Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Mmm...Roast

We're having roast for dinner...

I got my roast out of the fridge and covered it in yummy spices...kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika. Then I rubbed it in really good with my hands. As Paula Deen always says, "Girls, don't be afraid to rub your meat!" LOL. Then I get my pan really hot, pour in some olive oil, and browned the roast really good on both sides. Then I put it in the crock pot which I had sprayed with Pam.

I sliced up some onions, added a little more oil to the same pan, and browned them really well too... 

I threw them in the crock on top of the meat. I didn't use any other veggies that normally go with roast since we are still low-carbing, but you could add carrots and potatoes and even some celery if you wanted.

Then I poured in some beef broth, just enough to cover everything well. I used a little over half of this box.

Put the lid on and let it cook on low all day long.
YUM.

Then I cleaned up my kitchen cuz I made a big mess, did the dishes, cleaned out the fridge, and now I'm not going to do much else all day. 

I can't find anything that I really want to crochet. I hate when that happens. The t-shirt yarn is staring at me from across the room, but I'm not in the mood for that big hook right now. Maybe I'll work on the doily I have started. It's going to be pretty in two shades of gray yarn. Hmm...I'll think on that a while. Maybe I need a nap. Yes. When in doubt, take a nap in your cool, dark bedroom with some soft, furry friends of the canine (or feline) variety. Who cares if you've only been up for three hours?

What are y'all doing this boring Tuesday? Hmm?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Little Granny Dress Pattern



I made another one today and wrote up a pattern with pictures!
You can find it up in the menu bar below my blog header.
Enjoy!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Little Peach Granny Dress

I had so much fun making this today!

The actual color of the dress is peach and cream, and the rose is a dark coral. I made many changes to the pattern, mostly because I could not understand the pattern as written. I added a picot trim on the hem and arm holes, and just did a plain sc border around the neck.  Then I added a little rose and two leaves which were not a part of the pattern either.

I'd love to see a little girl with some white tights on wearing this!


The free pattern is HERE, but you will need some major deciphering skills to follow it. I wouldn't recommend it to a novice crocheter. I wouldn't recommend it for me either, but I was in the right mood and wanted to make it badly enough that I took the time to do and redo it until I was happy with it.

The chili was really good, and we're still watching the race as I type this. I hope you're enjoying your weekend too.

Saturday Piddling

Who doesn't love a Saturday morning around the house? I never clean on a Saturday. My momma used to make us all clean house on Saturdays, so I promised myself when I grew up I'd never-ever clean house on a Saturday. Saturday is for doing whatever you want! Go, stay, get dressed, stay in your PJs, sleep, cook, shop, eat out, eat in, piddle, and putter. So...

I put a big pot of chili together this morning at the Captain's request. It'll simmer all afternoon, and we'll have it this evening while watching the race. I love it when they race on Saturday night.

The Captain is piddling with his metal detector and doing some man things.

I found a free pattern for a little Granny Dress earlier in the week. I'm about to start it now. You can find it HERE. FYI...I started to make it the other day, but the first row just wasn't working out for me the way the pattern said it should. After some help from Linda, I think I know what to do now. If you follow the link on Linda's name and scroll down one entry, you'll see the pretty red Granny Dress she made using this pattern.

Anyway, that's what I'm about to start when I'm finished posting this. I thought I'd try the peach and cream yarn I had in my stash. I'm just making it for the fun of it. I needed something fun to make before I start that t-shirt rug, which by the way, I haven't touched since making the t-shirt yarn.

Lastly, I made these two crochet-covered rocks Thursday. I used the first few rounds from doily patterns I had and just winged the rest. I tried to make another pineapple design on one, but it didn't work out for me. I'll try again. I spray-painted that biggest rock black before crocheting the white cover. It would be fun to get some different colors to paint the rocks with before covering them. 

That's it from me. Enjoy your Saturday!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sweetheart Progress & T-Shirt Yarn

Aren't these daisies pretty?
I just love having them around the house.

I got the first panel with border done on the Sweetheart Blanket and started the second one. I'll be crocheting seven in total for this queen-size bed. I love it. These panels are looooong, but perfect for this bed! It really is a nice pattern. In case you missed it, the free pattern can be found HERE. I love that yellow one in the link and want to make one in that color too! Ambitious, aren't I?

I spent yesterday evening washing, drying, and then cutting up t-shirts and making the t-shirt yarn. It was much more fun than ripping sheets.  FYI...not all t-shirts will work for this. Luckily I only had one that didn't work. The only difference I noticed was that it had seams down the sides of the t-shirt. So if you are going to make this, look for tees without any seams on the body. I'm sure it's something to do with the type of material used, but for the life of me, I don't know what it is. It also didn't work with t-shirts that had a big picture or big writing screened onto them. It's fine if there's just a little, but the screening made the material stay flat and not roll properly. (You'll know what I mean by that if you watch the video I linked to in my last entry.) Jersey sheets would also work great for this.

This rotary cutter made all the difference in the world! Totally worth the $17 and change I paid for it at Walmart. Scissors were making my hands hurt and would have eventually caused blisters. Wear gloves if you're going to use scissors.

Although some of these look dark blue, they are all black, red, or brown. I thought these colors would make a pretty rug. As you can see, I'm starting out with nine shirts. Not sure if that'll be enough because I want it larger than the one I made with the sheets. I'll also be using a smaller hook (Size N).

I've been crocheting on the Sweetheart Blanket today, so I haven't started this yet, but I will soon...maybe this weekend if not before.

Monday, April 22, 2013

First Rag Rug From Sheets




I stopped at 26 inches across because I'm anxious to try making one with t-shirts to see which method I prefer.  This one took approximately 2 Queen sheets and two twin sheets.  I used the ripping method rather than cutting the strips with scissors.

I gave you two links in my April 18th post which is where I got most of my information.  I also Googled and read different tutorials.  I cut my strips about 1.5 inches wide, and as I was crocheting, I'd fold the strips in half so that the right side was showing.  It would be best if you just didn't use sheets that are only printed on one side of the material.  Also, I wouldn't roll them into a ball next time, but instead I would just fold it together more like a hank of yarn so that it doesn't wad up and get all wrinkly.  It's a pain in the ass to pull all the threads off as you cut your sheets, but it sure made things a lot easier once you're crocheting.

No, my hands didn't hurt, but my shoulders did (first from ripping sheets and then from crocheting), and my forearms were a little sore too.  But neither was a big deal.  I could just tell I'd been doing something I don't normally do.  I found that sitting at my desk to crochet this was easiest for me.

I'm not sure what size my hook is because it's not written on it anywhere and I bought it at least 15 years ago, but it's either a P or a Q.


You can see how big it is above compared to a ball point pen.

I got some t-shirts at the thrift store this morning to use for crocheting a rug.  They are in the wash now, and I'll begin as soon as they are dry.  See the YouTube Video HERE for instructions on cutting and making your t-shirt yarn.  You can Google "making a rug out of t-shirts" and find different ways to connect your t-shirts after you have cut and stretched them.

Somehow I think I'm going to like using the t-shirts better than the sheets, but we shall see.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Rag Rug Update


I'm having a good time and learning a few things I'll do differently next time. It's at 20 inches across right now. Still a ways to go. Sure wish I had found exactly the colors I wanted, but these will do for a learning experience and first run at it. I'm looking forward to standing on it with my bare feet when it's done!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Rag Rug Beginnings

Crocheted Rag Rug
(Photo from Flickr Group linked below...NOT mine)


I spent all day yesterday on a new crafty endeavor. First, I hit several thrift stores, Goodwill, Big Lots, etc., searching for cheap cotton sheets to use for this project, and then about 8 hours preparing and ripping and rolling the sheets you see above. Make no mistake...this takes hours upon hours. It isn't as quick as you'd think just to get prepared to do the actual crocheting, but if you go in with the mindset that this is part of the whole process and is to be enjoyed just as much as the rest, it'll help.

I didn't find the colors I wanted, but I was looking for cheap sheets to use for my first project. If you have lots of money to blow on sheets, you can be more picky about your colors, which I may do later if it's something I really enjoy.

I got my information and inspiration in the link provided in THIS BLOG ENTRY.

See lots of beautiful crocheted rag rugs HERE in the Rag Rug Flickr Group Photos.

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I've nearly finished my first panel of the Sweetheart Afghan. I really wish the pretty teal color of this yarn would show up in photos. Instead it just looks like a medium blue. (It's Caron One Pounders in Ocean.) As I mentioned when I first wrote about this afghan, I'm taking my time and crocheting on this between other things I'm doing. This one won out over the pink & white snowflake squares this time. I also have another doily in-progress. 

LATER!

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Porch-Sitting

Ollie relaxing on the glider.

Fletch & The Captain watching TV.
We'll be watching the race on the back porch tonight.

The Indian Hawthorn Pink Ladies in the backyard are in bloom.

I was looking through an old crochet book and came across one with a recipe included. Weird. I made it with my own ingredients, and it was really good. Here's what I did:

Baked Beef & Veggies

1 lb beef stew meat
1 can diced tomatoes seasoned for chili, drained
Onion & Green Pepper slices
Fresh Cauliflower pieces
Light BBQ Sauce

Spray two pieces of foil with non-stick cooking spray (like Pam).  My foil pieces were about 1.5 feet long each. Place half of the stew meat on each. Add onions, peppers, and cauliflower pieces. Add drained tomatoes to each. Top each with a generous drizzle of BBQ sauce. Seal up the foil. Place foil packets onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 310 degrees F for three hours. It was delicious!

The  original recipe calls for the stew meat with potato and carrot slices. I used lower-carb veggies. The instructions said to bake at 350 for an hour & 15 minutes.

I love this Nazli Gelin Garden thread.
It's very silky-smooth.
I ordered these online from Jimmy Bean.

I also ordered this pattern book with 16 patterns in it.
I probably won't make anything from it, but it was fun to look at.

I'm off to porch-sit some more.
Hope you're having a nice weekend!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

RED on a Rainy Day



I couldn't get a good picture of this doily.
The intensity of the red was too much for my camera.
But you get the idea.

This is September from A Year of Doilies Book 5.
Aunt Lydia's #10 thread, 1.75 hook.

I'm enjoying a dark, cold, rainy day here. Time for another cup of hot tea or coffee, a new thread color, and a new doily pattern. That's about all I plan on doing with my day. How about you?

Saturday, April 06, 2013

A Doily & A Smooch


I'm a bit obsessed with the thread right now.
It's making me happy.

This pattern is called Forget-Me-Not by Agnes Russell. It's in the book, Doilies With Symbol Crochet from Annie's Attic. It was a fun little project. The flowers took longer than the doily body did, but it was still fun.

A goofy smile from Janie ALWAYS makes my day.
I hope it makes yours too.
She's so full of love, there's enough for all of us.
Grab you some before you leave.



Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Invasion of the Worms?

No, it's not a new movie...

We have these little mounds of dirt suddenly appearing in our backyard.

Here is a picture with Ollie in it so you can see the approximate size of them.
So it's not moles or gophers.

From what I have found on the Internet, it's earthworms making them. Supposedly it is filled with the poop of the worms and is the best fertilizer you can buy. If that's true, we're suddenly getting it for free because these mounds are all over our backyard, and we get more every day. We've never had them before, and I'm pretty sure we would have noticed them if we had. Does anybody know for sure that it's worms, or is it something else?

Monday, April 01, 2013

Two-Year Doily

I finally finished a doily I started TWO YEARS ago!

It's been stuck in a drawer with only two rows left to go on it. I finished it last night at 9:30 after working on it all day. I kept messing it up and ripping it out and starting over. I was very tempted to throw it back in a drawer.

This was a CAL that Glor of Crochet Galore hosted that started on January 13, 2011. How embarrassing that it took me this long to finish. LOL. You can find the pattern link in Glor's sidebar, Rising Sun Doily.

You can see how big it is in this photo. I used Size 10 thread instead of the Size 20 called for in the pattern, so it came out really large. I love it. So glad I finished another WIP this year!

I gotta run.
Must work today.