Friday, December 16, 2016

German Stollen

There cannot be Christmas holidays without the beautiful flavors of home made cookies and cakes! One of my favorites is the German Christmas Stollen: 


Ingredients:
For the dough:
1,2 kg all purpose flour
120 gr. yeast
200 gr. sugar
1 pinch salt
3/8 l milk
3 eggs
1 pack vanilla powder
300 gr. butter
For the filling:
200 gr. whole almonds, blanched, peeled and chopped
500 γρ. raisins blonde
200 γρ. raisins black
100 γρ. candied orange peel
100 γρ. candied lemon peel
Zest & juice of a lemon
1/4 tsp cardamon, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon
100 ml rum
1 bitter almond extract
For the frosting:
250 gr. melted butter
250 gr. icing sugar

Preparation:
The night before baking, mix in a large bow; all the ingredients for the filling and let soak. 
Dough: In a large bowl, sift 1 kg of the flour and make a pothole in the center. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk and a pinch of salt and 1 tbs sugar. Add the yeast to the center of the bowl. Carefully take some flour and mix with the yeast, until you have a liquid porridge.

Spread some sugar and flour over the porridge and cover the bowl and leave it in a warm place, until the yeast has doubled in size. 

Knead well. Mix eggs with sugar and vanilla and add to the dough. Knead again and leave the dough covered to rest in a warm place, until it has doubled in size.

Add the rest of the flour and the sugar and knead again.

 Add the filling to the dough and knead again. From 2 oval shapes and fold each oval piece in half. Carefully lift the dough onto the baking sheet and leave to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until nearly doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Bake the stollen for 60 minutes, or until golden.Cover with foil if it begins to brown too much. Brush warm loaf with butter and dust thickly with powdered sugar. Cool on ​rack.Wrap tightly in foil.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Handknitted dresses Part II

The project dress is in progress:


And my mind is already in the next project!

Here are some more dresses for inspiration:


https://gr.pinterest.com/pin/142285669457237380/


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Handknitted dresses

Winter is coming and lately I flirt with the idea of knitting a dress! It's going to be a big difficult project, because I'm thinking of making it long with turtleneck, but I think it's worth the work! There are fascinating designs for inspiration:


junko shimada
benetton
benetton
lacooletchic.tumblr.com
missoni


urban zen

http://www.spencervladimir.com/fall2015/

www.freepeople.com

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The bag ladies

Do you have any plastic bags floating around your home? Many of us use them as garbage bags, doggie bags or extra lunch bags.

Janice Akin says she and her friends are using them to make mats for homeless people to sleep on. She says they've already sent a bunch down to families in Louisiana who lost their homes in last month's flood.



"It's addictive," says Akin. "It gets to the point that you do two or three and you see, 'Hey I'm actually making a difference in someone's life,' and you want to do more."

They call themselves the Bag Ladies. Patty Arnold says they met as a group for the first time in January 2015 at Second Baptist Church in Union City, Tennessee. Since then, she says they group has doubled in size.
"It's wonderful that it's growing, that others what to help all these people," says Arnold.

Arnold says the mats aren't that hard to make; they just take a lot of time. She says they cut the bags into strips, tie the strips together, roll them into a ball and crochet the plastic like it's yarn. Arnold says it takes 600 to 700 plastic bags to make one 3 foot by 6 foot mat.

So far this year, Akin says the Bag Ladies have made 88 mats, which means they've recycled more than 52,000 plastic bags.
"This is not young ladies doing this," says Akin. "This is older ladies with arthritis. And believe me, I have it. It hurts."

Akin says it doesn't stop them, the Bag Ladies can work through the pain, especially if it's for a good cause.

You can be a Bag Lady too. The group meets from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. every Thursday at Second Baptist Church in Union City, right across from the Discovery Park of America. They're also accepting donations of plastic bags.
Contact the Bag Ladies by emailing Second Baptist Church at secondbaptist@bellsouth.net.
Source and photos: www.wpsdlocal6.com

Sunday, August 21, 2016

A collective project in Valverde de La Vera

Collective project. A production process is performed during the year completed with an installation of elements produced in the public space of Valverde de La Vera, a small town in Cáceres. We started the activity in 2013, and we continue preparing a new edition.

We produce solar protection by crochet technique to be installed in the village streets.

The act of weaving becomes a metaphor for daily life, and also a tool for building space, build groups and communities, activities and ideals that would otherwise remain hidden, forgotten or lost”. Hemmings, Jessica. In The Loop, Knitting now (2010). Londres: Black Dog.

Valverde is a town of around 500 people located in Sierra de Gredos, in the region of La Vera, Cáceres, Extremadura. It has been declared a Historical and Artistic place, with traditional architecture in stone, adobe and wood houses with courtyards and narrow streets with balconies. 





One goal of the project is to improve the environmental conditions during the summer on the streets of Valverde. We generate shaded areas during the summer. 

The solar protectors are also used as elements of festive expression. We welcome in this way to family, friends and visitors who return to the village at that time.

We produce the solar protectors reusing plastic shopping bags. We transform them into long strips that we weave. So, they are lightweight, waterproof and allowed to be stored in a space from year to year.

The organization of the activity is conduced by the Youth Cultural Association of the town. Once a month we meet in the town square to share experiences and knowledge. 

 
We work about 40 people of all ages, women, a man for the time, and we have also had the participation of children in the village. The call is open to all who wish to participate, regardless of their prior knowledge. More experienced teach gilts. 

The technique we use is the traditional crocheting adapted to a larger scale. Patterns are the typical ones of the work done in the area, it is already in the drawings collective imagination of the place. Likewise, the weavers make their own new personal designs.


It is important to recognize the value of traditional tasks historically performed by women for self-management of their own homes. In Tejiendo la Calle these self-produced household items become a collective work for the whole community.


 

Source & photos:  www.submarina.info & www.yorokobu.es

Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer inspiration

The boho trend is back this summer!! Crochet blouzes, dresses, bags, but swim suits as well! Get inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger's gorgeous designs and crochet you own summer creations!











Saturday, July 23, 2016

Magnificent shop window

Gorgeous crochet panel at a shop window near Piazza del Spagna, in Rome.
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