Friday, September 21, 2012

Reversible Tiers Hat - Crochet

 I made another new hat pattern this week! Yay!!

I used Vickie Howell's Sheep(ish) and an H hook. 
It's fast, simple and works you through some fpdc and bpdc practice.
Instructions are included for figuring out custom sizes.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken- Crockpot

Easy Sweet/Sour Crockpot Chicken:

1-1/2 lbs frozen chicken tenderloins
1 can pineapple rings or chunks
1 rough chopped green pepper
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/2 Tbs minced ginger (or a heaping tsp)
1-2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup brown sugar

Cook frozen chicken and pineapple with juice for two hours on high.

Mix soy, ginger and garlic together.

Add pepper, soy mix and sugar to chicken. Mix in and cook another 2 hours.

Remove chicken and pineapple/pepper chunks.

Make gravy out of juice left in crock pot. (I use corn starch & water)

Cut chicken up. Add everything back to crockpot. Serve over rice. Salt to taste.

Lazy Girl's Minimalist Hat- Crochet Pattern

I said to myself, "How do I do the least amount of work and get the biggest bang for my buck?"

Thus the Lazy Girl's Minimalist Hat was born. Using Bulky yarn and a huge hook; make some awesome hdc ribbing and we've got us a hat, baby!!

Baby's, Kids, Teens,'s for everyone!!

4 oz Bulky yarn (Used Hobby Lobby Yarn Bee-Bulky Washable Wool)
K hook
Lg eye needle for ends

See? Even the supplies are minimal. lol

Gauge: in pattern 6 hdc x 4 rows = roughly 2"x 2"

Row 1- ch 21, hdc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch (20 hdc)
Row 2- ch2 (not hdc), turn, working in the back ridge of hdc from row before, hdc in each back ridge. *see pic 1*

(Picture 1)

Row 3-?? Repeat row 2
This is where you get to size it for your head. I have a 23" head and I ended up only needing to crochet 18" (ribbing ridges are approx 1" apart. makes it easier to count that way). Based on my approximation and the stretchability of the pattern, you should crochet about 5" short of the needed circumference. You may have to play with it a little to get it just right for you.

Sl st through back ridge of last row and both loops of the beginning ch on Row 1. *see pic's 2 and 3*

(Picture 2) sl st row

(Picture 3) what sl st row closing should look like

THEN- without cutting your yarn, turn your work and hold edges together flat and sc through both thicknesses into the row ends. *see pic 4*

(Picture 4) top of hat sc closed.

This is now your Wrong Side, so flip your hat inside out so that the Right Side is out and facing you.

Now. Gather your "corners" together by cutting 4-6" pieces of yarn and stringing them through the corners and making a square knot like *pic 5*.

(Picture 5) Corners tied together

Last- with Right Side facing you, sc around the row ends at the bottom of the hat. I have a few pictures *6-8* to show you what I did. Join this row. ch1, do not turn, and sc in each sc for a second trim row.

(Picture 6)

(Picture 7) Please excuse my awful cuticles! *embarrassed*

(Picture 8)

And there you have a hat!! :)

Thanks for being my model (again!) Stefani! :) Love you!

*side note: I used to make a fisherman's sweater years ago that had this hdc ribbing pattern. When I opened up my yarn store in 2006, I hung one of these sweaters in the window. I had more people come in and exclaim utter shock that it was crocheted, because you just can't crochet like that! I had knitter's swearing it had to be knit! The beauty of it was that I wasn't a knitter at that point, so I could honestly say to them, "It is definitely crocheted, because I made it and I don't knit!" I wanted to use a pattern stitch for this hat that looked hard, but was easy, fun and made you look like a yarn genius! :) Happy crocheting!!*

Friday, September 14, 2012

Acorn Bag Pattern

Hey all. Acorn Bag and Forest Friends Pattern is now available for sale on Ravelry and Etsy!

I worked really hard on writing the pattern and I think it came out beautifully. I love all the formatting these computer programs have! They make me feel like a genius!! lol Thanks for your support!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

New Beauty Blog!

Hi. I am here to share some info about a new Beauty Blog that I think will be a great up and coming source of beauty tips and tricks!

A girl I know, Rachel, is a stylist back in my old home town of Phillips, WI. She works at a place called Studio 1 Salon and Spa. They opened several years ago and have become the "go-to" place for great style and beauty in the Northwoods. One of the things I love about Rachel is she is a very REAL girl. Not only is she a knock-out, beautiful woman, but she is a very nice person as well.

When Stefani was going through chemo, she was still in high school and working at the local grocery store. She was always so nice and supportive to Stefani and made her feel important and pretty, even when she was bald as a cue ball. Rachel holds a special spot in our hearts because of that. She probably doesn't even remember it, but when I think of Rachel, that's what I remember. We always called her Charlize Theron....cuz to me, she just looks like her! lol

Now that she is a business woman, a wife and a mom...she has really come into her own!

So....back to the reason we are here.....She has been posting on their blog recently about beauty products that she really believes in and she really uses. She even explains WHY the products are so good. I believe her! and it makes me want to run out and try those products too! Who better to learn from than someone you trust and who actually uses the products on themselves?! She presents them in a very sassy, down-to-earth style that I can appreciate. And I'm quite sure you will appreciate it, too.

So, I am promoting their blog on mine because I believe in them.....and I'm soft and fluffy, like a marshmallow....:)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Bug Bag

Bug Bag is finally complete. I'm excited about my first "For Sale" toy bag! You can find it for sale on Ravelry and Etsy for $5.00

Included patterns: Leaf bag with ladybug door, Bumble Bee, Ladybug, Butterfly and Dragonfly.

I made extras to see how many fit in a bag and the seven bugs you see filled the leaf up.

Hope you enjoy!