Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Weekend

Even though deadlines are fast approaching, this weekend was one I took a break from knitting and crocheting to spend time with my family. I really needed the break since this past couple of months had been little crazy. This is what we were up to.

My youngest daughter and I baked babovka, a Czech sweet bread. I used a recipe found in a magazine called Apetit, a magazine I bought in the Czech Republic a few years ago. The recipe we used is called Grandma's babovka (a type of bunt cake) and indeed it was the same as my Grandma used to make when I was little. We used to make it pretty much every Sunday, so I got some practice in this. To make this one takes several steps and it's rather time consuming; but it was worth the effort. It was sooo good.  I do not bake sweets very much these days because I can't stop eating them; but it was nice to share this experience with my daughter. 

Later in a day my daughters and I decorated eggs. We used bee's wax that we warmed up and pin head pinned into a pencil to draw designs on the eggs. It is an old Czech technique used mainly in South Bohemia, a part of the Czech Republic. We used simple 2-color technique; but it can be done multicolored. I learned this technique when I was little at the folklore ensemble I belong to. Again, it felt really good to share these skills and techniques with my daughters and they really enjoyed the process and results.

 I hope you all enjoyed your Easter weekend. Happy spring!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Secret book by Robyn Chachula was revealed

Robyn Chachula's new book Simply Crochet was revealed on the Interweave Press website. I have contributed a couple of projects to this book; and I absolutely love the way they were photographed. And, as always, the whole style of the book is really lovely.

The book features projects that can be made on a budget, with a few balls of yarn. It offers tips and tricks on how to crochet economically. 

You can see preview here or below.

Simply Crochet BLAD