pretty sure these will make a regular appearance in our household from now on.

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June 15th, 2015 | No Comments »

About a month ago I was notified that a plot had become available in our local community garden, after two (maybe three) years of being on the waitlist. A day later Boris and I were clearing our newly acquired garden space of weeds and old plants, and making plans about what to grow.

A month later and we have a whole bunch of things growing away in there, including three kinds of tomatoes, red cabbage, basil, mint, thai basil, lemon balm, lavender, rosemary, nasturtiums, a sunflower, chives, and few other newly planted things I can’t remember.

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Nasturtium flower

Chive flowers

Gazania Kiss Orange

It is so lovely to have this bit of garden to look after. We wander over daily to check on it, as things are growing like mad in this early summer heat and sun. I can hardly wait to eat everything that comes up.

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