March 29, 2020

Getting started on Vibe Summer dress


At the knitting festival in Horsens February this year I brought  some Dunlin yarn (55% linen % 45% cotton) for knitting a Summer dress called "Vibe" designed by Else Schjellerup.

As I like the rest of Denmark are spending plenty of time at home to the corona situation, I have plenty of spare time for knitting, so perhaps I even can managed to get this Summer dress for use later this year.

I have to do some adjustment to the recipe, as I have to scale it up in size, so it will fit my body. However, this is quiet easy taking the pattern into account.

I have also decided, that I will knit this dress using circular knitting needle instead of the usual type of knitting needles. This means, that I afterwards do not have sew the dress together.

The pattern consist mainly of reverse knit on the front, so I have also decided to knit straight knit and when turn the dress inside out, when I will wear it. My straight knitting is more regular compared to reverse knitting.

March 27, 2020

Pinkie - ruby chocolate cake


I still had some ruby chocolate left in my kitchen after making both ruby romance scones and Valentine cheese cake, so I thought why not make a brownie/blondie style cake using ruby chocolate instead of dark/white chocolate and call it a pinkie ?

I have been told, that in order to maintain the red colour of ruby chocolate, the acidity (pH) should be high (=low in pH), so therefore I replaced some of the butter with full-fat sour cream as a a way of the getting of the colour. However, as I started to mix into flour, sugar and egg, the colour became more of the usual cake yellowish colour. So the pink part of the cake is the ruby chocolate melted on the surface of the baked cake.

I had a look as this recipe on ruby chokolade blondies by Gastro Fun as inspiration, and from there I made several modifications.

Pinkie - ruby chocolate cake: - 1 cake

  • 100 g butter
  • 200 g full-fat sour cream, 38% fat
  • 200 g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 210 g wheat flour
  • 100 g ruby chocolate - melted
  • 200 g ruby chocolate as small pieces of chocolate
  • 100 g ruby chocolate - melted for decoration of the cake after baking
  1. Heat up the oven (conventional) to 180'C.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Mix melted butter and sour cream together in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  4. Melt the ruby chocolate, and stir it into the butter-sour cream mixture.
  5. Add in the sugar, vanilla sugar and salt, stir well.
  6. Add in the eggs, one by one, stir well between each addition of egg.
  7. Add in the flour and stir well.
  8. Finally add in the smaller pieces of ruby chocolate and stir well.
  9. Cover a baking tray (20 x 30 cm) with baking parchment.
  10. Fill the cake dough into the baking tray.
  11. Bake the cake in the middle of the oven at 180'C for 30-40 minutes.
  12. Check, that the underbaked, before removing it from the oven.
  13. Cold down the cake.
  14. Melt the last part of the ruby chocolate and pour it over the surface of the pinkie.
  15. Enjoy :-)

March 26, 2020

"Striber på langs" sweater is finished

Finished "Striber på langs" sweater
The time runs faster, when you have a knitting project to spend your spare time with during the time of corona. No time spend on rowing, which is vast right here and now with the sunny and quiet Spring weather, which we have here in Denmark or going to the cinema, theater, water ballet equal a LOT of "free" time.
"Striber på langs" sweater before
washing and pressing

It is means, that I have finished my "Striber på langs" sweater. After the washing of the sweater you need to press it into measurements.

The yarn costed me 693 DKK (= 92€) to make this sweater. And the knit recipe costed 40 DKK (=5.30 €).

So, now I can start on a new knitting project :-) I think, I will look at the various yarns, which I brought at the knitting festival in Horsens here in February, perhaps the Summer dress.

March 25, 2020

Tea and Easter shopping in Sønderborg


Little did I know, that my expedition to Sønderborg beginning of this month of March was to a cultural & shopping tour outside Vejle for a very long time !

Besides from the art exhibition by Hans Horn at Søbderborg Slot as well as having lunch he nice Cafe Fika I did also do the pedestrian streets of Sønderborg city checking out the various shops.

I found some new Easter decoration in form these eggs and Easter rabbit in paper for decoration of my many windows.

Carstensens Tehandel also have a shop in Sønderborg, so here I brought two bags of tea.
The first tea was black Easter tea (black tea flavoured with egg liqueur combined with flowers of both sunflowers and blue cornflower).
The second tea was Als blandingen, also black tea, named after the the island, where Sønderborg is located.




March 24, 2020

"Striber på langs" - part 4


Staying at home and keeping distance to other people keeps the knitting needles very busy ! So now, one arm is done on "Striber på langs" sweater and I am ready to get the second arm done.

Right here and now the sweater look like a Summer dress, but after the first washing the sweater is pressed during ironing into the final size, so more wide than long in the shape.

Well, I am getting very close to an end on this project:-)

March 16, 2020

"Striber på langs" - part 3


During the week-end I also managed to do quiet a lot of knitting on my knit project on "Striber på langs" sweater. So, when you are more or less forced to spend your time at home, it means that you can do a lot of knit as well sitting in front of the TV following the latest development in the corona status.

Right here and now the sweater look like a Summer dress, but after the first washing the sweater is pressed during ironing into the final size, so more wide than long in the shape.

Well, I am ready to start knitting the arms of the sweater :-)

March 15, 2020

"Striber på langs" sweater - part 2


Spending a lot of time at home due to the Corona virus and the close down of Denmark means I do a lot of knitting on my project on "Striber på langs" sweater. So, when you cannot go to the rowing club, local swimming pool, cinema etc, well when you can do a lot of knit :-)

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