Autumn Mittens

Another christmas gift. This time some mittens. I really have been on a roll this week! 

I had originally planned to use a different yarn and different pattern for this recipient. But I didnt get along with the yarn so decided on something else instead. 

This is the Cozy Autumn Fingerless Glove pattern by Nikki Loud. You can find it here. I made them for a recipient with tiny hands so I went down a hooksize – the pattern required a 6 and a 5.5 so I used a 5 and a 4.5. 

The Yarn is Sirdar Freya. It has a surprising yardage for a Chunky yarn, with 120 yards to 50g. You only need 1 ball for these mittens, with yarn to spare! And it is gorgeous yarn. From afar this looks purple, but when you get up close there are delicate little flecks of all the dofferent colours of the rainbow!
And now I have completed these, its 19 gifts finished, just 3 to go! We are on the home stretch! 

Mistletoe MittensĀ 

I have now retired this pattern so have removed the pattern from the post. This post remains only to remind me how far I have come in the world of crochet and to keep the photographs of what I have made.

I know its a little late for mistletoe, but the truth is I am really rubbish at finding the time to write up patterns!

I made these mittens with a lovely ball of Sirdar Giselle in a colourway called mistletoe. I fell in love with it as I absolutely loved the combo of green and copper. Unfortunately it wasn’t as lovely all the way through. The green gets rather muddy at times.

Anyways, these mittens are very easy. They are done corner to corner. Essentially, you are just creating a square. And they are a perfect stash buster! You can find a link below to a video I found really helpful when learning c2c.

I used a 4.5mm hook and dk yarn, but since you are just creating a rectangle you can use whatever size hook and weight of yarn you fancy!

What do you think? I love the end result even if I wasn’t so pleased with the variegation of the yarn. Have any of you found that the initial impression of a variegated yarn doesn’t live up to expectations once you have worked it up? Please share in the comments! I would love to know so I avoid this disappointment in the end!

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Its Halloween! Yay! That means all sorts of goodies. At work, we were having a Bake Off (no competition, just an excuse for lots of cake to be consumed in one morning really!) I decided beforehand that I would like to experiment with pumpkin cake, but I didn’t want a pumpkin puree sponge cake. I was looking for something more like a carrot cake. This is what I came up with. I found a carrot cake recipe and heavily modified it. So here it is;

Ingredients:

250g Butter, Very Soft

225g Plain Flour

1tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

300g Golden Caster Sugar

3 Eggs

1tsp Ground Cinnamon

1tsp All Spice

1/2tsp Cardamon

300g Grated Pumpkin

2tbsp Golden Syrup

Recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. First, you should carve the top of the pumpkin off and empty out the insides. then carve it into small chunks (the outside of the pumpkin is curves so if the chunks are too large you will loose a lot of flesh).
  3. Grate the pumpkin. 300g of pumpkin is roughly half of a small pumpkin.
  4. Cream the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the flour and other dried ingredients slowly to the butter and sugar mixture. it will become stiffer but should still be soft.
  6. Crack the eggs into a mug and beat them until combined. add them slowly to the mixture. If you add them too quickly or do not mix it in thoroughly enough, the mixture could split. (If it splits, you can rescue it by adding a little more flour.
  7. Add the carrot and mix in thoroughly. This is another opportunity for the mixture to split, some pumpkins have more moisture than others and if your pumpkin has a lot of water, it may reject the fats. Again this can be remedied by adding a little more flour to bind it back together.
  8. Finally, stir in two tbsp of golden syrup.
  9. Spoon into the cupcake cases prepared earlier and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. they should be golden in colour but still a little sticky. A skewer inserted into the center should come out clean.
  10. Leave to cool and Ice as desired. I used Vanilla frosting and Halloween coloured sprinkles.

Let me know if you give them a try. I would live to know what you think!