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Free Pattern: Double Seed Stitch Sling Bag May 26, 2013

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Crafts, Crochet, Free Pattern, Tutorial, Tutorials, Yarn.
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My friend Mei Yee’s mom was looking to buy a bag to use when she commutes (for her wallet, phone & card holder), but couldn’t find one that’s the right size she wanted. So I offered to make her one. 😀

I asked her for the measurements and she wanted something that 6 by 6 inches. I played around crochet & knit bag ideas, tried some trial patterns, until I finally settled on this.

I used a mercerized cotton yarn (EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10), the texture & sheen when completed was so pretty. I started with a turkish cast on for the base of the bag (a popular technique used for toe up socks), knitted 1 inch of stockinette stitches before starting with the double stitch stitches. Complete the final few rows with stockinette again, 1 row of seed stitch and cast off.

The strap was crocheted because it’s a whole lot faster to crochet straps. If you can’t crochet, you can use the knitted i-cord but I can tell you it’ll take a long time. 😛

Added bag lining and a zipper. I’m very pleased with the result! And so is she! 😀

DoubleSeedStitchBag


What you need

Yarn – EL. D. Mouzakis Butterfly Super 10 (about a skein + slightly more)

3.5mm circular knitting needle (with long enough cable for knitting in the round)

3.5mm crochet hook

Pattern

Turkish Cast On – 80 stitches

– Knit in stockinette stitch for 1 inch

– switch to double seed stitch  (double seed stitch – row 1 & 2, knit 1, purl 1 in the round, row 3 & 4, purl 1, knit 1 all around)

– Repeat the 4 rows of double seed stitch pattern for next 4.5 inches

– Switch to stockinette stitch for another 0.5 inches.

– Switch to single seed stitch for 4 rows (if preferred), cast off, cut yarn and weave in yarn end.

– Attach yarn to side of the pouch with a crochet hook with 4 single crochets. Chain 1, Turn and sc into next 3 stitches (4 sc on each row) , repeat till desired length of strap is achieved.

– Pull yarn through the last sc and stitch the strap onto other side of the pouch.

You can add lining and a zipper to the bag if you wish.

And here’s my model with her new little bag! (edited for privacy :P)

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HAPPY DAY! February 9, 2013

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Blog, Life, Singapore.
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In Singapore, it’s not necessary to own a car nor drive myself around because:-

1. Singapore is really small,

2. Public transport is available EVERYWHERE,

3. Cars, vehicle and road taxes and road entry charges are bloody expensive.

But, we have a car at home. As time goes by, I do feel handicapped not being able to drive. If I could, I would have been a lot more helpful for emergencies and other situations.

So, after many years of procrastination, I decided to learn driving and get a driver’s license. It took me more than 1.5 years and 2 tests to finally do so (including 4 months break between lessons because of busy work and 4 months wait for a 2nd test)

And now, I am very proud to announce that I have finally passed my driving test on 8 February 2013 and I can now drive legally on the roads of Singapore!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!

It’s gonna be a good good year! 🙂

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Wan Shi Ru Yi!

My Chinese New Year Weakness: Seaweed Beancurd Skin Crackers February 7, 2013

Posted by misscraftyfingers in Cooking, Recipe, Singapore.
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Every year during Chinese New Year, we would buy or prepare lots and lots of goodies to eat. My neighbour, an aunty who is a really good vegetarian cook, always made this particular snack and give us a jar every year. The jar would not last beyond a day. 😛 I would finish the savoury snack even before anyone else sees it. 😛

I googled around the internet for a recipe but couldn’t find any. Most people use wanton or popiah (springroll) skin but I like the taste of beancurd skin better. So I adapted the recipe using eggwhite wash, but it didn’t quite work out, too salty! Today, my neighbour came by my place when I was attempting the recipe and she taught me her method & tricks on the spot! I was so grateful! 🙂 She said she is very happy that someone else likes her recipe! 🙂

Here’s my neighbour’s recipe! Fast and easy!

Seaweed Beancurd Skin Crackers (suitable for vegetarians)

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Ingredients

  • 1 large piece of beancurd (tofu) skin (the kind used for making dim sum)
  • 6 sheets of nori (large sheets of Japanese seaweed)
  • Flour paste – some plain flour mixed with water seasoned with some sugar and/or mushroom granules  Note: just a small amount of paste is enough – about 1/2 a ricebowl, it’s used for sticking the seaweed to the beancurd skin.
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method

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1. open up the beancurd skin. Wipe beancurd skin with damp paper towels on both sides. Tip: Store bought beancurd skin is salty, wiping it with paper towels will prevent the results from being too salty.

2. Lay out the whole piece of beancurd skin on your kitchen table. Tip: you can wrap your table top with cling wrap for cleanliness. 🙂

3. Brush half of the beancurd skin with the flour paste.

4. Lay the seaweed sheets on one side of the beancurd skin.

5. Brush the seaweed with the rest of the flour paste.

6. Fold the other side of the beancurd skin over to cover the seaweed.

7. Cut into smaller sheets. Leave in fridge for about 15 minutes for the flour paste to dry up a little.

8. With medium heat, deep fry the strips quickly until light golden brown. Remember to keep stirring as they brown very fast. Tip: If the oil is too hot (ie, the crackers turn dark brown very fast), add some more oil to bring down the temperature.

9. Drain and cool on paper towels.

10. Store in air tight containers immediately after cooling to retain crispiness.

Enjoy the crispy crackers! 

GONG XI FA CAI!

Favourite Places in Singapore December 18, 2012

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This is one of my favourite places to explore in Singapore. No fancy stores/brands, cheap toiletries, a bit tacky and old fashioned, along with my favourite local craft store (Golden Dragon) ….People’s Park in Chinatown. 😀

I went there after a medical appointment at NUH today. Bought yarn :p, cheap toiletries and spotted a shop that sells self-assembled bean bags!

I was curious about the price so I went in to check it out. Then the lady boss who was there saw my bag of yarn and said “Oh you crochet!”. I said yeah! 😀

And we started talking about crocheting and knitting and how fun it is. hehe. Then she had a customer in the shop, so I told her it was nice meeting her and left. Forgot to ask her for her name. I’ll say hi to her again the next time I’m there. 🙂

It’s so nice to be able to talk about crafting with someone who has similar hobbies! 😀

Finally, my ribbed lace bolero November 9, 2012

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After a few years of procrastination, I finally decided to try knitting the Ribbed Lace Bolero which I loved so much as to make a crochet version of it (because back then, I didn’t know how to knit. :P)

So, here it is! Alas, it became bigger after 1 wash. LOL. I used TLC Cotton Plus, I guess I should have made it slightly smaller because this yarn has a bit of drape and the design is very stretchy.

I will give it to my friend Suanie now because it is too big for me to wear!