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.

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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

Dishcloths

I love OWLS and so I love anything OWL.

I had some cotton yarn left from a previous project and was looking for something suitable to make and came across a pattern for an owl dishcloth. I AM IN LOVE! I might have to make myself an entire blanket out of a bunch of these.

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I also found a pattern for an Octopus dishcloth. Octopus and dishcloth… it oddly enough seems like a perfect combo.

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And finally, I asked hubby what kind of dishcloth he’d love. A moose. Talk about random. Picture is awful, the colors are actually a nice baby blue, navy blue and lime green. I would take a better picture except that it’s already in use now. The original plan was to do both borders in baby blue and the center in lime green. Of course I ran out of lime green half way through and then ended up running out of baby blue as well and had to bring in a 3rd color but since the goal was to use up scraps, it’s only fitting.

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All 3 patterns are by Mamafri/CreaWelten on Ravelry. Patterns are in German.

I have just enough yarn left to do a navy blue/beige one and I think we’ll do the shark one.

Also happy news – I won a SIGNED copy of “Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises” by Peter Lerangis. I won it through HarperCollins Canada (contest on FB). Books always make me happy. Signed books make me bounce up and down.

Hexagon Love

I had a fair bit of white and hot pink yarn left from the Summer Garden Granny Square Blanket and when I saw THIS, I couldn’t resist. I ended up buying some more of the wisteria and shell pink to mix it up and decided to make myself a blanket consisting of wee tiny flowers. They really are just little tiny hexagons 😀

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My sock yarn leftovers also started to pile up and so I decided to take the plunge last night and start a The Beekeeper’s Quilt. HEXAPUFFS! So squishy! Hexapuffs are made from fingering weight sock yarn.

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I might be slightly crazy 😀 Both are side projects with no time limit whatsoever but they are great if I just have a few minutes to sit down or to take with me on the bus. It only takes me about 5 minutes to make one of the flowers and about 30 minutes to make a hexapuff. Also – They are just too cute for words! I’m also pretty sure that the end result will be absolutely mind blowing so I don’t mind being patient.