Sunday Snapshots: Homeward Bound

Friday night

WIP - Boneyard Shawl

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Driving home

Hot Cross Buns

Smoothie

Asparagus

A last Friday night at school, a long drive home, and a lovely Easter Sunday.

Let me know in the comments what you’ve been up to this weekend… Happy Easter!

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How to dye Easter eggs using food colouring (a tutorial)

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring

Plain eggs

Eggs in Dye

Colourful Easter Eggs

Using tape to create patterns

Colourful Easter Eggs

I cannot believe how fast these past few months have gone… it’s only a few weeks until Easter weekend! I though I’d share an easy way to dye brightly coloured Easter Eggs with you guys since they turned out so well the last time we made them. This is super easy and uses supplies that you probably have in your pantry!

How to Dye Easter Eggs using Food Colouring
(Method adapted from Martha Stewart)

You’ll need:
Eggs (hardboiled or emptied- see note below)
Warm water
Food colouring
White vinegar
Glasses
A spoon
Stickers, tape, string, etc. for making interesting designs

Note: There is a great tutorial for emptying (“blowing”) eggs here. If properly cleaned, emptied egg shells can be stored and reused indefinitely. Hardboiled eggs, however, should be stored only for as long as you’d store any hardboiled eggs.

You will need a seperate glass for each colour you want to use.
In each glass, mix 1/2 cup of warm water, 1/2 tsp of vinegar, and a total of 15-20 drops of food colouring. Play with colour concentration or mix different colours for interesting effects.
To dye each egg, submerge in food colouring mixture for 5-10 minutes, depending on desired colour intensity. Carefully remove each egg from the food colouring mixture with a spoon and place in egg carton to dry.
Repeat as desired for layered colours. For patterned eggs, cover the area you don’t want dyed with stickers, string, or tape before submerging. Make sure that the first colour is dry before dyeing with a second colour. Be creative!

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve dyed eggs using this tutorial. Have a beautiful weekend!

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The cursed socks…

I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! I started mine off by making some Hot Cross Buns… how very typically Easter! The recipe is from The Pioneer Woman here. While mine weren’t quite as pretty (by the time I iced them it was laaaate…), they did taste good!

I received a lovely skein of Cascade Heritage Hand Painted as a gift in a very pretty blue. This yarn is 75% merino and so soft! (On Ravelry here)

I’ve cast on a pair of socks with it. The pattern is Angee from Cookie A’s Sock Innovation. The pattern and the yarn are lovely, but I’m beginning to think these socks are cursed… I had to cast on three times before I got past the cuff (seriously, ribbing. You would think I’d have figured that one out by now…) and then 6 rows into the set up rounds, I couldn’t figure out why my stitch count was off. Turns out I dropped a stitch and it had fallen about a dozen rows. I’ll bring it back up later tonight (and then we’ll see how far I get before something else happens!). (On Ravelry here)

I also bought a drop spindle at my LYS this weekend. It came with come fibre and I’ve been learning how to spin. My yarn isn’t anywhere near perfect yet, but it’s getting a bit more even. I can’t wait to finish it up so that I can try plying it and knitting it! (On Ravelry here)

Happy Monday!

A long weekend

Warning: Lots of pictures in this post! (If you’re only here fore the knitting… scroll to the end.)

We have a four-day weekend because of Easter, and so far, it’s been lovely. After doing some homework this morning, we dyed Easter eggs this afternoon. I did three different colours of dye using Martha Stewart’s instructions here. I was a bit worried about them being dull because of the food colouring, but the eggs actually turned out really bright!

I just finished reading Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. It was a really quick read but it did make me laugh. I also finally got my hands on a copy of the Yarn Harlot‘s All Wound Up. I started it last night and, as usual, the Yarn Harlot is really funny.

As for knitting, I’ve finished up the sample for my latest design. It’s being tested now and I’m really excited to release it! I’m hoping to get it out on April 21st. While it’s being tested, I’m working on a scarf for my sister.

It’s from a kit my grandmother got for me when she visited Belfast Mini Mills in PEI last summer. The yarn is an angora blend and so, so soft. (On Ravelry here)

I’m planning on making cupcakes tonight… does anyone have any favourite recipes?

Have a great long weekend!