I've had this ball of twine for a while now. It's really rough and woody. You'll notice my new blog background that I put up yesterday. That doily reminded me of it, so I got it out yesterday and began crocheting a doily with it. It sounds easier than it was. It was really hard on the hands, both because of the rough texture of it and the stiffness. I started going by a pattern in the above pictured book, but stopped using it after the first 4-5 rounds and just winged the rest. I love the results, and it was fun doing something different.
I have no idea what I'm going to do with it. It won't make a good doily because of the uneven texture. I'll probably hang it on the wall somewhere.
Have you ever bought the 15 Bean Soup package of dry beans and made the recipe on the back? I discovered it late last year and decided to try it. All of the ingredients are above, except the salt and water. You'll need about 1 tsp of salt. The ham flavor packed (in white above) comes in the package with the beans, but it's not salty. It calls for ham hock, but I like to use smoked ham so you get lots of good chunks of meat. Don't leave out the lemon! I'm convinced it's the secret ingredient that makes this so good. Also, the directions are for making it on top of the stove, but I always use my crock pot. It's DELICIOUS! Hands down, the best bean recipe I've ever tried. Find the package of beans with the rest of the dried beans in the grocery store. I usually get mine at Wal-Mart, but I've seen them other places too.
Thought you might like to see the table that was stolen (or rather the place where it use to be). It was a smaller version of the one above and sat back in the corner with the purple flowers on it. You can see that there are a couple of slate tiles missing from the table they left. There were several tiles from that table lying on the ground, but they ended up not taking it. I don't know if they got scared off because they heard the dogs or if they just decided it was too big and heavy to take.
If you look closely at the purple flowers, you can see that Eli jumped up on the table and peed on the container. He could smell a stranger all over it so he reclaimed it by marking it as his. You should have seen the dogs peeing on everything. They could smell those thieves everywhere from the gate to the porch, and most especially on the gate. Every one of them peed on it. Maybe I should have peed on it too.
Did you turn your clocks forward an hour? I really wish they'd do away with Daylight Savings Time. I'd rather it get dark earlier. I love it in the winter when it's dark at 5:30 pm!
I think I'm gonna make a chocolate cake today. It sounds good. My hips think so too.
I'm off to watch the race and crochet. See ya.