Sorry for the blur…
I haven’t made anymore roosters today yet…maybe later this evening.
There’s nothing at all going on here. It’s dead and I like it!
Have a good one.
I tested Dawn’s Rooster Pattern for her and she now has it up in her etsy shop! I’ve been making them since around 2:30 this afternoon.
These were so fun to make. I’m sure I’ll be making more tomorrow. So far the rust colored one is my favorite. I just love the autumn colors.
Here are the ones I made today:
Not such great colors (above)
It’s better in person though. That’s pink and purple. It doesn’t show up very well in the picture.
I love these colors (above)
And these too (above)
Fun! I think I bought smaller eyes than Dawn calls for in her pattern. I’ll have to get some larger ones at Hobby Lobby next time I go. They’re cheap. I paid 99 cents for a small bag of them.
AND I DO MEAN PERFECT!
Link to recipe is HERE.
I followed the recipe exactly. Mine did not rise to the proper height for 40 minutes instead of the 20 minutes cited in the recipe. Other than that, everything worked out exactly as it should have, including the cooking time. I started these at about 12:45 and they were coming out of the oven at 1:50. Unbelievable for homemade yeast rolls. It’s silly for me to be so excited over a recipe, but I am and can’t say enough good things about it. You must try it if you like to make bread. The Captain woke up to the smell of these rolls this afternoon. He thinks I’m awesome right at this moment. He loves me (and my rolls). He is eating his with thinly sliced ham as little sandwiches. I had mine with just buttah. Mmm!
I don’t think I’m even going to try the Lion House Roll recipe now, although I will try the flipping method of shaping the rolls sometime. (Video and recipe link in my last post if you missed it.) This recipe was too good and too quick to even try anything else.
The Ground Beef Stew I made yesterday was also a hit with both of us. It made a very large pot FULL. I only used three potatoes and half of a small bag of baby carrots because that’s all that would fit. I did have to add water and more V-8 juice three times as the cooking went on. I was surprised that some of my potatoes were not fully done until the 1.5 hour mark. This was also a keeper recipe.
No serious crocheting happening around here the last few days. I’ve only made a few random flowers just goofing around. See ya.
Ground Beef Stew
I’m making this Ground Beef Stew as I type this. It looks and smells so good and was very easy to put together!
I’m going to give y’all a bunch of links to recipes I collected over the holidays. I haven’t tried these yet (except the above, obviously), but I plan to make them over the next few weeks. I thought I’d go ahead and post the links so y’all could make them too if you want and warn me if they are no good! I’ll be posting the pics and reviews of the ones I make as I make them. I’m especially anxious to make the Pork Chops and both of the bread recipes. Click on the recipe name to be taken to the recipe (DUH). Here we go…
Steak Tips Over Rice (Crock Pot)
Today I’m pondering how I want to cover this lampshade. I love the lamp, but it’s a really weird shape. That is actually one of the reasons I love it.
This is from the side. It looks like this picture is stretched to make it appear taller than it is, but it’s not. It’s really skinny when you turn it to the side, and really fat when you turn it straight-on.
In that first picture you can see how it is slightly bell-shaped and wider at the bottom. I’d have to make some increases in whatever stitch I choose to cover it in, which is why I don’t think I’ll do squares of any kind. I do want some kind of open weave so more light will come through. Maybe just a straight granny stitch? I don’t know. Like I said, I’m pondering it.
This is a rose I crocheted when I was making that teapot cozy. It’s SUPER-SIZED. It measures 4 inches wide by 3 inches high. I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it, but it took me an hour to finish it. The “Ch 65 to begin” should have been a clue that it was going to be too big for the top of the pot. It actually fit the top of the pot perfectly, but that’s all that would have fit and it looked silly. It’s a very pretty rose though. I’ll have to find another use for it. Pattern for it is free HERE.
I need to go to the grocery store today. Do you think everybody else in America is going too? I’m sure it will seem like it when I get there. I found some really great-looking recipes for main meals while surfing the Internet over the holidays that I need ingredients for. I’ll be sharing them if they turn out well.
Just for the record, I am NOT making any New Year’s resolutions this year, especially not to lose weight! I’m so over it. Fat and Happy is my motto. Enjoy life and just stop worrying about being a little (or a lot) on the heavy side already! I do need to eat a little healthier, take a walk a few times a week, and cut down on the sugar, however. THAT I can handle giving another try and I will. Soon. Maybe. I’ll ponder that one too.
Measure the base of your teapot on one side of the spout and handle. That will be the length of your starting chain. Chain however many you need to reach that length. You want your cozy to be tight and have to stretch slightly to fit. Err on the side of making the chain too short rather than too long. It will bunch up and look messy if you make the cozy too large. The below instructions are for a teapot that measures 8 inches on each side.
For Base (Make 2)
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each stitch across to end, Ch 1; turn.
Row 2: Sc in same st, *sk 2 st, 5 dc in next st (shell made), sk 2 st, sc in next* repeat from * to * to end of row. Ch 3; turn.
Row 3: 2 dc in same space as ch 3, skip 2 dc and sc in top of next dc, *skip 2 st, 5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc * Repeat between *’s to end, 3 dc in last stitch, ch 1; turn.
Row 4: Sc in same stitch, skip 2 st, *5 dc in sc of previous row, sk 2 st, sc in top of next dc, sk 2 st* Repeat between *’s to end, sc in last stitch (top of ch 3 from previous row); ch 3; turn.
Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until piece is desired height, ending with Row 3. Fasten off and weave-in ends.
With wrong sides together, whip-stitch both pieces together on the sides to form a tube, leaving a small gap on one side for the spout and a larger gap on the other side for the handle.
Sc around the top opening of the cozy and also around the opening for the spout and the handle. This gives it a more finished and neat appearance.
Teapot Lid Cover
I wasn’t sure how to attach the flowers & leaves, so I just crocheted a circle slightly larger than the teapot lid and attached it to the top edge of the cozy on one side with ten firm stitches to create a flap. I used the crochet circle instructions HERE, but you can make it however you wish. (Note: It would be much easier to crochet the flowers & leaves onto the circle first and then attach it to the top edge of the cozy. I wasn’t that smart when I made mine and it was kind of awkward and fumbly. Live and learn!)
Make flowers and leaves and sew onto the lid and/or body as desired.
Well, here’s what I came up with on my first crack at making a teapot cozy without a pattern. I think it turned out pretty well, although I didn’t have the exact color of yarn I wanted. I wanted the base to be more of an off-white color. This was a little darker yarn (tan) by Vanna that I had in my stash. I’m not completely satisfied with it, but it’s not bad.
I think I need a few more leaves maybe. I worked on this thing for 12 hours yesterday! It took me forever. I finally finished up just before 3 AM. I did write down the instructions for the base. I’ll be posting it as a freebie if anyone is interested.
Every year I have high hopes and every year I keep trying and trying, but I fail miserably…
So the first pathetic thing this year is that I couldn’t find my Christmas cookie cutters. I must have inadvertently thrown them out while cleaning out cabinets. All I could find was The Captain’s card suit cookie cutters. So I decided, well, the hearts and diamonds will work okay, and the spades kind of look like a Christmas tree. Then I just made some round ones thinking they could be Christmas tree balls…
The childrens were very interested in what Momma was doing. That frosting kind of smells good too! They did get a lick or two. Sammi got some too, but my angel doesn’t beg like the two bratty ones do.
See what I mean?
What the hell ARE those?
PATHETIC, I TELL YOU!
It always makes me laugh how bad I am at this.
EAT THE CHRISTMAS COOKIES AND MARVEL AT THEIR BEAUTY!
IT’S CHRISTMAS, DAMMIT!
I love just about everything Dawn makes. I love her style and color choices.
I frogged my Magic Afghan. The K hook was just too small for the double strand of worsted and it was killing my arms. When I start it over (some day) I’ll use an N hook instead. I also think that using Hobby Lobby’s ILTY for the black will make it a little easier. I was using a Caron Pounder and it was just yucky and stiff.
I haven’t crocheted anything at all the past few days. I can’t decide what I want to work on. Maybe I’m burned out a little (GASP!).
I’ll be posting the On-the-Fly Doily pattern tomorrow along with the pictures of the testers’ doilies.
Have a nice, relaxing Sunday!
I’m finally feeling much better now after a second doctor visit and a different antibiotic. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to hear about it anymore?
Sammi is glad. Her chin hairs have steadily been turning white over this past year. I don’t know why she’s getting gray already. She’s just recently turned four years old.
She’s a Momma’s Girl
I made another Cornbread Salad this morning. (The cornbread is on the bottom.) This is a picture before I added the Ranch Dressing, tomatoes, and shredded Cheddar cheese layers. YUM. I was telling Lallee about it earlier in the week and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since so I had to make it. This is the simpler version with no chopping required. Just cornbread seasoned with cumin and sage, one can of black-eyed peas and one can of black beans, one can of shoepeg corn, one can of green chilies, and one can of pimentos in the filling. You can use whatever type of beans you like, and you can vary the other ingredients as well. The possibilities are endless.
I know I’ve told y’all about this dish several times, but you aren’t listing to me! MAKE IT! You’ll return to this recipe time and time again because it’s that good.
I whipped this little yarn doily up last night. No pattern, I just winged it. It’s the same colors as the table runner I made a few weeks ago.
That’s it. Bye.
Lookie here, people!
Cool Pattern Alert
Isn’t this a gorgeous wrap? I bought the pattern today and it looks easy as pie, too! I’m pretty sure I bugged the crap out of this lady for this pattern. She put it up today for just $2.99 on Ravelry HERE. Y’all go get you the pattern and support her efforts. That is a great price for a pattern as nice as this! (And tell her I’m really a nice person and not a pain in the ass!)
I haven’t decided on my colors yet. I’m still thinking and looking at my stash.
Feeling better. Bye!
Aren’t these little gift bags cute? I made them this morning. You can find the free pattern HERE. It took me about an hour and a half to make my first one. I left all the ends loose and had to weave them in at the end. The second one only took about an hour. I got smart on that one and crocheted the ends in as I went. I think they turned out so cute and are perfect for Christmas or anytime really.
I gotta go. No time to chat. Bye!
My progress so far today:
For those of you not familiar with Magic Balls and Magic Afghans, I will try to explain…
You can just use scrap yarns of all colors or choose your colors more deliberately to get a different look. I do several rounds of winding (like 20-ish cranks on the ball winder) then stop, cut my yarn, choose a new color, and knot it on. Trim loose ends and start winding again. Vary the amount of yarn you wind into your ball with each new color. When you crochet you’ll have yarn color changes in different places in the rows. You may have one row of one color, two rows of the next, 1/2 a rows of the next, etc. My advice is to always choose your yarns and make your magic balls first. That way when you start crocheting, your color changes will be automatic, you won’t have any ends to tie together, and you won’t have ANY loose ends to weave-in when your afghan is finished. It’s just easy-breezy crocheting straight through.
You’ll just have to guess at the number of magic balls you’ll need, or you can make them as you go. I just prefer to make what I think I’ll need upfront and get that over with so I can just crochet. You can use any color for your main color, but most people choose white or black. White tends to wash out the colors and they are not as vibrant as with the black.
I’m using a Size K hook. I will try a Size N next time for a looser weave in the blanket. This one is turning out very firm and thick and has more of a rug feel to it. The larger N hook would make it looser and softer.
For the afghan I started today (pictured above), I started with a chain of 150 (holding black yarn and the magic ball yarn together). Dc in 4th ch from hook, dc in each ch across to end. *Ch 2, turn. Dc in each dc across to end of row. Repeat from * to * until your afghan is the size you want it. A beginning chain of 150 came out to 58 inches for the width of my afghan.
This is NOT my idea or pattern. (But you can leave me a donation if you want! Ha-ha-ha! I’m kidding, I’m kidding! Some of you won’t get that joke reference so just move along.)
I first saw this crochet concept on Linda’s blog here: www.Madcrochetingfool1.blogspot.com
Here are a couple of Linda’s finished blankets and also some of her purses/totes made using Magic Balls:
I hope I’ve made sense. If not, leave me a comment with your questions and I’ll try to answer you pronto if I know the answer.
I made several magic balls this morning with all shades of green with one yellow every now and then. I’m going to start on a magic blanket today. It’ll be plain (Just DCs) holding one strand of the greens and one strand of black and using a Size K hook. I thought about making these balls and afghan last night after I went to bed, and that’s all I did all night long. I thought about all the shades of green I had, I wondered whether I had enough black yarn in my stash, I thought about striping the yellow in – not too much, just a little now and then, I thought about what border I would do and whether I’d do it in solid green or solid black or both, and I wondered where that box of magic balls I made over a year ago went. I drove myself nuts all night. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep. So first thing this morning I got up and started winding and tying on new colors, winding some more, winding, winding, winding.
Hmm…that’s an awful lot of yellow in that one ball. I may have to unwind some of it before I begin. It looks like I got a little carried away with that one.
I’m off to dc my little heart out. Bye.
The Pattern: $2.99 HERE (Not Mine)
Same Stitch Pattern for Free: HERE
Yarns: Caron SS (Off White) & Yarn Bee Snowflake (Orangeade)
Hook Size: G
This scarf was fun to crochet. I love the stitch pattern with only two color changes. It looks really nice in my beloved Snowflake yarn, don’t you think? I will definitely make more of these. I’m thinking of trying a heavier yarn and making an afghan in this stitch. I think a lot of things I don’t actually do though. Hee-hee.
Still trying to get well. Still not.