Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

  1. beginner granny square scarf

    March 20, 2015 by Angie

    I recently made this granny square scarf in black. It’s a free Red Heart pattern I got in an email. It’s available on their site here and I’ve pasted the pattern below. It was quick and fun. I wanted a black scarf because I have mostly dark-colored winter clothes, but now I’m kinda jealous of the bright blue color Red Heart used.

    fixed granny square scarfAngie for scale.

    Materials

    Loops & Threads Impeccable 4 weight yarn in black
    6.5mm K hook
    scissors
    yarn needle

    close up

    Scarf measures approximately 7” x 55” (18 x 139.5 cm).

    Pattern

    Notes

    1. Granny squares are worked in joined rounds with right side facing.
    2. Rows are worked back and forth off the last round of each end square. Last rows are sewn to opposite sides of center square to complete the scarf.

     

    Center Granny Square
    Ch 3; join with slip st in first ch to form a ring.

    Round 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc here and throughout), 2 dc in ring, [ch 3, 3 dc in ring] 3 times, ch 3; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—12 dc (four 3-dc groups) and 4 ch-3 spaces. Slip st across to ch-3 space.

    Round 2: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch-3 space (corner made); repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners.

    Round 3: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch-3 space (first corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space (corner made), ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * twice, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and four 3-dc groups (one 3-dc group on each side between corners).

    Round 4: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first corner ch-3 space, *ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp; repeat from * to next corner ch-3 space, [ch 1, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next corner ch-3 space, **ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from ** to next corner ch-3 sp] 3 times, ch 1; join with slip st in top of beginning ch—4 corners and two 3-dc groups on each side between corners.

    Round 5: Repeat Round 4—4 corners and three 3-dc groups on each side between corners. Fasten off.

    End Granny Square and Extension (make 2) Work same as center granny square but do not fasten off.

    Row 1: Slip st in next 2 dc, (slip st, ch 3, 2 dc) in first ch-3 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last ch-3 space, ch 1, 3 dc in last ch-3 space, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as first dc, ch 1), ch 1, skip first 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across to last 3 dc, ch 1, skip next 2 dc, dc in top of beginning ch, turn—five 3-dc groups, 2 dc, and 6 ch-1 spaces.

    Row 3: Ch 3, 2 dc in first ch-1 space, *ch 1, skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next ch-1 space; repeat from * across, turn—six 3-dc groups and 5 ch-1 spaces.
    Rows 4–27: Repeat Rows 2 and 3 twelve times. Fasten off, leaving long tail for sewing.

    Finishing
    Sew each extension to opposite sides of center granny square. Weave in ends.

    the whole scarf


  2. paint the town scarf

    December 28, 2014 by Angie

    I finished this Vanna White Lion Brand pattern Paint the Town scarf on Christmas morning. I think my mom likes it!

    You can find the entire pattern for free here. I like that it’s all single and double crochet which allowed me to focus on the pattern itself. The pattern is on the complicated side with several different rows. I did just three rows of the 3dc at the start and finish of the scarf and skipped the edging recommended in the original pattern. I’m not sure that mine was 122 rows because I didn’t count it but I made it very long so it can be worn the way Vanna does in the photo.

    Mom in her Paint the Town Scarf

     Mom showing off her scarf on Christmas morning.

    paint the town scarf closeup

    Close up of the scarf on my parents’ couch.

    scarf

    long scarf

    The entire Paint the Town scarf.

    Vanna from the Lion Brand site

    Vanna in the scarf so you can see the details better.

    Supplies

    About 1.5 skeins of Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand 100% Acrylic Medium 4 yard in Navy
    Size K – 10.5 (6.5 mm) crochet hook
    Yarn needle
    Scissors

    Pattern from the Lion Brand site

    Ch 24.
    Row 1: 3 dc in 6th ch from hook, *ch 1, sk next 3 ch, 3 dc in next ch; rep from * to last 2 ch, sk next ch, dc in last ch.
    Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in first st, ch 1, (3 dc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1) 4 times, 2 dc in top of turning ch.
    Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 3 dc in first ch-1 sp, (ch 1, 3 dc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, dc in top of turning ch.
    Row 4: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (ch 5, sc in next ch-1 sp) 4 times, ch 5, sc in top of turning ch.
    Row 5: Ch 5, turn, (sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 5) 4 times, sc in next ch-5 sp, ch 2, dc in last st.
    Row 6: Ch 1, turn, sc in first st, (ch 5, sc in next ch-5 sp) 5 times.
    Row 7: Ch 4, turn, (3 dc in next ch-5 sp, ch 1) 4 times, 3 dc in next ch-5 sp, dc in last st.
    Rows 8-11: Rep Rows 2 and 3 twice.
    Rows 12-115: Rep Rows 4-11 thirteen times.
    Rows 116-121: Rep Rows 4-9.
    Row 122: Rep Row 4.
    Fasten off.


  3. quilted Christmas coasters

    December 8, 2014 by Angie

    This is my second time making quilted coasters. The first time I made a binding for them like large quilted things. They were so tiny that the binding situation was a little ridiculous. This time I tried an inside out sewing method. I prefer the results from this method. Here is a tutorial that explains everything. I did the quilting first on just the top and batting, sewed the back on with right sides facing, turned right side out using a chopstick to get the corners just so, then top stitched around the edge. With a little starch and ironing, everything is crisp, flat, neat, and downright fancy.

    tied with a bow

    Materials:

    4 charm squares from A Merry Little Christmas by Riley Blake
    scraps of cherry yardage by Moda
    scraps of Warm & Natural batting

    Quilting: straight line diagonal quilting

    pick a coaster, any coaster

    Yield: four 4.5″ square quilted coasters

    four quilted coasters

    A Christmas gift for my friend who also appreciates ring-free wood furniture.


  4. butternut squash soup

    October 26, 2014 by Angie

    I saw a butternut squash in its pre-soup form for the first time this week. I asked Robbie to identify one and bring it home from the grocery store. He did a good job, picking out a nice, big one even though neither of us were sure what they look like.

    butternut squash

    On Friday, I turned it into soup. Preparing a butternut squash is not the most straight-forward thing, the first time. This site helped me. You’re going to need a serious knife and some elbow grease. Aside from that, this recipe is very easy and we both liked that it requires minimal cleanup. The soup was delicious, if I do say so myself.

    time to eat soup!

    Adapted from College Vegetarian Cooking by Megan and Jill Carle.

    Yields 4 meal-size servings or six side/appetizer servings.

    Ingredients

    1 stalk of celery
    1 medium yellow onion
    1-2 carrots
    2 large russet potatoes
    1 large butternut squash (2.5-3 lbs)
    1 quart of vegetable broth
    salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    1. Wash and peel (if applicable), the celery, yellow onion, carrot(s), and potatoes. Chop into smallish pieces and put them in a large stockpot to clear your cutting board for the next step.

    2. Wash and peel the butternut squash. I peeled later but it was pretty dangerous so if you can do it now, do it now. Cut the squash across the neck, then in halves. Scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff. Chop off and discard the ends. Chop the rest into smallish pieces and add them to the stock pot.

    3. Pour the vegetable broth into the stockpot and turn it on to get the broth boiling. Turn the heat down to medium-low (3 or 4) and cook for thirty minutes, stirring every once in a while.

    4. When the vegetables are tender and verging on mushy, turn off the heat. Use an immersion blender to puree the vegetables. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    5. Eat your delicious soup with some buttery toast.

    butternut squash soup


  5. Boo Crew Halloween quilted table runner

    October 17, 2014 by Angie

    I finished this just in time to put it in on the table on October 1 but I wanted to wait until our new IKEA table was built to take photos. We were on vacation in California after that. So I am sorry I didn’t bring the Halloween decor to the blog on time, but I have been enjoying my fully decorated house all month long.

    Boo Crew Table Runner Closeup

    Washed and dried and festive.

    I bought two Boo Crew by Moda charm packs and some yardage with plans to make a Halloween quilt for us, but even with all the charm squares and a border, it was going to be a really small quilt.  I decided to whip up a Halloween table runner using most of one pack instead. My plentiful Halloween decorations are now giving Christmas a run for its money.

    Sookie and the new table and runner

    Here’s a photo of our pretty new table with our new table runner and Sookie.

    Boo Crew Halloween Quilted Table Runner Stats

    Finished size: 39.75″ x 18″
    Top fabric: 36 Boo Crew by Moda charm pack squares
    Back fabric: The Monsters in Cream from the Boo Crew line by Moda
    Binding fabric: Fly Trap in Orange from the Boo Crew line by Moda
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Straight line quilting on either side of all seams

    quilting and binding

    A closeup of the binding and quilting

    with Halloween candle holders

    I love these goofy candle holders.

    quilting closeup

    Here is a closeup of the straight line quilting before binding and washing.

    backing fabric closeup

    This is the backing fabric. I think it’s so cute.


  6. easy pumpkin spice muffins

    September 21, 2014 by Angie

    It’s pumpkin season! I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I think, last year. You buy a box of spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines, it’s vegan) and a 15-16 oz can of plain pumpkin. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and place 12 adorable Halloween cupcake liners in a cupcake pan. Pour the entire box of cake mix into a large bowl. Pour the entire can of pumpkin into the bowl. Stir until there are no more lumps. Divvy the batter up amongst the 12 cupcake liners. Bake for about 20 minutes. Most of the recipes I saw called for less time but my oven is not very good so I did the toothpick test and they were ready at about 22 minutes.

    Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffins

    A dozen pumpkiny Fall muffins in a hurry.

    An Easy Pumpkin Spice Muffin

    Robbie and I both enjoyed these. I think they could use a little more of the pumpkin spices. He suggests adding chocolate chips. It’s such a fast recipe that I probably will make them again with those changes. However, I do prefer the two more labor-intensive pumpkin treats I make several times per year, both by Isa Chandra Moskowitz: pumpkin crumb cake with cashew streusel from Veganomicon and pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World.

     


  7. quilted mini Christmas tree skirt

    August 24, 2014 by Angie

    I wanted to complete a quick project for our house before I started my new job. (That’s right! I have a new job!) I’ve seen quite a few quilted Christmas tree skirt patterns that I really like but, because we are doing tiny trees while Sookie is a tree-eating puppy, I didn’t want to go all out on a big, complicated tree skirt yet. I found and used this mini tree skirt tutorial from The Tulip Patch. It is really perfect for covering the base that comes with our small, live Christmas tree. I can’t wait to use it!

    Mini Xmas Tree Skirt

    Finished Mini Christmas Tree Skirt


    Peek at the back

    A peek at the cherry back – it’s reversible!

    Quilted Mini Christmas Tree Skirt Stats

    Finished size: roughly 22.5″ square
    Top fabric: Mini Novelty Christmas Cream Christmas Trees
    Back fabric: Bella Solids Cherry
    Binding fabric: Bella Solids Christmas Green
    Batting: Warm & White
    Quilting: Free motion quilting in a meandering pattern

    Ribbon Closeup

     A closeup of the ribbon and the mini trees fabric. I love this fabric.

     


  8. sautéed Brussels sprouts with garlic and pecorino

    July 6, 2014 by Angie

    I’m still trying out new side dishes to add to the repertoire and really love this one. It’s this recipe for Brussels sprouts sautéed in vegetable broth with garlic, onion, and thyme. Because it’s sautéed instead of baked, it takes a lot less time to make. Once it’s finished, serve and sprinkle with some shaved Pecorino Romano cheese (or leave it off to enjoy a vegan version).

    Sauteed Brussels sprouts with garlic and pecorino

    I think this would make a great Thanksgiving side. It cooks up pretty quickly and won’t be taking up any precious oven real estate. The Brussels sprouts are so tender and flavorful when prepared this way and the fancy cheese on top takes everything to another level. Sookie could smell the cheese from the living room and, the way she was acting, you’d think there was doggie crack in our kitchen. I’ve never seen her so motivated to eat something before. Sadly, I can kinda understand where she’s coming from.


  9. two tone quick easy winter beanie

    January 19, 2014 by Angie

    I’m on a roll with men’s beanies! Here is the third one this month: a two tone grey and black beanie for my brother. He regularly sends me photos of his car thermometer reading -4 and other unimaginable temperatures so he needs a hat. I used the same pattern from Ravelry.com that I used for my dad’s hat. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in true grey and black and a 5.5 mm/I hook.

    Brother's beanie

     Finished two tone beanie!

    I followed the pattern up to round 9 where I did ch 2 then *1 dc in next 7 stitches, 2 dc in next stitch.* repeat around then join with first dc. I started with one double crochet in every stitch around for round 10 but in most of the coming rounds I added 3-4 double crochets (every 15th stitch or so) per round to make the hat large enough. For the last three rounds I switched to the black yarn. I had intended to switch back forth to create two stripes of black nestled in grey but the hat was getting too long. I like this two tone look so it was a happy accident.

    work in progress stitch marker mouth

    Dangling yarn and a stitch marker mouth

    I started this hat Friday night, slept for quite a few hours, did a bunch of non-crochet things most of Saturday, and finished it Saturday evening in less than 24 hours. That makes this a great, quick gift hat pattern. If you live in Florida, like I do, you can start making one for yourself on the first cold day and have it ready in time for the last day of winter on the next day!


  10. quick easy winter beanie

    January 10, 2014 by Angie

    Since Robbie’s simple men’s beanie was a success I wanted to make another wintertime hat with the same yarn for my Dad’s birthday. I tried a different pattern from Ravelry.com. It is also available at the creator’s blog, Da Perfect Mix.

    Dad's beanie

    This is a great unisex hat pattern that works up quite quickly. It uses half double crochet and double crochet which means you can have a finished hat in less time than with simple men’s beanie pattern while only sacrificing a tiny bit of warmth. I used Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn in black and a 5.5 mm/I hook. I followed the pattern exactly until round 11 or so. It was getting too small to fit over the ears so I added a double crochet or two per round here and there  but not to every round. I kept trying it on and if it seemed too tight I would add a stitch at the beginning or end and sometimes near the middle too.

    quick easy winter beanie

    Below are the two hats side by side for comparison. Dad’s Quick Easy Winter Beanie is on the left and Robbie’s Simple Men’s Beanie is on the right. They fit my head exactly the same so I’m not sure why they appear to have different shapes in this photo.

    Dad's beanie vs. Robbie's beanie

    You can see Dad’s hat (on the left) has larger stitches and fewer rounds while Robbie’s hat is a bit denser made of more rounds of many single crochets.

    I really hope it fits Dad! I am so happy to have some go-to unisex hat patterns!