25 Feb 2014

Vegetable Soup with Barley

Posted by Crazy Knitter22 at 11:30 am 0 comments
And now something completely different

Everyone loves my chunky vegetable soup.
It is healthy home made food like my mum used to make.

This recipe will be for 6 - 8 depending on the size of bowls or if you have it as main dish or as a starter

What you need

Large pan (5-6 litres)

2 cups of carrots
2 coups of swede
2 coups of celeriac
1 coup of onions
1 coup of parsnips
1 coup of barley
2-3 bay leaves
6-8 cloves
2 tbsp of sunflower oil
1 tsp turmeric
vegetable stock  for 1 to 1,5 litres
Salt, pepper.

Chop and slice everything. Don't go too large if you have kids as the pieces can be quite hot.

Heat the oil and add the onions. Don't burn them!!
Add the vegetables and fry them slowly for about 8 minutes
Then fill the pan with water (or stock if you don't use the stock pods) until the vegetables are covered.
Rinse the barley and add it to the pan.
Now add the stock pods,  turmeric, bay leaves and cloves.
Add more water.
Wait until it simmers then turn the heat right down to 1 or 2, cover the pan and let it slow cook for 40 to 60 minutes.
Check and give it a stir in between. Add water if you are losing too much.

When it's done season with salt and pepper.

Yummy with a nice crusty bread to dip into it.

Bon appetit!!

24 Feb 2014

Felted Slippers

Posted by Crazy Knitter22 at 8:57 pm 0 comments
Well, my fiancé needed some slippers. He can't wear synthetic stuff because they just become smelly way too quickly. The solution was felted slippers but it had to be 100% wool.
I found some online but half didn't say what material they actually were and the other half was like having to get a mortgage to buy them.
The solution was make them myself.
I was combing through the internet and i found a pattern which seemed easy and cheap.
Here is the link:

It is really a good pattern. It comes on 2 knitting versions and many sizes.
I used the same yarn suggested so i wouldn't have to figure out the correct felting process.

I knitted the first pair and washed them at 50 degrees Celsius (a normal 60 degrees cycle with reduced temperature) and they came out perfectly.

I managed knit 3 pairs, 2 size 10 wide and 1 size 7 normal out of 400g of yarn (Cascade is knitted using 2 strands)

To make them a more secure and longer lasting i covered the bottom of the slippers with clear silicon (the same you use for kitchen or bathroom) which gives them a nice rubber sole.


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