Finally finished it last night!
I’m pretty chuffed, and glad I persevered and learnt the braid join! No rest for the wicked however, it is mr 2’s birthday a month after hers, and he is getting a knitted blanket. (and I am such a slow knitter!!!)
So I was sorting through my craft supplies yesterday and realized that I have a whole lot of this:
Yarn vomit! (also known as tangled up leftovers with no home)
So being the kind crocheter that I am, I decided to give my yarn (vomit) a new purpose in life.
Christmas decorations! Starting with these Chrismas lights. I will make a few more and turn them into a garland for the tree 🙂 Free pattern can be found here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/christmas-light-bulb-ornament
Whats that you say? It’s too early to be thinking about Christmas? Not for a crafter! (or a self confessed Christmas nut like myself) It’s only 150 days away you know!? And I am getting a late start this year.
Have a lovely Sunday 🙂
So I have decided to try and cook one new dish each week. I was searching for recipes and stumbled upon a whole bunch of Southern recipes, (think Kentucky fried chicken south.) Oh boyo did they look delish! So many mouthwatering dishes I want to try, it was hard to pick where to start. In the end I decided to dip my toe in the shallow end and give this recipe a try. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/new-orleans-red-beans-rice-10000000257296/
Now I did have to make some changes, I’m not sure if the red beans they are referring to are red kidney beans or not but that is what I used. (200 grams dried) And I used chorizo for the sausage.
And as I don’t have a slow cooker, I pre cooked the beans, and cooked everything in my big stew pot on low for hours.
I also did not have any Creole seasoning, so I made some up using this recipe : http://homecooking.about.com/od/spicerecipes/r/blspice14.htm But I halved the black pepper and only used a tsp of hot cayenne so it wasn’t too spicy for the kids.
And the verdict was….. hubby did not like it, (he doesn’t like chorizo so it was not unexpected) it was too spicy for my 8 year old, but Mr 2 and I loved it!
I have now completed the last 2 blocks for my daughters blankie.
Block 64 – Sunshine Lace
Block 65 – Patriotic Sunburst
And have now started joining:
I’m using the 5 chain flat braid join for the first time ever, you can find a video tutorial for it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoBG9W9rpog
It is a gorgeous rainy Saturday, and while the kids are happily playing cubby house, I thought I would share the next 5 blocks I have done in my 200 blocks project.
Block 53 – Mesh fantasy
Block 54 – Framed flower
Block 55 – Centered square
Block 58 – Peach rose (this has been my favorite so far!)
and block 60 – popcorn corners
Just 2 more squares to go in these colours and I am ready to start joining my daughters Bday blankie 🙂
Gosh it feels like I have been gone forever, we have moved house, moved towns, hubby has a new job, and life just gets in the way sometimes unfortunately.
Not much crafting has been done, but I do have some new blocks in my 200 blocks project to show you. These ones are being made into a blanket for miss 8’s birthday in August. I have skipped quite a few blocks, as I wanted blocks that are made in the round rather than by row for her blanket, but I will be going back and catching up on the others soon.
Block 19 – Lacy cross
block 24 – Italian cross
Block 31 – Primrose square
Block 35 – Tricolour square
Block 40 – Granny with a twist
Block 42 – Lacy wheel
Block 47 – Queen Anne’s Lace
Block 48 – Danish square
Block 51 – Bright flower
And that is it for now 🙂