New Website & Blog

Just a reminder the new website is at:

jeanottosen.ca

Go check out the latest blog postings.  Those of you receiving my blog by email, please remember to sign up for the blog on jeanottosen.ca,
as I will no longer be posting to this site.

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WIP Thursday

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Knit Cellular Baby Blanket – almost finished!

I am almost finished the knit baby blanket!  Only a few more rows to go!  I want to try a new cast off method.  I’ll be checking in with my friend about that.

As for “Moss”…I am decidedly unhappy with it and haven’t worked on it all week.

Instead I’ve been preparing wall hangings for sale on Etsy and working on my new website.

I did not get to the Certificates of Authenticity yesterday.  So I will be working on those today.  I did manage to get about 150 cup hooks into little plastic bags (2 each) and into the wall hanging packages.

I have spent a lot of time planning our trip and studying Korean.

 

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Inspiration Wednesday

I haven’t been out taking photos as much as usual.  I’ve been busy adding cup hooks to my wall hanging packages for my patrons/customers/clientele.

This afternoon I’ll be printing off the Certificates of Authenticity and working on filling them out.

Here’s a few photos of tree trunks and trees to inspire you… 🙂

 

 

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Raspberry Ribbons

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Raspberry Ribbons, before glazing and cutting.

Haven’t made these lately, but they are on my radar for Christmas!  They are a version of Danish Butter Cookies that came from “Scandinavian Cooking” by Beatrice Ojakangas.  This year they will be gluten free.  But here’s the real recipe, complete with gluten…

Raspberry Ribbons
Makes about 48 cookies

1 c. butter, room temperature
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1-2 tsp. water, if needed (if dough is dry)
2 1/2 c. flour

Put the above in a food processor with a metal blade and process until it’s smooth and pliable.  Gather dough into a ball and knead.  Can be refrigerated up to one week.

Now…to make the Raspberry Ribbons…

1 recipe Butter Cookie dough
1/2 c. raspberry jam
1/2 c. icing sugar
2 Tbsp. milk

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Divide dough into fourths.  Roll into ropes about 1/2″ thick between your hands and a floured surface.  Place on ungreased cookie sheets about 2″ apart.  Using the side of your little finger, press a long groove the length of each strand.  Bake 10 minutes.  Spoon jam into the groove.  Bake another 5-10 minutes or until edges lightly browned.

Make a glaze with the milk and icing sugar.  Brush or drizzle over hot cookies.  Cut into logs diagonally about 1″ wide.  Let cool.

Enjoy!

 

 

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In my studio…

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This weekend I was busy with my Etsy shop.  I uploaded more items for sale.

I was also busy on my new website.  Still trying to figure out the shipping issues with WooCommerce.  Seems they aren’t as cheap as they claim to be.  I’ll be looking at other options this week.

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Upcoming this week…

~ I plan to hook more on “Moss”.
~ I need to add cup hooks to the packages of wall hangings I am selling.
~ I need to sew a hanging sleeve on one of the wall hangings.
~ I need to take some photos of others before posting them on Etsy.
~ I need to fill out Certificates of Authenticity for most of the wall hangings.
~ And I need to photograph and load more fiber bundles for sale.

I doubt I’ll finish all this in one week, but I’ll make a stab at it.  The Certificates of Authenticity will take some time to fill out.  They are quite detailed and I have quite a number to do.

Well I hope everyone is off to a great start of a new week!  Enjoy the nice fall weather and try not to eat too much candy then next couple of days.

Cheers,
Jean

 

 

 

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Weekly Review

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Wall hangings and ornaments yet to be posted on Etsy.

It’s been a busy week.  I’ve been posting wall hangings and fiber bundles on Etsy for sale.  Check out my shop to see what’s new!  I’ll be posting more work next week.

I hooked a bit on “Moss”.

I knit on the cellular baby blanket.

I worked a lot on my new website I hope to have up and running by January.

I finished putting together my green wool and silk fiber bundles…for now.  I have a lot of green fiber!

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WIP Thursday

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I’ve been busy knitting on the cellular baby blanket.  I was joking to some friends that there were so many mistakes in it it looked like a pattern!  The pattern is going to be thrown out when I’m finished.  I never could get it to work properly.  Next time I’ll pick up some plain knitting to work on in the company of other people.  It appears I cannot stay focused on a basic lace pattern.  I’m going to block the blanket when it’s done, see how it looks, and then decide what to do with it.  But I strongly suspect it will find its way to the local thrift store.  Note to self: not all projects work out…and that’s okay.

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I hooked a bit on “Moss” this week.  I am not overly happy with the values I’ve chosen for different colors.  I am trying not to go to the dye pot because I have so much fiber in the house already.  I’ll hook a tad more on it and then take it off the frame on a nice sunny day in natural light to make some color decisions/revisions.

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I’ve also been loading a lot of wall hangings on Etsy for sale.  I started uploading Christmas wall hangings.  I know. I’m a bit early.  But I’m sitting beside a big tote of wall hangings and ornaments that have yet to be listed.  It’s going to take a while.

I’ve also been making more fiber bundles and uploading them to Etsy.

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And I’m working on my new website.

I think that’s enough “Works in Progress” for one week!  Time to get busy on them.  Talk to you all tomorrow. 🙂

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