Saturday, January 9, 2010

Crocheted Fingerless Gloves

Time for another crochet pattern. These fingerless gloves are based on this pattern. My changes are below, and it a super easy pattern with only 2 skeins of yarn needed. I figured that with temperatures in the 20's and 30's here right now, it's the right time for another pair of gloves.

Sarah, the woman that created the original pattern, has a great helpful hint: "I have found it easier after attaching yarn for the palm and fingers to weave in the yarn ends as you go so you don't have to turn the mitten inside out and do it after it's finished." If you are able to do this, you probably won't need a yarn needle.

1 skein of Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice in Dusty Blue (#108)
1 skein of Premier Yarns Mega Brushed in Lavender Ice (#51-212)
assorted leftover eyelash type yarn in silver
I sized crochet hook
yarn needle

CUFF (Ribbing) Make 2 of each piece
With the Lavender Ice, chain 30.
ROW 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 28 chs, ch 1, turn. (29 sc) Next rows are through back loops only.
ROW 2: 1 sc in each sc of previous row, ch 1, turn. (29 sc)
ROWS 3 - 29: Same as Row 2
ROW 30: This is the joining row. Fold cuff so Row 1 is behind Row 29, ss to join Row 30 to Row 1 and fasten off the yarn when finished.
Depending on your tension, the cuff should be about 17 1/2 cm long.

RND 1-2: Attach the silver eyelash yarn with a slip stitch to the arm end of the cuff. Ch 1, 1 sc at the base of ch 1, 1 sc at the end of each row of ribbing, ss to join to the first sc, ch 1, turn (30 sc) After you turn, always skip the ss where you joined on previous RND and begin your work in the first sc. When finished with the second row, fasten off the yarn.

RND 1: Attach the Dusty Blue yarn with a slip stitch to the wrist end of the cuff. Ch 1, 1 sc at the base of ch 1, 1 sc at the end of each row of ribbing, ss to join to the first sc, ch 1, turn (30 sc) After you turn, always skip the ss where you joined on previous RND and begin your work in the first sc.
RND 2: 1 sc in the first sc, 2sc in the next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 7 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
RND 3: 1 sc in each sc to end of rnd, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
RND 4: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next 2 sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (36 sc)
RND 5: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 2 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (38 sc)
RND 6: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 4 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (40 sc)
RND 7: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 6 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (42 sc)
RND 8: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 8 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (44 sc)
RND 9: 1 sc in next 16 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 10 sc, 2 sc in next sc, 1 sc in next 16 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (46 sc)
RND 10-12: 1 sc in each sc around, ss to join, ch 1, turn.

THUMB
1 sc in next 30 sc. Beginning at the last sc you just made, count back 14 sc, ss to join your last sc to this sc, ch 1, turn.
RND 1: 1 sc in the next 14 sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (14 sc)
RND 2: Decrease this round by 2 sc--one at the beginning of the row and one in the middle, ch 1, turn (12 sc)
RND 3: Decrease this round by 1 sc--in the middle, ch 1, turn (11 sc)
RND 4: 1 sc in each sc around. Attach with a slip stitch and fasten off yarn.

PALM
With the palm of mitten facing you, join yarn inside at the front of mitten by the base of the thumb. In the first sc by base of thumb pull up a loop and ch 1 and do 1 sc in each sc around, ch 1 and turn.
RND 1: 1 sc in next 16 sc, do 2 sc tog, 1 sc in remaining sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
RND 2: 1 sc in each sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
RND 3: 1 sc in next 16 sc, do 2 sc tog, 1 sc in remaining sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
RND 4: 1 sc in each sc, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (34 sc)
(Add more rnds if necessary for length to base of wearer's fingers)

SHAPING OF THE FINGERS
The little finger will be the first one shaped.
RND 5: 1 sc in 15 sc. Count ahead and skip the next 8 sc. Do a sc in the 9th sc and continue doing sc around to the finish, ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 6: 1 sc in each sc around, ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 7: 1 sc in 14 sc. Count ahead and skip the next 8 sc. Do a sc in the 9th sc and continue doing sc around to the finish, ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 8: 1 sc in each sc around, ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 9: 1 sc in 7 sc. Count ahead and skip the next 7 sc. Do a sc in the 8th sc and continue doing sc around to the finish, ss to join, ch 1, turn.

RND 10 for the index finger: 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 11-13 for the index finger: 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn. When you reach the end of round 13, fasten off yarn.

RND 10 for the middle finger: Attach the Dusty Blue yarn with a slip stitch between the middle and index fingers. 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 11-13 for the middle finger: 1 sc in each sc around (10 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn. When you reach the end of round 13, fasten off yarn.

RND 10 for the third finger: Attach the Dusty Blue yarn with a slip stitch between the third and middle fingers. 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 11-13 for the third finger: 1 sc in each sc around (12 sc), ss to join, ch 1, turn. When you reach the end of round 13, fasten off yarn.

RND 10 for the little finger: Attach the Dusty Blue yarn with a slip stitch between the little and third fingers. 1 sc in each sc around, ss to join, ch 1, turn.
RND 11-13 for the little finger: 1 sc in each sc around, ss to join, ch 1, turn. When you reach the end of round 13, fasten off yarn.

This pattern is what worked for me, and I'm fairly certain this pattern will work for anyone else that tries it. I realized it's kind of hard to take decent pictures of gloves being worn.



Not a Pork Chop Fan

I'm not really much of a fan of pork chops. Never have been. There's nothing really wrong with them. I just don't like them. And it's not a pork thing either...I'm perfectly happy with bacon, sausage or a hot dog. But my husband likes pork chops, so I have to make them for him every once in a while. (I just make something else for myself that night.)

But since I don't like pork chops and don't make them very often, I don't know how to make them (unless it's nice enough outside for my husband to fire up the BBQ). Last night was one of those nights. I was making a chop for him but had to look up how to do it first.

He liked this recipe pretty well: Oven Baked Pork Chops.

4 thick pork chops (1 1/4 inches)-- I made one lonely thick chop for him
1 c. orange juice
2 tbsp. flour

Place chops in baking pan or an iron skillet. In a separate container mix the flour with a little orange juice to make a smooth paste. Add rest of orange juice and mix well. Pour mixture over chops. Bake in 350 degree oven for 1 hour or until chops are browned and sauce thickened. I have to admit, for pork chops, the kitchen smelled pretty good, thanks to that orange paste!

If desired, potatoes and carrots can be baked in the pan along with the chops for a one-pot dinner. I did do this and the carrots didn't turn out very good...kind of withered and overcooked. Serves 4.

My husband did like how the pork chops turned out last night.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Freezer Salsa?

Every year, I plant a garden in our backyard. It's a small one but I always have an abundance of veggies, and I usually plant the same stuff, for the most part, from year to year. Shoot, I'm already getting gardening catalogs in the mail and it's about 30-35 degrees outside and my garden is buried under the several inches of leaves we put out there. It's such a tease.

So over the summers, I've been able to tweak my spaghetti recipe to where I like it and it freezes very well. However, I need to give up on the salsa. I'm just not getting it the way I like.

This salsa recipe is the main one I've tried. I've even tried a few other recipes as well. Maybe you'll have better luck with this one. For me, when I thaw it out, it becomes quite thin and watery.

I'm not going to list the entire recipe here, as there are photos for just about every step, so it's pretty lengthy. However, it does give directions on both making your salsa to freeze or to can, so there are basically double steps here, so don't be alarmed at that. Maybe if someone else makes this same recipe, they'll have better luck than I do. I would try the canning, but my husband's grandmother has told me to forget the canning; it's expensive and time consuming enough that the canning isn't worthwhile.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Time For Something Crafty

My Christmas Eve post was about glitter, and a brief mention of something I was working on. Well, that something is finished and on it's way to Iowa. Since it's en route, I figure I can post some pictures of it here.

My sister got a bunch of baby things from a friend of her's whose own baby no longer needed it. One of the items was a mobile, those things you hang over a crib so the kid has something to look at. It was cute and fairly simply: just little stuffed animals dangling from it. My sister is a Wizard of Oz FREAK (much in the same way I am for Spider-Man), so she wanted to know if I could redo the mobile to be Oz-themed. The baby's room is, of course, going to be Oz-themed as well.

Did you know that if you go to Yahoo Shopping and do a search for "Wizard of Oz mobile", or even add in the words crib or baby, NOTHING comes up? Crazy. I figured some crafty person out there would be selling them.

I pulled off the original fabric covers from the arms and replaced them with two types of green ribbon (from AC Moore): one with wired edges and a very thin one. I used that same thin ribbon to hang the items from. (I did send all the little stuffed animals back to my sister, in case she wanted them, except for the lion. He's original, so with a new red ribbon around his neck, he became my new centerpiece. The rest of the original animals were similar in appearance and size to him.

Those red ruby slippers were actually black patent leather (pleather) from Wal-Mart. I think they were Carter's but I'm not sure anymore. They consist of: 3 coats of red spray paint (AC Moore), 1 coat of red glitter paint (AC Moore), 1 coat of that damn red Glitterex Corp. glitter (AC Moore), and 1 coat of clear coat spray paint that I found in the garage. Actually, I alternated the glitter and clear coat about three times to be on the safe side. I wanted to make sure the baby wouldn't be covered in the glitter the first time my sister turned the mobile on!

I stuffed the shoes with wadded up paper towels to keep the insides relatively clean. Once finished, I re-bowed them, because they actually came with little black ribbon bows on the toes.

And let me tell you...even though I used a box to paint and glitter those shoes, I've got glitter EVERYWHERE! My husband had to blow out the garage tonight because there was red glitter all over the floor from when I tossed the box out in the garbage. I think his phrase was, "It looks like a fairy exploded in here." But in all honesty, that pleather took the paint really well. I only "needed" three coats because I'm anal and was covering up one drip per shoe.





The tiny broom came from a miniatures dealer on eBay. The witch's hat was also from AC Moore (what WOULD I do without that store???) but I added the beaded trim myself. Remember, I'm a pack rat and already had those laying around.



All in all, I'm very please with how it turned out.







The green bow serves no purpose. I just thought it was lacking something.

I figure I'll probably get a phone call from my mom first when it arrives...you see, I'm evil..I sent this to my mom's house instead of my sister, so my mom could see it first. :) Once I get some reactions from my family about this, I'll have to come back and post them.

This was an easier project than I was expecting it to be. In fact, I think there could be a market (think small, like an Etsy-type market) for custom made mobiles. Plus, it's recycled so it kept an unneeded mobile out of a landfill and my sister didn't have to buy a cookie cutter type mobile from some big box store. Yay, green!

Born To Be Mild

I need more mental stimulation. This is what happens to me...I start getting bored and my mind just wanders. I hear one song on the radio, and my mind just takes over.



Get your scooter runnin'
Head out of the ‘hood,
Lookin' for adventure,
And whatever comes our way.
Yeah honey, go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace.
Beep all of your horns at once
And explode into space.

I don’t like smoke or lightning,
Stay out of the thunder,
But racin' with the wind,
That’s the feelin' that I'm under.
Yeah honey' go make it happen,
Take the world in a love embrace.
Beep all of your horns at once
And explode into space

Like a true nature's child,
We were born, born to be mild.
We can climb so high,
I never wanna die.

Born to be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild.
Born to be miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiild.

Born to be mild...since I got the scoot, that's my motto. :) Now, that being said, we need this cold weather to go away! I love hopping on the back of my husband's motorcycle with him and going for a ride!