Sunday, October 31, 2010

Trick or Treat

My Granddaughter and I made these Bit of Honey candies for us to eat on Halloween.
We had so much fun and they taste so good.

1 cup honey
1 cup chunky peanut butter
2 cups dry powdered milk

Melt honey and peanut butter together in microwave. Add dry
powdered milk and knead well. Roll out on wax paper. Cut in strips
and roll into pillows. Wrap in wax paper to store.

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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Foundation Row No Chain Crochet Technique

I've been using this technique for over a year now. It wasn't until I saw this in a Crochet Me email newsletter that I realized that I have never shared my favorite way to work the foundation row of a crochet project. Instead of crocheting your long chain then working your first row of stitches on that chain, with this technique you work the foundation chain and the first row's stitch in one step.

To work a foundation single crochet, begin with a slipknot on hook, chain 2 (Figure 1),

insert hook in 2nd chain from the hook, pull up a loop, yarn over, draw through 1 loop (this loop is the next "chain," Figure 2),

yarn over and draw through 2 loops (this is the single crochet)—you now have 1 sc with its own ch st (shaded) at the bottom (Figure 3)—,

*insert hook under the 2 loops of the "ch" stitch (shaded) of the last st and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through 1 loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops;

repeat from * for as many foundation single crochets as you need (Figure 5).

I use this technique with any crochet stitch (such as; sc, hdc, dc, etc.) I just adjust the beginning chains (Figure 1) for the length of the stitch I'm using. If I'm doing a double crochet stitch I would chain 3, or for a triple crochet stitch I would chain 4.
I find that I so like this technique better that starting with a chain stitch. To me it looks more professional and I always have perfect tension thru out my piece.

All the diagrams in this post and the directions in italics are from
my Crochetme newsletter on August 26, 2010
I could not find a link to a post on their website to send you to view
their directions.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Finely coming out of my fug

I looked it up, fug describes my mood lately -  A heavy, stale atmosphere - yep, that describes me these past few weeks. I have gotten some things accomplished.  

I crocheted a baby blanket, hat and booties for my new Great Nephew.
I'm also crocheting the School Bus Winter scarves for my granddaughter to give as Christmas presents to her bus driver and teachers.  3 done with 3 more to go. Maybe someone can explain to me why a first grader has 5 teachers. I've only put the wheels on 1 scarf so far. I've been thinking that they are a little to childish for adults to wear. Maybe I should just get some really big buttons and attach them for the wheels. Hubby thinks I shouldn't spend anymore money on them He says "It's a school bus, crocheted wheels can't make it look any cornier then it already looks"
I finely fixed my dryer. If you ever want to fix one of your appliances you should really check out this website. Its a wealth of free instructions that even I could follow. ☻
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Of course my car, that hasn't given me a spot of trouble in years decided to die while my daughter was driving it. So now I have to get a new battery, starter and alternator for it. I wonder if Appliance Aid has instructions for that, well on second thought, maybe I should have my son fix it.

I got the Garden cleaned out and tilled in with lots of Llama and Goat poop. Now I just have to get the garlic planted and it's done for the year.

I also made my first batch of soap, yep the real deal from lye, I used the tutorial from Rhonda's blog Down to Earth and the recipe from here. When the tutorial said "Once the soap is in the mould, cover it with a towel so it cools down slowly." I had a little help with that part.  

When I look back, it seems like I got more done during my fug then I thought, even though these past few weeks my brain has seemed so heavy and stale. My husbands appointment today lifted that mood for good though. The endocrinologist said that cyst on his thyroid is definitely not cancer and no surgery. He probably has Vitamin D Deficiency, Anemia and Hypothyroidism. More lab work was done today then after she gets the results of the new levels, she'll prescribe the meds.  

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sometimes it sucks to be my son.

 He goes on a date &gets a phone call that his Sis's dog bit someone and has to leave to help. then this AM goes to cabin to cut a couple cords of wood. Comes home & splits it, finally gets in to the shower only to here Mom scream help I accidently let the goat & Llama out and their heading for the road. Well at least the chickens were in the coop ☻
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