Manta Hueco Zig Zag

I finally finished my Manta Hueco Zig Zag blanket last night. I LOVE IT! I enjoyed making it and I know the recipient will be thrilled.

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The pattern can be found here. I added a simple border around it in white.

Usually it’s always a relief when I finish a large project but with this one, I could have happily continued. I will miss working on it. I will make another one of these one day.

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Butt Buns

Oh my, I’ve been so busy creating things I didn’t find the time to blog.

I used to sew hammocks for pet rats. A LOT of hammocks for rats. We’re talking hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of them. They were a nice way to raise funds for rat rescue but after making a gazillion ones of them, I couldn’t look at the sewing machine again. For two years, I didn’t pull it out. While starting our yearly spring clean/de-cluttering, I finally decided to make another push to get my fabric stash down a bit more as my yarn stash is starting to take over and could use some more space.

I ended up making 3 cat chair cushions, 18 little handy dandy pouches and 10 couch pillow covers. Apparently I can’t just do a little here, a little there. I’m either all in or all out.

These little pouches are super awesome. I have about 10 of them for all sorts of purposes – The dog’s poopy bags, my iPod, my change, my bank cards etc. They fit most cell phones as well but that’s the one tech thing I do not own.

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Most of them sold within minutes but I do have a 1 of these left:

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And 3 of these:

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Please email me if interested!

The zippered couch pillows were made from the same fabric. I like rats, what can I say.

The cat chair cushions fit most chairs nicely and give them a little bit of a padding. They are also great to protect your couch a bit from cat hair. I just adore those little cat mermaids!

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Been working on another pair of socks… These are called “Socks On A Plane”. The pattern can be found on Ravelry. I’m just about done.

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I was hoping to have the Manta Hueco ZigZag blanket done but got slightly distracted… like making a crab army

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I am however close… 2 more rows on either side and then the border which I still haven’t quite decided how I’m going to do it other than it’s going to be white. I’m hoping to be done with my crab army by tonight and then should have the rest of the week to finally finish it. Actually considering it’s fairly close to a queen size blanket with DK yarn/4 mm hook, it’s still only taken me 2 months to get her and that’s not bad at all.

Anyway, I’m sure you’re wondering about the “Butt Buns”. They are a traditional type of Swiss buns. They are actually called “Weggli” but since none of my English speaking friends here would remember that, I’ve been calling them “Butt Buns”. Why you ask?

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Need I say more?

That really is how they are traditionally shaped. I of course took it a step further and gave my dear friend Ellen one with a strategically placed chocolate chip. Yeah, I’m sick and twisted like that. They are a milk based bread, great for sandwiches or with dinner or simply as a snack.

I figured I post the recipe since quite a few friends who go to try them are now raving about them. I do not know where the recipe originally comes from, it’s been passed down in my family.

Weggli (“Butt Buns”)

Ingredients:

750 grams white flour (all purpose works fine)
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp dry instant yeast
25 grams soft butter
200 ml warm (but not too hot) milk
200 ml (but not too hot) water
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp milk

Mix the flour, salt, yeast and soft butter together in a large bowl. Add the milk and water mix. Once it’s all incorporated, pour it out on a clean table and start kneading. Knead for 15-20 minutes. Put the dough back into the bowl and cover with a damp towel and put it in a warm spot. Let it raise until the dough doubles in size, about an hour or so.

Sorry, I do not know how long you’d have to let our KitchenAid work the dough. I am from the land of elbow grease and find kneading bread dough very zen (plus my kitchen is tiny and I have no idea where I’d put one).

After an hour, divide the dough in 14 equal amounts and shape little balls. If you want the traditional butt shape, take a plate and push it down in the middle of the roll until almost all the way to the bottom. Lay them out on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Let them raise again for about 40 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 200 C/390 F. Mix the egg yolk and the 2 tbsp milk together and brush onto the top of the buns. Once the oven has reached temperature, put the buns into the oven and make for 20-25 minutes. The buns should be golden brown and if you flip them over and tap the bottom, they should sound hollow.

Pit Bull hat

Pickles is my other foster dog, she too is up for adoption through Bully Buddies.

I’m taking her and Boo to an adoption event on the weekend. I figured since Boo will wear her hats, Pickles shouldn’t be left out so I made her a simple earflap hat with a big pom pom on the top. It matches her hot pink Thundershirt that she’ll be wearing also. Credit for the pom pom actually goes to my husband, he did most of it, I just trimmed it and sewed it on.

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Irresist-a-bull! I just adore her! I wish I was in a position where I could adopt her myself.

Sorry, no pattern. I was in a rush to get it done and didn’t take any notes.

I made another dishcloth yesterday – SHARK! I used up the last little bit of cotton scraps I had. Yay! It feels good to stay on top of my scraps plus one can never have enough dishcloths.

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Pattern for the shark dishcloth is again by Mamafri/CreaWelten on Ravelry

Buffalo Hat

Boo is also known as the “Tiny yellow buffalo” as she’s very much built like one – Giant hairy shoulders, wee tiny waist.

Needless to say, I HAD to make her a buffalo hat. HAD TO.

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She’s thrilled with it and so am I 😀

Main part is the same like in the Queen Hat, I just added horns instead of a crown and braids.

Horn Pattern

Material:

Worsted weight yarn (horn color)
4 mm crochet hook
Darning needle
Scissors
Material to stuff the horns (I used the extra yarn I cut off when I made the braids for her Queen hat, nothing gets wasted here :D)

Make 2:

  1. Magic loop, 4 sc into loop (4 st)
  2. 2 sc in each st (8 st)
  3. 1 sc in each st (8 st)
  4. 1 sc in each st (8 st)
  5. 2 sc in first two st, 1 sc in rest of st (10 st)
  6. 1 sc in each st (10 st)
  7. Repeat rows 5 and 6 until you’ve reached the desired length, end off but leave a strand long enough to sew onto hat… weave in beginning end, stuff horn, sew to main part, weave in end.

Again, if you’re going to crochet a hat, please consider making a donation to Boo’s rescue (they spent well over $2500 for her care thus far): Bully Buddies. Thank you!

I have visions of Easter bunny hat, unicorn hat and pig hat (she’s also known as “Trufflepig”) but that will have to wait as I’m about 2/3 done now with my Manta Hueco Zig Zag blanket and hope to finish it within the next two weeks.