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Sunday, July 29, 2012

KnitHacker

Here on *KnitHacker, you'll find all things knitty-culous - from crocheted covers for hubcaps, bread, to toilet seats!

Check out the site for more yarn bombs - funny, weird, adorable, touching, gross, yummy...etc... needle-crafted things that will get you hooked.

*knithacker.com is a daily exploration of all things fiber. Every day Danielle Holke posts 2-3 amazing and unusual fiber creations!

Have you ever mashed two patterns together to make something gloriously unique and knitty-licious? Maybe you’ve modified a pattern (or two…) to reveal your knack for knitty ingenuity? Perhaps you’ve taken what once was and transformed it into something new?
So… spin a yarn and show off! Submit a wooly remix here!
p.s. crochet and other wool/yarn/felted and related hacks welcome…

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Yalipaz

OMG! I am totally enraptured by these retro-chic felt brooches handmade by full time Israeli artist Yali Paz-Gilboa. Her work is inspired mostly by the roaring twenties, the era when jazz music blossomed, the *flapper redefined modern womanhood, and Art Deco peaked.

*Flappers were a "new breed" of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.[1]
Flappers had their origins in the period of Liberalism, social and political turbulence and increased transatlantic cultural exchange that followed the end of World War I, as well as the export of American jazz culture to Europe.

source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flapper

Margo Brooches
Queen Of Hearts Brooches
Frida Kahlo Brooches
Marion Brooches
Oriental Girl Felt Brooches
Mary Antionette Brooches
Emma Brooches


Louise Brooches

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Natalia Kononova - Outstanding Crochet

If you are a crochet devotee then you gotta stop by at Natalia Kononova's blog @   http://outstandingcrochet.blogspot.com, a blog dedicated to crochet addicts. Natalia, who was originally from north Russia, now lives in Pennsylvania, USA with her husband Arthur and her son, Timur.
Following are some of her fabulous crochet projects.
Shorts made from left over thread
Crochet Earrings "Forget-Me-Not"
Bag
Purse
Little Black Dress
Poppies Tunic
Linen Scarf With Crochet Embellishment
Flirty Beach Skort

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hainanese Pork Chops And My Hometown

*Hainanese Pork Chops are so delightfully nostalgic - they always remind me of my hometown and Jin, my Hainanese classmate in Form 3 (9th Grade). Jin's parents used to own a coffee shop and they served the best pork chops in town!
I am not sure if it was my fascination for Jin's quaint old *shophouse or her mom's ethereal marble cake and melt-in-the-mouth pork bun  that drew me but I used to hang out at Jin's place a lot  wayyyyyyy back in those days.

*Shophouses are typically two storied buildings, with a shop on the ground floor for mercantile activity, a kitchen in the back and living quarters upstairs.
image credit - Highlanderimages
Many of these dilapidated colonial-style pre-war houses in my hometown have been demolished for redevelopment. Georgetown, Penang has the largest cluster of pre-war shophouses and is  a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site
A typical Hainanese coffee shop with marble table tops and tiled walls. Notice the wooden-planked staircase leading to the living quarters upstairs.
image-credit : Highlanderimages
 I can still recall the aroma of charcoal-toasted bread wafting into Jin's room from the kitchen downstairs while we chatted and listened to the melancholic voice of Karen Carpenter on the squeaky cassette player in Jin's room. Jin would play the songs over and over again.
Isn't it funny how you associate certain tastes and sounds to your childhood? Listening to Karen's voice still sends shivers down my spine!  Her voice was so hauntingly beautiful and effortless.

*Hainanese refers to the Chinese who originate from Hainan Island, the southernmost and smallest Chinese province. Towards the turn of the 20th century, many Hainanese migrated to various Southeast Asian countries, where they worked as cooks, restaurateurs, coffeeshop owners, sailors, and hoteliers.
In Malaysia (known as Malaya then), most Hainanese worked as cooks in British military camps and in the homes of British expatriates during the colonial days. Many of them transported their culinary prowess to their own coffee shops.
The Hainanese Pork Chop is a western origin using a combination of western and Chinese ingredients and is unique to Malaysia and Singapore.

Here's a recipe to share though it is no way as good as Jin's secret recipe.

Hainanese Pork Chops

Ingredients
6 slices pork fillet
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 tbsp oyster sauce (optional)
salt to taste
1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 cup Canola Oil
2 eggs, beaten
8 pcs Cream Crackers ground to fine crumbs (I use panko breadcrumbs)
1 potato, cut into wedges and deep-fried
1 onion, sliced
1 cup tomato ketchup
1/2 cup chicken stock or more if you like lots of gravy
1tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp dark soy sauce
1 tsp corn flour
2 tomatoes, quartered
1/3 cup frozen peas

1. Marinate the pork chops in light soy sauce, oyster sauce, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, salt and ground pepper.
2. Heat up oil in a frying pan/wok. Place the beaten eggs in a saucer and the cream cracker/panko crumbs in another saucer.
3. Dip the pork chops in the beaten egg and then coat with the cracker/panko crumbs.
4. Fry the pork chops in the pan/wok until they are golden brown. Remove and keep aside. Leave a little oil in the pan/wok.
5. Saute the sliced onions just a little bit.
6. Add the tomato ketchup, dark soy, pepper, worcestershire sauce and chicken stock. Bring to a boil.
7. Add the tomato wedges and green peas.
8. In a small bowl make a paste with corn flour and a little water. Add to the sauce, let it bubble and thicken.
Just pour the hot sauce over the pork chops and serve it with the deep-fried potatoes. Serve with bread or rice. This is really an awesome dish, you should try it!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Diana Beltran Herrera

Enjoy these vibrant paper-crafted sculptures by Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera.


Monday, July 9, 2012

Betty Jo Designs

Australian Liz Jones, the designer behind Betty Jo Designs creates charming, one-of-a-kind jewellery, clocks and objects d'art from recycled vintage linoleum and other *gleaned* treasures.
Flying Ducks
Flying North For Summer
Cuckoo Clocks
Rosalinda Cuckoo Clock
Babushka Clocks
Owl Clocks
Greeny Owl
Brooches
Floral Wreath
Scotty Clock

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