Friday, February 26, 2010
Whole wheat sub bun stuffed with avocado, cucumber, tomato and sprinkled with a little salt and pepper. Fresh pepper strips and hummus for dipping. YUM!
Wait! Are there a few bites missing from that sandwich??? Well, of course I had to test it before I shared it with y'all!
Liliana wrote: "Tell me, how do the washcloths wear? Could you post a photo of a used one? Is that too weird? But I would like to know how well it lasts with use."
You asked for it. You got it! :-)
This dishcloth has been in heavy rotation in our kitchen for the last year or two. Although it does not look like the cheerful, lime green, striped cloth that I started with...
...it has given us lots of faithful service. The faded colors are due to the fact that I am sometimes forced to clean my dishcloths with bleach. I just can not seem to get some members of my family to completely grasp the concept of rinsing and hanging a dishcloth after every use. The kids have gotten a lot better about it, but I still occasionally find a cloth that has sat wet for too long. Ick! No one likes a smelly dishcloth!
I will add that for the most part, I am a process knitter/crocheter. In other words, I knit and crochet because I enjoy the act of knitting and crocheting. I am also on a tight budget, making it cost prohibitive to knit many of the projects that I would love to tackle. However, consumable items like socks and dishcloths are great projects for me. Dishcloths are instant gratification. A little cotton, a hook or some needles, a new stitch pattern to try out, a few hours, and I have a finished project. I can work them in fun and funky colors that would be gaudy in a garment. Dishcloths have a very limited lifespan, so everyone can always use more, making them great little gifts too! And don't forget, they aren't just for the kitchen. They are excellent in the shower as well. For another nice gift idea, pair a pretty cloth (call it a "spa cloth") with a bar of fancy soap or some body wash.
As an added bonus, here are a few pics of another cloth, older and soon to be retired.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Since my BIG project at the moment is the quilt I am working on, I seem to be on a kick of making quick-and-easy-to-finish projects in the knitting and crochet arena. Crocheted dishcloths certainly fit into that category!
This one looks a bit different on each side.
Free Pattern: Crochet Dish Cloth by Coats and Clark
The next two were made using Linda Bohrn's Woven Stitch Dishcloth pattern (also free.)
But wait! There's more!
Free Pattern: Easy Crocheted Dishcloth by Cheri Mancini
Tired of dishcloths??? Well, here's a hat I knit using some handspun that was gifted to me. Lots of lumpy, bumpy character.
And, flip it inside out for a whole different look!
Free Pattern: 2 Hour Hat (and yes, 2 hours is all it took!)
Next time around I will try to show some progress pics of my quilt which is coming along nicely!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I bet we are the only household still making Valentines on February 15th.
It's a pretty messy business.
I know my hubby (who loves order and neatness) will be thrilled when we are done and the coffee table is once again visible.
My 8 year-old's book club meets this afternoon, and she wanted give them hand-made Valentines...all ten of the other girls! It has been a lesson in perseverance for her. There are quite a few hand stitches in each of these little felt pouches. Handmade gifts are fun, but they are also a lot of work.
It saddens me to think that most of the recipients will probably be more excited about the little Hershey bar and the pencil inside the handmade Valentine. But I guess that's okay.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
A good friend gave me a skein of Manos del Uruguay yarn in a lovely cherry red...just MY color!
I decided to knit it up in fun "slouchy" hat (or beret) using the "Star Crossed Slouchy Beret" pattern available as a free download on Ravelry.
You get the "beret" shaping by blocking the hat on a dinner plate!
Too busy knitting to Windex my bathroom mirror...as can be seen in the following photo!
The pattern has some funky cabling going on...which doesn't show up as well in the yarn I used because it is a "thick-thin" sort of yarn.
Getting good photos of a hat can be a challenge when you are photographing it on your own head. Hint: since you are in front of the camera instead of behind it, use a hand mirror in one hand and hold it behind the camera so you can see the viewer screen.
Friday, February 05, 2010
Ah, Green Monster! Once we were such close friends. We communed daily. What happened to our relationship?
Okay, I know. It is really all my fault. I am the one who wandered away. But you must admit, you are rather raw and so cold! It was easy to lured away by warm, comforting drinks during this bitter wintry season. I was weak. I am sorry. But I would like to renew our ties. Whaddaya' say?
And as for you, Ms. Michaels...
I am not sure if you are really my good friend. After our get together on Tuesday, I limped around the house in much agony for two days. Yeah, I know. Once again, that is all my fault. If I had been working out for the past few months, our visits wouldn't be so painful. Do you remember our glory days?? Remember the times when we felt so strong that we would do Level 1 and Level 2 back-to-back in one day? Good times!
Do you think we could recapture the magic? I hope so.
It is often said that bad company corrupts good morals. I know that is true. I fear I have been running around with the wrong crowd, spending too much time hanging out with empty carbs, coffee, comfort foods and the sofa. Oh, they can be a lot of fun in the moment, but I hate myself later for the way I behave around them. They are a bad lot and I have allowed myself to be led me astray.
Do they care about me? No!
Do they make me a better person? No!
Do my jeans feel tight? Yes!
Something's gotta' change. And it is gonna' start now!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
A little fabric, a simple pattern, an hour or two of your time, and you have a skirt for someone less fortunate than we are.
"Sow the good seeds of righteousness, and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and shower righteousness upon you."---Hosea 10:12
Sewing Seeds is a ministry that started a few years ago when Randi's daughter was going on a mission trip to Africa. Over 100 handmade skirts were stuffed into her daughter's suitcase and lovingly distributed. Later, a similar project was taken on in Costa Rica. Now, Randi is gathering skirts for the girls in Haiti.
Can you help??
Go to Sewing Seeds for more information. And as always, I can highly recommend Randi's blog "i have to say..."
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I am working on changing the "look" of my blog. Please bear with me as I work on this. If anyone has feedback, it would be most appreciated. Oh, and if anyone knows how to get rid of the ugly brown tabs ("home" "about" "contact" "rss") in my header, I would love to know how! They are written into the html of my template and weird things happen every time I try to mess with them.
*Edit--Yay! After much trial and error, the aforementioned ugly brown tabs at the top now are gone.
Monday, February 01, 2010
Thank you for taking time to read my blog. I am thoroughly impressed by the number of older posts you have recently read. You must have stayed up until all hours of the night, glued to your computer, entranced by my riveting posts about motherhood, homemaking and needlework; fascinating stuff, I know. I am sure you read all those older posts because you were kind enough to leave comments in each one of them.
However, since I can not read Chinese, I am unable to fully appreciate your comments. I tried an online translator, but feel certain that the translator was not working properly because its translation of some of the things you wrote made me blush (and I am a married woman!)
Amy, I am sure, unlike those nasty spammers that lurk in cyberspace, that you meant no harm. But since my blog is G-rated, I am now having to spend a lot of time an effort going through each one of your comments and manually deleting them. I am sure this extra work was not your intention. However, we would not want anyone else to use the same translator (which I am sure must be faulty) and be misled by your comments. I know you will understand when I ask that your refrain from making further comments on my blog to prevent any more misunderstandings.
PS Because of this unfortunate event, I have felt compelled to activate comment moderation on my blog. Please, dear Amy, do not take this personally! I just feel that this is the best way insure that those nasty, evil spammers are kept away from my readers.