intriguing trivets

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This is probably one of the most complicated patterns I’ve ever worked on. I think it turned out fabulously! :D

It’s made following the mint coffee mandala pattern on Ravelry. Through this pattern I learned to use a needle join method to finish off each round, instead of using a slip stitch, which creates a magically seamless joint! :D Can’t believe I’ve never tried that before.

It’s also very meditative to make. Had to really pay attention to the pattern and stitch count, which leaves less room for the thoughts to wander. I happened to have the same colours that the pattern used, otherwise I think I would have gotten really confused. I just ended up with a lot of ends to weave in, which is also quite a meditative exercise.

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After some practice I tried switching up the colours to make two coasters to go with the trivet.

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Made them as a wedding gift actually :D I think it would also make a really nice wall-hanging.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

 

this week’s awesome finds

Sweetest sugar cookie pin, just in time for valentine’s :) By Twinkie Chan at Michaels.

Love this squirrely sweater. Free pattern from Berroco.

Didn’t realize that Perler beads make such beautiful snowflakes! From Heodeza.

I will make use of my many rolls of washi tape that Mike got me one Christmas :D From Make and Takes.

A friend of mine wrote up a tutorial for this beautiful bag! :D Recycling old jeans and a great way to show off a nice piece of fabric. From Earth Indigo.

This faux amethyst geode is very intriguing. From Craftberry Bush.

And finally, these beautiful, magnificent knitted moths by Max’s World. The Luna Moth is my favourite. Please click on the image to scroll through all the different kinds — it will be a treat, I promise!

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great start to the week!

to health!

I’m battling a cold as I write this. I rarely get sick so this feels particularly sad :’( but maybe this is the body’s way of telling me that it needs to come first sometimes.

Anyway. I was talking with a friend about breakfast habits one day, and I told her that I often can’t stomach more than a frozen waffle or a piece of buttered toast in the morning, and end up feeling extremely hungry by 10am. She shared about her new found excitement for overnight oats and gave me some ingredients to try. I don’t like the texture of oatmeal very much but I thought it was an intriguing idea (soak overnight? No cooking? No baking? You can add all kinds of fruit and toppings? Like a sundae?), so I did give it a try.

And it’s the best thing ever! :D

overnight oats

There are a lot of recipes for overnight oats (like this list!). I think it’s something that you can just put whatever you want in it and it would taste pretty good. I generally use 1/3 cup oats (old fashion, not quick), 1/3 cup milk, some kind of fruit, and 1 tablespoon of this Qia cereal mix (it was on sale at the supermarket and has chia seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat, almonds and cranberries in it. I thought it was a more sensible purchase than buying full bags of chia seeds and hemp seeds when I was just trying things out). Here are some combinations of ingredients I’ve tried:

Clockwise from top left:
Apple, cinnamon and honey
*Delux!* Strawberry/peach/mango frozen fruit mix, strawberry yogurt and vanilla soy milk
To celebrate Year of the Monkey — peanut butter, banana and honey
Humble blueberry and honey

Nothing fancy, but super filling! Now I start feeling hungry at noon instead of 10am! :D

I don’t have it every day, but have been making it for both Mike and me especially when we anticipate a busy day ahead. I find it less mushy than oatmeal. Cold oatmeal somehow tastes a lot better to me than hot oatmeal. And I like having fruit in it. And it’s so simple to put together the night before, saves a bunch of time in the morning!

Seeing that it is Chinese New Year tomorrow, here’s wishing everyone a year of good health and happiness!

大家新年快樂,身體健康!