About six months ago my my brother, Self-acclaimed Star Wars Freak, said he wanted a crochet Death Star Pillow for Christmas. So I started Saturday December 13th. It seemed like plenty of time, but alas, it’s now December 17th and it’s looking a little wonky. I’m a bad stitch counter I think. Here’s the one he wants, and two photos of what I’ve made.
I started making a big sphere with this pattern thanks to mspremiseconclusion.com, who did the advanced math for me which I either forgot how to do or never understood how to do. I planned to use that plus the makezine pattern and kind of put them together. Now, I’m wondering whether it’s a fail. Do I go on with the pattern to show that I tried? Will it be funny to have a bumpy Death Star? Luckily I got him another present today, a T-shirt with Darth Vader and Storm Troopers opening presents in front of a Christmas tree.
I simultaneously baked Gluten Free Springerle and Cranberry Orange cookies for Saturday’s Annual Holiday Cookie Party. I wish I’d looked at my own Paleo Christmas Cookie Post from a couple of weeks ago. But I wanted to make cookies without going to the store, so I made these.
The Springerles turned out great despite the substitution of Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking mix for the flour and baking soda, and the fact that I only had 3 eggs instead of four. Springerles are an old tradition in my family. An old-style German cookie made with Anise seeds and a special decorative rolling pin.
Unfortunately for the Cranberry Orange, also made with Pamela’s Baking Mix, I used Coconut Sugar instead of regular sugar. These were great fresh out of the oven, but after a few hours they got limp and soggy. Flaccid cookies–not a good thing. Still tasted good though.
Coming home with a big box of cookies put me in a sugar coma for a couple of days. I definitely can’t eat sugar. I love baking though, and baking Christmas Cookies is a tradition for me since before I can remember. The party was fun though and I’m glad I participated. More attempts gluten-free-sugar-coma-free traditional cookies to come next year.
Stopping by from ICLW… I’m just learning to crochet. Love the DeathStar!!!
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Thanks for stopping by! Crochet is so fun! Have you looked at ravelry.com? Lots of good patterns and many are free.
As a total geek myself, I loooooove love love love love that you are even attempting to crochet a Death Star. Best sister ever.
Thanks for the vote of confidence! I’ll post a finished photo when I’m done 🙂 Thanks for visiting. I’m going to visit your blog now:-)
Oh, you’re so kind! I have to stop my perfectionistic mind and just get it done!
THAT LOOKS AWESOME! Good luck! Hope it’s going well!
Thanks! Luckily my brother’s birthday is in January so it can become a birthday present since it missed the christmas mailing date! I looked at your blog and started following on bloglovin! It looks great. I have a Paleo Cookie post up too! Great minds crave paleo cookies!