Uses for a crochet hook – Not crocheting

Today has been a day of house work. At the end of a long day doing dishes, scrubbing bathrooms, cooking dinner (ok making salad and pulling out a meal I made previously to defrost) conquering mount laundry etc it was time to do the dreaded vacuuming. (My most hated of all houseworks!) Into the cupboard lock the key goes. And doesn’t turn. ‘OK maybe I am turning it the wrong way’ I think to myself. Nope it wont go the other way either.

So I pull out the key, put it back in, rattle it around and still no joy. So I try the lock on the other side. Same deal, no amount of jiggling or moving the key will get it to turn. At this point I check to other lockable cupboards just in case the vacuum is in there, and they all open just fine and none of them contain said vacuum.

Back to the original cupboard I go and peer into the locks trying to figure out why this particular cupboard is foiling my attempt to have a clean house.

Then I see them. Tiny little usually tasty cheerios jammed in in such a way that I can still get the big old fashioned key in just fine, but wont let it turn. I check the other lock and find the same situation, just double the amount of cheerios. (I am sure mr 2 just figured it was hungrier!)

Never fear dear readers, for I am a mum and mum knows everything right?!? And not only that, I am a crafter and crochet hooks are good for a lot of things, not just crocheting.

Which sounds good in theory, but after 5 minutes of poking around in the lock all I had was pieces of cheerios rather than whole ones, and a slightly bent 2mm hook.

At this point I am lamenting the fact that if only the vacuum was on the OUTside of said cupboard I could use it to suck up all those broken bits of cheerio.

The hand vacuum is useless, but I give it a go anyway. (Note to self, get rid of the hand vacuum it does nothing but disappoint me, and when my son gets a hold of it the floor ends up dirtier than before.)

10 more minutes of poking, prodding and wrenching that kook around in the locks they are clear enough to get the key in and turned around and I have my vacuum! Time for a dorky victory dance around the lounge room, and the reward of realizing that mr 2 has stuffed what appears to be a whole bowlful of cheerios under the rug with out me noticing. Not to worry, I have my vacuum now!

(Events described in this post may not have actually taken 15 mins, but they sure felt that long!)

FO Friday – K’s stocking!

Finished this week is K’s (my friends daughter) Christmas stocking!

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You can find the pattern here http://www.favecrafts.com/Crochet-for-Christmas/Holly-Stocking-from-Red-Heart-Yarn I just striped mine, and did not do the lacey cuff.

I have realized that I will not be able to do all of my categories every week, you wouldn’t think it would be tiring to post in a blog 4 days in a row but I am finding it to be the case.

I will however try my hardest to post at least one per week, and strive for more.

Sweet Saturday

I’m sorry there is no recipe this weekend, and I’m not sure if there will be a Kids craft Sunday either, things have just gotten a bit on top of me at the moment.

However I can leave you with a picture:

My little boy turned 2 Yesterday (Saturday) And this is his birthday cake. I cheated and used Vanilla cupcake mix, and just rolled out fondant and used cookie cutters to cut it and decorate. It’s the very hungry caterpillar.

Finished object Friday – And a free pattern!

So I have started on my daughters play food for Christmas, First up was a piece of cherry pie with a scoop of ice cream.

And here is the pattern:

Pie and ice cream pattern    (Pattern is in UK/AUS terminology dc is sc in USA)

Materials :

Stuffing

8 ply pie crust colour yarn

8 ply filling coloured yarn (red for sherry green for apple etc)

8 ply white for ice cream.
4.00 mm hook

Top of pie:

 

R1 Chain 12

R2 dc in second from hook, dc across (11 stitches)

R3 ch 1, dc across

R4 ch 1, dc 5, dc2tog, dc 4

R5 ch 1, dc across

R6 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 4

R7 ch 1, dc across

R8 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 3

R9 ch 1, dc across

R10 ch 1, dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3

R11 ch 1, dc across

R12 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 3

R13 ch 1, dc across

R14 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2

R15 ch 1, dc across

R16 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 1

R17 ch 1, dc across

R18 ch 1, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1

R19 ch 1, dc across

R20 ch 1, dc 1 dc2tog

R21 ch 1 dc2tog, and finish off

 

 

 

Bottom of pie:

 

R1 Chain 12

R2 dc in second from hook, dc across (11 stitches)

R3 to 8   ch 1, dc across

R9 ch 1 dc in front loop only across

R10 ch 1, dc across

R11 ch 1, dc 5, dc2tog, dc 4

R12 ch 1, dc across

R13 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 4

R14 ch 1, dc across

R15 ch 1, dc 4, dc2tog, dc 3

R16 ch 1, dc across

R17 ch 1, dc 3, dc2tog, dc 3

R18 ch 1, dc across

R19 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 3

R20 ch 1, dc across

R21 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 2

R22 ch 1, dc across

R23 ch 1, dc 2, dc2tog, dc 1

R24 ch 1, dc across

R25 ch 1, dc 1, dc2tog, dc 1

R26 ch 1, dc across

R27 ch 1, dc 1 dc2tog

R28 ch 1 dc2tog, and finish off

Pie filling:

R1 ch 5

R2 dc in second loop from the hook, dc across (5 stitches)

R3 to 21 ch 1 dc across

R22 ch1 dc across in front loop only

R23 to 40 ch 1 dc across and finish.

Sew the strip of filling to the pie top along the black lines of the diagram. Turn over and  sew the bottom of you pie to the filling along the same lines.

At this point you can turn it inside out  if you like, but I actually liked the look of mine better with the wrong side out. Lightly stuff you piece of pie, and then sew up the rest of your seams, making sure to leave a little lip here:

Scoop of ice cream:

Ch 4 and join.

R1 dc 6 times into loop, place marker.

R2  dc 2 times in each stitch

R3 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next stitch Repeat from * around

R4 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches Repeat from * around

R5 *dc 2 times in next stitch, dc in next 3 stitches Repeat from * around (3o stitches)

R6 dc around

R7 *dc 2 tog, dc in next 3 stitches repeat from * around

R8 This row is all through the back loop. *dc 2 tog, dc in next 2 stitches repeat from * around

Lightly stuff the ice cream scoop at this point.

R9 dc 2 tog around and again until there is only one stitch left and then finish off.

Now  go back to the row where you crocheted though the back loop only. Dc through all of the front loops that are exposed on the outside of the scoop then join. (24 stitches)

Ch1, *tr in next 3 stitches, dc in next repeat from * around and finish.

I am new to writing patterns, so feel free to let me know if it is not easy to understand, or if you need any help 🙂

You are welcome to do what you like with the finished objects from this pattern, however you may not sell the pattern itself. I would appreciate it if you are sharing the pattern to link it back here thanks 🙂

WIP Wednesday

I am still getting through the blocks on my water lilly blanket. Am sewing up the second last round at the moment.

I am also still working on John’s (mr 1) choo choo rug for Christmas

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And My blanket that never ends is currently on time out as I am so sick of  knitting those little squares!

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Mostly at the moment I am thinking about my Christmas list, and planning projects.

At the moment it looks like this:

Mum: Multnomah shawl, status: done

Dad A: Slouchy hat. status: finished knitting, need to sew in the ends.

Sister: Monster hat status: still trying to figure out how to do it without a pattern

Son: Choo choo rug status: about 40% finished

Daughter: Picnic set status: hoping to start on it today.

Husband: I have no idea status: lost in space

Dad B: I have no idea status: lost in space Preserves maybe?

Aunty: I have no idea status: lost in space

Nan: Some kind of shawl maybe? Status: still thinking

Niece: Princess Doll status: finished

Nephew 1: Hipster Doll status: finished

Nephew 2: I have no idea status: lost in space

Kenz: I have no idea status: lost in space

An probably preserves for close friends. We make chilli Jam in the summer every year, Its so nice with Christmas lunch and we get requests for it every year.

And I am sorry I did not get around to Meat free monday this week, I was so busy spring cleaning, we just had re heats, but last night we had these http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/1028/chickpea+and+lentil+patties

Chick pea and lentil patties and they were divine! I recommend adding some salt though 🙂

Kids craft Sunday – Splatter painting

It is exactly what it sounds like, splatting paint to make a picture.

You will need:

One toothbrush per colour you want (We save our old brushes)

Acrylic paint

cardboard like an old cereal box

Container to hold your paint clean old yogurt containers are great

And some paper, or what ever else you would like to decorate.

Using your card board trace and then cut out stencils in the shapes you want to use.

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Mix your paint with a little water in your containers. The ratio will depend on your paint, you want it to be runny, but not too watery.

Lay your stencils over the paper then load up your toothbrush with paint. Holding the loaded toothbrush over the paper use your thumb to flick the bristles, splattering the paper with paint.

Repeat until you are happy with your picture, then carefully remove the stencils and leave your paper to dry.

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We also did some with stencils that allowed the shape to be splattered and the surrounds to stay white.

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And with our left over paint and 2 pieces of paper we did this:Image

But I will get back to those last 2 next week 🙂

Sweet Saturday – Strawberry almond and oat muffins

As my migraines have been so much worse lately we have decided to try cutting out all artificial additives. So no colourings, preservatives, artificial sweeteners etc. This is meant to help with migraines, and also might help with my sons behavioral issues so it’s win win.

Here is a recipe I came up with today to use up some of the strawberries we got cheap at the markets.

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cup of cooked strawberries. (quarter approx 2 punnets of strawberries simmer in saucepan with 1/2 cup of water for 25 mins)

1 1/4 cup of applesauce

3/4 cup of chopped natural almonds

2 cups of wholemeal flour

1 cup of plain flour

1 cup of whole oats

4 tsp baking powder

2 tsp bicarb soda

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pre heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius fan forced (130 Celsius non fan forced) ((300 Fahrenheit))

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. If the mix is too dry you can add more applesauce, strawberry sauce or a little milk (rice or soy is fine) if needed.

Spoon into muffin tins and bake. To be honest I forgot to check the time when I put them in, but I would check them after 20 mins and go from there. You can tell if they are ready by poking them with a skewer.

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They are very yummy, although they are pretty dense for someone who is used to eating store bought sugary muffins.