So Faded, So Not What I Thought

Have you ever started a crafty project and it takes a totally different direction than you initially imagined! When I got this Faded Kit from Tanis Fibre Arts. I was convinced on the colours I was going to use

I was NOT going to use the pinky, peach one. Well never say never because this happened… What a saga, lol! I’m not frustrated though. It’s more fascinating to me how it has turned out…Follow the progression…

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I absolutely love this dark turquoise colour but for some reason I was not happy with the stripes as I faded. I think I could have tried a different fade approach by staggering the rows more e.g. 1 row of each then 2 or 3 to make the switch over more area. Perhaps it’s because spring is coming but I started to have more of a light colour scheme in my head and it was just too dark. I also didn’t like how uniform the turquoise was compared to the speckled nature of the first 2 colours. So…

IMG_0254IMG_0259IMG_0256 I tried the darker ball because despite the pictures the colours they picked up were more similar than the turquoise. It was better and I almost kept going. I really do listen to my inner voice though and it was telling me it wasn’t quite right either. So…

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Third time is a charm I think! I brought back the pink colour! What I liked about the other 2 colours was the light base. I love how it truly fades into one another now.

PERSONAL PREFERENCE! I love all 5 skeins of yarn but I’ve learned that I don’t love the stripey fade. Boy, I learned the long way around lol! I’m excited to whip to the finish now.

Oooooooo, in that last pic you also got a sneak peak at my next project. Look at that gorgeous SpinCycle Yarn! I’m doing this new gem from Drea Renee Knits

 

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Knitting Progress

I’m so excited to start my So Faded sweater by Drea Renee Knits. This pattern has been hugely popular lately. It’s a fingering weight which I love because it’s not too heavy. I’m also excited to finally try some beautiful Tanis Fibre Arts yarn. I got the 5 Skien Fade kit in the Cool palette. I was a bit disappointed that one of the colours had so much pink and peach but it’s ok because you can do the sweater in just 4 no problem (I’m doing the 34 size.) I was envisioning mostly greens and blues so these are the colours I landed on…

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They look different rolled up eh!

It’s a super simple top-down pattern but the fun comes in the colour changes. Last night I started the second colour! The thrill…

 

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Top-down view

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Front

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Gus and Gigi say Purrrrrrdy

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LOVE those specs of blue.

I think this will whip up fast because I’ll want to see the colours coming together. Also, love a bit of no-brainer knitting!

 

 

Recipe Updates

Happy Spring! Oh wait, it’s still snowing here, ugh. We are getting summer ready here by trying lots of recipes from the Better Homes & Gardens: Cut the Sugar special publication that is on stands until May 28. I’m excited to try some of the frozen pops recipes.

First, I was really happy with this simple waffle recipe (Multigrain Citrus Waffles, p. 16) with no sugar added and a lovely hint of orange zest. Of course, when you drown them in maple syrup it may defeat the purpose…whatever…

I think Gigi wanted some after her cuddle!

We’ve also tried:

Strawberry-Banana Donuts, P.14. More like a heavy donut. Best eaten the same day…

Three-Cheese Tomato Tart, P. 23. I thought of my Grammie when I made this tart because she’s always looking for yummy quick recipes for us veggie folks. It was simple and delicious. It has fennel in it so I was hooked…

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Not the best picture, sorry. The wedge salad has the Avocado Ranch Salad Dressing, P. 31. It was amazing but thick. You could use it as a veggie dip. It is totally vegan too!

Roasted Banana Bread, P. 55. This recipe interested me because I wondered if the roasted bananas would really make a difference. Not sure they did but smelled yummy. The bread was on the heavy side but it tasted nice…

It’s wrapped and ready for Easter company. It was gone by the end of the day so I guess it was liked by all.

Tomato Tapenade Dip, P. 73. I think this is a lovely idea of a recipe but I would NOT use the called for canned diced tomatoes again. Just chop up a few fresh I say. The rest is a dreamy combo of olives and spices. Great for entertaining…sorry about the disgusting looking photo in the mixing bowl…

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Sweet Potato Brownies, P. 81. Lady Fia helped me make these goodies too. She was intrigued by the sweet potato to make them moist and agreed she wouldn’t tell her brother! They were very fudgy due to the almond butter. I think I’d make them again. Not super chocolatey and a bit odd but worth a try…

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We decided to bake them in Peter Rabbit cupcake papers. Worked well for these gooey treats.

John’s New Year’s Resolution, as you may recall, is to make more bread recipes this year so I got him this Bake mag…

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Special Issue on stands until June, 18.

 

OMG, probably buy this one everyone! Every recipe looks amazing and we’ve had great luck with the recipes we’ve tried so far…

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Classic Hot Cross Buns, P. 39. Amazing and surprisingly easy.

 

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Making the Babka, a lovely sweet yeast dough.

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Cover photo, Cheesy Babka with Sun-dried Tomatoes, P. 112.

 

More baking to come!