Organic Cotton Dishcloth Pattern Giveaway

You girls rock! Seriously. The September Giveaway is proving to be a great success. There are also quite a number of new readers and I welcome you! I hope you have had fun going through my old blog posts.

You probably don’t need a bigger incentive to play along with this month’s giveaway, but here are a couple of pictures of the washcloths you could be knitting. Vivian of Ecoyarns knitted these washcloths with the Pakucho Organic Cotton yarn which is part of this month’s prize.

I especially love the Eiffel Tower pattern. Paris anyone?
Organic Cotton Knitted Washcloths

You can just imagine these neatly folded handknit washcloths with a ribbon around it and gifted with a bar of handmade soap. Mmm… Perfect.
Organic Cotton Knitted Washcloths

If you can’t wait to win the printed pattern that comes with the washcloth kit, you can download the pdf right now. It’s FREE! Simply follow the link below.

Free washcloths pattern available at Ecoyarns:
http://www.ecoyarns.com.au/index.php?main_page=document_product_info&products_id=244&zenid=ff65f76388690d270524062e80489b78

Moving away from the topic of the giveaway, I have recently made a decision on how I will respond to your lovely comments. I do read every single one of them but from now on, I will reply to your questions and ideas on the comment section of that particular blog post. This is so that everyone can read my reply to the question as it may be useful to others.

I also hope that you will answer each other’s questions and comment on ideas posed. I know you probably know a lot more than I do in some areas and now I’ve made it possible for anyone to reply to any specific comment.

I want this blog to be as much yours as it is mine. Without you, there is no reason for me to be here. I hope this will be a small milestone and how we all talk to each other. Let’s hang out and have a blast! Tea anyone?

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September Giveaway sponsored by Ecoyarns

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Free Pattern: Pear Tawashi

A tawashi is a Japanese traditional scrubbing brush. But there is nothing traditional about my crocheted Pear Tawashi! This scrubber is crocheted with acrylic yarn and dries a lot quicker than the cotton knitted ones, like my Hubby’s Favourite Dishcloths (Ravelry).

Pear Tawashi
Pear Tawashi

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN:
http://salihan.com/files/pear-tawashi.pdf
It is a print friendly PDF and has minimal pictures.

Supplies:
15g DK weight green acrylic yarn
Scrap amt of DK weight brown & white acrylic yarn
F-5/ 3.75mm crochet hook
Removable stitch marker
Embroidery needle

Stitch Explanation:
Canada/ USA crochet abbreviations used
ch = chain
rnd(s) = round(s)
st(s) = stitch(es)
sc = single crochet or Aus/UK double crochet
sc 2 sts tog = single crochet 2 stitches together
dc = double crochet or Aus/UK treble crochet
tr = triple crochet or Aus/UK double treble crochet

EYES
Using brown yarn, chain 2. 6 sc into the 1st chain. Slip st into 1st sc. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Make another one.

Using white yarn, chain 2. 6 sc into the 1st chain. 2 sc into each st (12 sts). Slip st into 1st sc. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Make another one.

Eyes of Pear TawashiSewing eyes together for Pear Tawashi

Using an embroidery needle, sew brown circles onto white one using the long tails.
Eyes for Pear Tawashi

PEAR’S BODY
Using green yarn, chain 2. 6 sc into the 1st chain.

Mark the first stitch of the next round with a removable stitch marker. Reposition the marker at the beginning of each round to mark the new first stitch. Do not turn or join rounds until told to do so.

Rnd 1: 2 sc into each st – 12 sts
Rnd 2: *1 sc into st, 2 sc into next st, repeat from * to end of rnd – 18 sts
Rnd 3: 2 sc into first st, *1 sc into next 2 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from *, 1 sc into last 2 sts –24 sts
Rnd 4: 1 sc into first st, 2 sc into next st, *1 sc into next 3 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from *, 1 sc into last 2 sts – 30 sts
Rnd 5: 1 sc into first 3 sts, 2 sc into next st, *1 sc into next 4 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from *, 1 sc into last st – 36 sts
Rnd 6: *1 sc into next 5 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from * to end of rnd – 42 sts
Rnd 7: 1 sc into first st, 2 sc into next st, *1 sc into next 6 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from *, 1 sc into last 5 sts – 48 sts
Rnd 8: 1 sc into first 3 sts, 2 sc into next st, *1 sc into next 7 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from *, 1 sc into last 4 sts – 54 sts
Rnd 9: *1 sc into next 8 sts, 2 sc into next st, repeat from * to end of rnd – 60 sts
Body of Pear Tawashi

PEAR’S TOP
Row 1: 1 sc into next 13 sts, TURN – 13 sts
Row 2: Ch 1, sc 2 sts tog, 1 sc into next 11 sts, TURN – 12 sts
Row 3: Ch 1, sc 2 sts tog, 1 sc into next 10 sts, TURN – 11 sts
Crocheting the top of Pear Tawashi
Row 4: Ch 1, sc 2 sts tog, 1 sc into next 9 sts, TURN – 10 sts
Row 5: Ch 1, sc 2 sts tog, 1 sc into next 8 sts, TURN – 9 sts
Row 6: Skip first st, dc into 2nd st, 2 dc into 3rd st, 2 tr into 4th, 5th & 6th st, 2 dc into 7th st, 1 dc into 8th st, sl st into last st (see video)


If you do not see the video above, click HERE to watch directly on YouTube.

Fasten off and weave in ends. Using an embroidery needle, sew eyes onto pear.
Sewing eyes on Pear Tawashi

Embroider a mouth using brown yarn.
One side of Pear Tawashi done

Make another pear. When completed, do not fasten off. Weave in loose end.

Slip stitching along edge of both sides of Pear Tawashi
Placing wrong sides of pears together, slip st around the edges of both pears using the working yarn and hook.

Both sides of Pear Tawashi done

STEM
Using brown yarn, chain 19. Skip first chain (closest to the hook), 1 sc into 18 chains. Fasten off, leaving a long tail about 6″/ 15cm long.

Sewing stem on Pear Tawashi
Weave in loose end. Attach stem to the top of the pear using the long tail and an embroidery needle.

DONE!
Finished Pear Tawashi

DOWNLOAD THE FREE PATTERN:
http://salihan.com/files/pear-tawashi.pdf
It is a print friendly PDF and has minimal pictures.

Creative Commons License
This free crochet pattern is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

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You might also like these patterns:
Johnny Apple & Little Mac pattern   Missy Strawberry pattern   Amigurumi Pears pattern

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Yes, Kimberly Pye. You’ve guessed correctly! You may leave 3 extra comments today. :)

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September Giveaway sponsored by Ecoyarns

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2009 Calendars

Two years ago, I struggled to find a simple calendar online to print and had to make my own. Not surprisingly, I couldn’t find one to print today! So I gave up the search and made my own. The first one is really basic and generic for anyone in the world.
Basic 2009 Calendar

Explore Tiny Rock

The second one I added Australia public holidays, NSW schools term dates and the celebrations most relevant to me, including Mother’s Day and Hari Raya Puasa (Eid Mubarak).
2009 Calendar & NSW Holidays

Explore Tiny Rock

Happy New Year everyone!

P.S. To print calendars, mouse over the arrow next to “iPaper”.

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The Best Chicken Recipe EVER!

My mum tried a tandoori chicken recipe from her local Malay newspaper. She cooked the tandoori chicken for my picky family and knocked their socks off! My brothers claim that it was the best chicken they’ve ever had and after making it for myself, I just have to agree! It’s absolutely deliciousssss! And if you have can work a blender and put ingredients in a bowl, you can cook this – guranteed! Ok, I’ll stop yelling now… as long as you promise to try it for yourself!
Tandoori Chicken
Tandoori Chicken Recipe (pdf)

*Takes a deep breath*

Now, if you’re wondering what you can have for dessert that will help you wash down that really delicious chicken, here is a yummy Sultana Syrup Cake. The recipe is off the packet of Sunbeam sultanas. The cake itself is not too sweet but very moist. The orange syrup allows you to control the level of sweetness. And if you’re like me and don’t consume alcohol, I’ve substituted the white wine in the syrup with water and a few drops of orange essence.
Sultana Syrup Cake
Sultana Syrup Cake Recipe

By the way, did you know that the Sunbeam packet recommends you to keep sultanas refrigerated in an airtight container? I never knew that. Bon appetit!

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Fried Macaroni Recipe

Fried Macaroni
My mum cooked fried macaroni quite regularly when I was growing up. It was very popular with some of my friends who used to request it before they came over. I haven’t made it before but I thought I should give it a go this weekend. I only got a rough recipe from her so I recorded what I did for others who might be interested to try it. It’s similar to fried rice but instead of rice, you use macaroni. It’s really simple and you can tweak it to your own taste. Richard and his mate, Stephen, gave it two thumbs up!

Ingredients:
300g macaroni
1 medium sized brown onion, sliced
2 tsp minced garlic
300g minced beef
200g frozen vegetables, defrosted
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp vegetable oil for frying
7 tbsp tomato sauce
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
Salt & Pepper
2 tbsp fried shallots (optional)
1 stalk spring onion to garnish, sliced

Method:
1. Cook macaroni as directed. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in a wok over medium heat. Fry onions for a minute and add minced beef. Sprinkle curry powder over mince and fry till mince is browned.
3. Add garlic and fry till fragrant.
4. Add vegetables and fry till cooked.
5. Lower heat and add macaroni. Stir well.
6. In a bowl, mix well tomato sauce, dark soy sauce and sugar. Pour into wok and stir to coat the macaroni.
7. Season well with salt and pepper to taste.
8. Turn off heat and add fried shallots. Stir through. Garnish with spring onion.

Serves 4-6.

Recipe (PDF)

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