Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pecan Pie ! ! !


Okay, so I used to make pies all the time but since the kids have all moved away I don't even remember the last time I baked a pie. SO, since we will have 20 people here for Thanksgiving I decided I'd better practice. The first one I made wouldn't set up. I followed the recipe exactly. I baked it nearly 20 minutes longer than it said and it still didn't set up. Into the trash (but I saved the pecans cuz they are DANG expensive). Just about decided not to make another one but was determined to overcome FAILURE. ;-)

I didn't make a homemade crust this time because if the filling doesn't work out then I have wasted my time so I used a Marie Callendar deep dish pie crust from the local market's frozen foods section. The crust I use that always works for me is:

FOOL PROOF PIE CRUST


4 c flour
1 3/4 c shortening
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 egg
1/2 c water
Directions
1. Mix first four ingredients.
2. In separate dish, beat remaining ingredients.
3. Combine the mixtures, stirring with a fork.
4. Chill 15 minutes before rolling out. Dough can be left in the refrigerator up to 3 days or it can be frozen until ready to use.
It comes out perfectly every time. This crust needs to be baked before you put the filling in; otherwise, it cooks up into the filling and you end up without a bottom crust. Bake it at 350 degrees with a sheet of tin foil over the top (so it won't brown too much) for 11-12 minutes. Take it out and set it aside.

SUPER SIMPLE PECAN PIE.....FEW INGREDIENTS!!!

1 c sugar
1 1/2 c corn syrup( i use 1/2 dark and 1/2 light)
4 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 c pecans coarsely broken and whole ones
1 unbaked deep dish pie shell
1/4 c butter softened
Directions
1. In a sauce pan boil sugar and corn syrups together for 2-3 minutes, set aside to cool slightly...
2. In a large bowl beat the eggs lightly, and very slowly pour the syrup mixture into the eggs, stirring constantly!
3. Make sure its smooth..
4. Stir in the room temp. butter( if you need nuke it not to the melted point just so its soft.) and the Vanilla stir it in as well.
5. Pour into the pie crust
6. Bake at 350 for about 40-45 minutes or until set!!


I think the success really was in the boiling the sugar and corn syrups together. This pie was easy and set up perfectly. Using regular sugar and half dark and half light corn syrup made it not so sweet. Much better Pecan Pie recipe in my opinion.

Things have been kind of slow in the crochet world. I've made a lot of dishcloths for friends and for myself and a couple of shawls for the local nursing home. Our crochet/knitting group is doing a special project for a program called Forgotten Seniors. Getting old is the pits all on its own without having to do it all alone.

Have a fantastic rest of your week!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Baby Girl Dress Finished

I've been working on shawls and scarves for our Forgotten Seniors project (our crochet/knit group). I've got a TON of yarn used up on it and hope that they will be used. I didn't take photos of them all but do have some I can post later. I'm getting ready to send this cute little thing to England. My cousin's son gifted her a new granddaughter (her first!) about a month ago and I wanted to do a little something for her so I decided on this little dress. There is no pattern. I just "winged" it so hope it will fit at some point. I do hope I get a return photo of her in it. Want to get it mailed off tomorrow.



I chose white and red because I'm thinking the baby will be able to wear this around Christmas. What do you think? I used some of my mom's vintage buttons. I'm really happy with it. I used Red Heart Luster Sheen yarn. It's been discontinued but I found some on Etsy. I love it for baby clothes and even for shawls. I'm so disappointed in yarn companies when they make a really nice yarn that is good for so many things, launders well and it easy to work with and then they go and discontinue it. I hate that! 

As per usual, I want to add a recipe we tried the other day. It's a pizza crust made with eggs and Parmesan cheese. Seriously!

PIZZA

Beat 4 eggs until well blended and add 6 oz. of shredded cheese (I like the Italian blend you can buy at the market but any kind will work). Stir that into the eggs until mixed really well. Pour onto a parchment sheet and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Take it out of the oven and top with 3 tablespoons tomato sauce (I used catsup cuz I didn't want to open a can and only use 3 tbsp.), 1 tsp. dried oregano, another 4 oz. cheese and pepperoni (which I don't like but The Hubster does so I only put it on half). Put it back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes or until the pizza has turned a golden brown color and the cheese is melted. 

Serve with a salad. It makes two servings and they are nice sized. You can pour the batter so it's like two big circles or just one large crust. I think it's even better the next day. (Half is usually all I can eat when served with salad.) Low carb. Only 8 g.

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Blogger Hiccups and Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie

For three weeks I have been unable to post via my Kindle. My PC decided to start having LOTS of problems so while waiting for the new PC I tried everything to publish but Blogger wouldn't let me. This morning when I was finally able to log in on my new PC, it took me to an OLD OLD blog. The first one I had started about 8 years ago or so. The reason I had stopped using that blog was because Blogger inadvertently "deleted" several and mine was one of them so I had to start a  new one. Isn't that the weirdest thing? Anyway I am back and trying to learn Windows 10. UGH!

Not much going on in the crochet front. I hurt my wrist about 5 weeks ago and have only recently been able to crochet at all. I made a few dishcloths for a friend because she asked but other than that very little progress has happened with any of WIPS.

I do have a recipe I want to share with you though. It's called Sopapilla Cheesecake Pie:


Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla extract
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans refrigerated crescent rolls    

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey  

Directions

  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Prepare a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the cream cheese with 1 cup of sugar and the vanilla extract in a bowl until smooth.
  3. Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough, and use a rolling pin to shape each piece into 9x13 inch rectangles. Press one piece into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the baking dish, then cover with the remaining piece of crescent dough. Stir together 3/4 cup of sugar, cinnamon, and butter. Dot the mixture over the top of the cheesecake.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the crescent dough has puffed and turned golden brown, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and drizzle with honey. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into 12 squares.

OMG! SO DANG GOOD! It's the perfect dessert and easy as PIE.

ENJOY!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Baby Blanket Finished!!!!

Hooray!  Hurrah! The pink baby blanket for my friend's new grand baby is finished. It was a fun pattern called It All Started With A Square.  I didn't make it as large as the pattern called for. I'm a very loose crocheter so by the time I got about 2/3rds done it was large enough for a baby. My friend wanted pink and as you know, new moms "now-a-days" aren't keen on the pastels so I threw in a little of the variegated to give it a bit of pop.


I just added the little beanie cuz there was plenty of yarn left over.

I am having one of those weeks where I'm just dragging. I don't know what's up with me. I feel like I'm on auto-pilot.  Don't wanna do anything anywhere anytime. Maybe I'd better up my vitamins? LOL!

(The new floors are nearly finished. You can see them under the blanket. I'm very happy with how they are turning out but cannot wait to get them finished. Hopefully within the next couple of week. It taking three months to get them done might be part of my blah attitude.)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Yes, I admit it --


I'm addicted. I try not to purchase more but I have this "sale" mentality. If there is a yarn that I love to use and it comes on sale my brain whispers to me, "Buy it while it's on sale. Think of the money you will save." You know, eventually that kind of thinking gets you into serious trouble. The Hubster is starting to give me the Evil Eye.


My goal is to work from the yarn that I have and not buy any more for a while. I did that the first of the year and actually got my yarn supply down to a manageable level. I've decided as I empty a container that I'll get rid of the container. That way I won't be tempted to fill it up again. (Right?)

I did make this cute little sweater while on a road trip the other day. We had quite a drive to the dentist (4 hours each direction) so I took this along:


It's a slightly modified pattern from www.justcrochet.com. Heather has so many beautiful baby outfits to crochet. Hers did have the bow on it but I'm not convinced that I like it. I might take it off and either do a smaller one or maybe some really small flower for up on the yoke.

The weekend is fast approaching. I hope everyone has a lovely one!

Carry on!!!! (and don't buy too much yarn)


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Pattern Post: Sweet Abella Cardigan

SWEET ABELLA CARDIGAN

Original Design by Bev Matheson,
One Yarn After Another,


SKILL LEVEL
                Beginner/Advanced Beginner
SIZE
                Up to 6 months
MATERIALS
                Lion Brand Baby Soft, 1 skein each in colors
                                Main Color (MC): Lilac (#143)
                                Alternating Color 1 (AC1): Pistachio (#170)
                                Alternating Color 2 (AC2): Lemon Drop (#159)
                                  or colors of choice
                                1 skein if doing solid
                Crochet Hook size G
                Three 1/2" buttons
                Tapestry Needle for sewing in ends
STITCHES AND ABBREVIATIONS
                Chain (ch)
                Extended half-double crochet (ehdc)
                Fasten off (fo)
                Right Side (RS)
                Single crochet (sc)
                Skip (sk)
                Slip stitch (sl st)
                Stitch, stitches (st, sts)
                Wrong Side (WS)
GAUGE
                13 ehdc = 3 inches
                8 rows = 3 inches
                Grannies for cuffs and fronts = 2-1/2 inches
                Grannies for collar = 2 inches



INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING GRANNY SQUARES (Make 10 large and 6 small grannies.) Note: Instructions for small granny squares can be found in italics at the end of Row 2.


Ch 4, sl st in first sc to join.

Row 1: With MC, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 2 dc in center of ring, ch 2, 3 dc in ring ch 2, two more times in ring. Sl st in beg ch 3. Finish off.

 Row 2:  : With AC1, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, in next ch 2 space, 3 dc, ch 2, 3 dc in next ch 2 space, repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round.  (Stop here and finish off for collar grannies. Finish off.

Row 3:  With AC2, ch 3 in any ch 2 space (counts as first dc), 2 dc in space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, sk 3 dc, 3 dc in next space, ch 2 to form corner, 3 dc in same space) repeat 2 more times, sl st to join to the 3rd chain stitch you crocheted at the beginning of the round. Finish off.

CARDIGAN BACK

Foundation: With MC, ch 47.

Row 1: Work 1 ehdc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Work 1 ehdc in each ehdc across, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-24: Repeat Row 2 (back should measure approximately 10" long). Finish off.

FRONT (make 2)

Base: Sl st 2 large grannies together. (Note: It doesn't matter how you position them.)

Row 1: sc across 23 sts, ch 2 turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 23 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 3-16: Repeat Row 2 (front pieces should measure the same as the back (10")).  Finish off.

SLEEVES (make 2)

Base: Sl st 3 large grannies together.

Row 1: sc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Ehdc across 36 sts, ch 2, turn.

Rows 3-11: Repeat Row 2, finish off.

CONNECTING

Front and back: With WS facing you, sl st shoulders together 2.5" from outside edge

Sleeves: Center sleeve with shoulder seams and sl st together.

Sides and bottom of sleeves: Sl st together.

COLLAR

Sl st together alternating colors of small grannies (6). With WS up (facing you), sc collar to neck opening. (Using a sc it helps to not only secure the collar but helps it to stand up a little better.)

FINAL TOUCH

Sl st around the entire garment (including the collar and sleeves). Sew your small buttons where you would like them, keeping in mind that the ehdc will be your buttonhole.

When my friend, Cat, opened her yarn store in Payette, Idaho, I designed this little sweater as an exclusive for her shop. She has since closed her shop so I am offering it here for your use. It's really a cute little sweater on and the color combos are endless. I hope you'll give it a try if you need a little gift or want to make something special for your own little one.

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Things here are moving along. The Hubster is making progress on the floors. It turned into a much larger project than he anticipated and wishes now he'd not tackled it on his own. But, that's the way it works, right? The best intentions sometimes aren't the right choice but he IS doing a great job on them and I'll be happy when they are done and I can clean up the mess. The dust has been horrendous from the breaking up of the old tiles and pulling up the old carpet as well as then grinding the floors to get all the old adhesive, etc. off of them.

Here's just a little chuckle for you to start the week off with:


Sunday, July 16, 2017

It's Crochet Catch-Up Time!!!

I know, it's been ages. I'm such a slacker. I made a commitment to blog more often and what happens? We get stuck remodeling for the entire summer. UGH! I have been doing a bit of crocheting though so without further blab:


Baby top for local mortuary


Baby blanket for daughter's stash


My shrug


Chemo hat


Toddler vest

It has been my sanity. I'm not very good about my house being torn up -- all of it at once. It's like we can't do one room and get it done we have to do a little in each room -- which means there's nowhere to sit without being moved out so he can do more tile work. I do finally have a kitchen but we have to eat standing up to the counters--or propped up in bed. I wish I truly had somewhere to visit but the kids are all too busy and my sister just had her mastectomy. I'd love to be there to help her or just sit with her but there's nowhere for me to even stay. I tried. My son, Jeff, offered me a place but I didn't want to put him out for an entire two weeks. That wouldn't be fair. No one wants their mother or mother-in-law around for THAT long. Two or three days at each place would have been more than enough. It's not worth the airfare, car rental, etc. if you can only see one of your three kids that live within a couple of hours of each other.

Anyway, I have also been busy doing genealogy. I can shut myself away where it is quiet and work on it until The Hubster has to put Sparky in with me. He doesn't do well with any type of power tool. He tries to eat it and tries to push The Hubster away from it. When put in with me there is an over-abundance of barking and growling going on. Not very conducive to puzzling out where an ancestor might have lived or died. ;-)

I'll be back. Really, I will. Let's hope this remodel doesn't really take the whole summer. That could be a nightmare for sure. I think I'll be divorced by then and living in a little tiny apartment of my own. LOL!


Friday, July 14, 2017

The remodel, etal.

I'm sick of it. Sick, sick, sick of it. The Hubster says he's about half done with the tile and he's already been working on it for 6 weeks! We are in such a horrible mess. I can't wait for it to be finished. I'm not going to go on and on about it because that would be pointless and who cares anyway, right? Everyone has to go through this mess if they do any type of remodel. It's just he's doing it himself to save $1000 and I'd gladly pay that and more to have it all done. The Hubster is a perfectionist. Enough said.

This is the cutest zig zag top. I just might have to make it.

free crochet top pattern

Isn't it cute? I love her blog. It's just full of fun things. Go check it out.

Here is it, 117 degrees outside and I've been making hats and shawls. I've been putting together a collage but for some reason my software isn't working right. I'll have to reload it and try again. More to follow (sooner rather than later I hope).



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day

I'm missing my dad today. I can't believe he's been gone now for NINE years. It seems like just yesterday that I was visiting with him and only the day before that we were fishing together. He always baited my hook and cleaned my fish. He said it was his "duty as a father" and I would never have denied him THAT privilege. ;-) My dad was a World War II War Veteran and always very proud of his service.

Happy Father's Day, Dad. Wish you were here. I'd give you a big huge hug. Since you are not, I'm going to wear the jacket I sneaked out of the house after you passed away. I wear it whenever I feel the need to be close to you. It doesn't matter it going to get to 117 degrees here today. I'm inside in the A/C and I don't plan to step one foot outside the door. The sun is shining and I'm going to sit inside and crochet my little heart out!



Friday, June 9, 2017

Just a few of the things I've been working on . . .



My neighbor asked if I would complete this blanket for her daughter. Apparently her mother passed away from cancer before she got it finished. The squares were all done. They only had to be put together for a nice sized baby blanket. I'm glad I was able to help out. It turned out really cute. I also made some white and red booties to go with it as well as a little white and red beanie. (Forgot to take a picture of them, I guess.) She seemed happy with it.


This was a fun cowl to make. It's just the waffle stitch in the round. I am not one to be able to wear anything that snug up around my neck for very long so this will be gifted to someone. It did turn out really pretty though and very soft.


This is going to be a vest. I'll have to post the pattern link later as The Hubster is breaking up the tile in the other room and I am "relegated" to the office with Sir Barks Alot until he is finished. This is the back and the front hangs down like triangles. I am using Knit Picks Hawthorne Kettle Dyed in Delphinium for it. It's going to be really pretty I think.


This is going to be a granny square shrug. I hope it turns out okay. The colors are much prettier in real life than they appear in this little photo. I'm about 18" in now and need 30" before I can stitch it together and put on the cuffs. I think it will be perfect for those mornings here on the desert in the middle of "winter." I hate to turn the heater on when it will be warm within an hour so my other shrug has had a lot of wear and it's about time for a new one.

If you are on Ravelry you can see my Kiona shawl. I finished it a few weeks ago and finally got it blocked. I also finished my Fernanda. It was a fun and easy shawl. Both were also made with Knit Picks Hawthorne. I really like that yarn -- obviously.

I don't think I posted this little Poodle Blanket finished. My friend asked me to make it for her granddaughter. She didn't want it to be used but as a decoration in the nursery.

I'll try and come back later today and put in better photos and links when I can get to my Kindle and get some other pictures posted.

Have a great day and a chuckle . . .




Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Desserts, etcetera, etcetera and So Forth

Things around here have been crazy. We are in the remodel mode again and The Hubster is painting walls, removing baseboards, measuring, measuring and measuring some more. We are in a mess! We were supposed to go to a wedding in Vegas last Saturday and then Sunday morning go on to Idaho for my grandson's and step-granddaughter's high school graduations. Since my last back surgery things have not gone well. I think something must have been "done wrong" cuz I've been in so much more pain every since he worked on me. We decided there was no way I could travel 10 hours to Idaho, sleep in a motel bed (which I wouldn't be able to sleep in) and then stay 10 days with my son up there in this kind of pain. SO the trip was off. We went to Vegas for my nephew's wedding (which was absolutely adorable and I got to see my sister) and by the time we got back (six hours on the road), The Hubster had to help me get out of the car. I'm a mess! It's so discouraging. I don't mean to vent here on my blog but writing it down seems to help with the frustration. I'm crushed I don't get to see my grandson and granddaughter graduate. It just breaks my heart. Literally.

My sister. She's doing well. She had on a beautiful wig that looks just like her own hair and while you could tell she was wearing a LOT of makeup to cover her pale skin, she looked better than I had hoped. That damn chemo sucks! We had a good laugh and a good cry together. Just exactly what we both needed.

So as to not make this posting REALLY really long, I'm not going to post about crochet. I'm going to share the MOST delicious recipe with you. I made this last night to take to a friend's house (she had just had surgery) and it's delicious!!!!!

STRAWBERRY FREEZE

3/4 c. white sugar
8 oz. cream cheese (softened)
1 (20 oz.) can crushed pineapple (drained)
1 (10 oz.) package frozen strawberries (thawed)
2 bananas (sliced or diced)
1 (8 oz.) tub frozen whipped topping (thawed)

In a medium bowl cream together the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Add the whipped topping and blend well. Add all fruit and stir well to incorporate.

Place it in a 9x13" pan (or I used two loaf pans) and freeze at least 8 hours. Take it out of the freezer about 20 minutes before you want to serve it. Scoop if you put it in the long pan and slice if you put it in the loaf pan. It's very rich so I prefer to slice it. It's yummy with a small slice on a piece of angel food cake. If you freeze it in the loaf pans you can take it out after frozen and pop it out of the pans and then just wrap in plastic wrap and put it back in the freezer. Easy peasy. Oh, and I used Greek cream cheese. I think it added a whole 'nother dimension to it. Not tart at all -- just added flavor.

Enjoy!





Saturday, May 13, 2017

It's been far too long . . .

so long, in fact, that I thought about just forgetting it. Too embarrassing to come back and admit how lazy I am. Yes, life has gotten in the way of blogging -- yet again -- and believe me, I should have been blogging instead of hounding The Hubster to get with the remodeling. On the other hand, I'm sick of remodeling. I think I'm going to take an extended vacation and just plain go away until it's all over. Hmmmm, not such a bad idea.

In the meantime I've done a bit of crocheting. I made a few hats for my sister who is battling breast cancer. This is only one that I sent her. It looks really cute on.


The same sister asked me to make a blanket for her son and his fiance. "Something with a dog." What?! A dog?! Anyway, this is what I came up with. It's much larger than this now it's finished but nothing really changed. I just kept going around and around and around and around until I thought I was going to go nuts. At that point it was "Done already!" I couldn't stand to go on any further. It's about full-size bed size so that's plenty big I think. Especially to throw over you while watching television or something. It's baby blue, navy blue and yellow. Colors don't show up that well in this photo for some reason.


I've also made a couple of shawls but I can't get them to load for some reason. I'll have to retake the photos and see if I can get them to work. Bummer!

Other than that, not much going on here. We have already reached into the 100s. I can't believe it's getting that warm so fast. We are headed to Nevada for a wedding the end of May and then on to Idaho for two high school graduations. I'm so proud of them and excited to be there.

Have a great weekend and don't get sunburned!!!!!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday Musings

I've got a lot to cover today it seems. First, I've been working on an Attitude Adjustment. After months of anti-Trump/anti-Clinton stuff on Facebook I had worked myself into quite a frenzy. Okay, so I understand that no one thought he'd really make it but he DID. Nothing you can do about it now short of an assassination (which is a horrible alternative). I tell ya, I'm really sick, sick, sick of it all. It was affecting me at home and with gatherings of friends. It's all anyone wants to talk about. NOW isn't the time to try and do something about it. You should have gotten passionate about it beforehand and made your voice heard. (I'm not really pointing a finger at YOU. I'm just sayin' . . . ) Rioting now only makes us look like idiots. Trump now has a chance to make the changes he proposed that people obviously supported/wanted when he ran for office. I say we let him give it a shot. I doubt he'll come out as the worst president we have ever had but we should let it be his failing and we should not contribute to it. So anywho, for a week I posted on Facebook areas that I thought might help my Attitude Adjustment. Here are a few of that I thought I'd really try and work on -- not just that week but for several weeks to come -- until they become for reals:

Attitude Adjustment Day 7: I will embrace the fact that I am now a Senior Citizen. I have been depressed about getting old. I just never imagined that I would become an "old person" but I am now considered that. I can't think about how many more years I MIGHT have. I need to think about the ones that I do and enjoy them -- and I'm gonna do it!

Attitude Adjustment Day 6: Be patient for the things I want. I have a tendency to see something and I "need" it right now. Really it's a "want" it right now. We "need" new tile in the new house so I "want" it right now. I need to be more patient. It will get done when it gets done, right?

Attitude Adjustment Day 4:
Stop worrying about the things I CAN'T do anything and DO something about the things I can.

I haven't been doing much in the way of crocheting. Well nothing in the way of getting anything DONE. I've been kinda lazy. I've started a few things but then the yarn just hasn't spoken to me and I've undone them. Does your yarn have to "speak to you" too? I mean, sometimes a stitch just doesn't work with certain yarns. A friend on Ravelry tested my Deliberately Delightful pattern and came up with some errors so I'm working on those today. I want to get it revised and fixed. I did a really pooooooooor job describing how to do the bobble stitch. I mean, it's totally wrong. I don't know where I was when I wrote it down but obviously I should have tried it after I wrote it. It just seemed to be right, ya know?

Can you believe this? I mean, what's it doing in the fridge? I'm going to have to get The Hubster working on focusing. This is like the third time in a month he has done this very same thing.


I've been doing a bit of coloring and can't really do much of it at a time. After about 10 minutes my shoulder feels like it's on FIRE! I love doing it too. I find it very relaxing and pleasant -- for the 10 minutes I can do it. Refer to Attitude Adjustment Day 7.  I don't know why it's so dark. The paper background is very white. Must be the lighting here in my office.



I hope you have a fantastic week. Here's another funny that I hope makes you smile.


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Two Quick Things

First: Mandala yarn by Lion Brands:

I bought two skeins from WalMart (and was very careful to make sure all my clothing articles matched and that my butt-crack didn't show). You can see the various yarn colors here. I tried to link them separately but their site couldn't let me.

They are really pretty in the pictures and even in a roll but work them up and they are UGLY. Well ugly in my opinion -- which we know only counts to me. Anyway, I bought one skein of the Unicorn and two of the Pegasus. They come in reverse skeins so you can end with one color in one and the same color in the next.

I tried a shawl in Pegasus. Hated it (got a LOT further than this but didn't take a picture before I frogged it and tried it in a scarf.)





I had to cut it where the dark color started on the undo because it snags something fierce. Anyway, I started a scarf with it and just hate the stuff so tossed the whole thing in the round brown file by my desk (aka the garbage can).  Just to be fair, I then tried a Tunisian scarf in the Unicorn. Same feel and just as ugly. The only thing unicorn about this is that it could be the color of their poop. Seriously the ugliest stuff I've ever worked with.



Needless to say it also went into the round brown file by my desk.

I have to share with you how this yarn feels. It feels sticky. That's the only way I can describe it. It doesn't glide across your hook or your fingers. It has the weirdest texture and feel to it. Hard to explain. If you want to know what I mean just head over to WalMart and feel it. Buy some if you want but be warned -- you might be wasting your money.  I'm so glad I did't pay the $9.99 per skein that Lion Brand wanted. WalMart had it for $4.95 a skein. Even then I lost $15 that would have gone towards something worth $15. I don't doubt there are people who do like this yarn. Maybe I didn't choose the right projects for it but I didn't like it. (I guess you have figured that out by now so I'll just shut up about it.
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Second: Just a funny for you on this gorgeous Saturday morning. It's a picnic at the lake and a walking of the dog for us today. Hope you find something equally enjoyable to do.


I couldn't help it. I thought it was hysterical!!! LOL!!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I don't think I'll make one of these any time soon . . .


Jessica Schleicher designed this pattern and posted it to Ravelry for $5.00.  I don't think I'll be making it for any of my grandchildren -- or ANYone for that matter -- but I take my hat off to her for taking the time to write it up.

My nephew is getting married this next summer and my sister asked me to make his girlfriend an afghan as a shower gift. She is crazy about dogs so we chose this pattern.


It's basically a square and then you crochet a big granny square all around it. I'm doing it in dark blue, light blue and cream. I've got all the pieces for the face and have started sewing them down. I can't decide if I want to do button eyes or stitch them. I'll see how the button eyes look first.

I have a friend from Utah coming to visit this week. They are driving the old Route 66 and wanted to stop for a visit. I haven't seen her for a long time. We used to be best friends and had a falling out. She told me if I had bypass surgery and lost weight that we couldn't be friends anymore. I guess she thought all we had in common was food. I had the surgery and we haven't really talked since then. I reached out to her via email and she didn't respond so I was quite shocked to get a birthday card from her and then a phone call. This is us in happier days. We both bought the same outfit unbeknownst to each other and showed up at a luncheon looking like the Bobsey Twins.


It will be interesting to see how things go on Thursday. I hope we can have a good time.

Have a fantastic week -- here's a little chuckle for ya.



Saturday, February 18, 2017

Get Ready to Rumble!

My step-granddaughter, Alexis,  had a baby boy a while back. She is the daughter of my daughter's ex-husband. There was a lot of trauma in their final breakup and we have not had contact with Alexis since their divorce nearly two years ago. Fortunately, Alexis and I have reconnected on Facebook and I told her I had made something for her baby but her dad had not responded to my request for her address. She gave it to me!!!! I realize that her baby will now be five months old but I am going to send her the receiving blanket and burp clothes that I made for her when I heard she was expecting. I also made a cute little sweater and hat to go along. Started it a day or so ago and finished up when I couldn't sleep last night. This is called the Rumble Jacket. I designed it a long time ago and pulled out the pattern just for this project.


We have been busy trying to get our house put together and close on the other one. It's just amazing the things you have to do. I MUST clean my office this morning and get the rest of the pictures hung in here. I need to block the little sweater. It's kind of wonky down the front. Those buttonholes sometimes do a bit of a scrunchy. Overall, I'm really happy with it and I LOVE the blanket and burp cloth.

Have a fantastic weekend. We are hoping the rain will stop so we can watch the firework display tonight. I miss our other backyard because it gave us a perfect viewing area right from our family room if the weather wasn't good and outside on the back patio with bunches of friends around the fire pit if it was. We have been invited to watch them at a friend's house tonight. There are SO many things I miss about the other house -- that is only ONE of them. We signed all our documents yesterday and the lady from California will be in on Monday or Tuesday. We went over yesterday to make sure everything was okay and left her a lovely plant with a note that we hoped she enjoyed our home as much as we had. I hope it makes her feel welcome.

Ta-Ta!


Came across this today and it just cracked me up. Thank goodness I have a yarn stash.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Deliberately Delightful Scarf (or Blanket)


This stitch pattern is a favorite of mine now. I love making things with it. My scarf is coming along nicely and so much fun to work on. There's enough changes in the pattern that it keeps you interested.

This first photo is my "draft" or "swatch" to see how it would look. It looks very different depending on your hook size and yarn. My favorite combination is DK and an F hook. My personal opinion is that in order for it not to get too loose (especially for a blanket) that you want it a bit closer together.



The scarf I am working on I am crocheting the long way so I started with 101 stitches. It will draper nice around my neck twice. I am using a #3 weight yarn with a G hook for it.


I wish you could really see how beautiful this yarn is. It is a gray gradient with silver running through it. It is just gorgeous. It's a Premier Yarn but I can't remember what it's called. Anyway, it's turning out so pretty with its bit of bling.

DELIBERATELY DELIGHTFUL SCARF PATTERN

Materials Needed:

Any weight yarn but I prefer DK
Hook appropriate for your yarn choice. I used an F with my DK yarn and a G with my WW yarn
Tapestry needle to weave in ends.

Stitch Definition:

Bobble: Yo, insert hook in next st, yo, draw yarn through st and up to level of work, 3 times in same st, yo, drawn yarn through 7 loops on hook.

Pattern Instructions:

Chain multiples of 3 plus 1 (24 plus 1 for a scarf using WW or 32 plus 1 using DK; 99 for blanket using WW weight or 120 for DK)

Row 1: DC in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across; turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first dc, * sc in next dc, ch 3, bobble in last as the last sc made, skip next 2 dc; rep from * across to turning ch, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as tr), 3 dc in each ch-3 loop across to last ch-3 loop, skip next sc, tr in last sc; turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first dc, * skip next dc, dc in each of the next 2 dc, working over last 2 dc made, dc in last skipped dc; rep from * across to turning ch, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as dc), skip first dc, dc in each dc across, ending with dc in 3rd ch of turning ch; turn.

Repeat Rows 2-5 for pattern.

If you have any questions please let me know. This would also make a beautiful cowl.

NOTE: My friend, Anita (Blacky67 on Ravelry) found an error and I have corrected it in the pattern. Thank you Anita!!!

I am also working on a wrap that has been languishing. I found it as I was putting away my yarn after "the move."


It is called the Happy PatternMix Wrap. The cream is the main part and then I will accent it with RED. I think it will be really pretty. Will I have anything to wear it with? Probably not but it will also make a lovely gift.

This is the designer's image. I'm not going to do multi color -- just the red.


I also made another cute hat for my sister and one for my granddaughter.




I hope you'll give the Deliberately Delightful Scarf a try. Thanks for looking.

HAVE A HAPPY WEEKEND!